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Old 08-12-05, 01:44 PM   #1
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HorseFlys

I went riding last night at Lost Valley in St. Charles Missouri. Its about 7-8 miles of trails in a big loop..
I got about half way through when I was swarmed by horseflys. I was bit over 100 times.. I almost lost it.. I couldnt out run them... I was reaching speeds of 32 miles per hour down hill and they still were swarming.. I finally just stopped and waited for them to land so I could try to swat them... Once I thought I was safe and started enjoying the ride, along came another group of em...
Moral of my story is: I HATE HORSE FLYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-12-05, 10:50 PM   #2
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Those suckers hurt like hell too... keep a small can of bug spray on your bike, something that will repell them and keep them off. Seems like they like to attact the socks because you can't feel them land
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Old 08-12-05, 10:55 PM   #3
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I went riding last night at Lost Valley in St. Charles Missouri. Its about 7-8 miles of trails in a big loop..
I got about half way through when I was swarmed by horseflys. I was bit over 100 times.. I almost lost it.. I couldnt out run them... I was reaching speeds of 32 miles per hour down hill and they still were swarming.. I finally just stopped and waited for them to land so I could try to swat them... Once I thought I was safe and started enjoying the ride, along came another group of em...
Moral of my story is: I HATE HORSE FLYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn! I hope you're exaggerating. I hate those damn things, too. I've gotten bit more than once, but never hit a swarm of 'em before. Maybe a pedal-powered bug zapper is in order.
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Old 08-12-05, 10:57 PM   #4
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Sounds like the dreaded Africanized Killer Horseflies! Hope they don't come to California!
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Horse flies have been clocked at speeds over 70mph. It's hard to out run them on a bike.
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Ive never seen a horse fly at 70mph...........
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Old 08-13-05, 07:56 PM   #7
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Who the hell would clock a horse fly?
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Old 08-13-05, 08:24 PM   #8
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I couldnt out run them... I was reaching speeds of 32 miles per hour down hill and they still were swarming..
Moral of my story is: I HATE HORSE FLYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please tell your Horseflies to stay in your state.
We have plenty in Wisconsin/Illinois but they have the decency to quit at 16 MPH.
We checked that magic speed many times. On a Tandem bike, my wife's rear end is the recipient of their attention. Lots of spray seems to help.
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Old 08-14-05, 12:15 AM   #9
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I've ridden there a quite a few times now, never ridden at night i usually ride there in the morning and i've never run into any horseflies so it could be a night-time thing but i;m with you there on horseflies sucking.
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The Horseflys were out in full force on the Chubb Trail this week too. I opted for the less technical loop back to West Tyson park so I could roll all of the hills. There were less around at 15 to 20 mph, but they were still there. Can't wait for summer to get behind us.
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Old 08-15-05, 07:26 AM   #11
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Yea I live on a horsefarm.. They usually come out strong at sunset.. And bugspray definately will help keep them away. But they still are a pain in the ass!
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Old 08-15-05, 09:27 AM   #12
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I suggest covering up completely. Those things are horrible.
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