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Old 01-30-06, 10:57 PM   #1
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is going out to a bar to have a few beers. Don't know if it's worse driving home with a buzz or trying to ride home on a bike with that alcohol pumping through your veins!
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Old 01-30-06, 11:13 PM   #2
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think both are illegal. I was at a Christmas party, Eve of Dec. 23. In our new home. One of those 5 hour dinners settings that Europeans practice. Lost track of how many bottles of wine our group uncapped. So glad California cops don't patrol Roussillon. They said I was marginal. let me go. In California, there is no marginal.
Five hours at a dinner table. One naturally losses track of your consumption or how to gauge how much can be consumed in that time. Felt we adhered by the rule one drink per hour.
but, anyway. I almost fear steering a bike is as difficult as a car.
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Well keep driving intoxicated and the state may solve your problem for ya



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Stafford Hitchhiker Finds a Political Cause on His Way to Work
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Monday, January 30, 2006; Page B01

It's 4:15 a.m. on a workday, and John Schindel is in his kitchen in a rural part of Stafford County, running through his commuting checklist before he heads out into the dark, drizzly, pre-dawn.

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Dude, riding home drunk is no problem. There have been numerous threads on this subject on BF.net, so do a search. Know your limits of course, but I've always been very comfortable drinking and riding as long as I don't go overboard. It's way better than risking a DUI, IMHO. As far as legality goes, the laws very from state to state, so check with your local code. Cyclingnews had a recent article that spelled out the laws on cycling and drinking from state to state. All I can remember is that WA state law specifically says you cant get a DUI on a bicycle.... so to that
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Jeezus! Think about other people - would they rather you ride a bike, drunk, into them, or a car? If you're drunk and on a bike, you're almost certain not to kill any innocent people. In a car? Not so likely.
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I live close enough to most of the drinking establishments to just walk. Stumbling home drunk is best of all!
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Jeezus! Think about other people - would they rather you ride a bike, drunk, into them, or a car? If you're drunk and on a bike, you're almost certain not to kill any innocent people. In a car? Not so likely.
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is going out to a bar to have a few beers. Don't know if it's worse driving home with a buzz or trying to ride home on a bike with that alcohol pumping through your veins!
Get a taxi or use public transport. Problem solved.
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is going out to a bar to have a few beers. Don't know if it's worse driving home with a buzz or trying to ride home on a bike with that alcohol pumping through your veins!
How about being responsible and staying off the streets?
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is going out to a bar to have a few beers. Don't know if it's worse driving home with a buzz or trying to ride home on a bike with that alcohol pumping through your veins!
I'm pretty sure driving is worse.





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Oh, and not sure but does anyone know if the physical exertion required for riding a bike, thus causing the heart to pump faster, would increase the speed at which alcohol would leave the system?
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Not really. Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and limiting factor in the speed of it's metabolism is the rate at which the enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, can act. Circulation doesn't affect the process. However, excersize may make you feel more alert while drunk.
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Dude, riding home drunk is no problem. There have been numerous threads on this subject on BF.net, so do a search. Know your limits of course, but I've always been very comfortable drinking and riding as long as I don't go overboard. It's way better than risking a DUI, IMHO. As far as legality goes, the laws very from state to state, so check with your local code. Cyclingnews had a recent article that spelled out the laws on cycling and drinking from state to state. All I can remember is that WA state law specifically says you cant get a DUI on a bicycle.... so to that
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Wow. Does the fuzz make you try a track stand as a sobriety test?
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I remember having a track stand contest with several friends in a buddies garage late one night after many drinks That way the only thing that was hurt was our pride...
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Not really. Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and limiting factor in the speed of it's metabolism is the rate at which the enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, can act. Circulation doesn't affect the process. However, excersize may make you feel more alert while drunk.
Or just have some Irish coffee.
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The only way I can even do aT rack stNd s if i been drinkIng. ,. IN fact I think I'll haaVe anotheR. By the way... Love the avatar
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Umm, yes alcohol and caffeine, the perfect combination before a day of riding
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Jog home drunk.

But don't drive. If you're on a bike, you're putting yourself at risk but if you're in a car you're putting other people at risk. I went to school with a girl who was riding her bike along a major street and hit and killed by a drunk driver.
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I'm pretty sure driving is worse.
I think you are right. At least I can't think of a case where drunk bicyclists were ordered to stop pedaling and forced to drive instead.
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I think the new Kryptonite U-locks have a built in breathalyzer to make sure you're not too drunk to bike.
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is going out to a bar to have a few beers. Don't know if it's worse driving home with a buzz or trying to ride home on a bike with that alcohol pumping through your veins!
The radio reported this morning that one of the Dakota's just changed its DUI laws to lighten up on horse and bicycle drivers. The rational was that they'd rather drunks ride bikes or horses than cars for safety reasons.
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"The only thing from keeping me car -free..."

1. I live in the country-no bus or other transit system.
2. I have family that lives 35-45 miles away. In case of an emergency or ?? being car-free could pose a problem.
3. Shopping out of town for larger heavy items & hauling them back.

I'm not ready to do the 35-45 mile jaunt yet but as I was posting #2 I also thought that would be a nice day or overnight trip. I could see me showing up at my father & stepmother's house on the bike...and their reaction.

That is one of the things I miss when I lived in Phoenix, Arizona-having a bicycle only the first 9 months I was there. The bus helped out if it rained. If I went carfree eventually and because of rain or other reasons, I'd taxi to work or other places if I had to. My ride to work is 4.9 miles one way, and seems it rains less and less nowadays. I guess we'll dry up and spontaneously combust.

I'd save about $700 on car insurance, app $300 on gas, not including maintenance per year, and one less car polluting this already taxed planet. Something I think about more and more since I found these forums, something I thought about when I biked in Arizona.

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Take a cab for doG's sake!
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