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Old 11-07-11, 01:33 AM   #1
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Super Smell Anyone???

Phenomena? Hey all! Since I have gotten into cycling I have seriously noticed my olfactory senses are in freakin' werewolf mode! ha! At least while I am riding. For some reason, after an hour or so on the bike I pick up on the craziest scents...I first realized it when a Jeep passed me one day and I smelled the gal drivers' perfume for what seemed like 5 minutes as I cruised along after...and was all like "holy sh-t!" I usually smell a commuters cigarette forever, peoples laundry dryer vents, and if someone is cooking out some crazy distance away, fuggetabout it- feels like I am all up in their GRILL! haha! I guess the combination of my lungs expanding and contracting so rapidly, heavier breathing mixed with the fact that I am much more at peace and in touch with things out there while on the bike???? Paying attention when I normally wouldn't...perhaps.
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Old 11-07-11, 01:40 AM   #2
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Seems all of my senses are heightened when traffic is up. Sometimes when it's just barely a trickle!

For some reason, only one sense gets seriously impaired when I'm riding...

Of course, if it wasn't, I could see how things could be a lot more distracting!

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Old 11-07-11, 03:23 AM   #3
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yes, i happens to me too. i attribute it to the all the heavy breathing i'm doing. the BBQ's are especially bad, in that i am fat deprived. just thinking about a fat juicy steak, pork ribs, etc. makes my mouth water. and they are probably having potato salad, potato chips with sour cream dip, and... ahem... well you get the picture.
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Yes I do feel I have an above average sense of smell. When a car passes I can often tell if a woman is in it, or if the occupants are smoking, and what they're smoking.
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I wouldn't say I have a super sensitive sense of smell when I ride but I had instances. Sometimes, when riding popular trails I can smell perfume/cologne/aftershave/deodorant/laundry detergent with not a soul in sight, then a a couple hundred feet later come up on a rider who's obviously the source of the smell. Most of the time the smells are offending because they're so noticeable. When I'm out for a ride I want to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature not Chanel #5 or Old Spice.
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I don't know about "werewolf mode," but my smell can be pretty sensitive at times. I've been known to detect the acrid smell of burning cancer stick from inside my closed truck, and only afterward see someone driving in front of me lift a ciggy to their mouth. Their window is typically closed, too. Perfume? Yeah that can get caught in your nose for a long time.
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i don't know about "werewolf mode," but my smell can be pretty sensitive at times. I've been known to detect the acrid smell of burning cancer stick from inside my closed truck, and only afterward see someone driving in front of me lift a ciggy to their mouth. Their window is typically closed, too. Perfume? Yeah that can get caught in your nose for a long time.
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I have a heightened sense of smell on or off the bike. So much so that the smell of dog or cat food (especially wet!) is almost nauseating. I can't stand the smell of dogs, cigarettes, or cigars. Two-stroke engine exhaust is nauseating. On the more pleasant side of the spectrum, the smell in the foothills and mountains in the summertime is pure heaven, as well as the smells of different flowers blooming.
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i smell cannibus every night while heading home
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I highly suggest none of you sensitive nose types try to draft me on burrito night...
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In my book, smoking is smoking. The only difference is which drugs are involved.
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I first noticed this when I started running 4 years ago, after I quit a 12 year habit of smoking. I always figured it was due to the causes you suspect: breathing hard and fast. I was rather surprised: I figured my sense of smell was eternally wrecked from the coffin nails. It's actually recovered quite a bit, but it's certainly most acute during a good stretch of cardio.
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I would imagine the improved circulation helps. Other things seem to work better after a spirited run or bike ride.
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Hitting a great scent, like roses, wild grapes, hamburgers on a grill, cut hay, lilacs, dry fall leaves, is one of the great pleasures of biking!
Diesel exhaust, dog crap, cigarettes, cigars, stinky cologne, skunk, road kill - not so much.

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It's kind of scarey how often that smell wafts out of passing cars.
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