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Z R I D E R 08-08-13 10:06 PM

Bugs
 
I took a short night ride recently and it was made short due to the crazy amount of bugs in the air which were all colliding and sticking to me. Bugs are only a summer problem here when riding, but I know in many other places it can be a worse and year round issue. What does everyone do to deal with them? Clear riding glasses for night? Face mask of any kind? Good quality windbreaker?

StephenH 08-08-13 10:13 PM

Mouth shut, breath through nose, or ride where they aren't.

eja_ bottecchia 08-08-13 10:14 PM

Bugs = Meals on the go.

buffalowings 08-08-13 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia (Post 15941704)
Bugs = Meals on the go.

too much protein can give you cramps, gotta watch out

eja_ bottecchia 08-08-13 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by buffalowings (Post 15941744)
too much protein can give you cramps, gotta watch out

I had not considered that...thanks! (I ride next to agricultural fields and bugs, especially in the late summer are a fact of life).

Looigi 08-09-13 06:46 AM

Best to swallow quickly before you feel them crawling in your mouth, unless you're into that sort of thing.

Machka 08-09-13 06:50 AM

Lots of Bugs stories here ...
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/902462-Bugs

Z R I D E R 08-09-13 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Machka (Post 15942213)

Thanks... I definitely should have searched the forums before starting this up.

Rogan 08-09-13 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Z R I D E R (Post 15941697)
What does everyone do to deal with them? Clear riding glasses for night?

I cannot imagine it being any more "buggy" than here in Florida in the summer. Mouth closed is a must, some of our bugs down here leave an awful aftertaste. :D

For night riding I use clear safety glasses from Home Depot. Late afternoon / early evening and early mornings I like the yellow tinted safety glasses for the bright contrast. During the sunny time of the day I like my Ray Ban RB3026 Aviators. All of these glasses are also good for riding in the rain to keep my eyes clear.

For my body I just let the bugs hit me. I do not wear anything special

CandSAdventures 08-09-13 06:45 PM

Breath in thru your nose, out thru your mouth....repeat constantly.

You can usually figure out where the really buggy areas are at a certain time of day and plan for them. I ride alot before sunrise and I usually see them in my light first and close my mouth. I forget sometimes. The smaller ones are easier to swallow.

For some reason, I hate to have them stuck in my hair so I usually wear a cool max skull cap under my helmet.

Kai Winters 08-09-13 09:20 PM

sit on couch, watch tv, drink beer...only thing to do at night...

Z R I D E R 08-09-13 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Rogan (Post 15944883)
I cannot imagine it being any more "buggy" than here in Florida in the summer. Mouth closed is a must, some of our bugs down here leave an awful aftertaste. :D

For night riding I use clear safety glasses from Home Depot. Late afternoon / early evening and early mornings I like the yellow tinted safety glasses for the bright contrast. During the sunny time of the day I like my Ray Ban RB3026 Aviators. All of these glasses are also good for riding in the rain to keep my eyes clear.

For my body I just let the bugs hit me. I do not wear anything special

I think I'll pick up a pair of those safety glasses, thanks for the advice.

Z R I D E R 08-09-13 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by CandSAdventures (Post 15944909)
For some reason, I hate to have them stuck in my hair so I usually wear a cool max skull cap under my helmet.

Aren't there helmets out there that have netting built into the vents?

koolerb 08-09-13 10:42 PM

I stop short so my friend riding just behind crashes into me.

SkaXc0re 08-10-13 12:15 PM

I don't have a gnat problem where I live but every once in a while I get GIANT months and beatles to smash into my face as I'm riding. They actually hurt a bit depending on the bug and my speed. But i still ride open mouthed breathing heavy, no eyewear so .. when I choke on a cicadea this is me telling myself I told you so.


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