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    Quote Originally Posted by Grettiron
    i'm curious if there's any connection between the passionate biking obsession and the (some might say unhealthy) thirst for beer/liquor/wine/pick your poison. talking with my father a while ago, the subject came up, and i defended my drinking habits against his tea-toteling viewpoint. he pointed out the fanatical devotion to riding as an indicator to a personality predisposed to alcoholism. i still think that's not the case because, given a choice between the two, i'd definately drop drinking for riding.

    so my question is, does your riding passion translate to other areas of your life? specifically beer (or whatever. beer is best anyway, imo)? i figure being in the singlespeed forum, you all have more than a passing interest in riding

    guess i'm just looking for someone out there with a like mind, 'cause there's not anyone around here
    in 3 hrs it will be Miller time. I will don the biker garb, get on the Pacer (I slapped on a freewheel and rear brake on it this AM), and I will ride home. I will comment about my day to Sarah as I play with my daughter, Annabel. Then, as the evening winds down, I might open a cold one, or two.

    I don't think I am harming anyone, or myself for that matter. I drink beer because I like the taste, but I know when enough is enough. I don't smoke. Cahondeo will follow.

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    drinking habits?

    i'm curious if there's any connection between the passionate biking obsession and the (some might say unhealthy) thirst for beer/liquor/wine/pick your poison. talking with my father a while ago, the subject came up, and i defended my drinking habits against his tea-toteling viewpoint. he pointed out the fanatical devotion to riding as an indicator to a personality predisposed to alcoholism. i still think that's not the case because, given a choice between the two, i'd definately drop drinking for riding.

    so my question is, does your riding passion translate to other areas of your life? specifically beer (or whatever. beer is best anyway, imo)? i figure being in the singlespeed forum, you all have more than a passing interest in riding

    guess i'm just looking for someone out there with a like mind, 'cause there's not anyone around here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grettiron
    i'm curious if there's any connection between the passionate biking obsession and the (some might say unhealthy) thirst for beer/liquor/wine/pick your poison. talking with my father a while ago, the subject came up, and i defended my drinking habits against his tea-toteling viewpoint. he pointed out the fanatical devotion to riding as an indicator to a personality predisposed to alcoholism. i still think that's not the case because, given a choice between the two, i'd definately drop drinking for riding.

    so my question is, does your riding passion translate to other areas of your life? specifically beer (or whatever. beer is best anyway, imo)? i figure being in the singlespeed forum, you all have more than a passing interest in riding

    guess i'm just looking for someone out there with a like mind, 'cause there's not anyone around here
    Well, being of somewhat of an obbsessive/compulsive person (having a girlfriend with a Hons. in Psychology is a nightmare sometimes!) I can say while I love riding, my music collection (A-Z obviously!) and a drink once in a while.

    Singlemalt is the current favorite (Ardbeg, Laphroaig etc...) although beer is good too! I went 2 years with nothing having spent 3 years in a band and drinking pretty much every weekend at gigs / practice / socialy (only a couple of pints!) I really did not miss it and found I could have just as much fun without a beer.

    Having a beer or two with friends is OK, its when you can't get through a day with out a beer....then thats a problem!

    As to cyclists being obbsessive I guess we are no wors than other sports-nuts!

    Anyway, my pizza is on its way and I have an early start for the Dunwich Dynamo 120mile ride. Now what to put in the hip-flask for the tipple at the finish line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singlespeedpunk
    Now what to put in the hip-flask for the tipple at the finish line?
    Since you're askin', I say fillerup with Dalwhinnie!

    PS: I'll meet ya at the finish line...
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    I have always been active. Skier, Sailor, hiker, biker etc. I also had a big drug and alcohol problem and for sseveral years, I kinda dropped all the other stuff, got out of shape and lazy, strung out and sick. Eventually I looked around at my life and the people I was hanging out with (compared to the ones I wanted to be hanging out with) and headed off to rehab.

    That was in 1988 and I haven't had a drink, or done any drugs at all since then. I ride a lot more, I have run two marathons, and done numerous centuries, two 24 hr. races and the Death Ride.It's easier to get up in the morning, it's easier to lose weight when I need to. It's easier to save a few bucks for bike-bling, and I don't spend as much time in jail.
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    I love to bike. I love to drink. I'm 19.

    I'm a very healthy individual, a runner, a body builder (well im getting there), and a cyclist.

    I love a dark ale (bass mmm), or some scotch whiskey with some ice.

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    i love drinkin a few, then going for a ride. aint nothing wrong with it. theres a reason why i just bought the spaceman flask holder. me likey boozy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by messofzero
    i love drinkin a few, then going for a ride. aint nothing wrong with it. theres a reason why i just bought the spaceman flask holder. me likey boozy.
    haha. I wont drink before I go on a trail ride or anything during the day... but it's fun when i'm wandering around campus with a few friends wasted to jump on my bike and ride around the campus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by messofzero
    truth! bar hopping on a bike is so much fun. i hardly ever go on trails after drinking either, usually because im fairly more serious about riding well, and alcohol isnt the trick to doing well on singletrack.
    well too much can screw you up. but just enough could give you just enough balls and confidence to do better than average

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjh_mtb
    haha. I wont drink before I go on a trail ride or anything during the day... but it's fun when i'm wandering around campus with a few friends wasted to jump on my bike and ride around the campus.
    truth! bar hopping on a bike is so much fun. i hardly ever go on trails after drinking either, usually because im fairly more serious about riding well, and alcohol isnt the trick to doing well on singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjh_mtb
    I love a dark ale (bass mmm), or some scotch whiskey with some ice.

