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Old 11-05-19, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
Reading the 'open container' and 'public intoxication' posts makes me happy to live were I'm at ... no cop has time to bug somebody for having a beer. They will take notice if you're at risk of injuring yourself or others, but simply having a beer out-and-about ... that alone isn't gonna get any cop's attention.
No DUI for bicycling in MN. Only motor vehicles covered by the statute.

That being said, I think it's really almost entirely a theoretical possibility in the states where it's possible to be charged for intoxicated riding. It's really not likely to be a law enforcement priority just about anywhere.
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RCW 46.61.790

The condensed version:
You can not get a DUI on a bicycle.
The cop may offer to assist.
You don't have to accept assistance.
The cop may impound your bicycle if you are a danger, but they have to tell you where they are impounding it to, they have to give it back, & they can not charge an impound fee.

FWIW: I have a stainless bottle opener brazed on my touring bike frame. OEM. It gets used. Theres no sense being out in the boonies with your favorite beverage yearning for freedom while you helplessly stare in befuddled wonderment.

Free the beers!
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Old 11-05-19, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
In my state (NH), the DUI statute definitely applies to bicycle riders as a bicycle is defined as a vehicle, and DUI is is defined by statute as operating a vehicle on a way while intoxicated. Open container law, however, only applies to "motor vehicles", so they can't get you for beer in the bottle cage.

A quick look at Michigan law makes it appear that OWI laws don't apply to bicyclists. The bike statute defines a bike as a "device", not a vehicle, but states that the operator of the device has all of the same duties as a driver of a vehicle "except as to the provisions which by their nature do not have application." Exclusively human-powered devices are specifically defined out of the category of vehicles. The OWI statute definitely identifies the offense as operating a vehicle while intoxicated, which by definition a bicyclist cannot do as the bicycle is not a vehicle. Open container laws likewise apply only to "vehicles".

Might have been able to get him for drunken disorderly in Michigan if his riding appeared sufficiently impaired that he put someone or something at risk: "A person who is intoxicated in a public place and who is either endangering directly the safety of another person or of property or is acting in a manner that causes a public disturbance." That's a crime. They could also take him into protective custody (non-criminal) if he's drunk. If they want to be jerks about it, I think they could get him for the drunken disorderly for endangering the safety of his own bicycle if he had tested sufficiently intoxicated (statute doesn't specify it has to be someone else's property).
I just looked up the statutes for my state, and it simply says "vehicle" and not "motor vehicle," so it's quite possible to be charged with a DUI on a bicycle, I guess. But I think most cops will likely charge for PUI instead.
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Old 11-05-19, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by base2 View Post
RCW 46.61.790
FWIW: I have a stainless bottle opener brazed on my touring bike frame. OEM. It gets used. Theres no sense being out in the boonies with your favorite beverage yearning for freedom while you helplessly stare in befuddled wonderment.
FWIW I usually carry a Swiss Army-style pocket knife with me and the flat screwdriver bit also doubles as a bottle opener, so I'm good to go. If I don't carry it with me on my bike, I do have a Leatherman-type utility tool which I'm sure I could get that bottle open somehow.
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In the UK you can be fined for cycling under the influence up to 1000 and if you're endangering others potentially up to 2500 but most of these instances you'd probably be offered community service instead unless it was a serious offence.

It can't affect your driving licence as you don't need a licence to ride a bicycle so whilst I've often had the wish I could cycle past a speed camera at beyond the legal limit it again isn't an offence as the speed limits only apply to vehicles you need a licence for.

Not sure how this would apply to things like red lights and cycling through them.

I'd not be a fan of trying to open / drink a beer whilst cycling as you may spill some .... and that'd be a serious waste
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Old 11-05-19, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
In the UK you can be fined for cycling under the influence up to 1000 and if you're endangering others potentially up to 2500 but most of these instances you'd probably be offered community service instead unless it was a serious offence.

It can't affect your driving licence as you don't need a licence to ride a bicycle so whilst I've often had the wish I could cycle past a speed camera at beyond the legal limit it again isn't an offence as the speed limits only apply to vehicles you need a licence for.

Not sure how this would apply to things like red lights and cycling through them.

I'd not be a fan of trying to open / drink a beer whilst cycling as you may spill some .... and that'd be a serious waste
To paraphrase the line in The Kingston Trio's song "COPLAS REVISITED", the line is, first vice states, "The National Safety Council urges you not to drink and ride." Next voice asks, "Why not?" First voice replies in a Mexican accent, "You may hit a bump amnd spill the whole thing".

When I first saw that video of those riders with the glass bottles I thought about the mess they'd make of the riders in the event of a crash.

