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Spitting and etiquette?

Old 06-25-13, 04:55 PM
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Spitting and etiquette?

I spend a fair amount of time in NYC. People spit here all the time. Even women, children participate in expectoration exercises. My out of town, or out of country pals often comment on how gross NYC denizens are when they hawk a loogie.

As a regular person - I never spit. If I absolutely have to spit I use a napkin, tissue etc. However, on two wheels and with temps soaring in the 90F's today I was hawking loogies like nobody's business and thought nothing of it.

As a proper roadie - the question is to hawk, or not hawk? That said, I never spit if there are women in the group ride. Can't do it because I know I would hear in my head Sister Mary Elizabeth saying in a thick Irish accent - "you're a bad boy." Say a Hail Mary.
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Only time I wont do it is in a group. Otherwise I ride by myself and will let them fly into the bushes when need be.
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You know why most pro bikes are washed each day? Because of the amount of mucus, urine, food/drink, and sometimes blood that are all over them. I've never been on a ride where people don't projectile farmer blow or spit. Jessica Cutler (pro on Vanderkitten) just posted on Twitter today that she farmer blew in her bedroom today - just out of habit from riding - onto the floor. .....and she's a lady so....uh...yeah....expel it if you have it.
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Originally Posted by Essex
I spend a fair amount of time in NYC. People spit here all the time. Even women, children participate in expectoration exercises. My out of town, or out of country pals often comment on how gross NYC denizens are when they hawk a loogie.

As a regular person - I never spit. If I absolutely have to spit I use a napkin, tissue etc. However, on two wheels and with temps soaring in the 90F's today I was hawking loogies like nobody's business and thought nothing of it.

As a proper roadie - the question is to hawk, or not hawk? That said, I never spit if there are women in the group ride. Can't do it because I know I would hear in my head Sister Mary Elizabeth saying in a thick Irish accent - "you're a bad boy." Say a Hail Mary.
Everyone likes hawks. Well, everyone except things that they eat.

But hocking loogies is par for the course. And blowing snot rockets. You'll find yourself doing more of the former in hot weather, more of the latter in cold.

If you opt to do neither, you really will feel yucky.
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My wife shoots the best snot rockets when engaging in intense cardio. I find it strangely attractive, just 'cause she's so badass.
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As one who suffers from chronic bronchitis and nasal congestion, I have no choice but to hock loogies and shoot snot rockets. I try not to hock loogies when I'm not riding, but the body decides otherwise sometimes.
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Never done either, the thought makes me want to vomit. Don't care how hot or cold, it ain't happening.
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It's NYC...hack a loogie with gusto, you don't need to be on a bike. Unless Cuomo or Bloomberg decides its not good for the subjects, then your days are numbered!
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for me it's almost nonstop on a bike. in regular day's life--almost never (unless i have a cold). it's not like you can help it, although you can learn to do it properly; down and towards the road, and only when at the back of the paceline.

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Just move to the back of the group before you let it fly. And don't worry about if there are women in the pack. They don't care. And even if they did, who cares?
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Cheers fellas. As a parochial school grad - spitting was instilled as "forbodden." And my reticence to hawk one.

And yes, I would love to see a very attractive girl on a bike hawk a loogie. Even better if it got on me. It's my Catholic perversion?

I guess I thought of spitting today as I saw a woman dressed in a Sari, seated nearest the subway door turn her head and spit out at the 14th St stop. It was like being in Mumbai again. It just grossed me out. Not to mention finding a dead bull frog in a glass tank bundled near fermenting garbage bags at Union Sq. Park. Ick.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
Just move to the back of the group before you let it fly.
Agree, and be aware of wind direction pre-ejection.

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Women are by far the worst for not moving out enough.

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Hilarious cycling vid that covers a bit of spitting: https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=GMCku...%3DGMCkuqL9IcM

Sorry if it's been posted 100x already.

I still laugh, but then again I'm easy.

That's what she said...
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I always spit on rides. I usually aim for something as target practice, such as a telephone pole. In groups for spitting or snot rockets, I drift to the back, or go over to the other side of the road for biggies.

