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Bee Sting at 20mph

Old 08-08-07, 01:31 PM
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Bee Sting at 20mph

So its hotter than hell here in Pa. and thought I would get my usual daily 20 miles in before 9 am. Just stopped raining and off I go........get to my loop and start my ride......first portion of loop is always out of the saddle due to 1/4 mile incline........sit back at crest and work the crank for a ...BAM...this bee hits me in the face falls down onto my descent strato X shorts (awesome shorts) and stings me on the inner thigh. I'm doing 19.8 mph and proceed to meticulously pull the stinger from my thigh...the little bulb of poision is still visable at the end of the barb/stinger. this all takes place with one hand while still maintaining a drop to 18.2mph.
Start to get this nervous sensation..so I figure I'll just crank out the pain and poision...Hurts like hell.
Get home...immediately pour alcohol on it and swells up with bloody mess. Only for a few seconds.

Riding with insects feedback welcome.

Nutshell version: Went for ride, got stung by bee.
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Old 08-08-07, 01:38 PM
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Why didnt you just stop??
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Old 08-08-07, 01:42 PM
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Happened to me on Ragbrai. Cruising in the upper teens and somehow, I felt a large bug smack my leg and then a stinging sensation. Pulled off, pulled the stinger out and crossed my fingers that I wasn't allergic.
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I got stung under my helmet on the bell lap Sunday. Last year I got stung under the helmet trying to outgun a transit bus. So, anyone affix window screen to their vents, 'cause I'm seriously thinking about it.
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Old 08-08-07, 01:46 PM
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Yesterday morning I had a Bumblebee get into my throat. I coughed it up, spit it out and it flew away. Glad those things don't sting all that often.
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Anyone ever look up just in time to see a bug flying right at you? Happened sunday on our group ride, big ole bumblebee hit me square in the left lens of sunglasses.

So glad i had 'em!
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Old 08-08-07, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by DZA_LA View Post
Why didnt you just stop??
Stop?..it was only a bee sting, not a gunshot wound.
Although I should of
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Old 08-08-07, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ThinLine View Post
Stop?..it was only a bee sting, not a gunshot wound.
Although I should of
Well, it's not as though you were racing in the TDF either. I would have stopped.
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Old 08-08-07, 02:03 PM
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If he have stopped, it would be not good enough story for BF.
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in june on the ms 150 i got stung by a bee hit me in the neck and trying to slow down i wound up with @ least 2 stings on my neck from swatting @ it.
I stopped and yes I am allergic to bee's.
popped myself in the leg with my epi kit waited for the paramedics as I had to do to the ride marshal's and not wanting to have further problems.

I did finish the ride somewhat slower and @ each aid station {3} to be exact I was examined by a paramedic as they were looking for me.

So no problems excpet getting the refill on my epi kit. that took a couple of days
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Old 08-08-07, 02:12 PM
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Having leg hair prevents the bug from getting down to your skin to sting you. Add one point to the "reasons not to shave" column. . .
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Old 08-08-07, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ThinLine View Post
So its hotter than hell here in Pa. and thought I would get my usual daily 20 miles in before 9 am. Just stopped raining and off I go........get to my loop and start my ride......first portion of loop is always out of the saddle due to 1/4 mile incline........sit back at crest and work the crank for a ...BAM...this bee hits me in the face falls down onto my descent strato X shorts (awesome shorts) and stings me on the inner thigh. I'm doing 19.8 mph and proceed to meticulously pull the stinger from my thigh...the little bulb of poision is still visable at the end of the barb/stinger. this all takes place with one hand while still maintaining a drop to 18.2mph.
Start to get this nervous sensation..so I figure I'll just crank out the pain and poision...Hurts like hell.
Get home...immediately pour alcohol on it and swells up with bloody mess. Only for a few seconds.

Riding with insects feedback welcome.

Nutshell version: Went for ride, got stung by bee.
Almost the same thing happened to me the other day!!!!

I was cycling at about 20 mph and a bee got in between my lense and my eye. It got trapped in there for a few seconds and panicked, so it stung me right below the eye (thankfully not IN the eye!). I had to stop another passing cyclist to examine me since I couldn't see the little puncture....



I guess it could have been a lot worse...
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I got stung in the mouth once while going down a hill. that was nice. Also another time I had my sunglasses up in helmet and forgot to put them on coming down the Angeles Crest Highway somewhere in the low 30mph range. I didnt get stung, but a bubble bee or similar size insect hit me in the eye. It was like getting hit with a bean bag at 30mph. I was stunned and couldnt see out of that eye. I try to remember the sun glasses now.
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Welcome to cycling. I get a bad sting every 5 years or so.
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I was doing a century in Connecticut a few weeks ago. At mile two, a bee (or stinging insect of some kind) flew down my jersey and stung me twice on the ribs. The little guy didn't leave his stinger behind though. I've been stung before, so I knew it was just going to swell up and be sore for a while (i.e., experience has told me that I'm not deathly allergic to bees and wasps). Not really how I wanted to start a 105 mile ride, but hey, I had driven down. Wasn't going to give up because of a stupid bee sting.
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I just hate it when you can't tell if you got stung or simply ran into a bee hard.
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A couple of months ago I was having one of those days where I felt like I had oat meal in my arteries or something. I couldn't make myself get into the ride at all, but forced myself to push on. I finally started feeling good, could breathe in fairly deeply and relax a bit when - BAM - a bee nailed the big knuckle of the ring finger on my left hand and got briefly stuck between the finger and the brake hood/lever. It'd been probably 10+ years since I'd last been stung by a bee and last time I was I had no alergic reaction, but as my dad is deathly allergic to bee stings, I couldn't help but wonder if I was going to have any reaction. I got the stinger out and repeatedly tried to suck out the poison (if it's even possible) and after about 10 minutes or so the pain subsided, but on the way back home (I'd turned around shortly after getting stung) I got hit (but not stung) by no less than two other bees.

Not a lot of fun, but thankfully there were no lasting side-effects of any kind.
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Originally Posted by SDRider View Post
Well, it's not as though you were racing in the TDF either. I would have stopped.

Then why bother to wright about it?
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A meat bee went straight into my top while riding, meant bees don't sting, they bite. It didn't stop. I got bit so many times. I had to stop and I said "screw it" and went home. Haha.
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
I got stung under my helmet on the bell lap Sunday. Last year I got stung under the helmet trying to outgun a transit bus. So, anyone affix window screen to their vents, 'cause I'm seriously thinking about it.
Actually, my helmet HAS bug vents on the front helmet vents!!!!!

It's a Uvex Boss compact that was on sale at sierratradingpost.com

A very cool helmet - I love mine, more so after reading about this!!!! (I bet you're jealous!!!!)
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Originally Posted by countdowntolife View Post
A meat bee went straight into my top while riding, meant bees don't sting, they bite. It didn't stop. I got bit so many times. I had to stop and I said "screw it" and went home. Haha.
What is a meat or meant bee? Size, look, pics? Do they have jaws then? or a type of mandible system? Similar to?
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i've been stung on my stomach three times so now i don't ride with my jersey unzipped anymore. i've been stung on both thighs. once a bee hit my shin, fell down and got stuck between my shoe tongue and the top of my ankle/foot and stung me there. i've been stung more times in the last three years since i began riding than in my whole previous non riding life.
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getting stung by a honey bee is the only thing i am always afraid of when cycling... I would rather be hit by an automobile than stung by a bee. I have a higher possibility of surviving the car crash than a bee sting... This man hates being deathly allergic to a honey bee's sting.
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