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Old 02-03-11, 01:42 PM
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This made me smile... Liquor store errands!!

Every now and again I see something that just makes me smile & laugh a little. The other day I was in the battle wagon (our van) and drove past the local liquor store. I stopped at a light and off to the right of me is a guy on a bicycle, an older MTB with a rear rack. I see a rather strangly shaped object in a plastic bag strapped across it. I look closer and realize.... its a bottle of Jack!! I just had to laugh.... hope he didn't hit any hard bumps on the way home and break the bottle.... would be a waste of good bourbon!!!
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Old 02-03-11, 01:45 PM
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I routinely get smiles and thumbs-ups when I ride home with a case of beer in my Wald basket.
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Old 02-03-11, 01:59 PM
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Yes, illegal to ride under the influence.

I saw a guy riding an old MTB with a full case of beer sitting on the top tube with his knees doing the job of balancing it as he pedaled.
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My homemade "wader" panniers are a perfect fit for a bottle of Jameson





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I've been known to grab a 22oz beer and take it home in my bottle cage.
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Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
Yes, illegal to ride under the influence.
Laws vary by state. Here in Washington it's perfectly legal to ride while tanked. The police will only stop you if you appear to be a danger to yourself or others (weaving, etc.)

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Police may offer transport for intoxicated cyclists, but are not required to provide it to those who refuse it. The bicycle may be impounded if the rider appears to be a danger. The rider may be held under protective custody laws if necessary.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.790
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
... a guy on a bicycle, an older MTB with a rear rack. I see a rather strangly shaped object in a plastic bag strapped across it. I look closer and realize.... its a bottle of Jack!!
He is likely a DUI cyclist, he took to cycling when his driver's license was suspended/revoked. DUI Cycling should be a subforum on the Commuting forum, it'd be fun to read the threads.
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When I still drank, I'd swing by the liquor store on my commute home. A bottle of booze fits just fine in a Carradice Pendle or a Berthoud GB28.
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They have bottle cages that would work great for a bottle of Jameson, but not for the bottle of Jack mentioned in the OP.

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Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
He is likely a DUI cyclist, he took to cycling when his driver's license was suspended/revoked. DUI Cycling should be a subforum on the Commuting forum, it'd be fun to read the threads.
That's kind of a rude assumption. I ride some beater old bikes on my commute, and was often seen heading home from work with a double-deuce in my bottle cage, or a bottle of whiskey on the rear rack. Never drove drunk, never had a DUI. Some people just like bikes and booze.
Dang, I hate to see what you'd think of my cyclocross club...
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When I first started riding in 2008, my first "utility" trip was to go buy a six-pack of beer. I didn't have a rack or panniers yet, so I borrowed my daughters pink backpack. Ugh.
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
Is it illegal to ride a bicycle while over the legal vehicle-driving limit? I've always wondered. My waterproof pannier could easily hold a 6-pack on ice.
It depends on your individual state law, and how they worded the DUI/DWI statutes. For example, in Arkansas the DUI statute applies only to motor vehicles. If you're drunk and driving a motorcycle, moped, your lawn mower or golf cart, or even an e-Bike, you are busted for DUI/DWI as if you were in a car or truck. But bicycles are exempt! Keep the cork in the bottle until you get home, though, because you can still be busted for Public Drunkeness or some variation of the open container laws.

California goes the opposite... the DUI laws there do include bikes, as several folks found out a week or two ago when the LAPD pulled over a late night group ride and ticketed most of them for DUI, on their bicycles.

Above all... check your local laws & ordinances.
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Originally Posted by Pscyclepath View Post
It depends on your individual state law, and how they worded the DUI/DWI statutes. For example, in Arkansas the DUI statute applies only to motor vehicles. If you're drunk and driving a motorcycle, moped, your lawn mower or golf cart, or even an e-Bike, you are busted for DUI/DWI as if you were in a car or truck. But bicycles are exempt! Keep the cork in the bottle until you get home, though, because you can still be busted for Public Drunkeness or some variation of the open container laws.

