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The dangedest thing that ever happened to me on a bike(4 posts)

The dangedest thing that ever happened to me on a biketerry b
May 16, 2003 6:20 PM
I went out for a maintenance shakedown cruise tonight and after one stop to adjust my seat and a second to pull a drywall nail out of my rear tire I somehow managed to ride through a swarm of bees.

It was too late to dodge - really didn't see it until I was upon them at 19 mph. Very weird - they were bouncing off me like hail (no southern pun intended) and after I passed through the main mess of them, individuals continued to bounce off my glasses and helmet for another 1/4 mile. I suppose I was lucky they didn't feel compelled to come after me.
maybe you rode past their hive?theBreeze
May 16, 2003 7:38 PM
If I remember right you live around Albuquerque. Maybe they had a hive in some big ol' cottonwood near your route. Any fruit trees blooming down there this late?

You riding the Santa Fe Century Sunday?

(livin' somewhere north o' you.)
no hiveterry b
May 16, 2003 7:46 PM
no, I think they were doing that thing we've all seen on the news - swarming around a displaced queen. they were in a neighborhood hanging out by a cable TV box - nothing as romantic as a cottonwood.

will be doing the SF century - I hope the weather is better than it's been. You?
May 17, 2003 5:41 AM
Yep, it sounds like they were swarming. Fortunately for you, honey bees are quite docile when swarming. You can actually "capture" a swarm with bare hands, that is, you find the queen in the midst of the swarm and place her inside an empty hive/super. The rest of the swarm will eventually end up in their new home.