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Old 06-21-07, 07:39 PM
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Spider Webs

I really don't like spider webs. I was riding today and ran through like 30 webs. All ended up in my face. Is their a certain time to ride where their arent many webs. Or is it just something I need to get used to on this trail. And if anyone knows it, its Reedy Fork Trail in Greensboro NC. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Tra!l !
I really don't like spider webs. I was riding today and ran through like 30 webs. All ended up in my face. Is their a certain time to ride where their arent many webs. Or is it just something I need to get used to on this trail. And if anyone knows it, its Reedy Fork Trail in Greensboro NC. Thanks.
It really depends what type of spiders are out there, but yes, it is definitely the time of year for spiders. I'm from quite a different area than you, but even out here, if you're in the woods you run a serious risk of catching some webs. If it's really bad out there, i'd say invest in a lightweight full face helmet and some good sunglasses. That'll keep the stickies out of your face and mouth.

Or if it's hot, maybe even something simple like a bandanna over your mouth paired with sunglasses.
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Old 06-21-07, 07:52 PM
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You must have just passed through their nesting ground but I don't think it would matter. It was just bad luck that could have been anywhere but with as many webs as you said it was a colony of them for sure.
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Old 06-21-07, 08:03 PM
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yea man it really really sucked. I was planning on riding back through. But i didnt want anymore of it. They may of rebuilt at the far end.
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Old 06-21-07, 08:42 PM
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I would invest in a riding friend and let him/her take the lead!
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Get a friend to go with you and have him go first that way he can cut the trail. But I know what you are talking about they are a pain, just about as bad as million bug that want to suck your blood. I must have half a dozen bumps on the back of my neck and double that on my legs.
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I just ignore them and take bets on how many repel from my helmet when I stop.. It's Just part of being in the woods. If your scared of spiders this could be the wrong activity.
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Old 06-21-07, 08:59 PM
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I hate spiders. It nears on a phobia for me; no idea why. No recollection of a bad spider bite or anything. (shrug)

That said, the feeling of breaking across webbing on a trail is a tactile sensation I really dig on. Especially early morning; on much of the trails I ride, it means I'm the only one out there so far...
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Old 06-21-07, 10:16 PM
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Yea Im not afraid of spiders though. I just see them as a hinderence to riding with out getting distracted by peeling them off ur hands and cleaning them outta ur bike. I extreamly love the woods. I love to camp in the middle of nowhere and hike and i know spiders are a good thing, just not for riding. As for the bugs biting you, i found away around it. Dont ride slow.
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better spiders than snakes...
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Originally Posted by albyhellscream
better spiders than snakes...
That's true...but i don't see tearing through a snake web with your face to be a very likely activity...that would probably be the most terrifying experience imaginable if it could happen though!

eek.
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Spiders are nothing, its worse when you realize you are 6 feet away from running down a rattlesnake and there is no turning back now, just hope it doesn't bite you somehow..
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+1 on the spider hatred I have an unnatural hate for spiders, my mom says when I was a baby a huge spider crawled in my crib, i don't remember if she said it bit me or not. But that's likely why i hate them. That and when i lived in my parents' house we had a recurring infestation of Hobo spiders (very poisonous, very small, very fast, likes to hide under bed sheets

out in the woods I think there are fewer poisonous spiders (if i'm wrong, DON'T tell me!) but there are some gnarly big ones. I tend to ride in the morning so I belong to the tribe known as "spider-eaters". One of my favorite trails can have 20 or so webs in less than a mile. I don't mind the little orange tree spiders, they leave tiny little bites and try to get off you as soon as they land on you. There are many species of freakishly huge spiders that I've wrecked to avoid.

At an LBS I saw Giro makes a full face XC helmet, it's basically a regular mtb helmet but with the styrofoam/plastic molding extending around your mouth/chin with very large holes right in front of your mouth. The holes are covered with a mesh screen. also all of the holes in the top of the helmet are covered in the mesh screen too. it looked like a good anti-spider/anti-bee helmet. cost $129 though
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Originally Posted by Tra!l !
I really don't like spider webs. I was riding today and ran through like 30 webs. All ended up in my face. Is their a certain time to ride where their arent many webs. Or is it just something I need to get used to on this trail. And if anyone knows it, its Reedy Fork Trail in Greensboro NC. Thanks.
I know the trail. If it's really a problem for you, try riding other, more popular trails in the area and let someone else take care of the dirty work.

Or ride only in winter when the spiders are sleeping and not waiting to pounce on you and sink their poisonous fangs into your neck.

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Old 06-22-07, 09:47 AM
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Ride backwards.
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Find a friend and let him go first.
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Find a "friend" and let him go first.
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Spiders themselves dont bother me....the webs do give me that creepy crawly feeling sometimes though.

I could deal with a couple strands of web, but when you go headfirst into a full blown web...its kinda creepy.

Be careful of certain spiders though, depending on where you live.... A Brown Recluse bite can be a very bad day at the doctors, especially if no attention is given immediatley. The venom will start to actually kinda eat away at your flesh. Seen some nasty pics of those bites. Have a friend who got bit also. the next day he had 18 inches of gauze packed into a little hole on his thigh. Yuck
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Get a windshield for your ride. Or ride with Gastro.
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Originally Posted by junkyard
.... Or ride with Gastro.
That's a method that works... I usually tell him i like the pace he sets.
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Originally Posted by mlh122
+1 on the spider hatred I have an unnatural hate for spiders, my mom says when I was a baby a huge spider crawled in my crib, i don't remember if she said it bit me or not. But that's likely why i hate them. That and when i lived in my parents' house we had a recurring infestation of Hobo spiders (very poisonous, very small, very fast, likes to hide under bed sheets

out in the woods I think there are fewer poisonous spiders (if i'm wrong, DON'T tell me!) but there are some gnarly big ones. I tend to ride in the morning so I belong to the tribe known as "spider-eaters". One of my favorite trails can have 20 or so webs in less than a mile. I don't mind the little orange tree spiders, they leave tiny little bites and try to get off you as soon as they land on you. There are many species of freakishly huge spiders that I've wrecked to avoid.
I like spiders.
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Usually they aren't poisonous so it's not a big deal. If brown reclus or black widows spun webs across the trail then I wouldn't be riding mountain bikes. I must have bust thru 30+ webs this morning.
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All of them are poisonous. Just many dont carry enough venom to do to much damage to a human. Even those "daddy longlegs" are venomous.

Whats funny is the daddy longlegs is considered the most venomous spider in the world due to the amount of venom it carries compared to its body size. Nowhere near enough to have a recton from a human though.
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