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Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?(17 posts)

Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?swampman
Aug 8, 2003 8:04 AM
How many times did a bee sting you before you got your jersey off?

I just left work yesterday and I had my jersey unzipped about 3 inches and a bee or wasp flew right in. I was going about 17mph and I stopped about as fast as I could and pulled off my helment and jersey. I got 2 stings. I am sure the people driving by were wondering why a cyclist was striping on the side of the road. Or laughing at my farmer's tan.

Anyone else have any good stories?
re: Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?terry b
Aug 8, 2003 8:07 AM
bee in jersey - 2 times, 1 sting each
bee in front of helmet - 1 time, no sting
wasp behind sunglasses - 1 time, 1 sting
two wasps colliding with right side of face - 1 time, 2 stings (at least)
re: Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?feathers mcgraw
Aug 8, 2003 8:10 AM
Never a bee or a wasp, but I did eat a bug on five consecutive rides once. It got to the point where I was expecting it.
Hey Feathers what film do you shot at races?Kristin
Aug 8, 2003 8:34 AM
The DG crit is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'll be waisting some more money on hobby #2. What film do you prefer for fast crits?
Hey Feathers what film do you shot at races?feathers mcgraw
Aug 8, 2003 9:41 AM
I've been doing everything digital. I like a lot of motion blur, so i it were film it'd be 100. I use a flash sometimes, and get real close.
wake up to this!JS Haiku Shop
Aug 8, 2003 8:21 AM
luckily i've managed the helmet off before getting stung. it's a good reason to keep sunglasses arms INSIDE helmet straps.

four years ago got stung mountain biking, discovered severe allergy, only just drove self to hospital ER. scary.

two years ago, stung on early evening road ride, used epi injector, went to hospital ER. guess where i was stung. ER doc thought it was funniest thing he could remember.

not been stung in awhile? get checked for allergy. i'd not been stung since childhood, and had no allergy then. the nature of our sport/recreation is such that we are often many miles from the car or a hospital, and many minutes (and perhaps in remote locations) from emergency services with life-saving emergent meds. get checked--it could save your life to find out now, and carry injectors in the future.

word up!

p.s. huge bonus points if you guys can tell me where it's from:JS Haiku Shop
Aug 8, 2003 8:27 AM
"weck up to thees".

bet you can't find it referenced on the web. betcha the only way is having read the book (that's the only hint i'll give, yo!).

Hey JS, you read any good books lately? 8<) nmMike P
Aug 8, 2003 9:07 AM
only your topo & gradient info from Hogpen Gap!!! Ouch!!! nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 8, 2003 10:00 AM
Bees only sting oncefiltersweep
Aug 8, 2003 8:37 AM
Wasps don't know when to quit
There I was, JRA...MShaw
Aug 8, 2003 9:19 AM
...on a 4 hour loop. At the farthest part of the ride, a bee decided to fly into my mouth. Before I could get it back out, it stung me on the side of my tongue! Little bastard.

Hurt like H#ll! Tongue swelled up, pain throbbed with every heartbeat, and I couldn't call anyone.

I had to soldier through the next 2 hours like that.

Right before racing at the track I had a bee sting me right behind where the saddle hits on the inside of my thigh. Ouch!

re: Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?CHRoadie
Aug 8, 2003 9:21 AM
I had a bee in my jersey once, but I didn't know it until I was driving home after the ride. I pulled over, jumped out of the car, rolled the sleeve of the jersey back, and he flew away. That was the most bozarre feeling in the world, when he was walking around inside the jersey but before I figured out what the heck it was.

By the way, if it stung you twice, it wasn't a bee--they only sting once then die. Wasps & hornets, however, will sting you as many times as they can.
Strange chain of events involving a bee in jersey...biknben
Aug 8, 2003 9:45 AM
Three of us are decending a MTB trail together at moderate speed. I'm second in line. First guy realizes he's about to miss a turn and slams on the brakes. I also it brakes and have to stay right to avoid a colision. I turn around just in time to see the third guy trying to stop with only one hand on bars and tugging on his jersey.

Just as two of us are stopping short the third guy is trying to get a bee out of his jersey. Thankfully, he slammed into the back of the first guy (nearly taking me out). They both go flying off the trail and end up in some bushes. Funniest thing I ever saw.

Damage report: One heavily damage rear wheel, tweaked front wheel, and bent SID fork.

BTW: I got stung on my shoulder just this past Sunday when a bee flew into my jersey. I was stung four times last year while riding. I almost expect it now.
re: Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?tarwheel
Aug 8, 2003 10:06 AM
I was riding in the mountains last year, coming down an 8-mile descent, when I noticed a bee resting on my left arm. Couldn't swat it right away due to some curves. Damn bee stung me twice before I could swat him.

Way back in my college days, I was backpacking in the mountains of north Georgia. We were following a trail on the edge of a waterfall with a long, treacherous drop when I noticed some yellow jackets flying out of hole just below me. A bunch of them flew up my pant legs and shirt. By the time I got to a safe spot to undress, I had been stung about a dozen times. Funny thing was, there was a whole crowd of people swimming and lying in the sun near this waterfall to watch my strip show.

Another time I was clearing some brambles (blackberry canes) in my backyard with a swingblade. About that time I felt a sharp sting on my arm. Thinking it was a thorn, I kept swinging away. Then I noticed a huge hornet nest the size of a basketball hanging from a blackberry cane. I took off running and screaming with a cloud of hornets chasing me, just like in the cartoons. It would have been funny if it wasn't so painful. I got stung about 10 times. Hornets sting much worse than bees, wasps or yellow jackets, IMHO.

I could go on and on. I've had my share of run-ins with bees, etc.
re: Friday Poll - Bee in Jersey/Helment?NYCyclist
Aug 8, 2003 10:31 AM
Last years Ironman Lake Placid, mile 18 on the run, cycling jersey unzipped in futile attempt to stay cool. Run through a small swarm of bees and before I realized what was going on, had a bunch of the little buggers in my jersey.. 3 stings total on my chest and side. I remember thinking "of course, bee stings, in addition to my sore a$$, tired legs, dehydrated body, blisters, lost tonails", etc...
Good argument for "headsweats" and lycra shorts.jesse1
Aug 9, 2003 3:27 AM
I always wear a Coolmax headsweat mainly so that a bee doesn't get tangled in my hair. The comfort advantage is nice also.
I'm also thankfull that lycra shorts are tight against my legs so that one doesn't try to get in to visit the "boys".
The most scary incident I've had with stinging insects was years ago when I first got into rock climbing. It was a very easy climb thankfully, and although I was straight up off the ground about 150 ft, I was on a nice little ledge being belayed from above by the guy leading the climb.
I was taking a little rest, kicking the rock to get my legs "calmed down" when about 15 wasps start crawling out of a crack in the rock right at my feet, and they weren't happy! Somehow I was able to get them all without getting stung, all the time holding onto the rock with a death grip as I was pretty scared to begin with.
Bee in nosemickey-mac
Aug 9, 2003 5:49 AM
I was riding along and felt something just under my nose. Thinking my nose was running, I used my gloved hand to wipe it. My nose instantly felt like someone was jabbing a red hot poker into it with a vengeance. I blew my nose and out came a bee. I had jammed the damn thing up into my nostril when I wiped my nose. I've been stung on the bike numerous times, but that one hurt more than the rest combined.