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Old 09-11-07, 06:45 AM
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Bug collecting

One can sure collect a lot of bugs on a 43 mile morning commute. I got to work and, while washing up in the sink, I noticed dead bugs all over my face.

I go through some mountainous areas where there isn't a lot of traffic and no lights. So I guess my headlight brings 'em out. Sometimes I get hit in the face by these big, monstrosities. This is one reason I'll be glad when the weather changes buggless face and teeth.
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Old 09-11-07, 06:56 AM
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Already happening here. No more washing the bugs off my face. I took one in the eye earlier this year and promptly purchased a set of wrap around glasses.
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Old 09-11-07, 07:02 AM
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I've actually had a very good Summer here and can honestly say I don't think I've inhaled or chewed on a bug this year. Wore some bugs, have had a couple go down the shirt unnoticed until I got off the bike and then made a mad scramble down the shorts for whatever was crawling where they shouldn't have ... (not like some years where I always seemed to go through the Mayfly mating dance and took home several little lacy winged "souvenirs" of my travel. And flying ants, nasty little things. But yes, it is rather nice to ride - and be able to open the mouth to breathe - and be assured you won't eat a couple of them!
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I got pummeled by them this morning. I have this one low area that I go through that has a stream running through it that has a wall of bugs you have to ride through. Yuck. Only bad part of my commute.
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Air krill. It's just fast food.
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They've been bad for a month, gnat-sized little beggars that swarm by the thousands, along the river just before dawn. Riding through them at speed is like having a gauntlet of people throwing cupsful of uncooked hominy grits at you. Eye protection is required, and at the worst times, a bandan over the breathing holes isn't a bad thing. When I get to work, I brush a hundred or so out of the hair on my arms.

This morning I had my first ride in the 60 degree range since April or May. I only felt 2 or 3 impacts. Blessed relief.
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About 7 of the 10.5 miles of my commute are next to a lake. It makes for a nice ride but the bug factor really kicks in. It has been real bad for the last month. Today was the coolest day in a while and no fast food for me. I guess that could be the beginning of fall. (No bugs to eat).
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Old 09-11-07, 06:03 PM
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43 miles one way?
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Lately I don't need breakfast or an afternoon snack, just ride with my mouth open and eat a pound of aphids in my half hour commute.
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Old 09-12-07, 04:52 AM
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43 miles one way?
Yeah. Fun 2+ hour ride. I don't do it a lot during the week, though. Since I race, I take time off for recovery and other workouts. Heck, twice a week almost wears me out.
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Originally Posted by jcm View Post
Air krill. It's just fast food.
Ok, that made me literally laugh out loud!
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"Air krill".. hehe..

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Eye protection is required,
And, speaking from personal experience, eye protection is not fully offered by prescription eyeglasses with medium-smallish lenses. I think I have a gnat body somewhere inside my right eye socket from the other day (and maybe my left, too, from a few months back).

Ugh. Or maybe I'm just paranoid.
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Originally Posted by jcm View Post
Air krill. It's just fast food.
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Old 09-13-07, 08:31 AM
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hehe, someone just posted this over in another bike forum ---- note the mirror.



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I got called an "f***ing beetle" by a cager on my way home last night.
Best insult ever.

Come to think of it, helmet, glasses and a black jersey would give that impression.
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I had a bee/wasp fly up my shirt sleeve and sting me on the back. I nearly went over the handlebars as I jammed to a stop to get it out of my shirt.

I reckon that's why roadies wear those tight jerseys.
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Originally Posted by Tude View Post
hehe, someone just posted this over in another bike forum ---- note the mirror.



I'm dyin' here...

Note the look of abject horror on the fly's face, if that's what it's called:

The bulging eyes, the wild gyrations of a fighter pilot, jinking the controls at the last moment. Then, into the maw, thru the sieve . . . oblivion.
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