If someone spits in front of me, I usually say "UGGGHHH --- You got me right in my eye !!"
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If I spit in a group or a race, I'll use a "curteousy hand" where I lower my arm and spit in front of the hand, so any blowback gets blocked and keeps the rider behind me dry. Snot rockets require a move to the back of the group.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
You know why most pro bikes are washed each day? Because of the amount of mucus, urine, food/drink, and sometimes blood that are all over them. I've never been on a ride where people don't projectile farmer blow or spit. Jessica Cutler (pro on Vanderkitten) just posted on Twitter today that she farmer blew in her bedroom today - just out of habit from riding - onto the floor. .....and she's a lady so....uh...yeah....expel it if you have it.
"Farmer blow"?
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Originally Posted by Essex
I spend a fair amount of time in NYC. People spit here all the time. Even women, children participate in expectoration exercises. My out of town, or out of country pals often comment on how gross NYC denizens are when they hawk a loogie.

As a regular person - I never spit. If I absolutely have to spit I use a napkin, tissue etc. However, on two wheels and with temps soaring in the 90F's today I was hawking loogies like nobody's business and thought nothing of it.

As a proper roadie - the question is to hawk, or not hawk? That said, I never spit if there are women in the group ride. Can't do it because I know I would hear in my head Sister Mary Elizabeth saying in a thick Irish accent - "you're a bad boy." Say a Hail Mary.
I'm 100% with you. Spitting - especially in a group ride - is inexcusably gross. And IMO and there is ZERO f'n excuse for snot rockets.

(I may get flamed for saying that - and I don't care. It's just the way I was raised.)
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On a bike, the only etiquette necessary for spitting or snot rockets is to do so at the back of the pack or on a side where there is no other rider. Doing so in a rider's path is disgusting.

Funny story.....I was dogging it solo up a local hill, when just as I turned to my side to blow a snot rocket, a sneaky rider whom I didn't see or hear coming went directly into the path of the slime vector, which hit him squarely on his right calf. Served him right though....he was trying to blow past me unnoticed, and had I known he was coming I would have amped up the pace to prevent the pass, and certainly not chosen that moment to 'blow'. Of course, I apologized profusely, and we both had a chuckle over it as we rode on together for a bit.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
"Farmer blow"?
Yes. As I live in a locale populated with thousands of farmers, I can verify that. It's called a farmer's blow because that's what to do if you're miles away out in the fields and there's not a box of tissue magically handy.

Also, the other name for it is...buck snort. Seriously.

Deer/elk/etc shoot snot rockets right out of both nostrils when it's really cold out. No joke. I guess it's tough to get their hooves up to block one side off. The first time I saw it from a blind as a kid I almost fell over dead laughing. It's great.
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Here's a couple clips showing what I was talking about:

https://youtu.be/9h-nyCk1VVs

This one's really hilarious. The funny thing is I've sounded like this in the winter before.

https://youtu.be/dUovwnAleL0
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
Jessica Cutler (pro on Vanderkitten) just posted on Twitter today that she farmer blew in her bedroom today - just out of habit from riding - onto the floor.


Just remember - whenever you spit, a beautiful woman WILL be looking at you with a disguisted grimase on her face.
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Originally Posted by DGlenday
I'm 100% with you. Spitting - especially in a group ride - is inexcusably gross. And IMO and there is ZERO f'n excuse for snot rockets.
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Originally Posted by DGlenday
I'm 100% with you. Spitting - especially in a group ride - is inexcusably gross. And IMO and there is ZERO f'n excuse for snot rockets.

(I may get flamed for saying that - and I don't care. It's just the way I was raised.)
It's not a question of flaming, and it's not a question of how one is raised. If you ride hard in cold conditions and want to breathe rather than drown, snot rockets are simply a fact of life.
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Originally Posted by chasm54
It's not a question of flaming, and it's not a question of how one is raised. If you ride hard in cold conditions and want to breathe rather than drown, snot rockets are simply a fact of life.
Yup. Just let em fly responsibly.
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