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Old 10-10-06, 02:55 PM   #1
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Annoyed by gnats

It isn't the worst thing ever, but riding through a cloud of gnats is kinda nasty. The gnat thing has happened to me two days running, and brushing them off face and arms is already getting old.

I didn't have to deal with this all summer, when I'd have expected them to be a problem.
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Old 10-10-06, 03:05 PM   #2
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the worst is when you've been riding for a while and are covered in sweat. it's is truly amazing how many stick to your face, arms, legs, chest and hair. I can deal with just a cloud of them, I just hold my breath. it's getting covered in them that I can't stand. sometimes it feels like even a shower isn't enough after that.
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the worst is when you've been riding for a while and are covered in sweat. it's is truly amazing how many stick to your face, arms, legs, chest and hair. I can deal with just a cloud of them, I just hold my breath. it's getting covered in them that I can't stand. sometimes it feels like even a shower isn't enough after that.
You guys need to go fly fishing more often You haven't lived until you have a blizzard of caddis flies (larger than gnats by a long shot) use you as a shelter from the wind. Hundreds of them crawling all over you, in your hair, in your ears , down your collar, behind your glasses...and you can't do anything about it because the fish are rising like crazy and you have to keep an eye on your fly which looks just like all the other caddis floating like a regata on the river. You learn how to put up with crawly bugs pretty quick...or find another hobby
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You guys need to go fly fishing more often You haven't lived until you have a blizzard of caddis flies (larger than gnats by a long shot) use you as a shelter from the wind. Hundreds of them crawling all over you, in your hair, in your ears , down your collar, behind your glasses...and you can't do anything about it because the fish are rising like crazy and you have to keep an eye on your fly which looks just like all the other caddis floating like a regata on the river. You learn how to put up with crawly bugs pretty quick...or find another hobby
actually, for some reason those things don't bother me too much.
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Old 10-10-06, 04:56 PM   #5
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I don't like the way they taste either.

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wow, i thought these gnats were only regional or something. it really sucks when they get stuck in your eyes.
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Old 10-11-06, 01:41 AM   #7
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I feel your pain. Best solution. Ride fast?
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Gnats don't bother me as much as the mosquitoes, but thankfully they start hiding in the winter here.

One trick I do when I get tons of bites -- run hot water (as hot as you can stand, but don't scald/burn yourself) on the bites... this seems to "burn out" the histamine in them, and they stop itching for 6-12 hours, even when the bites get rubbed.
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Gnats? Heck, that's just air krill.
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It isn't the worst thing ever, but riding through a cloud of gnats is kinda nasty. The gnat thing has happened to me two days running, and brushing them off face and arms is already getting old.

I didn't have to deal with this all summer, when I'd have expected them to be a problem.
We have had the same problem here in Pittsburgh. I went for a short 20 mile ride Monday evening and I was covered with them. I almost did not have to eat dinner after sallowing so many.


They have been getting worse over the last several weeks. The cold weekend will do one good thing, kill off all of those gnats.
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Gnats? Heck, that's just air krill.
I agree. Just open your mouth wide and pedal slowly through the cloud. It's free protein.
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Old 10-13-06, 08:59 PM   #12
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I hate those things!! They fly in a huge cluster and yeah when im sweaty they stick like glue and im covered in black dots. I see they like the feel of the hot air rising above the ground, so I try and stay in the shaded area.
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Old 10-13-06, 11:09 PM   #13
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they love my orange clothing. i'd have thought they'd be gone by now but there were some on me yesterday in the afternoon. that's okay i guess but i hate when they swarm and get in my nose and eyes and mouth. on summer evenings (is that a feminine hygiene product?) i have to ride with goggles on and my head down.
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i hold my breath and try to duck or lean away from the bulk of the cloud, or look straight down so they get all in my helmet and hair, which is way better than eyes/nose/mouth.
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guys have it worse... they get in your arm hair, that is depending on how hairy you are. FOr me it's my head ...they get in through my helmet and bite my scalp. Doorags are a good idea. They also get between my ahem...bazooms. I usually zip up when in gnat infested areas.
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eventually i'm probably going to line my helmet with nylons
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Old 10-15-06, 11:04 PM   #17
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at least they taste good
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