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Old 06-12-11, 04:33 PM
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Stopping by the pub on my way home from work...

I can easily drive a car after one Guinness, but am wondering if I can just as easily bike after one. Does anyone have... experience in these matters? Does one beer+driving a car = one beer and riding a bike?
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Old 06-12-11, 04:37 PM
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one beer+driving a car = 10 beers and riding a bike
But I'm a big guy
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Old 06-12-11, 04:43 PM
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I've tested out changes I made to my bike while buzzed before, just riding down the street with no traffic. I was fine. I think you'd be okay as long as you're not having balance issues which could be really dangerous on a bike. But it would take a lot more than one beer for that to happen.
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I can remember several occasions when I have been drunk enough that walking home would have been impossible. Good thing I had my bike. YMMV depending on how you ride and how you react to alcohol. Experiment carefully, and enjoy.
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I hardly ever drink but I don't see even 2 beers being a problem cycling.
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Just don't get so rip-roaring tanked that you pass out while riding home. Yeah, I know a guy who did that; ruined some teeth, part of his face, and a really nice bike. (Wasn't me.)

I've ridden home after a few rounds and it wasn't a problem.
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I don't notice a difference except that biking takes the buzz off more quickly.

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Some locations - VA is one... DUI on a bike carries the same penalties as DUI in a car. Keep that in mind.
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I've occasionally done short rides when buzzed. The main thing I notice is that I sweat more and dehydrate more easily.
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Just because you feel fine doesn't mean that you aren't impaired.
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Originally Posted by paperbackbiker View Post
I can easily drive a car after one Guinness, but am wondering if I can just as easily bike after one. Does anyone have... experience in these matters? Does one beer+driving a car = one beer and riding a bike?
Have as many as you want, just don't clip in.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post
I don't notice a difference except that biking takes the buzz off more quickly.

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This.

Unicycle is a different story however. One beer and I can't ride.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Just because you feel fine doesn't mean that you aren't impaired.

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Ride after a guiness? My head would be fine, but my stomach...those things are like eating a steak!
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Originally Posted by paperbackbiker View Post
I can easily drive a car after one Guinness, but am wondering if I can just as easily bike after one. Does anyone have... experience in these matters? Does one beer+driving a car = one beer and riding a bike?
Sure!!

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Old 06-12-11, 08:51 PM
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Sure!!

Pretty nice saddle on that bike, its a damn shame.
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youll be fine =)
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Originally Posted by borobike View Post
I've tested out changes I made to my bike while buzzed before, just riding down the street with no traffic. I was fine. I think you'd be okay as long as you're not having balance issues which could be really dangerous on a bike. But it would take a lot more than one beer for that to happen.
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I can second this, but if you ARE having balance issues.... On the other hand, if you can keep rolling for a while, you get steadier, and, as someone else pointed out, not so drunk. Only did it once that bad, hadn't realized how much I'd drunk. This is the danger, If driving, you are VERY conscious how much you've had. ( Or should be ) If on the bike, you might think, "Ah, it's OK, I'm not driving"

EDIT: Judgment is the first thing to be affected by alcohol.
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Honestly I would recommend biking over driving regardless of how drunk you are, if only so that when you do crash you only hurt yourself and not anyone else. But yea I bike home from the bar all the time; I live in the suburbs so the sidewalks are always empty and there aren't thugs waiting to mug me in my inebriated state. That being said, you definitely put yourself at risk both for personal injury from falling and bodily harm from having alcohol in your system while performing physically. Just drink a glass or two of water before you leave, tip your waitress well for good luck, turn your headlight on bright and keep that helmet strapped on!
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Two pints of Guinness, one of Murphy's Stout and a two mile ride down Greenville in Dallas was never a problem for me. Two Norco and a 15 mile ride on the backroads, OTOH, was regrettable since I didn't notice bad form and ended up with a really sore knee the next day. Now I just wash down a couple aspirin with a beer if I want to take the edge off an injury and go ride.
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I can usually cycle after a beer or two, as long as I take it fairly easy. Alcohol in the stomach and physical exercise doesn't sit too well with me.
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Just because you feel fine doesn't mean that you aren't impaired.
But you are traveling at a fraction of the speed of a car and you weigh a lot less...ergo response times not as critical and you are only really likely to hurt yourself.
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Old 06-13-11, 02:23 AM
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Check your local laws first. If after that you're still planning to ride, +1 on only hurting yourself, not likely anyone else. Been there... As to how many is too many, that's highly subjective. One Guinness would be OK for me.
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Same rules should apply whether driving or cycling - don't drive or ride if impaired. One beer would have no effect on me unless my stomach was empty and I drank it really fast. But I would be cautious about riding if I was feeling any effects.
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I did my first 50+ mile ride this weekend, and I stopped in the middle for a burger/beer, It didn't affect me at all other than satisfy my hunger. Fill your water bottle 50/50 with Gatorade/water. I agree with tarwheel.
 

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