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    Quote Originally Posted by winston63 View Post
    Generally I'll limit myself to two pints when I'm riding though - any more than that and I find my legs seem to run out of gas on some of the hills I've got to climb.
    Yes... that's my guideline too and I try to avoid the high alcohol brews you often find with craft beer. If you can hold that line, riding is pretty pleasant w/o being dangerous.

    I'm pretty sure that would put you over the limit in Canada though which has stricter laws.

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    Riding bikes to bars doesn't seem to be a thing where I live. But we only have a few bars in the area, and they're not very interesting places.

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    Riding to bars has definitely been a thing in three of the last four cities I've lived in. The rowdiest was probably a Thursday Cruiser Ride, which consisted of 100+ people in costumes riding around to bars for five hours and getting totally lit. I participated in a few organized bar-hopping rides, but it turns out that they weren't very much fun after I quit drinking.

    I'm generally supportive of people riding bikes to go out to bars, especially if it prevents drunk driving. Even with OUI laws, I'm guessing that it takes a lot more alcohol to do damage with a bike than with a car.
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    I don't mind a cold beer or two while out riding... but around here the closest bars are known for their bar brawls, not something I am interested in. In Boston we use the T for the brewery tours...

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    I usually have a night at a local pub on Fridays. I might spend a few hours there and have several beers. I'm sure I've been technically DUI on many occasions. I do try to recognize that and stay within safe limits on my ride home (which is five miles from the pub). I'm on quiet neighborhood roads (25 mph limit) except for a couple of busy road crossings.

    I think there's a lot to be said for being DUI on a bicycle vs. DUI in a car. In a car, you have a ton (literally) of liability hurling down the road. On my bicycle and with the route I follow, if I crashed (which I never have) then I'm probably not going to kill myself and I'll be the only one hurt by it (in all likelihood) and at least I won't kill or maim anybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post

    I think there's a lot to be said for being DUI on a bicycle vs. DUI in a car. In a car, you have a ton (literally) of liability hurling down the road. On my bicycle and with the route I follow, if I crashed (which I never have) then I'm probably not going to kill myself and I'll be the only one hurt by it (in all likelihood) and at least I won't kill or maim anybody.
    Good point. The likelihood of fatality is a lot less. But you might be every bit as liable if something did happen.

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    Never ever drink and ride. Anything that impairs reaction/judgement is sure to affect how safely I ride.

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    Touring the GAP recently it was very common to stop in some small town for lunch. There were always more than a couple of touring cyclist having a beer or two with their lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
    Never ever drink and ride. Anything that impairs reaction/judgement is sure to affect how safely I ride.
    It's a calculated risk. And one I manage reasonably well. Things like "never ever" are too limiting to me. I have slight impairment on my way home. I compensate with quiet roads for my route home from the bar. I also slow down a good bit because I know it's common to quickly put on too much speed for your surroundings when intoxicated. Finally, there's a difference between being high vs falling down drunk. I haven't been stumbling drunk for at least 25 years.

    If there's still some risk, so be it. Should that risk manifest itself, at least I had my fun while I could. Better than living by rigid rules to keep me safe and then suffering from a fate that I never considered. Or just let enough "safe" time go by.
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    I don't care what others do while riding, within reasonable limits, of course, but biking and drinking just doesn't appeal to me. I might enjoy one beer at a trail-side bar on a hot afternoon, but biking with a buzz just seems...unnatural.

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    8 miles to the Buffalo House; Stella Artois and the barnyard burger; 8 miles home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    It's a calculated risk. And one I manage reasonably well. Things like "never ever" are too limiting to me. I have slight impairment on my way home. I compensate with quiet roads for my route home from the bar. I also slow down a good bit because I know it's common to quickly put on too much speed for your surroundings when intoxicated. Finally, there's a difference between being high vs falling down drunk. I haven't been stumbling drunk for at least 25 years.

    If there's still some risk, so be it. Should that risk manifest itself, at least I had my fun while I could. Better than living by rigid rules to keep me safe and then suffering from a fate that I never considered. Or just let enough "safe" time go by.
    Excellent post. Your sensible and intelligent approach to managing your own risk is not often seen on BF threads where the intent often appears to be a desire to (mis)manage everybody else's risk while bicycling.

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