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Dang bees(7 posts)

Dang beesbikedodger
Sep 13, 2001 11:48 AM
I think that its time to bring up some petty complaints.

On a ride a few days ago, I had a bee fly into my ear and then proceed to sting me there. I'm lucky that I am not allergic to bee stings or I would have had a major problem. This is the second time that I have been stung on rides and am getting tired of it.

Should I carry a fly swatter with me and seek them out before they get me?
re: Dang beesraboboy
Sep 13, 2001 11:53 AM
Ride with your mouth open and try to catch them. That way you can crunch them before they get to you. ;)
re: Dang beesLLSmith
Sep 13, 2001 12:18 PM
What color is your helmut? If its red or yellow they might see you as a flower. If that is the case the bee was probably as suprised as you when he/she landed in another one of those darn human ears.
they're out having fun, toomr_spin
Sep 13, 2001 12:39 PM
Bees like bright colors and heavy scented perfumes, sunscreens, etc. If you are getting stung a lot, make a few changes in these areas and see if it makes a difference.

Believe me, bee stings hurt, but wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are much worse!
re: Dang beesBrooks
Sep 13, 2001 12:43 PM
I got stung a few weeks ago on the side of my neck (blue helmet, BTW). Fortunately, I only react a little bit (minor swelling and itching for 20 minutes or so). By the end of the ride I couldn't tell where the sting was. My sister has severe reactions. I just told the group I was riding with that if my breathing gets labored to check up on me. Their reaction: how will we know the difference from normal! Thanks, guys!
Friend got one right down the throatcory
Sep 13, 2001 3:46 PM
I was riding with a friend the other day, and a wasp went right down her throat and stung her behind the uvula (no, UVULA, the thing hanging down). I was thinking, "Whoa, how'm I going to handle this if she's allergic..."). Luckily, she shook it off and rode home, but she could barely breathe for awhile.
stings to the mouth are particularly dangerouspeloton
Sep 13, 2001 3:56 PM
Even a person who has no allergy to bee stings can have a serious reaction and go into anaphalactic shock as a result of a sting to the mouth or throat. Any sting to those areas should be watched closely for an adverse reaction.

For the record, I seem to get stung on a ride about once a year. I got stung on the neck just a couple of weeks ago (orange/yellow helmet).

Last year, a yellowjacket flew into one of the vents on my helmet and stung me repeatedly as I tried to get out of the pack I was riding in both quickly and without taking out everyone I was riding with. No one could figure out what the hell I was doing. Man, that little bastard got me good, but everyone gave me a lot of space for the rest of the day!