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flies bug me.(15 posts)

flies bug me.mwood
Jun 5, 2002 8:49 AM
This is going to sound like a crazy post, but I feel if anyone really has a solution to this problem, it will benefit many of us...

The weather is warm/hot (90degrees yesterday's ride @ 4PM) and the bugs are out in force. Particularly when climbing (particularly when crawling uphill on my mtb), flies are a problem. I hate the little s.o.b's. They will tenaciously hang on up to 12-15mph, buzzing around and hitching a ride when possible (and, no, I don't think it is because I smell like shxt, although after riding I don't exactly mimic a spring flower, in that regard). Does anyone have any proven means of repelling flies?
The other side is descending, where getting smacked in the face with assorted bugs (bumblebees are my personal favorite) is no fun. I don't think there is anyway to avoid that one!
re: flies bug me.DougSloan
Jun 5, 2002 8:53 AM
When I used to mountain bike, I suffered the same problem. I found some Off helped. I put it on my face and arms. Riding faster helped, too.

On the road, not much you can do. Wear glasses and look down when you hit a swarm of gnats.

Just part of what cycling is about.

Doug
I heard once that...Wannabe
Jun 5, 2002 9:31 AM
...you know you are a true roadie when you can identify bugs by TASTE! :) I ate my first small moth this year. YUCH! No way I could close my mouth, HR was 190+ at the time! :(

Andy
descending face shieldkenyee
Jun 5, 2002 9:18 AM
The latest Performance catalog has what looks like a face shield that you'd find on motorcycle helmets. It attaches to the front of a helmet.

I suspect you'd be ridiculed by any of your buddies that make fun of people who use Frog pedals and camelbacks on the road though :-)
No good...Andy M-S
Jun 5, 2002 11:08 AM
I tried one of these this past winter to see if it could keep my face from freezing (I live in Wisconsin) and found that I was much better off without it.

I think the reason for that is that the visor attaches so that it is far away from the helmet at the bottom, and it turns into a funnel rather than a shield.

IOW, it's only for looks.

I returned mine to Performance and they credited me for it (I've gotten to like Performance).

And yes, people laughed when they saw me in the stupid thing.
Be thankful you don't have black flies.RoyGBiv
Jun 5, 2002 9:39 AM
Folks in northern climes can atest to their tenacity and ferocity. I hear they actually take chunks out of you.
Avon's Skin-So-Soft is supposed to be a good repellant for black flies - not to mention being kind to the skin - and perhaps it can help you. However, what bugs me about bugs is, just after applying a coat of sun block (or skin cream), you'll cruise through a cloud of mosquitos or fruit flies and you end up having them stuck all over you.
Guess it's the price of being that much closer to nature.
Especially in your jersey-rideslikeagirl
Jun 5, 2002 9:52 AM
On one of our rare warm days, I unzipped my jersey a bit to catch a breeze on the way home.

Evidently, I caught more than that. I'll be darned if FIVE flies didn't come buzzing out when I undressed at home!

Bleh!
Bug sprayTurtleherder
Jun 5, 2002 12:17 PM
A little bug spray seems to work for me. Try www.buggspray.com for a spray that will keep the gnats and black flys off. This stuff was invented by a guy in northern Minnesota and works really well. If you don't like Deet then try www.cactusjuicetm.com It's made from real cactus juice and has no Deet. This stuff was invented in Honduras and is effective against all sorts of nasty tropical bugs. It comes with 20 spf sunscreen mixed in and it was totally effective for the 2 weeks I was in Peru last month. No bug bites or sunburn.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.bikedodger
Jun 5, 2002 12:26 PM
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Jun 5, 2002 12:45 PM
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Jun 5, 2002 12:47 PM
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Jun 5, 2002 12:47 PM
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Jun 5, 2002 12:48 PM
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Jun 5, 2002 2:22 PM
Milton Berle nm.RoyGBiv
Jun 5, 2002 12:57 PM