Wednesday, February 1

Shut Your Stupid Piehole!


Cyclists face many dangers every day that are irrelevant to motorists. For example, it is possible, in theory to be killed by a bug hitting you in the throat and crushing your windpipe. In fact, one of my favorite shows, Mythbusters, tested that myth using a motorcycle.

What they didn't consider is that people on bicycles can also attain very high speeds on level ground. According to Wikipedia, unpaced speeds of over 80MPH have been obtained, with motor-paced speeds of nearly 170MPH achieved. What's more, should any female reader feel safe, the female records are within 10MPH of what men achieve.

Still, my loyal reader might feel that such speeds are unlikely on the next commute to or from work, if only because motorists would get in the way. And I'll treat the subject of SLOW MOTORISTS KEEPING ME FROM GOING in a future post. Still, I know I felt that way. But some lessons are learned over and over even by cyclists that OUGHT to know better.

It is winter now. Even in North Texas. Among other things, winter is a relatively bug-free time. Last year, in early February, ice sliding off Cowboy Stadium injured people before the Superbowl. Today, it got up to 73F. And I was reminded of a cycling danger - the danger of riding with one's mouth slightly open. Read the title again and you WILL reach the proper conclusion. Yuck! I can't really endorse everything that is "Dr Atkins approved."

Even in January, a HIGH Temperature of 73F WILL Attract a Few Bugs!

 

8 comments:

Chandra said...

I don't know which is worse: a) bug in mouth or b) bug in nose...

It sure is warm and am enjoying it, before it gets to 1 freakin' billion degree FarenHEAT :)

Paz :)

John Romeo Alpha said...

Also, I don't think the Mythbusters used a Texas Bug, which by definition would be bigger.

MamaVee said...

Yeah, yesterday was warm here too. Warm enough to wear my winter coat unzipped. No bugs though. Not even the dreaded winter moth.

Trevor said...

Send some of that warm weather over to the UK please.....

-Trevor

cafiend said...

I don't want to meet the rider who posted 80 mph on level ground, without motor pacing.

I've hit close to 60 on descents and maintained 45-50 behind trucks on the highway (not recommended). 80 seems amazing.

Khal said...

Giggle. One can never be 100% vegetarian as a cyclist.

Big Oak said...

Last year's Superbowl was 9 deg F in TX, this year's will be 60 deg in Indy. Crazy stuff.

Glad I'll never be injured by bugs on a bike (S-L-O-W).

Jon said...

Supplementary protein can be obtained from many sources. Euell Gibbons would be proud

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