Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

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Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby BakfietsUK » 26 Mar 2017, 10:35am

Am I the only one that suffers from suicidal flies aiming straight for my mouth. It always seems to happen when the warmer weather comes around and it is a real pain. They seem to purposely fly straight toward me especially when I am breathing hard. I have thought of wearing masks, but that would restrict my breathing.

I wondered whether anyone else experiences this or am I just irresistible to flying insects.

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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby ChrisOntLancs » 26 Mar 2017, 11:22am

it's better than the tooth ache i get in winter, but it does $%^$% me off a bit that it's never a toffee crisp flying around.

i've been thinking of getting a light scarf for sand or something, there's breathing to worry about though as you say

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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby foxyrider » 26 Mar 2017, 12:13pm

It happens occasionally but i'm never one to complain about a free meal! :lol:
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby gaz » 26 Mar 2017, 1:05pm

♫ There was an old cyclist who swallowed a fly ... ♫ :wink:
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby Vantage » 26 Mar 2017, 1:32pm

Not so much flies, but I come to accept that part of my summer diet consists of midgies. Mmmmmmmm tasty. :p
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby Roadster » 26 Mar 2017, 2:41pm

Insects are a valuable source of protein of which we in the developed world are reluctant to take advantage. We may have to overcome our squeamishness in the future as the world's ever-hungry population continues to increase...

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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby ChrisOntLancs » 26 Mar 2017, 3:46pm

Roadster wrote:Insects are a valuable source of protein of which we in the developed world are reluctant to take advantage. We may have to overcome our squeamishness in the future as the world's ever-hungry population continues to increase...


better than quinoa!

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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby Cyril Haearn » 26 Mar 2017, 4:24pm

ChrisOntLancs wrote:
Roadster wrote:Insects are a valuable source of protein of which we in the developed world are reluctant to take advantage. We may have to overcome our squeamishness in the future as the world's ever-hungry population continues to increase...


better than quinoa!


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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby ChrisOntLancs » 26 Mar 2017, 4:36pm

well that was a bit of fun, but yeah, i've tried quinoa, and i've had to swallow bugs on a bike ride, and i'll take the latter any day.

i couldn't think of anything else rich in protein that tasted awful :lol:

EDIT i forgot about the demographic, look... i wish i liked that stuff, but i don't, nobody does... and as much as i'd love the world to go vegan, i don't think we're going to do it by covering up the bad taste of staple foods. this propaganda war is at best throwing chickens and cows to the proverbial wolves, and at worst slowing down the progress of mankind! we need to stop and think of a different strategy. quinoa is awful :evil:
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby Heltor Chasca » 26 Mar 2017, 4:39pm

My record is 23 winter gnats on a 1.5 mile stretch of local greenway. I'm waiting for the flies that hangout at the stables just off the track. My food bill drops remarkably.

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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby Vorpal » 26 Mar 2017, 5:58pm

Since no one else has yet mentioned the old joke....

How do you tell happy cyclists?

Because the flies are stuck in their teeth. :mrgreen:
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby mercalia » 26 Mar 2017, 8:38pm

you clearly need to develop "bad breath" or chew on a garlic before your ride?

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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby mjr » 26 Mar 2017, 8:43pm

Or close your flipping mouth when cycling in fly infested areas.

Not that I always remember :lol:
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 26 Mar 2017, 9:47pm

Hi,
BakfietsUK wrote:Am I the only one that suffers from suicidal flies aiming straight for my mouth. It always seems to happen when the warmer weather comes around and it is a real pain. They seem to purposely fly straight toward me especially when I am breathing hard. I have thought of wearing masks, but that would restrict my breathing.

I wondered whether anyone else experiences this or am I just irresistible to flying insects.

Wear a helmet with a peak, they are deflected over your head.
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Re: Unwanted Ingestion of Flies

Postby Redvee » 27 Mar 2017, 1:36am

Flies in the mouth are better than bees or wasps trapped in the vents of your helmet who then show their anger by stinging you and now means I've got antihistamine in my locker at work and some at home just in case cause the last sting gave me a swollen area around my left eye.