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    Do cigars and mountain biking mix?

    I've recently developed a taste for cigars and find myself smoking 1-3 a month. While you will expect to find cigar threads on beer or wine forums, I'm not surprised there isn't one on a cycling forum. Smoking and endurance sports certainly don't mix.

    But is there any cigar interest in a beer forum IN a cycling forum?

    Seriously, I'm wondering if anyone has experienced any negative effects of cigar smoking on their riding. Obviously, you don't inhale, but you are still taking in nicotine through your mouth. Nasty, nasty habit but OH so tasty!

    2-3 a month? Meh...hopefully not a problem.

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    I enjoy pipe tobacco. I have 3 jars that have been aging since 2009. One is balkan#2 which is my favorite I have tried. I need to pop the seal on that one soon now that you remind me. It's been a few months since I've enjoyed a good smoke come to think of it. It's really hard to puff without sneaking in the occasional inhale for that punch. I like that rush/buzz. I don't smoke cigs. Used too but I hate them now. Even hate kissing a girl who smokes.

    Cigars smell great but I just don't enjoy smoking them as much. And I hate taking my pipe to the bars and whatnot. Just makes you look like a tool. There are some people in my town who bring theirs in mouth on a fixie but they are as hipster as you can get its almost normal to see it now haha. Jesus its ridiculous.

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    I smoke cigars once and a while and smoked pipes in the past. I miss pipes, but cigars will do for now. I love a good English blend fairly strong in Latikia when it comes to pipes. For cigars I enjoy a nice maduro and sometimes I like a nice creamy smoke. The inlaws got me a cigar of the month subscription for the holidays and I get a nice package of 5 cigars each month.

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    Unlike Bill Clinton, I do inhale a bit...

    I do not get the opportunity as often these days but I definitely enjoy one on occasion (maybe 4-6 times/yr). My all time fav is a Monte Cristo #2 Cuban when I can get them. More typically I'll smoke an Aurturo Fuente Churchill or something a bit less pricey.

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    A couple a month, usually after a few beers. Nothing like sittin' on the porch after a ride, shooting the sh!t, puffin' on a stogie.
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    I smoke maybe one Illusione 88 a week during poker with my friends. I have an uncle who would light up a stick after every mtb race, mostly for his own pleasure, but also partly to piss off all the guys he was racing against. I think it's healthy to have a vice or three, it's the people who don't have some sort of release that I don't trust.

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    I used to love a cigar. Smoking as the sun goes down and into the darkness. I loved it. Did it for a couple years. No problems. Then I started getting ill the next day. Never thought much about it because I didn't smoke a cigar all that often. Mostly when camping or something special. Pretty soon I started thinking about the times I got sick after drinking. Always a cigar. Not an outrageous amount of beer either. Then I got violently ill after one cigar and 6 beers. Over about five years, every time I got sick after drinking a cigar was involved. Last summer, I tried one last time and got one of those smaller cigars. Always fine brands, btw. No cheapos. I had 5 beers. I was in Yellowstone. Never been as sick. Violent. For hours. I won't ever smoke a cigar again.

    Don't know what this has to do with smoking and mountain biking. But I miss cigar smoking.

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    I smoke custom peach swisher sweets all the time. I can only imagine how great it's going to be when I can hit these Nor Cal trails and the blunt at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I've recently developed a taste for cigars and find myself smoking 1-3 a month. While you will expect to find cigar threads on beer or wine forums, I'm not surprised there isn't one on a cycling forum. Smoking and endurance sports certainly don't mix.

    But is there any cigar interest in a beer forum IN a cycling forum?

    Seriously, I'm wondering if anyone has experienced any negative effects of cigar smoking on their riding. Obviously, you don't inhale, but you are still taking in nicotine through your mouth. Nasty, nasty habit but OH so tasty!

    2-3 a month? Meh...hopefully not a problem.
    I love good cigars. I have a small humidor and usually smoke 1-2 cigars a month. Any kind of smoking, as you said, is bad for you, even if you do not inhale, but I smoke cigars very infrequently for them to have any significant harmful effects (at least I hope so!).

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    I like a good cigar occasionally but I don't associate them with biking like I do beer.
    After a long ride, a beer hits the spot. The thought of smoking a cigar does not interest me.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Sure as long as you dont inhale

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    I've already had more than enough exposure to secondhand smoke for a lifetime. and it has already caused cancer once. exposure is cumulative and just because I got cancer from it once doesn't mean I won't get it again later.

    so no, cigars don't mix with mountain biking...or anything else for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    A couple a month, usually after a few beers. Nothing like sittin' on the porch after a ride, shooting the sh!t, puffin' on a stogie.
    Agreed!

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    Do cigars and mountain biking mix?

