Seems like we’re all juicier on cold-weather rides. There’s more need to expectorate and/or expel the contents of one’s nasal passages.
That’s not a pretty picture, but it gets even uglier for the rider behind if you don’t use proper technique.
When spitting, you need to direct it downward with force. Otherwise, the wind could catch it and douse those to your rear.
The best position is with your hands on the hoods. In one choreographed movement, dip your head slightly, turn it an inch to the left or right, and blow that wad under your elbow as the leg on that side reaches the bottom of the stoke.
If you have trouble hitting that window between your elbow and leg, tuck in your elbow, turn your head a little more to the side, and take the next-to-the-shoulder route.
If you’re in a paceline, spit to the right side off the road (in drive-on-the-right countries; opposite for the others). If not, do it to the side least likely to dampen or offend those around you.
Clearing one’s nose is a little trickier. It’s not a bad idea to wait till you’re at the rear of the group. Or pull out, away from other riders, and check your clearance.
Again,think downward with force. Push your right nostril shut with your right index finger, turn your head to the left, and blow your left side clean. Then reverse directions. To keep the bike on a straight line, hold the handlebar on top next to the stem.
Practice a little and soon you’ll be spewing like a pro!