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Ever biked 'under the influence'?

Old 08-23-13, 04:22 PM
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Ever biked 'under the influence'?

I'm not talking about riding while impaired, more like having lunch and a couple of beers with friends and going for a 30+ miler a few hours later. I have, and it wasn't bad once I got through the initial alcohol sweat factor in the first 1/2 hour. I actually felt pretty strong by mile 35, but I'm sure my performance wasn't quite up to par. Anyway, just wondering.
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Old 08-23-13, 04:25 PM
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yeah, I used to think I could dance better after a few beers too............




just sayin.

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Old 08-23-13, 04:29 PM
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Just keep in mind that in some US States, DWI applies to bikers and motorists. And I would add that you don't have to blow over the limit in Texas to go to jail. I have actually seen people arrested for biking under the influence.

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Old 08-23-13, 04:35 PM
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Mid ride malted recovery beverage is a long standing tradition on weekend fun rides around here. Join us at Black Raven Brewing Company in Redmond Washington around 1:15 tomorrow...
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Old 08-23-13, 04:35 PM
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he's right. You can be charged with DWI in north carolina on a bike, a riding lawn mower, a horse, a moped, a unicycle, and almost any type of "vehicle".
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Old 08-23-13, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by copswithguns View Post
Just keep in mind that in some US States, DWI applies to bikers and motorists.
As it should be, but that's not my query. A burger and a couple of beers (normal < 5% beer that is) followed by a ride 2 - 3 hours later wouldn't register as DWI in any state as far as I know.
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Originally Posted by stilltooslow View Post
As it should be, but that's not my query. A burger and a couple of beers (normal < 5% beer that is) followed by a ride 2 - 3 hours later wouldn't register as DWI in any state as far as I know.
2 beers with a meal will not cause most people to be legally impaired.
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Originally Posted by JamieElenbaas View Post
Mid ride malted recovery beverage is a long standing tradition on weekend fun rides around here. Join us at Black Raven Brewing Company in Redmond Washington around 1:15 tomorrow...
When touring in the Czech Republic, I always had .5L of beer with lunch. After lunch, I was a bit weak for the first half hour, but then felt fine. Good carbs, good hydration, fine taste, cheaper than water. I don't do that here, though. Water's free, the beer's usually not very good, and I don't need the weak 1/2 hour. We ride our tandem out of the BR most Sundays.
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Old 08-23-13, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
yeah, I used to think I could dance better after a few beers too............




just sayin.

My Japanese gets better when I'm lubricated but my riding skills definitely go downhill.
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Old 08-23-13, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
...and I don't need the weak 1/2 hour.
Silly boy, that's what the stoker is for, let her peddle harder for 1/2 hour. Of course you can have a beer with lunch.

(I sure hope my stoker is not reading today.)
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Old 08-23-13, 05:24 PM
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There is a 2-day ride here each June that is 108 miles the first day and 92 miles the second. I haven't done the ride in a couple years, but normally on the first day, I stop at about mile 85 for a couple pints of Guinness and a snack. I've noticed no difference when I hop (see what I did there?) back on the bike.
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Old 08-23-13, 05:32 PM
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I have been on a bike under "influence" , but only on my way back from the bar.
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Old 08-23-13, 05:43 PM
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Both times I've had beers with lunch during rides I've bonked like 3 or 4 hours later. Probably coincidence...or maybe the make me dehydrated or I don't eat enough. Eitherway, I don't bother anymore.
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Old 08-23-13, 06:24 PM
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In college? Oh hell yeah. Now? Never booze, often green.
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Ya, was doing track stands on my '94 Bontrager OR Race Lite SS at about 1:00 AM and fell badly on my left knee. PCL, MCL, and meniscus torn, surgery required, humor did not ensue...

Never again...


Unless the booze is free...
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I think of it in the event I get killed or mangled with booze in my system on a bike. Even if Im not legally drunk, I can picture lawyers arguing about the effects of alcohol while riding a bike which requires balance. Anything not to pay out a claim or reduce the pay-out.
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Riding under the influence is easier than walking...
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Originally Posted by copswithguns View Post
Just keep in mind that in some US States, DWI applies to bikers and motorists. And I would add that you don't have to blow over the limit in Texas to go to jail. I have actually seen people arrested for biking under the influence.
Every party has a pooper.
I think the OP was talking about any other place than the country of Texas.

I actually did a short stint tonight (10 miles) after two Miller Lites. Two beers in 1 1/2 hours and than I put a new seat on my bike that I bought on my way home from work.
I had to try my new seat out!
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I remember, back in the day, about 1:00 am, trying to make a surprise booty call on my GF... screaming along an unlit bike path along the river, fairly wasted... hit a $&!? post that they'd put in the path to keep cars off.

I showed up torn up and bloody buuuut... still got laid!
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In Minnesota, DWI only applies to motor vehicles. Not bikes. https://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/211294331.html
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Originally Posted by Long Tom View Post
In college? Oh hell yeah. Now? Never booze, often green.
Largely quit drinking myself a couple years ago. My Strava/Garmin numbers are more impressive, my overall fitness has improved and there's about 100 lbs. less of me. Couldn't be better, despite the occasional cough.

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Old 08-23-13, 09:54 PM
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I'd sometimes have a nip of whiskey/whisky after work with the guys before riding home. At those times, my legs seem to listen a little better when I tell them to shut up.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
2 beers with a meal will not cause most people to be legally impaired.
I agree, but it can surely cause drowsiness. I had two beers at a bar and rode home after that. I was okay until I came to a stop at a light. I somehow fell asleep while leaning against the pole and before I knew it, I fell on the ground. Luckily, no damage to the bike.
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Haven't had a drink in 20+ years, but when I was young it was pretty common. And back in the 70s, cops would be glad to see you biking because it meant you weren't driving. These days, I'm with Long Tom.
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Had a couple beers after a race one time and then rode home. I waited an hour for the alcohol to clear, but it wasn't enough. It was misting a little. Ended up wiping out on some railroad tracks. I would recommend not riding buzzed.
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