California goes the opposite... the DUI laws there do include bikes, as several folks found out a week or two ago when the LAPD pulled over a late night group ride and ticketed most of them for DUI, on their bicycles.
Actually California has a separate code section for BUI that applies to bicyclists. So yes, they can be cited but the penalties are less than for driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated and it shouldn't affect their car insurance. But in quite a few states the regular DUI codes and their penalties apply to bicyclists as well as motor vehicle operators.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
That's kind of a rude assumption. I ride some beater old bikes on my commute, and was often seen heading home from work with a double-deuce in my bottle cage, or a bottle of whiskey on the rear rack. Never drove drunk, never had a DUI. Some people just like bikes and booze.
Dang, I hate to see what you'd think of my cyclocross club...
Your cyclocross club sounds like a drinking club with a riding problem. Best kind of club, IMO.
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a tall boy in the bottle cage on a clear bike path by the wash sounds like a nice day.

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Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
He is likely a DUI cyclist, he took to cycling when his driver's license was suspended/revoked. DUI Cycling should be a subforum on the Commuting forum, it'd be fun to read the threads.
lmao that would be awesome. i would love to hear how ppl who don't actually want to ride adapt.
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
Is it illegal to ride a bicycle while over the legal vehicle-driving limit? I've always wondered. My waterproof pannier could easily hold a 6-pack on ice.
As other have said, varies by state. In Colorado, you can get a DUI on a bicycle(a bicycle being a vehicle, and the DUI applying to vehicles). However, I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would submit to a DUI test, since refusal will only get you an automatic suspension of a motor vehicle license, and they can't take away a motor vehicle license if you are operating a bicycle(bicycles are specifically exempt from your motor vehicle license). (I hope that made sense).

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lmao that would be awesome. i would love to hear how ppl who don't actually want to ride adapt.
By buying a crappy walmart bikes and cutting down on smoking, or so I've heard.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
Your cyclocross club sounds like a drinking club with a riding problem. Best kind of club, IMO.
Some NSFW language and alcohol consumption.
(The 2 guys are the race leaders, taking their 5 penalty pushups and shot of Old Granddad for doing the shortcut)
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
That's kind of a rude assumption.
Rude, or just plain asinine; it's the sort of thing you'd expect to hear from someone who only sees bikes as toys or tools for the homeless, not from someone in a bicycle commuting forum. I've never driven drunk, never had a DUI, never had any trouble with the law beyond the occasional moving violation; so it's kind of annoying to think that a number of my neighbors probably assume that I'm a DUI cyclist just because I ride home with a 12 pack of beer on top of the rear rack at least once a week (and growlers in the pannier every other day, but they can't see those).



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Originally Posted by GriddleCakes View Post
Rude, or just plain asinine; it's the sort of thing you'd expect to hear from someone who only sees bikes as toys or tools for the homeless, not from someone in a bicycle commuting forum.
Great, rude and asinine. Sorry I've upset your delicate sensibilities. There are DUI cyclists, and if you wanted to find one there would be no more likely place than a liquor store, where some guy on a crappy bike pulls up to purchase a fifth. He'd probably be smoking, have ruddy features, parotid gland swelling, bulb like nose, jaundice, reek of alcohol, but I'd just be rude and asinine to even think that his cycling is a reflection of anything but his abiding love of being on the bike, and engaging in healthful physical activity.
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Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
Great, rude and asinine. Sorry I've upset your delicate sensibilities. There are DUI cyclists, and if you wanted to find one there would be no more likely place than a liquor store, where some guy on a crappy bike pulls up to purchase a fifth. He'd probably be smoking, have ruddy features, parotid gland swelling, bulb like nose, jaundice, reek of alcohol, but I'd just be rude and asinine to even think that his cycling is a reflection of anything but his abiding love of being on the bike, and engaging in healthful physical activity.
Yes, "DUI cyclists" do exist, but not for the sole purpose of providing you with an excuse to make blanket judgements about people who ride "older mtb's with a rear rack"


Where I live the homless/alchoholic/drug addicted are *the* utility cyclists. They have the gnarliest bikes, and the biggest carts with the most **** in them. Seriously, like, "repurposed airstream" big. One guy I know in particular had a setup with a crazy extended fork (read: cut off fork ends hammered onto the original forks) and no less than 3 trailers. he would ride this contraption upwards of 30 km a day, doing recycling just to afford the essentials: burgers and beer.
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