    I went through a phase that largely coincided with grad school that saw me smoking about 1 a week, maybe 2 if there was a reason/excuse. But for one reason or another that dropped off when I moved on, probably due to changing social circles as much as anything. I have a nice humidor, and there's probably 6-8 cigars in it that my parents gave me last spring, but these days it's hard to find a moment. In the summer, most of my neighbors have their windows open (I live in a condo complex) so I don't want to smoke one when I'm sitting outside with a beer or a cocktail and irritate them. And since I've gotten out of the habit, I just forget about it. I was ice fishing (or rather drinking and watching others ice fish) last Friday, and kind of regretting not thinking of bringing one along. Oh, well.

    Since smoking has been phased out of bars, I've gotten so sensitive to the smell of smoke that I have to change and shower after a cigar. Makes it a bit of a pain.

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    It always makes me look twice when I see someone smoking while riding.

    To find people on here that supposedly "ride" smoking is just amazing. Am I sensitive to the topic? Yes. I found out that my breathing problems stem from having emphysema. Now, my emphysema is a somewhat rare genetic disease, but I can't imagine someone exposing themselves to something as insidious as smoking. Do people realize that lungs NEVER repair themselves from damage?

    Does smoking and mountain biking mix?

    Well, smoking and enjoying healthy living does NOT mix.

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    Do cigars and mountain biking mix?

    I enjoy smoking 1 or 2 Captain Black's (Pipe tobacco cigars) per day and riding my bike religiously. Meh to each their own.

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    Switched from cigarettes to eCigs a few months ago and never looked back - so glad to be able to breathe again.

    I'll still have a cigar occasionally though - when the mood takes. Cigar and a campfire are a great combo. You're getting all that woodsmoke anyway so may as well make it worthwhile !

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    and now I wish I kept my pipe in my truck, thanks for the cravings guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmorsi View Post
    I love good cigars. I have a small humidor and usually smoke 1-2 cigars a month. Any kind of smoking, as you said, is bad for you, even if you do not inhale, but I smoke cigars very infrequently for them to have any significant harmful effects (at least I hope so!).
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    I love smoking, cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookas, bongs, splifs,it's all good!

    And to everyone on here complaining about health reasons, if you own and operate a motor vehicle you have no right to talk. 100 miles in a car expels more carcinogens than a smoker will in a YEAR of heavy smoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I like a good cigar occasionally but I don't associate them with biking like I do beer.
    After a long ride, a beer hits the spot. The thought of smoking a cigar does not interest me.
    in the summer i always volunteer to sit in the bed of the truck on the way home. muscles are all worn out from riding, getting a nice breeze on a warm day, drinking a cold beer from the cooler, and smoking a stick on the way home. if only we could fit a hot tub and a bbq in the truck bed it'd be about perfect

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    i enjoy a Fuente short story sometimes out on the trail after a nice ride.

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    Im gonna have to say no on this one but I do enjoy a nice dip while im riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailconqueror View Post
    Im gonna have to say no on this one but I do enjoy a nice dip while im riding.
    How can you say no to cigars and still dip?

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    I've been smoking cigars around 25 yrs now and currently enjoy 2-3 cigars a week. Never had one while riding on a single track, as it's something one does to relax. I'll ocasionally smoke one after a ride, just depends on if I finish riding in the afternoon and I've nothing special to do for a few hours. And a good craft beer can compliment a fine cigar quite nicely.....usually a good dark stout to pair with a medium/strong maduro like a Fuente, LaGloria series R, or Cohibe Behike habano. Add a side sip of Grand Marnier or Zaya rum........perfecto

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    Quote Originally Posted by djren12 View Post
    i enjoy a Fuente short story sometimes out on the trail after a nice ride.
    If you like the Fuente Hemingway Short Story, try the Hemingway Best Seller......same cigar but a half inch longer. And for a truly great little cigar, try the Hemingway Best Seller maduro. It's a special limited edition they only sell twice a year- Christmas and Father's day, but you will absolutely love the wrapper as it has a very rich chocolaty taste that is quite enjoyable. My current favorite cigar. I doubt you can find any right now, so PM me your address and I'll send you one of these gems.

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    "Do cigars and mountain biking mix?"

    NO! The last thing that I want to smell on a trail is a cigar. GACK!

    One of the reasons that I like to ride off road is because of the fresh air.

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    I was on the trail once when I came up on a rider smoking a cigar, while riding. ha ha

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    ok, thanks. drink on....Game on....smoke on.

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    I keep a small humidor at home that's stocked with good cubans, some for smoking and some for aging. I'll average maybe 8 or 9 a year, usually in the summer months when I can sit outside on a warm night and enjoy it.

    I used to smoke cigarettes like a fiend but stopped doing that 12 years ago now, still miss the "process" but so glad I decided to stop.

