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    Does anyone else encounter an insane amount of knats on their commute? I ride 20 miles to work and along the last 5 miles (side of the river) there are PATCHES AND PATCHES of knats. other than sunglasses, any other helpful tips?! They just love to stick to my sweat. it's so nasty. LOL

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    Make sure your breathe through your nose and not your mouth.

    Gnats, mating love bugs, are what make summer riding interesting.
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    haha, i just lower my head and push through it!

    Meh, i love my bike but i could do without the knats...i DO love the little bunnies that play frogger with me though!

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    Yep, keeping the mouth shut and keeping one's head so the sunglasses are level is pretty much the best advice...though when there's no other people/riders around I do try to make a game of picking my way around the clouds for the least possible impacts!

    Bunnies, they are more fun. And smarter than squirrels, who will ALWAYS run the wrong way for safety!
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    Quote Originally Posted by out_spokin' View Post

    Bunnies, they are more fun. And smarter than squirrels, who will ALWAYS run the wrong way for safety!
    Squirrels will always run for the nearest tree - even if that means turning around and crossing back in front of danger...... Once you realize this it makes squirrel behavior relatively easy to predict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandiam View Post
    Does anyone else encounter an insane amount of knats on their commute? I ride 20 miles to work and along the last 5 miles (side of the river) there are PATCHES AND PATCHES of knats. other than sunglasses, any other helpful tips?! They just love to stick to my sweat. it's so nasty. LOL
    We call them sandgnats or sandfleas.

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    SORRY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    Squirrels will always run for the nearest tree - even if that means turning around and crossing back in front of danger...... Once you realize this it makes squirrel behavior relatively easy to predict.
    One ran between my wheels last summer. I was on a shaded path, going 16.5 mph. I let out a loud squeal when it happened! Didn't even run over the squirrel. Heard him scuttle through the leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnat23 View Post
    SORRY!

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    noseeums

    that's what we call them in Maine...
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    I ride at Lake Hefner in OKC, and they're always bad around the dam. I just avoid that part during dawn and dusk, but I don't suppose you can do that on your commute. hee hee

    They sure can be annoying. Grab one of those mosquito nets and put it over your helmet. Might make cars give you an extra-wide berth ("what IS that thing on her head??"). Cars will certainly be more aware of you.


    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueMargaret View Post
    that's what we call them in Maine...
    They use that here too. But how do you call a bug you can spot from 100 yards a noseeum?
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    Protein...
    and if you accidentally swallow a lightning bug on your commute, you get a bonus. Electrolytes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melalvai View Post
    Protein...
    and if you accidentally swallow a lightning bug on your commute, you get a bonus. Electrolytes!
    Har har har!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri Girl View Post
    I ride at Lake Hefner in OKC, and they're always bad around the dam. I just avoid that part during dawn and dusk, but I don't suppose you can do that on your commute. hee hee

    They sure can be annoying. Grab one of those mosquito nets and put it over your helmet. Might make cars give you an extra-wide berth ("what IS that thing on her head??"). Cars will certainly be more aware of you.




    Me, too....
    I can see how they would be terrible around Hefner-- have you been to tulsa? the river is the mating ground or something for those darn things. I am almost wanting to put a box around my head and play some LMFAO really loud during that 4-5 miles stretch. My commute is all trail until i get to the downtown cutoff-- so that's nice. i could MAYBE try and swing over to the ROAD and ride--maybe they aren't as bad over there!!

 

 

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