Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

helmets designed for catching bugs

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

helmets designed for catching bugs

Old 09-05-20, 11:12 PM
  #1  
athix
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
athix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
helmets designed for catching bugs

I was having a great afternoon ride, speeding along, when I lowered my head to "check my stem." A large flying insect of some type or another seized this opportunity to fly directly into one of the holes in my helmet and begin creating mischief. First I tried to dig into my helmet to scoop the offensive creature out w/out terribly disrupting my groove. This was a miserable failure, and only succeeded in encouraging the hellspawn to crawl deeper under my helmet to safety, infuriating me. I had to actually unstrap my helmet mid-ride and remove it to get the wicked demon off my sweat-soaked head.

This isn't the 1st time this has happened, but it was definitely the most obnoxious due to the size of the insect. I assume this is a common occurrence, and I guess I should thank the Lord that it wasn't a wasp. Is there a way to avoid this that I'm not aware of? I never see Sagan careening through the peloton trying to get a critter out of HIS helmet. :/
athix is offline  
Likes For athix:
Old 09-05-20, 11:57 PM
  #2  
cyclic_eric
Senior Member
 
cyclic_eric's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Oakland CA
Posts: 89

Bikes: 2014 Supersix Evo, 1984 Gitane TdF, Santa Cruz Heckler

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 11 Posts
I’ve had it happen a few times, no fun at all. Each time I’ve tried shaking my head around to no avail. Stopping, taking the helmet off, and maybe smacking it against something feels better.

it’s really fairly dangerous to keep riding with bees in the bonnet 🙄😆
cyclic_eric is offline  
Likes For cyclic_eric:
Old 09-06-20, 07:10 AM
  #3  
Toadmeister
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: Iowa
Posts: 387

Bikes: 2019 Jamis Renegade Exploit 1x11. Motobacne NX Fat Tire

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Liked 161 Times in 78 Posts
Nats are really annoying too. I usually wear a buff under my helmet to wick sweat away and this helps hide any sensation of small bugs crawling around.

large bugs like a bee or wasp is another matter however.
Toadmeister is offline  
Old 09-06-20, 07:15 AM
  #4  
freeranger
Senior Member
 
freeranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 1,741

Bikes: 06 Lemond Reno, 98 GT Timberline mtn.bike

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 165 Post(s)
Liked 221 Times in 155 Posts
Evidently, others have experienced bugs also-https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bicycle-hel...wAAOSwrklVDJjJ
freeranger is offline  
Likes For freeranger:
Old 09-06-20, 07:50 AM
  #5  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 8,312

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1882 Post(s)
Liked 348 Times in 218 Posts
What is kind of funny is the fact that people that are sold on really expensive helmets with more holes in them suffer this problem the most. Simply put, pay more for more bugs.
rydabent is offline  
Old 09-06-20, 08:58 AM
  #6  
Tomm Willians
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Nevada County, California
Posts: 278

Bikes: Orbea Terra, Colnago C40, Wilier Trieste, Tommaso, Marin Vicenza, Orbea Orca

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Liked 214 Times in 73 Posts
I really can’t see how other than a solid helmet this can be avoided ? Dangers inherent?
Tomm Willians is offline  
Old 09-06-20, 09:10 AM
  #7  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 7,118

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2147 Post(s)
Liked 1,121 Times in 599 Posts
Forget getting them in the helmet. It's worse in the mouth or an unzipped jersey.
GlennR is offline  
Likes For GlennR:
Old 09-06-20, 09:11 AM
  #8  
Sy Reene
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 6,240

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3170 Post(s)
Liked 514 Times in 374 Posts
I suppose if really trying to solve for this issue, a helmet like the Smith options could help, with that liner you see

Sy Reene is offline  
Likes For Sy Reene:
Old 09-06-20, 08:33 PM
  #9  
Milton Keynes
Senior Member
 
Milton Keynes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,115

Bikes: Trek 1100 road bike, Roadmaster gravel/commuter/beater mountain bike

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1475 Post(s)
Liked 483 Times in 265 Posts
Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Forget getting them in the helmet. It's worse in the mouth or an unzipped jersey.
Just another source of protein. I know on a ride not too long ago it seemed like every bug I came close to aimed right for my mouth.
Milton Keynes is offline  
Likes For Milton Keynes:
Old 09-06-20, 09:44 PM
  #10  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,862

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 185 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3775 Post(s)
Liked 1,416 Times in 931 Posts
Smith helmets with Koroyd and Trek/Bontrager WaveCel helmets will keep out most bugs while allowing normal ventilation. Several friends wear those and are happy with them.

