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    Do you use mosquito spray?

    Seeme like they're out in force now---mosquitoes and biting flies. I use a small spray can of Off with DEET, works Ok but also takes the paint off my helmet. What are you using?

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    Luckily, they don't like the taste of my greasy, ransid flesh. It's the poison oak that keeps biting me over and over and I am not even touching the stuff!
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    Other than an occasional "safety ck", don't STOP!!! Keep rolling .... sqeeters can't land on ya! Better off without ANY bug spray/sunscreen/body lotion/other junk. Like mentioned above.... your own boldily "pheromones" should take care of things "naturally".

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    i dont, but have not had an issue so far with mosquitos.
    ill just try to ride faster if they start biting.
    i don't eat onions or garlic and i think for that reason mosquitos and other bugs love me, i get bit all the time

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    Rode the Wilson Toll Rd to Henniger Flats this morning. Planned on taking some time to dry out on one of the nice tables overlooking the valley. That lasted 2 minutes before being swarmed by flies and mos. I don't know if repellent would have worked. Best keep moving. I did use sunscreen though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Luckily, they don't like the taste of my greasy, ransid flesh. It's the poison oak that keeps biting me over and over and I am not even touching the stuff!
    If rubbing alcohol doesn't take off the resin of poison oak (usually does if you get to it in 15 min) I use Sasquatch Itch Cream on the rash if i'm on the trail still. It's hard to find though. zanafel worked better for me with poison sumac but i don't live around that anymore. I think bait shops and hiking places carry the sasquatch itch cream as it is not really marketed for bikers. Pity as it seems we all suffer.

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    I do now

    Spent four days in the hospital after contracting Typhus. Not fun having 103 temp for 5 days and losing 10lbs. It has been three weeks since I got out and I am just starting to feel normal.
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    We go for the barrier method, long sleeves, etc. and a head net when skeets are thick, but I don't see em that way while riding, only hiking/backpacking. The small biting flies are way worse around Saddleback. If you keep moving you're usually okay. Not psyched at all about deet, etc.

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    "Keep moving".
    Brilliant solution.
    Easy to say, except when you, or your riding partner get a flat, or have a mechanical problem.
    Trying to make the repair while swatting flies and mosquitos.
    No fun. Got et up pretty good once.
    I use repellant.
    "Off" has a new "dry" spray, or Bullfrog "Mosquito Coast" combo sunscreen - bug repellant. (no Deet)
    Not crazy about what mosquitos carry.
    Nile virus, anyone?

    Poison oaks and sumac?
    Never had it.

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    I haven't really biked where there were a lot of mosquitoes yet but if I was I wouldn't put any repellent on until I needed to dismount for a repair or if I wanted to take an extended break.

    The stuff that goes into some repellents scares me, especially if it can remove paint from a helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    Better off without ANY bug spray/sunscreen/body lotion/other junk. Like mentioned above.... your own boldily "pheromones" should take care of things "naturally".
    This is a borderline dangerous suggestion. Prolonged exposure to UV rays causes skin cancer, and us mountain bikers spend a lot of time in the sun. Sunscreen is not junk.

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    No. Just ride faster.


    Yes on the sunscreen, though. That's just common sense. Sun will give you cancer. Bugs got nothing on that...

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    Haven't backpacked for 20 years but when i did we used 100% military deet that warmed your hands and balls on contact. We were wearing it 24/7 for a week but afer all the warning came out about it i switched to Skin so Soft. Contains no deet, is a repellant, lotion, and sunscreen all in one so saved space in the pack. Its highly effective against no seeums, small moquitos and non-biting knats. Fresh it would hold off deer flys and the biting green eyed knats but after 20 minutes it would not.

    I use deep woods off now and it does not melt the paint on my Bell helmet.

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    When I mountain bike, yes.

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    The bugs are horrible here in the mountains this year but they really don't bug me They do go after the dogs though. My other half has a business making natural bath and beauty products. Her bug spray consists of a essential oil, distilled alcohol(vodka) and distilled water. For the dogs, we use eucalyptus oil and it keeps the mosquitos and deer flys away.
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