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Let's talk gnats

The gnats are terrible here in Iowa, and I’m sure everywhere else, and I’m wondering how everyone else deals with them while biking?? Do you have secret that keeps them away?? Please, do share………..

3 Replies

Sandaltan ., June 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Speed!  Keep movin.

RIDE RIGHT (sorry, could not resist)


GracelandBiker, June 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I know they were terrible a few weeks back – some kinda biting midge. Couldn’t stop for more than 5 seconds without a swarm zeroing in on our stinky helmets. Whatever they were they seem to be mostly gone/died off now.
It was great for the training though, got us to keep on rolling!


Peggy Kerr, June 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

The solution is Absorbine Jr. – the liquid topical for arthritis and muscle pain relief. It absolutely keeps gnats off. I learned this from golfing friends who always keep it in their golf bags, especially spring and early summer when the gnats are bad. It works. You don’t have to swab it all over, just dab it on enough to get the scent on you. Don’t put on your forehead or around your eyes where sweating could cause it to run into your eyes. It works.


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