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Old 03-11-06, 11:07 AM   #1
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A beer after a ride?

What would some of you expert nutritionalists and food chemists have to say about drinking a beer following a ride? Some of the darker beers especially, have lots of calories that are readily accessible. I am not talking about drinking beer as a recovery method. My question is really more about the potential negative aspects to having one beer (or maybe two) after a ride. There is definitely the dehydration aspect, but what about the biochemistry of alcohol specifically, versus carbohydrate?
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I ALWAYS have a beer after a ride. It makes me happy, which is the main reason I ride as hard as I can for as long as I can most days. I find a wide variety of domestics and imports is just right.

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I usually always complete my ride with a good brew. It is my reward!

There was an article in Bicycle magazine about a year ago concerning beer drinking after a ride. If I recall it was pretty positive about it.

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Guinness is Good for You!

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Guiness ads are great

As long as you're not getting thrashed, it's not going to be any worse than it would be at any other time.
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I've heard that drinking can inhibit the uptake of glycogen to replenish your muscles after a hard ride. Last season I preferred to chuck my recovery chocolate milk, and wait about an hour before hitting the pub.
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A single beer propably doesn't contain enough alchohol to cause any problems. The main problems with alchohol are the dieuretic effects, and the nasty biproducts of your body dealing with it. A single beer will be fully metabolized long before your next ride, just drink some water/recovery drink in addition.

Having a cold one waiting does more good by motivation than any harm that might arise.
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beer ads in the UK are great. I remember there was one for WHITBREADS featuring singing rugby players.. their mouths formed WHITBREADS. Great ad. Another slogan i love is for Welsh Bitter: Never Forget your welsh.
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There are people who don't have a beer after a ride?

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A beer after a ride?
Don't mind if I do...



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