In years of riding I've trapped a bug in my helmet only once, a week ago -- a June bug. No big deal but could have been unpleasant if it had been a wasp or bee. Fortunately a friend who rides the same routes I do seems to be the bee and wasp magnet so he clears the road for me.
canklecat is offline  
Likes For canklecat:
Old 09-06-20, 10:52 PM
  #11  
wipekitty
vespertine member
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: nowhere, USA
Posts: 2,476

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 686 Post(s)
Liked 204 Times in 157 Posts
This issue was part of my motivation for getting a Smith helmet with Koroyd. (That, and I think it looks pretty darned cool.) It won't keep out the lil' suckers, gnats and such, but nothing major is going to get in.

I ride near a lot of bug magnets - farms, apple orchards, rivers. Getting stung by a bee that decided to hitch a ride on my arm was enough fun for me. I've seen them get trapped in helmets on group rides as well; not a good time.
wipekitty is offline  
Old 09-06-20, 11:42 PM
  #12  
mstateglfr 
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 10,976

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '88 Schwinn Premis , Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo

Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4357 Post(s)
Liked 1,411 Times in 862 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
What is kind of funny is the fact that people that are sold on really expensive helmets with more holes in them suffer this problem the most. Simply put, pay more for more bugs.
There is no direct correlation between cost and helmet vents. A $70 helmet can have 22 vents and a $200 helmet can have 15 vents, or even fewer.

Read more and post less.
mstateglfr is offline  
Likes For mstateglfr:
Old 09-07-20, 05:44 AM
  #13  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 2,177
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1255 Post(s)
Liked 1,414 Times in 650 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
What is kind of funny is the fact that people that are sold on really expensive helmets with more holes in them suffer this problem the most. Simply put, pay more for more bugs.
Nonsense. My $50 helmet as many vent holes as my $250 helmet.

Years ago, I used helmets from a German company called Uvex… In the front vents, they had very fine screens… Kind of a mesh. Did a great job keeping bugs out. I wish more helmets were designed that way.
Koyote is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 11:53 AM
  #14  
BoraxKid
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 356
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 325 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 101 Times in 67 Posts
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Smith helmets with Koroyd and Trek/Bontrager WaveCel helmets will keep out most bugs while allowing normal ventilation. Several friends wear those and are happy with them.

In years of riding I've trapped a bug in my helmet only once, a week ago -- a June bug. No big deal but could have been unpleasant if it had been a wasp or bee. Fortunately a friend who rides the same routes I do seems to be the bee and wasp magnet so he clears the road for me.
Umm, a week ago was the end of August. I believe what you encountered was a September bug.
BoraxKid is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 12:04 PM
  #15  
Litespud
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Chapel Hill NC
Posts: 969

Bikes: 2000 Litespeed Vortex Chorus 10, 1995 DeBernardi Cromor S/S, Nashbar 3sp commuter

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 371 Post(s)
Liked 334 Times in 190 Posts
Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
Just another source of protein. I know on a ride not too long ago it seemed like every bug I came close to aimed right for my mouth.
back at the start of COVID we were trying a socially distanced pace line, and the guy at the front got a bug in his mouth. Rather than spit, he swallowed. What a mensch!😂
Litespud is offline  
Likes For Litespud:
Old 09-08-20, 12:37 PM
  #16  
Milton Keynes
Senior Member
 
Milton Keynes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,115

Bikes: Trek 1100 road bike, Roadmaster gravel/commuter/beater mountain bike

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1475 Post(s)
Liked 483 Times in 265 Posts
Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
back at the start of COVID we were trying a socially distanced pace line, and the guy at the front got a bug in his mouth. Rather than spit, he swallowed. What a mensch!😂
I can't tell you how hard it was to resist making a spit vs. swallow joke...
Milton Keynes is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 12:44 PM
  #17  
Barry2 
LR÷P=HR
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 588

Bikes: 79 Holdsworth Special, 96 Cannondale F700CAD3, 2011 Cervelo R3, JustGo Runt, Ridley Oval, Kickr Bike 8-)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 117 Posts
Here is a solution you might try.
At $13 per 100..... YES, one hundred. It's a cheap fix.


