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cycling and runny nose, etc.(11 posts)

cycling and runny nose, etc.pomole
Nov 22, 2003 4:42 PM
i dont mean to be gross, but i have some questions for y'all about 'purging your body of excess snot' to put it gracefully.

but as i warm up on my rides my nose tends to get runny. i read that this is normal behavior, but i also have the need to spit ocassionally as well (post nasal drip, etc..) does anyone else do this? what about on group rides? is there any ettiquette for such grossness i should follow? thanks.

re: On group rides, carry kleenexhudsonite
Nov 22, 2003 4:55 PM
When you are riding in a group, carry Kleenex in the back of your jersey. No need to gross out the group.

When you are by yourself, do what men do....
re: On group rides, carry kleenexCritLover
Nov 22, 2003 8:32 PM
What makes you think that women don't do this? I don't know any women that carry Kleenex. Snot rockets is not an exclusively male practice. I don't consider this gross, it's part of the sport.
re: On group rides, carry kleenexhudsonite
Nov 23, 2003 7:43 AM
Sorry to offend you. I have never seen a woman blow a snot rocket. Not that that it would matter if they did. In my observations, females tend to be more subtle and discreet than males (at least around males). But as we all know, there are no absolutes in life. If you are a lady that wants to blow snot rockets, go ahead. It will not effect me in the slightest. I will think no differently of you than if a guy were to do it.

As for myself, I will keep my snot rockets to non-public moments, be it with men or women. Eveyone is different and I respect the rights of people to blow snot rockets at will. But I will use Kleenex when in public and so will my wife. Come to think of it, I have seen no one in our group blow a snot rocket all season.
group ride expectorant help.........lanterne rouge
Nov 22, 2003 5:08 PM
Drift to the back or side of the group and spit down forcefully underneath your arm towards the outside of the group. To get rid of snot do the old "Louisiana out" by holding one side of your nose and blowing the other out towards the outside of the group again down and underneath your arm using the same hand of course so you aren't fumbling with the bars. That is what works for me and I have yet to spray anybody with either nasal or oral expectorant.
group ride expectorant help.........Chainstay
Nov 22, 2003 5:21 PM
If you cup your hand you can catch the snot and then dispose of it by slicking down your hair - Cape Breton style, or by wiping it across the back of your friends jersey in a gesture of comradeship.
just not in your friends hairconsolidated
Nov 23, 2003 8:48 AM
...that's crossing the line
Here is how I do it (If you want to be cool) !the bull
Nov 22, 2003 5:31 PM
Pull out to the centerline. Make sure a punk does not take your place in the paceline (unless you are feeling tired).Then plug the nostril that is not plugged. Blow the snot out your head do the side of the pluged nostril. Fall in. :)

The Bull is back.
Sorry I dont have alot of time to yack here.
The kid is starting to crawl, now I must go and make sure my bike does not get tipped over!
Snot rockets and spitKerry Irons
Nov 23, 2003 6:21 PM
Contrary to the expeience of other posters, I have seen lots of women who blow snot rockets - it's the accepted process. Most people require a finger to hold one nostril closed while blowing the other. This is the technique I first saw demonstrated by lift operators at a local ski area back when I was just 10 years old - I was stunned but soon adopted the much-needed procedure. Now however I just do it double-barreled, which is a clean an simple method. Just make sure no one is directly behind you. As to spitting, short of taking a bug orally, there's no need to ever spit. You can swallow. Spitting is just a habit. The rest of us don't want to watch.
Snot rockets and spitDutchy
Nov 23, 2003 8:26 PM
Carry a handkerchief, they also come in handy for wiping away blood, if you should hit the tarmac. Snot rockets are disgusting especially when some tool launches one from the front of a paceline. GROWSE!


Get thee to the back of the group ...innergel
Nov 24, 2003 9:22 AM
Clamp one side shut and aim down and away, preferable under your arm. Exhale sharply. Repeat other side, as necessary. Commence with housekeeping using the terry cloth patch on your glove (it's not only for sweat).