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    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?

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    Mouth shut, breath through nose, or ride where they aren't.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Bugs = Meals on the go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    Bugs = Meals on the go.
    too much protein can give you cramps, gotta watch out
    Noooooo! My thread!! -_________- http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/896498-Do-you-pack-quot-heat-quot-while-cycling

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post
    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).
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    Best to swallow quickly before you feel them crawling in your mouth, unless you're into that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Thanks... I definitely should have searched the forums before starting this up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z R I D E R View Post
    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.

    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

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    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.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogan View Post
    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.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CandSAdventures View Post
    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?

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

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    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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