All the best

Barry
Barry2 is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 01:32 PM
  #18  
Litespud
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Chapel Hill NC
Posts: 969

Bikes: 2000 Litespeed Vortex Chorus 10, 1995 DeBernardi Cromor S/S, Nashbar 3sp commuter

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 371 Post(s)
Liked 334 Times in 190 Posts
Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I can't tell you how hard it was to resist making a spit vs. swallow joke...
ha! Well I certainly wasn’t going there 😬
One time I was chewing gum on the bike. A large bug - bluebottle or something - flew in and I got a couple of “chews” in before it dawned on me that the wad on my mouth wasn’t all gum. Much spitting/rinsing, never again chewing and riding🤢
Litespud is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 01:43 PM
  #19  
MntnMan62
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 119

Bikes: Road - Motobecane Sprintour / Mountain - Schwinn Mesa GSX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 41 Posts
I had a similar thing happen to me. I was cruising down a steep downhill section (road) and I see an insect flying along and headed straight for me. I tried to dodge it but it flew right into one of the holes in my helmet and landed directly on my head. The next thing I know I feel a sharp pain where this thing had landed. Turns out it was a yellowjacket and it had just stung me on my scalp. I stopped my bike and took off my helmet to get the thing off my head. I then realized that I am allergic to bees and had some good sized hills ahead of me to get home. I figured that continuing my ride would only serve to spread the venom faster so I called my wife to come get me. Once home I took some Benedryl. It hurt for a while but I lived.
MntnMan62 is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 01:57 PM
  #20  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 1,940

Bikes: 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 2016 Giant Liv Rove Lite, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930, 1994 Trek Multitrack 750

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 716 Post(s)
Liked 364 Times in 253 Posts
Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
back at the start of COVID we were trying a socially distanced pace line, and the guy at the front got a bug in his mouth. Rather than spit, he swallowed. What a mensch!😂

Korina is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 02:47 PM
  #21  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,598

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,289 Times in 806 Posts
make a helmet cover of the bed nets fabric used to keep Malaria carrying mosquitoes from biting you while you sleep..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 09-08-20, 05:26 PM
  #22  
livedarklions
I'm cross-chained
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 7,965

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Motobecane Fantom CX; Giant OCR A1

Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4119 Post(s)
Liked 3,056 Times in 1,733 Posts
I just strap a hungry frog on my head.
livedarklions is offline  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 09-09-20, 09:24 AM
  #23  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 8,312

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1882 Post(s)
Liked 348 Times in 218 Posts
Adjunct to this is tooth paste for cyclist. The best brand is Bugout!!!!!!
rydabent is offline  
Old 09-09-20, 11:44 AM
  #24  
ClydeClydeson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 224
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 52 Posts
The avid off-road cyclists in the town where I used to live did a lot of their riding in swampy forest areas where bugs are terrible in the Spring and Early Summer. All of them would buy a bug net (Like this one: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5047-4...raNet-Head-Net ) and cut/modify it to be a snug fitting helmet cover.
ClydeClydeson is offline  
Old 09-16-20, 12:32 AM
  #25  
athix
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
athix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
And now I think I jinxed myself by starting this thread. Or it's 2020. I was happily whizzing along on a freshly paved and very smooth section of road today when some type of stinging insect (Murder Hornet?) hit me in the face and stung me instantly.

I want to use this opportunity to remind all the young riders out there... always wear eye protection! In this case the fiend got me in the exposed flesh between the top of my Oakleys and the rim of my helmet. I shudder to imagine what might have been. As it was, I'm sure passing motorists were wondering what in the 9 Hells was going on with me in that moment.

It's evening now, and it still hurts.
athix is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.