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New poll!(24 posts)

New poll!look271
Sep 18, 2001 3:14 PM
Prompted by today's events on my ride, here's a new poll: where have you been stung by a bee while riding and how often does it happen to you? Today, while riding along one of my favorite routes, wham!, right in the thumb, of all places. Right under my glove. Still hurts like an s.o.b. Couple of years ago I got it twice, once on the ear and once right between the eyes, literally. Fortunately I'm not allergic. At least the little b@#st^&ds died from these collissions!
re: New poll!David Feldman
Sep 18, 2001 3:20 PM
Four times--one on the hand almost thirty years ago when descending a hill at speed and rode through a swarm, was wearing oversized gloves and one caught in my thumb. I was fortunate that this was before well-ventilated hardshell helmets! Then, three times this last summer all on the scalp and through the vents in my helmet; go figure!
Sep 18, 2001 3:25 PM
Been riding a lot over the past 10 years in Connecticut and San Diego. I've only been stung twice.

Once in Connecticut on a downhill on my roadbike. Flew down my Jersey and stung my just above my belly.

Once in San Diego this summer on my MTB. My bud and I were stopped at the top of a trail after climbing for a mile or so. A set of bee hives 100 yards away. One just flew up, landed on my neck and stung me in about .5 seconds. Hurt like hell the rest of the ride.

2 times in 10 years! As a guy who stepped on a mud-wasp nest as a kid and was stung 35 times, I'll take 2 times in 10 years anyday.
Once, tween eyebrow and helmet. . .js5280
Sep 18, 2001 3:35 PM
About 40 miles into a 65 mile ride. I was waiting for the Jon Vaughters TdF look but fortunately it never swelled up. I'm not alergic to them. Can't imagine how many pounds of bug meat I've swallowed though and that in Colorado where they a little more rare.
On my neckMe Dot Org
Sep 18, 2001 4:05 PM
...but I was 15 1/2 years old and riding a Yamaha 80. Does that count?
Too many times to countKerry Irons
Sep 18, 2001 4:20 PM
Down the front of the jersey, on the lip, on the cheek, several times on the thighs (right through the shorts on a few occasions!). Around 1-2X per year over the past 35 years. Just comes with the territory in central Michigan.
Sep 18, 2001 4:28 PM
Typically about once every year, although I've escaped so far this year. Usually, I'm riding along enjoying the road, when some bee, not paying attention to what he's doing and flying on the wrong side of the road, crashes into me and falls down my jersey. Somehow he decides this incident is MY fault, and decides to seek revenge with his stinger. A few years back I was stung several times at once when I rode through a covered bridge which hosted a beehive. Usually they are not that aggressive, but it did get me moving fast!
too many timesterry_b
Sep 18, 2001 6:50 PM
whie I occasionally get lucky and shake them out, I have received an unrecallable number of stings on my chest and stomach due to the little beasts being sucked into my jersey. twice (minor) last week alone.

worst one of all - on my lower right jaw line. had the misfortune of riding into a couple of wasps that were engaged in some sort of blurry, orange death struggle. they hit me, grabbed ahold for a millisecond long enough to each sting me and then went on their whirling ball of confusion way. luckily I only had .75 miles left on my way back home. lower right quad of my face turned numb and then into a large, swollen, bulbous, saggy mass for 3 or 4 hours.
on the forehead!jacu
Sep 18, 2001 7:05 PM
This past summer, while on a road ride with a friend, a bee flew into the front vent on my helmet and landed on my forehead. I immediately came to a screeching halt and began to manically rip my helmet and sunglasses off, throwing everything to the ground. But, not before I was stung on the left side of my forehead.

once a year, on averageDMoore
Sep 18, 2001 7:17 PM
This has been going on for at least the last four years. The worst was inside the helmet. I'm mildly allergic, and my face swelled up like Charlie Chan. My eyes were slits, and cheeks were puffed up even with my nose. That took a trip to the E.R. and cortisone shots. I now carry Benadryl wherever I go. I've also had one on the cheek, a couple through the shorts, and one or two others of which I've forgotten the details. It is small consolation that the sting is annoying to me but fatal to the insect.
On my shoulderLive Steam
Sep 18, 2001 7:17 PM
I was traveling about 35mph down a twisting road in PA this past August and OUCH - we collided. I guess it was unavoidable for the little bugger. Thankfully I survived, but don't think he did. A second one tried to get me on the ear later in the day. Maybe it was looking for a little payback :-)

