How many bugs have you swallowed on your bike?



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amirm

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I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number of
bug she/he has swallowed while riding.

Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into nose,
ears or eyes.

I have had three so far down the hatch. So would it make me novice?



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hippy

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"amirm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number

of
> bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
>
> Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into

nose,
> ears or eyes.
>
> I have had three so far down the hatch. So would it make me novice?


No.. it makes you strange! :)

I don't know if I've swallowed any or not - probably quite a few, it's
not something I think of. Usually you don't get a chance to spit them
out.

hippy
 
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kingsley

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On Tue, 21 Oct 2003 14:45:00 +0950, amirm wrote:

> I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number of
> bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
>
> Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into nose,
> ears or eyes.


I fail to see how wether you spit or swallow makes a
difference - extra marks for style if you can spit it
out I reckon.

When I get off the train at night, and then finish my commute
by bike it's now only just pitch black. I was thinking
tonight I must get the clear-lenses out for my sunglasses.
I swear wearing the vistalight on your helmet attracts
them straight at your head... something the size of a
cockroach definately smacked into my forehead while I speeding
down the hill.

-kt
 
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Heath Raftery

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In article <[email protected]>,
"kingsley" <[email protected]> wrote:

> When I get off the train at night, and then finish my commute
> by bike it's now only just pitch black. I was thinking
> tonight I must get the clear-lenses out for my sunglasses.
> I swear wearing the vistalight on your helmet attracts
> them straight at your head... something the size of a
> cockroach definately smacked into my forehead while I speeding
> down the hill.


Ah yes, I ride over a railway bridge on my comute home, often around
dusk. The bridge is just a walkway, with bright lights every 10m or so.
The bugs love it! I don't know whether sometimes I should don the
glasses (I don't have the clear lenses unfortunately) and try to make it
through the dark, or brave it with bare eyes and cop the barrage. I keep
my mouth tightly closed for that bit, but a few weeks ago the Christmas
beetles were out. That was mildy amusing as dozens of them smacked into
my helmet and bounced off my bag.

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amirm

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Kingsley wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2003 14:45:00 +0950, amirm wrote:
> > I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number
> > of bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
> >
> > Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into
> > nose, ears or eyes.

> I fail to see how wether you spit or swallow makes a difference - extra
> marks for style if you can spit it out I reckon.
> When I get off the train at night, and then finish my commute by bike
> it's now only just pitch black. I was thinking tonight I must get the
> clear-lenses out for my sunglasses. I swear wearing the vistalight on
> your helmet attracts them straight at your head... something the size
> of a cockroach definately smacked into my forehead while I speeding
> down the hill.
> -kt


If you spit them out, you'll miss on the goodness! Why waste? ;)




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cfsmtb

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amirm wrote:
> If you spit them out, you'll miss on the goodness! Why waste? ;)




Article in The Age today, only one in eight Australians are eating five
portions of veggies a day. Emm, what do insects count as, combination of
animal, vegetable or mineral?? Several years ago on a badly planned trip
out to Kyneton I _think I may of scored a yukky locust. But I do think
I've tried to wipe it from my memory :eek:



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amirm

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cfsmtb wrote:
> Article in The Age today, only one in eight Australians are eating five
> portions of veggies a day. Emm, what do insects count as, combination of
> animal, vegetable or mineral?? Several years ago on a badly planned trip
> out to Kyneton I _think I may of scored a yukky locust. But I do think
> I've tried to wipe it from my memory :eek:


While on that note, some insects are rich in fat making them a good
source of food/energy. Migratory insects such as locusts and certain
moths are of this kind. Perhaps every one knows about the Bogong moth
and how aboriginals use them at a certain time of the year in a
traditional way. Locusts were (not sure if still are) used as a source
of nutrition in certain areas of Middle-East and north Africa.

Yes, it seems revolting, but think about it: how many people hate having
prawns and other marine arthropods? I guess the judgement is highly
biased by our perceived ideas.

So when riding a long long ride in a warm day, when one really digs for
an energy bar, what'd be wrong to just keep the mouth open and catching
a fresh juicy locust? ;)





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cfsmtb

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amirm wrote:
> So when riding a long long ride in a warm day, when one really digs for
> an energy bar, what'd be wrong to just keep the mouth open and catching
> a fresh juicy locust? ;)





amirm, come on down, you're finally nailed a lingering question I've had
for years!

Now I know why humans invented junk food. Looks ok, smells ok, maybe ok,
but the contents are a complete mystery. Think I'll stick to bars,
energy goop & luke warm water from the hydrapack. thankyou:p



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Deep Freud Moors

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cfsmtb <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> amirm wrote:
> > If you spit them out, you'll miss on the goodness! Why waste? ;)

>
>
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> Article in The Age today, only one in eight Australians are eating five
> portions of veggies a day. Emm, what do insects count as, combination of
> animal, vegetable or mineral?? Several years ago on a badly planned trip
> out to Kyneton I _think I may of scored a yukky locust. But I do think
> I've tried to wipe it from my memory :eek:


I have swallowed a few insects, but have also used the denial technique for
dealing with it. Usually they have past the point of being spat out, and the
best option was to pretend it was something else.

*grimmace*
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Not Very

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On 21 Oct 2003 14:45:00 +0950, amirm <[email protected]> wrote:

> I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number of
> bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
>
> Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into nose,
> ears or eyes.
>
> I have had three so far down the hatch. So would it make me novice?


I've swallowed a few, but the worst of the lot was a spider.
 
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Gags

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> > I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number of
> > bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
> >
> > Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into nose,
> > ears or eyes.
> >
> > I have had three so far down the hatch. So would it make me novice?

>
> I've swallowed a few, but the worst of the lot was a spider.
>


When I was in Cambodia in 1993, I ate a couple of fried spiders....they
looked like big hunsmen types about 15cm or so across the legs. They tasted
a bit like crab meat but were much hairier!!!! The 2 spiders were skewered
on a stick and I have got a photo of me just about to chow down that my wife
can't even bear to look at.

Gags
 
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Paul_MCMLIX

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I had a grasshopper about the size of a B52 nearly knock me senseless
once, and a couple of bee stings that are a worry beacuse I'm
allergic. All those other little bugs don't seem to matter after that.
Bon appetit.



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amirm wrote:
> I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number of
> bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
> Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into nose,
> ears or eyes.
> I have had three so far down the hatch. So would it make me novice?




i think this post should be moved to the biker cafe.



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Balthasar

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amirm <[email protected]> wrote in news:3f94c0d4$1_2
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> I think one indirect criterion to rate a cyclist could be the number of
> bug she/he has swallowed while riding.
>
> Remember those ones spet out do not count! Nor do those gone into nose,
> ears or eyes.
>
> I have had three so far down the hatch. So would it make me novice?
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So how can you recognise a friendly cyclist?

Bugs between the teeth!

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Andrew Swan

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amirm wrote:
> While on that note, some insects are rich in fat making them a good
> source of food/energy. Migratory insects such as locusts and certain
> moths are of this kind. Perhaps every one knows about the Bogong moth

<snip>

The Alpine Classic goes through Bogong (see
http://www.audax.org.au/alpine/130km_alpine.pdf) - reckon we'll
see/spit/swallow any of the eponymous moths in January?

&roo

P.S. You're probably better off eating carbs than fat for energy on a
long ride, hmm ... what easily-swallowed insects are high in carbs???
 

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