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Old 01-10-05, 07:28 AM   #1
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Runny Nose

I love to cycle all year round, but I find that in winter my nose seems to run nonstop. I have to keep stopping to wipe my nose! Does anyone else have this problem? It doesn't happen when I ride my trainer in the house.
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Old 01-10-05, 09:37 AM   #2
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My nose runs in all weather when I am biking.
I keep a hankerchief tucked in my waistband.
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Old 01-10-05, 09:54 AM   #3
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I'm not very fast on a bike, but I know I can out-distance/speed 90% of the ladies out on the roads this time of year. Why, you may ask, would I make such a blatently sexist, stereotypical statement? Well, I'm a farmboy, see, and I am a pro at the twin sisters of 'expectoration' and 'the farmers' blow'. I find it troubling that our society clearly discriminates against females and doesn't train them in this useful life-skill. I've taken to training my daughter (7) in the fine art of loogie-ing, but it's never too late to start learning. Just be prepared for some very gross laundry in the beginning.

Wow. I have to double-dog dare myself to click 'Post Reply'
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My nose runs alot when winter biking. I was told that was a good thing. It's supposed to help keep your system clean of air-borne bacteria. I don't know if it is true or not. I do know that I commute all year and I don't get sick. Some of that may just be genetics. Either way, I'll take it!
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Old 01-10-05, 10:01 AM   #5
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I love the farmer's blow. I can do it now with my eyes closed! Very useful skill.
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so true
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All the above is good advice, but technical terms like "expectoration" & "farmer's blow" may need further explanation. Expectoration involves snuffling (Sorry...perhaps another technical term) the liquid matter in the runny nose into the back of the throat & then "hawking out a good Louie" or spitting it out with panache & gusto! The farmer's blow is perhaps more efficient since it is a one stage process instead of two. It may be performed one nostril at a time or both at once. I, myself, prefer both at once, but then, I'm a singer with years of practice in breath control. In the one nostril method, a forefinger is laid alongside the off nostril to close it. This involves removing a hand from the handlebar, not always a good idea. The "blow" part is "blowing your nose", just as you would do if you had a hanky! The beauty is no obstructive or time-consuming hanky is involved! Just let her fly!



A word of caution: If cycling with a group (particularly if they're people you like), drift considerately & gracefully to the rear of the group before executing either expectoration or the Farmer's Blow. This will forestall any hurt feelings (or worse).
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Old 01-10-05, 01:12 PM   #8
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Norton, you're obviously a connoisseur as well. Well said. Hauker on, all.
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Sometimes I'll wear a mutilated sock over my arm/gloves and wipe/blow my nose on that.
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Old 01-10-05, 02:27 PM   #10
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Chris,
hey! that mutilated sock idea is a good idea! I think I will try it!! Thanks!
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Just reading the title of the thread made me think of the farmer blow but didn't know it was so popular!!

The comment about the runny nose cleaning out bacteria made me think that I have been riding year round for 3 years and I don't remember my last cold. Guess this should also be added to the top reasons to ride in the winter!!
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Now I'm confused. What are those funny little gloves we wear for?
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Chris,
hey! that mutilated sock idea is a good idea! I think I will try it!! Thanks!
Awesome! Add a nose wipe to a pair of mits and the price goes up $15. I know, I've been shopping (can't keep my hands warm, but that's another story).
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I prefer the wipe method as opposed to the let it fly routine. Typically my gloves work fine, but if it is real cold out and my generously sized proboscis is running like a faucet, sweat bands work the best. An excellent snot absorbent and softer than an old sock.
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Old 01-17-05, 01:17 PM   #15
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My nose runs too. I use a nice little part of my Saeco gloves to wipe it.
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I do the farmer's blow.
The tricky part involves learning how to direct it so it doesn't spray all over my arms, jacket, bibs and pannier bags.
With practice, I've gotten much better at not making a mess of myself and my bike.
I think, though, that I gross out a lot of car people.
And the down side?
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Old 01-17-05, 03:35 PM   #17
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Yeah, I was wondering, doesn't it make a horrible mess? Some ppl call them snot rocket, but the one time I tried, it was no rocket...

You guys speak of techniques; Enlighten me please.
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Being a devoted farmer type myself, I'll offer a couple of words to the wise on technique.

First, in addition to drifting back as Norton suggests, always check wind direction. Blowing both nostrils into a stiff crosswind usually means everything ends up on your shoulder leaving what looks like snail trails.

Second, if you use the terry part of your glove to "tidy up" after a good blow, be sure to dry it off (I use the back side of my tights). Otherwise, ice (well er um, snot) crystals form in that terry and they hurt like the dickens on a cold nose.

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Yeah, I was wondering, doesn't it make a horrible mess? Some ppl call them snot rocket, but the one time I tried, it was no rocket...

You guys speak of techniques; Enlighten me please.
Farmer's Blow is not drooling. Think of spitting a watermelon seed for distance....I hope your childhood was not so overprotected & deprived that you've never done that! Or....think of a gunshot...sharp, percussive...all energy expended in an instant! Think of those quickdraw artists who can shoot a tossed coin out of the air! No aiming....no thinking Pure joyful practiced eye-hand coordination!


Now think Snot Rockets!....sharp, percussive....nose blast for distance! Pure joyful practiced eye-nose coordination! At its best the snot has a cohesive teardrop shape & will blast a fly from its flightpath!

I hope this is not one of those life skills that can only be learned in the happy, carefree hours of childhood....competing with a pal for distance & accuracy.....
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Farmer's Blow Technique:

For the left nostril, leave the left hand on the bars; raise the left elbow; tuck the head into the hole created by raising the left elbow; take the point of the gloved index finger of the right hand and push it against the opening of the right nostril like a cork in a bottle (don't compress the nostril from the side); point the chin to the left and aim the left nostril at a point on the ground two feet to the left of the rear axle; take a deep breath through the mouth; and, explosively expell air and snot from the left nostril.
Do not do this with a crosswind from the left, as it will blow the snot back against the rider and bike.
For the right nostril, substitute the word right for every occurence of the word left in the instructions above, and use the index finger of the left hand for the cork in the left nostril.
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Yeah, I was wondering, doesn't it make a horrible mess? Some ppl call them snot rocket, but the one time I tried, it was no rocket...

You guys speak of techniques; Enlighten me please.
Snot rocket:

1. Plug one nostril.

2. Aim carefully.

3. Blow sharply through the open nostril. Remember, blow up from your diaphragm.

4. Repeat for other nostril.

If done properly, snot will rocket from your nose and splatter on that pesky cager next to you.
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Either launch a rocket or suck and spit.
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I hate to offer another solution in light of the excellent descriptions of proper technique, form and etiquette...

I had my doctor give me a prescription for Astilin, which is supposed to help exercise-induced rhinitis. Didn't work very well for me, but others have had great success. Claritin-D can work for other people, but I didn't like it for myself. Finally, Atrovent - a medication that I already have for asthma, but instead of a puffer, this comes as a nasal spray. It doesn't completely dry things up, but instead of scrounging for a tissue every mile, I can go about five between blows.
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One of the best places to learn the fine art of launching a snot rocket is in the shower, there's no fear of mess in there and the hot water/steam gets everything loosened up.
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One of the best places to learn the fine art of launching a snot rocket is in the shower, there's no fear of mess in there and the hot water/steam gets everything loosened up.

Training camp!!......
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