I actually had an acute reaction to a sting about 20 years ago while playing soccer. I am pretty sure it was a hornet. Almost bought the farm then. I really should carry an Epipen -sp?- as should anyone with a know allergy to insect bites. Bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets all have a different venom and an allergic reaction may only be triggered by one of them or any combination of them. A sever reaction miles away from help could be fatal.
re: New poll!Willis
Sep 18, 2001 7:34 PM
Once, while climbing hard, I felt a bug fly into my mouth. I reached in to grab it and, as I was pulling it out, was stung in the tongue. Fortunately, I wasn't stung too hard and I was only a few miles from home. I'm not allergic to bee stings, but if had I swallowed the thing the result could have been tragic.
re: New poll!Jon
Sep 18, 2001 8:10 PM
Twice. Once last year on the forehead. My right eye ended up swelling shut. Once four years ago on
the tongue. Fortunately it swelled up but didn't cut off my airway.
More than I can remember...DINOSAUR
Sep 18, 2001 8:54 PM
Most recently was about a month ago. I was descending and a couple of bees flew down the back of my jersey and stung the heck out of me. I had to patiently wait until I got to the bottom of the hill so I could pull up my jersey and shake them out. I had a good size welt on my back for a couple of days. Not fun, main reason for wearing eye protection is to ward off flying critters. I've hit some large dragon flys the size of small humming birds, usually with my helmet. I also had something fly up one of my nostrils last winter while descending. I must have been a strange sight, snorting and trying to blow him out and yelling at the same time. Sounds funny, but it was no fun at the time. I also had a yellow jacket fly into my mouth once, but I managed to spit him out before he did any damage....
Sep 18, 2001 9:00 PM
aha! i love this one! not...Spiritual Haiku
Sep 19, 2001 5:10 AM
once a few years back--right forearm, mountain biking, close to the car and close to an ER. found out that day that i was allergic when i turned into a carbon copy of martin short in that movie--what was it? my feet didn't fit in my shoes after about 15 minutes.

once a few months back--no reaction except local swelling and itching. was concerned about an allergic reaction, but it didn't present itself. i was standing on the river bluff, downtown memphis, on a group ride break. under the left arm.

once more recently, solo weeknight ride, out of the saddle over a short hill, and BAM, right in the equipment. yep--the EQUIPMENT. gave myself an epinephrine injection in the leg, (cell) called the wife for extraction, was delivered to the ER in my funny bike clothes.

uh huh, i'm a target.
Sep 19, 2001 5:52 AM
worst one, in the mouth and swallowed. luckily i didn't have a reaction. scared the
you know what out of me though and i'm a bit more careful now.
re: buzzed by buzzing beesTurtleherder
Sep 19, 2001 7:49 AM
I get stung about once a year. The last two that were memorable were between my fingers on my right hand and one that somehow got down my jersey onto my back. That one was a wasp and it stung me a couple of times before I could get off the bike and slap myself silly to kill it. Must have looked like a real moron, skinny guy in funny clothes jumping around smacking himself on the back.
I can't respondMel Erickson
Sep 19, 2001 7:51 AM
in either a negative or affirmative way. It's like flats, the minute you start talking about "it", "it" happens.
Once, on inner thigh...speed-chump
Sep 19, 2001 8:05 AM
it was really close to being really bad, if you know what I mean.
Sep 19, 2001 8:06 AM
this year on neck. Not allergic, couldn't even tell by the end of 25 mile ride. My sister, however, is very allergic and got stung on the tongue this summer. Benadryl to the rescue. Then, of course, she got stung on the bottom of her foot while resting/recovering from first sting. Yikes!
Back of my throat once. OUCH!!greg n
Sep 19, 2001 8:13 AM
Fortunately I'm not allergic. Otherwise, that could have been some serious trouble.
never, so far...Tig
Sep 19, 2001 8:15 AM
I guess I'm lucky. Actually I've never been stung by a bee or wasp in my whole life! I could be deathly allergic to bee stings like my sis, but not know it.

I made up for it Wednesday with mosquito stings. I took my 68-year-old dad who is starting to ride MTB, on some single track at Jack Brooks Park near Galveston. As soon as we entered the woods, they attacked in massive flights. This is no exaggeration. I could count over 40-50 on my body just by glancing down for a few seconds. More were hovering and looking for a fleshy landing spot. Deep Woods Off is worthless when they hunt my sight! We wisely reversed course and rode the open trails.
First time this summer....Cima
Sep 19, 2001 10:48 AM
The little sH!t got stuck between my sunglasses and my helmet, so it stung me above my eyebrow. Didn't hurt too seriously, but I did not feel well after that and had to shorten the ride.