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Bee in my bonnet! Arghh!!

Old 09-22-08, 03:30 PM
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Bee in my bonnet! Arghh!!

So I'm pedaling away minding my own business when I pass under a tree and feel something fly through the slot in my helmet and hit my forehead. I don't think too much of it at first until a little while later I realize something is crawling in my hair. Yikes. I stop and rip off my helmet, and brush through my hair. A bee flies out. Close one!

Thanks for not stinging my head and making me swell up shut little bee!
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Old 09-22-08, 03:53 PM
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Iwas riding to work this morning and right in fromt of me it looks like a bee is floating gently in space, in a light arc down and toward me. In no time, it bounces right off my left eyeglass lens! Boy was I glad I was wearing those glassess - I can't imagine what a bee landing smack in my eye at 18 MPH would do t my day!
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Old 09-22-08, 03:57 PM
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I was riding in a group this Saturday when I look down and a bee is sitting on my junk chillin'.
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Old 09-22-08, 04:00 PM
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I was pacing along around 18 a couple weeks ago and a wasp hit me in the stomach. At least, I think it was a wasp by the pain of the sting! It hurt for several hours.
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Old 09-22-08, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by photonick View Post
I was riding in a group this Saturday when I look down and a bee is sitting on my junk chillin'.

Did the bee say "I dare ya, I double dare ya to smack me!!"
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Originally Posted by baiskeli View Post

Did the bee say "I dare ya, I double dare ya to smack me!!"
Haha i just looked down and said "OHHH ****" and tried not to swerve and just kinda started drifting towards the outside of the pack until it flew away, i think it tried to sting the lycra.
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Old 09-22-08, 04:39 PM
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This is honestly one of my worst fears riding. I am really phobic of bees. I mean I guess not clinically phobic but a pretty big sissy about it.

I hear there is mesh you can put in your helmet vents, no? I've considered it.

Once when I was riding around campus without a helmet just cruising, I heard the buzzing a bee, felt something hit my head, and I frantically began smashing and squishing and trying to dislodge the thing.

A few days later I was itching my head, and sure enough, bee parts were stuck in my dreads.

Weird, eh?
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Old 09-22-08, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by malpag3 View Post
This is honestly one of my worst fears riding. I am really phobic of bees. I mean I guess not clinically phobic but a pretty big sissy about it.

I hear there is mesh you can put in your helmet vents, no? I've considered it.

Once when I was riding around campus without a helmet just cruising, I heard the buzzing a bee, felt something hit my head, and I frantically began smashing and squishing and trying to dislodge the thing.

A few days later I was itching my head, and sure enough, bee parts were stuck in my dreads.

Weird, eh?
some rudy helmets come with optional mesh with padding
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Old 09-22-08, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
some rudy helmets come with optional mesh with padding
As do the LAS helmets, a feature I'm absofreakinglutley loving.
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Old 09-22-08, 04:58 PM
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At the end of a very long intense ride on a hot day, I am cresting this hill at full tilt, and my chest goes ice cold.

I thought my heart blew a gasket, so I just kept pushing hoping everything was fine and the sensation would go away. It didn't.

I get home and pull my jersey, and find a nice stinger stuck in the middle of my chest. Whew.........I thought I was getting old.
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Old 09-22-08, 05:00 PM
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Happened to me on a group ride about a month ago. Darn thing got stuck in my hair and started stinging my scalp (one of those that doesn't die after it stings). A horrible way to get dropped. Fortunately two guys in the group stopped when they saw me suddenly veer off the road and stop for apparently no reason. I was relieved since I have never been stung before, wasn't sure if I would have any horrendous reactions.
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Old 09-22-08, 05:14 PM
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I was warming up on the track and a hornet flew down my skin suit. By the time I was able to get off the track and get the skin suit off it stung me four or five times.
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Old 09-22-08, 06:37 PM
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Somehow I believe that bees know they'll die if they sting something, so unless they're incredibly stressed I figure they'll just struggle for awhile to get free of your helmet.
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Old 09-22-08, 09:25 PM
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Took a bumble bee to the neck on my motorcycle on the highway a few weeks back. It was not fun. So far no stings on the bike but I'm sure my day is coming.
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Old 09-22-08, 09:41 PM
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Last week when I was cruising down a NAILED a yellow jacket with the front of my helmet.

I was flying down the mountain, I just saw a black yellow bug aproaching quickly. I ducked, and I closed my eyes and I just heard/felt a THUMP. I don't think he made it out alive....
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Old 09-22-08, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Editz View Post
Somehow I believe that bees know they'll die if they sting something, so unless they're incredibly stressed I figure they'll just struggle for awhile to get free of your helmet.
I don't know. I've found one in my shirt AFTER biking and I think it was dying. I'm pretty sure it stung my shirt because I didn't feel it until it was attempting to crawl out my sweaty shirt.
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Old 09-22-08, 09:47 PM
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It's funny this topic came up. I bought helmet recently that came with a "bug shield" and I was wondering if it served a useful purpose. Apparently it does. Here is the picture:



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Old 09-23-08, 12:18 AM
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Yeah I was stung in my head last week while riding home..that sucked!
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Originally Posted by photonick View Post
I was riding in a group this Saturday when I look down and a bee is sitting on my junk chillin'.
I don't know if that compares to having a huge locust just chilling on my crotch as i'm in rolling around with the group. As I was pulling off the front I look down to make sure no one is overlapping my wheel and see this guy apparently enjoying the quick ride from point A to B...
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Hmm, I'm considering adding a mesh to my helmet now that I know this happens more frequently than my phobia would prefer.

Suggestions?
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I've been lucky, so far I'm just picking up four or five gnats/black aphids (whatever they are, they're tiny) on my commute home. Blech! Hate how they congregate in those clouds.
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Old 09-23-08, 12:48 PM
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A couple a weeks ago I forgot my sunglasses at home so I had to spend some 40$ on some rubbish at the train station. But Im glad I did, because later that day, while on a mild decent, I saw some black spot approaching very quickly, I closed my eyes and felt a quite an impact on the glasses.

Without those glasses I probably would have crashed par excellance as a result of having gotten a wasp behind my eye.

I also once rode into a cloud of small mosquitos with my eyes open. I lost all visibility but luckily the road was straight and I was not going fast.
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Old 09-23-08, 12:50 PM
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Bleeeh I hate riding through the clouds of bugs. So gross.
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Honeybees (except for the queens) die when they sting you. A worker bee's stinger is barbed and sticks in your skin, and then gets pulled out of the bee's body, killing it. Yellowjackets and bumblebees don't have that problem, and live to sting again.
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I took my first bee in the helmet this summer. I felt the bump as it went in, so I pulled over and removed my helmet as fast as I could! It was a bumblebee, luckily- they aren't very likely to sting anyway - and I think it was a bit stunned. I shook it out of the helmet and I think we both kind of did the little retrospective heebie-jeebies shudder (the one where you think what might have happened) and went on our respective ways.
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