Sick of eating flies

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by gordonrobb, 10 May 2008.

  1. gordonrobb

    gordonrobb New Member

    Bit of an old begginer. When I'm out, I tend to be puffing, mouth open, and where I live sometimes that means almost constanty choking on flies.

    What do I need to do to stop them going in my mouth. I had a look in my bike shop, buy all I could see was a pollen/pollutin mask.

    Any ideas?
  2. roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    keep your mouth shut... more efficient breathing too apparently
  3. OP

    gordonrobb New Member

    Wish I could. Just seem to be be puffing a lot of the time. Maybe when my fitness improves, god knows how many I will have eated by then,.
  4. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Its extra protein with any E numbers:biggrin:
  5. dantheman

    dantheman Veteran

    tasty. just hop you dont run into any bee's

    that would be bad...
  6. OP

    gordonrobb New Member

    hehe. So isn't there a way people use of covering their face or something?
  7. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I've never seen a 'fly mask' for cyclists and even if there was it would restrict the amount of air going in via your mouth and so make the breating even harder. Just practice blow out and spitting when they go in but that's easier said then done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    Try and practice breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. It is the best way of controlling your breathing, and if you purse your lips when you breath out (like you would to give someone a friendly kiss on the cheek) there won't be much room for flies to get in.

    If you are really gasping for air I would also look at how you are cycling. Don't ride in really high gears where you have to strain yourself to cycle - instead use lower gears and try and adopt a "spinning" technique where your legs are essentially moving faster against lower resistance.

    You don't say what sort of bike you are riding. If it is a mountain bike it will have thick nobly tyres which will make it harder to ride on a road. You can switch to thinner road tyres which will make life a lot easier - you're local bike shop (LBS) should be able to advise. They can also advise you on fitting lower gears if you think that is an issue.

    Finally it is better to build up your fitness gradually, rather than going for longer distances that leave you gasping for breath, feeling discouraged, and with a mouth full of flies. Two or three short rides a week will build up your fitness better than one longer ride.
  9. LordoftheTeapot

    LordoftheTeapot Veteran

    You can tell how happy a cyclist is by counting the dead flies on his/her teeth!
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    As someone who always breathes through my mouth whilst riding, don't open it too wide. With a road bike, your head will be angled down a bit, so that helps. I seem to have eaten at least one each ride recently...
  11. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Melksham, Wilts
    Its bees bouncing off you that hurts had one the other day but it did not sting thankfully.
  12. Peter

    Peter Senior Member

    Flies are the least of the problems out there. Two years ago I managed to swallow a bumble bee - was spitting out bits of wings for days.
  13. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

    grow a big bushy moustache
  14. john59

    john59 Guru


    You could try a 'Buff'. A great piece of kit.

  15. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I try to breathe through my nose these days , but that isnt possible when I am out of breath. I tend to stick my tongue up behind my top row of front teeth and just open my mouth a little bit...that way it's really difficult to inhale a fly as it will hit your teeth and hopefully bounce out first.
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