    I smoke cigars because I enjoy them, not because I need to smoke them.

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    I find it tough to smoke while riding

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    Re: Do cigars and mountain biking mix?

    Only if it's these cigars, and you take a break from a long ride to do it.

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    Ex cigarette smoker. I'll pass on all tobacco products. I despise the stench of a burning cigarette. However cigars and pipes do not annoy me. Probable because I did not abuse them in my youth as a smoker.
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    I have designated chill spots on my long rides where I burn one.
    Calmer'n you are.

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    Last summer, the night before shuttling the Mackenzie river trail in Central OR I smoked the last stog' that had belonged to my brotherin in law (R.I.P) I had held onto it for almost two years not knowing when I ever would smoke it. Knowing him, camped out with a couple of my homies sipping the Turkey and a little Port was absolutely the time and place to smoke it and wish he was there. It was a very nice Monte Cristo, BUT On the flip side, I felt as if i was trying to out run the effects of either the alcohol, smoking or both until shortly after the Blue Pool. Price paid was worth it.
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    I love cigars... Got a humi full of La Gloria Serie Rs. I hope to do some bike packing soon and bring some smokes with me. Beer is too heavy for packing so I'll still to bourbon.

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    I rode with a guy, a doctor, who would smoke one on the way down the mountain. I can understand why he didn't do it on the way up.

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    I despise DESPISE cigarettes. Even a tiny whiff of a cigarette will give me a headache. What a dumb fcking habit. Yet I can't escape it, always some dumb fcking degenerate smoking in my direction. Like to punch each and every one of you white trash motherfckers right in the face.

    Cigars on the other hand don't bother me in the least. By far a more natural product not loaded with chemicals designed to addict you. More dignified. I like to have the occasional cigar after many beers. I can get into the flavors and buzz. Great ride, great camping, big campfire, many beers, some bro's, a cigar and some laughs.....nothing better mang! Just wish it didn't feel/taste like a cat crapped in my mouth for the next two days.
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    I love cigars. During the week, I smoke 2 cigars per day. During the weekend, I will smoke 3+ cigars per day.

    I would never bring a stick on a bike ride. To me, smoking while riding seems stupid. After the ride is a different story. Nothing better than a premium or super premium cigar, a yummy craft beer, or a glass of small batch bourbon after a ride. However, I am in the process of losing weight, so I usually end up with a cigar and a cup of non caffeinated tea.

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    I some some here and there.

    got some cheap Perdomos.... some padrons.... some Arturo Fuentos, Ashtons, Davidoffs....

    It's more like a couple a month, or more if there is a birthday party where we go to a Steak & smoke place

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    meh...

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    I like the smell of cigars, but not the taste. I stick to weed. I like the taste & the effects.

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    I also enjoy pipe tobacco, "Fixie" (freewheel) and mtb. Just don't mix 'em. Pipe smoking is just for late nights and relaxation. Not something to mix with exercise.

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    It's more of a 'special occasion' thing for me, kinda sad to say. Have never thought about pairing one with the eventual brew that WILL happen after a mtn bike ride. I used to chew, and that was a S.O.B. to stop.

    When I do get one, I like a good port (wine), or a stout, or your basic Irish to go with it. (Jameson, Red Breast). Before you go on calling me Mr. FancyPants, stop.

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    I do love a good cigar and I do enjoy them a few times a year. Can't imagine that miniscule amount of smoke is going to harm me as I don't even take it into my lungs.

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    Do cigars and mountain biking mix?

    Why do cigarette smokers feel they have the right to litter by throwing their butts everywhere?

    Cigars?....I've always been healthy but some years ago a friend into cigars brought me to a cigar place. We got cigars, sat in the well appointed smoking room, and read some magazines. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. Very relaxing.

    I do worry about effects on health though. Even from occasional use.

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    hello here, great thread!

    i commute, mtb, smoke (quite a lot of different things) and drink beer daily and i've done this for a while.

    do whatever you like to do is the answer. satisfaction like on the face of mtbnate is the goal

    i don't give a damn when people from my xc group just smile to each other if i smoke during a mtb day. it just makes me push harder on the climbs in the end.
    i wonder if the above "4 activities" compensate for each other tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailconqueror View Post
    Im gonna have to say no on this one but I do enjoy a nice dip while im riding.
    Yes sir. Don't dip while riding, but throw in a dip of Copenhagen snuff when I'm done. Been my "vice" for the past thirteen years.
    Enjoy a nice cigar too. Friends would come over and we would sit out back and have a good cigar and an IPA, but life happens sometimes and priorities arise, so we don't all get together as much as we to. When the stars align and the wives allow it and kids aren't acting up, beer and cigars are normally in order. Gurka Warlord is one of my favorites.
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    Not while riding, but I'll enjoy one afterwards with a beer or two.

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