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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I just looked up the statutes for my state, and it simply says "vehicle" and not "motor vehicle," so it's quite possible to be charged with a DUI on a bicycle, I guess. But I think most cops will likely charge for PUI instead.

Does your state define bicycle as a vehicle? I think most do, but there are exceptions.
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Old 11-05-19, 08:16 PM
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I've got this set up,

but getting it off with an allen key and then opening the beer while riding would take a really big unobstructed riding area, at a minimum.


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Old 11-06-19, 05:43 AM
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I don't really need a bottle opener, since I always have lots of things with me that I can use to open a bottle - a swiss knife, a multi tool, a mini pump, a lighter etc; and even if I wouldn't have any of these things, I could always use the pedals on my bike. The skill to open a bottle with any hard-edged object comes in handy often
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Old 11-06-19, 12:57 PM
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You mean like this?

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Old 11-06-19, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
Those dopes... most of the bottles were twist-offs anyway!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Those dopes... most of the bottles were twist-offs anyway!
No way !
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Old 11-07-19, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
You mean like this?
Yes, done most of those or equivalents (wide array of tools and cutlery ). I haven't used a coin or a bill, although I have used a folded sheet of paper which in principle works the same as a bill. Some objects I've used that weren't featured in that video - a lighter (very often), a comb, a mobile phone, and a brim of a cap.
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Yes, done most of those or equivalents (wide array of tools and cutlery ). I haven't used a coin or a bill, although I have used a folded sheet of paper which in principle works the same as a bill. Some objects I've used that weren't featured in that video - a lighter (very often), a comb, a mobile phone, and a brim of a cap.
The classic oval Bic lighter is the best. Beer drinking age used to be really low here so knowing how to open a bottle with an opener had much more importance than just practicality. With a Bic you can make a dent in the ceiling and add to the atmosphere with a loud popping sound, especially because youngsters didn't know how to organize properly cooled beer.

Anyway, you can safely saber a bottle of champaign while riding, just don't interfere with the moving parts. Something very basic went wrong in this video.
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Why not just wait until you get home to have a beer? Are you in such a need of a beer that you can't wait that long? If so, I'd
recommend a meeting at the nearest AA clinic. Also, it IS illegal to drink and bike outside as he was doing; it's called PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

Anyhow, I believe a true lover of biking enjoys biking for biking itself.
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Why not just wait until you get home to have a beer? Are you in such a need of a beer that you can't wait that long? If so, I'd
recommend a meeting at the nearest AA clinic. Also, it IS illegal to drink and bike outside as he was doing; it's called PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

Anyhow, I believe a true lover of biking enjoys biking for biking itself.

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Why not just wait until you get home to have a beer? Are you in such a need of a beer that you can't wait that long?
Sometimes people just don't feel like going home yet.
If so, I'd recommend a meeting at the nearest AA clinic. Also, it IS illegal to drink and bike outside as he was doing; it's called PUBLIC INTOXICATION.
I'm pretty sure they speak Polish in Poland and call it something different, it might even not be illegal.

Anyhow, I believe a true lover of biking enjoys biking for biking itself.
And a true beer lover might use a bike for transportation to the next party.
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Originally Posted by bedtime View Post
Why not just wait until you get home to have a beer? Are you in such a need of a beer that you can't wait that long? If so, I'd
recommend a meeting at the nearest AA clinic. Also, it IS illegal to drink and bike outside as he was doing; it's called PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

Anyhow, I believe a true lover of biking enjoys biking for biking itself.
What a wet blanket. Aren't you the guy who's into doing tricks while riding bikes?
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Originally Posted by bedtime View Post
Why not just wait until you get home to have a beer? Are you in such a need of a beer that you can't wait that long? If so, I'd
recommend a meeting at the nearest AA clinic. Also, it IS illegal to drink and bike outside as he was doing; it's called PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

Anyhow, I believe a true lover of biking enjoys biking for biking itself.
I suppose next you'll be telling me not to do lines off of the handlebars.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I suppose next you'll be telling me not to do lines off of the handlebars.
While we're discussing vices on bikes:

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
While we're discussing vices on bikes:
How dare he not go head first over the bars!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
While we're discussing vices on bikes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-_Qdh8fOw
Easy, I've done that many times. The trick is to hold the pouch and the paper and tobacco in one hand at any stage of production, so you only need the second hand for the rolling itself and you can always interrupt it to grab the handlebars or brakes. I've even rolled joints while cycling, allthough with those hard hashish that need to be softenend first with a lighter it's nice to have another rider's assistence.
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
Opening a glass beer bottle while cycling. What can go wrong?
Nothing. I've done it hundreds of times. Admittedly I use my teeth, so it's no different than biting a chocolate bar.
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