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Old 05-31-05, 09:24 PM   #1
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Bugs at night

Im on my second day with my new road bike. Two things I have learned....keep your eyes open and your mouth shut.

I wear my sunglasses during the day to keep bugs and debris out of my eyes. I went and rode tonight. Had a few bugs hit my face but none got my eyes. What do you do to protect your eyes at night?
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Old 05-31-05, 10:50 PM   #2
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Get a pair of clear safety glasses (some people prefer a light yellow tint, says it gives them a bit more 'sharpness' at nite) You can get some fairly cheap at a Home Depot type store. Some of them aren't bad looking all in all, and since it's at night, you don't have to worry as much about how they look.
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change out the lenses on my sunglasses from the dark tint to the clear lenses. these things are the best $25 i've ever spent.
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Old 05-31-05, 11:08 PM   #4
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I had a bat bounce off my head once when I was riding at night. I rode all the way home wondering if it was injured.
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Old 05-31-05, 11:30 PM   #5
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Last week on a dark bike path commuting home, I vaguley sensed an owl or some other large silent bird take off beside me and fly alongside a few moments; then I lost sight of it only to crash into it with my face as it flew accross the path and into my face. Left a greasy spot on my glasses.
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I got some $30 performance bike glases that have clear,dark,yellow lenses.
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Old 06-01-05, 01:52 AM   #7
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Bugs... taste like chicken (What does chicken taste like? )...

I wear oakley m frames with clear sweep lenses at night... they do their job well!
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I had a big bug fly right down my throat during my ride the other day. "Oh well," I thought, "maybe he's got some carbs."
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A bug actually hit my eye once. It was briefly painful, but I was fine. If you're still worried, I second the clear lenses.
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Insects are considered delicacies in many countries. We in the west are just behind the curve!

Cycle with your mouth open wide, and take in the extra protein!
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I got some $30 performance bike glases that have clear,dark,yellow lenses.

Me too, they still make them, but they are just a little more now.
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i just wear my glasses nothing fancy

also i got transistions now for day time seeing i ride into the sunset and the sun is at eye level
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If rockinAR indicates you're in Little Rock, you can get some Tifosi shades with grey, amber and clear lenses for about 50.00 at Bikeseller. I'm sure other local shops have similar glasses. I often feel like a dirty windshield when I get home from riding along the river. Good glasses are a must.
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Get a pair of clear safety glasses (some people prefer a light yellow tint, says it gives them a bit more 'sharpness' at nite) You can get some fairly cheap at a Home Depot type store. Some of them aren't bad looking all in all, and since it's at night, you don't have to worry as much about how they look.
If you are riding at night avoid colored lenses. Yellow and vermillion are great on cloudy days but at night they tend to make black blacker. They do bring out yellows better but your ability to see into dark places is limited.
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Bugs... taste like chicken (What does chicken taste like? )...

I wear oakley m frames with clear sweep lenses at night... they do their job well!
As the sun was dipping towards its night's slumber, the mayflies were just emerging for their underwater suits. As their lacy wings dried they started to take to the air, the lovely females wearing the color that was all the rage this year while the boys stood around joking nervously. Soon they were moving in complex patterns in the air currents as they performed their mating rituals at the Mayfly Cotillion. There were some that had painted their wings black and their antennae and tails in day glow colors. These stood off to the side, smoked little bug-sized cigarettes and wouldn't participate in the dance but, eventual, even they started to be caught up in the biological imperative to reproduce. Soon all the mayflies were rising and falling in the currents of the air with wild abandon, soon to mate and produce the next generation of mayflies.

Suddenly, out of the gathering gloom, a ominous object approached with astounding speed. The mayflies, caught up in the ritual of mating, didn't notice the approaching disaster. Suddenly the cyclist was upon them! Hundreds were smashed as their delicate bodies crashed into the chest and arms of the speeding velocipedist. A more terrible fate awaited a few of the highest dancers as they were sucked into the terrible maw. A few impacted the tongue but the king and queen of the ball were sweep all the way into the windpipe never to be seen again.

"Cough! Cough! Gasp!" " Damned bugs!" All the rest of the way home I coughed and hacked and tried to dislodge what I thought must be a million bugs in my throat. I'm sure most of them went right on down but they still felt like they were lodged just at the back of my tongue. Gallons of water won't get ride to that feeling!

Even though Colorado isn't very buggy state, I have come to be something of a connoisseur of insect life, albeit reluctantly. Most of the bike trails here tend to follow the river drainages and, since water
is a great place to raise flying bugs, they tend to have a lot of bugs flying over them. Flying ants have a sharp sour taste. The little black no-seeums (which I have eaten in the largest number but lowest total mass) are really plain but that may be because they are so small. Beetles have a satisfying crunch but are kind of bitter. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, taste a bit like chicken but doesn't everything? Caddis flies have a very fishy taste and a little dusty. And, finally, mayflies have very little flavor (a little like chicken, of course) but those little crowns really hurt on the way down!
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