How many bugs have you swallowed on your bike?

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by amirm, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. amirm

    amirm Guest

    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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  2. 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
     
  3. kingsley

    kingsley Guest

    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
     
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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? ;)

    >
    >
    >
    > 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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  10. 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.
     
  11. Gags

    Gags Guest

    > > 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
     
  12. Paul_MCMLIX

    Paul_MCMLIX Guest

    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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  13. zmanzzzz

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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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  14. 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!

    BB
     
  15. Andrew Swan

    Andrew Swan Guest

    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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