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    Question of manners when blowing snot rockets

    I have a bit of issue with my sinus' when the pollen count is this high. It requires that I clear my nose fairly regularly, lest I end up with it down the side of my face. While out riding alone, or with one or two other people it doesn't really pose any issue as I can just fall back and do what I need to do. On club nights, in a pace line, it poses it's own issues and I really don't know what most people do/say when the need arises.
    The last thing I want to do is commit a biological attack on my riding mates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    I have a bit of issue with my sinus' when the pollen count is this high. It requires that I clear my nose fairly regularly, lest I end up with it down the side of my face. While out riding alone, or with one or two other people it doesn't really pose any issue as I can just fall back and do what I need to do. On club nights, in a pace line, it poses it's own issues and I really don't know what most people do/say when the need arises.
    The last thing I want to do is commit a biological attack on my riding mates.
    Just do it when you're on the back. If it's a rotating paceline, miss a turn if necessary.

    It's really, really gross to ride through a cloud of snot mist from a rider in front. And yes, it's happened to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorMantra View Post
    Just do it when you're on the back. If it's a rotating paceline, miss a turn if necessary.

    It's really, really gross to ride through a cloud of snot mist from a rider in front. And yes, it's happened to me.
    Man, that's sick. I'd have a few words for that moment.
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    Move over to one side a bit (like a foot), point, and blow out a nostril. Give it a second or two beween the point and the blow to give those behind you some time to move a bit.

    I do this all the time in races, sometimes moving over as much as 5-6 feet (usually when it's steady and I'm on the side of the group and there's a lot of free road next to me). Usually (always) the guys let me back in line. I show this in my helmet cam clips (YouTube/sprinterdellacasa) regularly because, frankly, I do it regularly (allergies) and I think it's only respectful that others do the same.

    When it's hectic in a race (1 lap to go, jockeying for position) I just blow down or kind of into my glove (and wipe on my jersey or shorts). Gross, okay, but look, after changing a diaper or two, that's nothing.

    With group rides I tend to wait until I have free space.

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