    Bass ain't dark. Newcastle is dark. Not that Bass is bad, I'll take it when I want something light. Beats the crap out of most of the swill for sale in the USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Bass ain't dark. Newcastle is dark. Not that Bass is bad, I'll take it when I want something light. Beats the crap out of most of the swill for sale in the USA.
    well dark only in contrast to a regular beer (miller, bud). I haven't tried every beer in the world, since I can't even buy it, but for a light beer i prefer sapporo.

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    Storm King: now that's dark and technically it's still an ale. I have big problems with the drink: beer and wine of all types; single malts (I like Ardbeg); single barrel bourbons like those from VanWinkle; sometimes Martinis. I drink a whole lot and I'm not saying all of this to be a badass. I want to cut back but it's hard since I started way before I got my '98 Big Sur which began the whole biking affair. I drink every night, usually a sixpack or more if I'm not riding the next day. My GF has been good at making me ashamed of myself which cut me back from my really hard drinking days--bottle a night anyone? My best friend has the fever too which doesn't help. I actually credit biking with weaning my butt off of booze, even if I have only cut back a bit. It makes me want to be healthier and to live longer. My goal is to drink for fun; not to get drunk. Then ride, ride, ride! Work that need out of myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Bass ain't dark. Newcastle is dark. Not that Bass is bad, I'll take it when I want something light. Beats the crap out of most of the swill for sale in the USA.
    ...you may be drinking the wrong swill my friend... we've got a ton of microbreweries in new england, and there are some real gems out there. oh the roasted malts and aromatic hops! do beer snobbery and bike obsession go together? methinks it comes from having passion... lots of passion and not enough places to put it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Tuesday
    I'm sure that I'm in the extreme minority, but beer tastes like ass. It is a foul substance and I don't understand its appeal. I appreciate that everyone has different tastes, and I'm not saying that you shouldn't drink just cuz I don't like it.
    you're still wrong

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    I'm sure that I'm in the extreme minority, but beer tastes like ass. It is a foul substance and I don't understand its appeal. I appreciate that everyone has different tastes, and I'm not saying that you shouldn't drink just cuz I don't like it.
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    Funny you should ask...

    I just returned from dropping a 12 pack off at my LBS, who is also my sponsor. The guys are so appreciative, and having been a shop rat myself, I know what it means when a regular customer makes such a gesture. Take care of those who take care of you, esp on a crazy-ass Friday when there is a big race taking place in town, and every road cyclist in town needs last minute help before the evening time trial.

    As for me, I love a good beer or two and the occasional glass of red. Once in a while, I may even partake in some Makers and ginger ale. The main thing, IMO, is enjoying myself and being healthy. If I don't feel good (and too much drink = not feeling good for me), nothing else matters or is impotant.
    On a similar not, one of my closest friends partakes in the "puff-puff" whenever he rides; I stay away when on the road bike 'cause it just doesn't seem to go together, but once in a while I accept when rocking the SS around the beautiful forest trails.

    Moderation and knowing your body and your limits is really important, my friends. And as long as you aren't harming anyone or anything else, good on ya'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grettiron
    fanatical devotion to riding as an indicator to a personality predisposed to alcoholism.
    WTF? No.

    I'm as into bikes as just about anyone else on this board, but I'm definitely not a Type A. Instead, I'm a classic underachiever. I've always done just enough to do well, but no more. 3.7 GPA in college, because it was easy for me. If I'd wanted higher, I'd have had to study far too hard. Podiatry school instead of med school because they said they didn't care if I did well on the MCATs or not (plus they waved money at me). T-shirts instead of button shirts because buttons suck. Beer instead of wine because I don't have to discuss the beverage. Bikes...just because they're great.

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    Type A?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    WTF? No.

    I'm as into bikes as just about anyone else on this board, but I'm definitely not a Type A. Instead, I'm a classic underachiever. I've always done just enough to do well, but no more. 3.7 GPA in college, because it was easy for me. If I'd wanted higher, I'd have had to study far too hard. Podiatry school instead of med school because they said they didn't care if I did well on the MCATs or not (plus they waved money at me). T-shirts instead of button shirts because buttons suck. Beer instead of wine because I don't have to discuss the beverage. Bikes...just because they're great.

    type A? whoa there... how'd you get that outta my post? i don't get it.
    bikes are great tho! well, more like riding the bikes is great, better than staring at bike porn (hot stuff!). the porn just makes the work day go by

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grettiron
    type A? whoa there... how'd you get that outta my post? i don't get it.
    Somewhere in there. Don't ask me where. I don't get it either.

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    i drink once in a while to socialize, but i personally don't like drinking much. i've never been drunk.

    and neither do i understand the infatuation with alcohol, esp. beer, that seesm ubiquitous in this forum and elsewhere (notably university campuses).

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    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    and neither do i understand the infatuation with alcohol, esp. beer, that seesm ubiquitous in this forum and elsewhere (notably university campuses).
    Those darn college kids. Next thing you know they'll be dancing and having sex.

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    Well

    I do have a few post ride beers and then ride home. My buddy at work and I were discussing cyclists and their rate of obeying traffic laws. I am pretty good at obeying the law and he knows it. Then he said "what about riding after a few beers, that's illegal." I said " yea, but it's part of the single speed/fixie culture", to which he replied "bullsh**, it's just your culture."
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Tuesday
    I'm sure that I'm in the extreme minority, but beer tastes like ass. It is a foul substance and I don't understand its appeal. I appreciate that everyone has different tastes, and I'm not saying that you shouldn't drink just cuz I don't like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Tuesday
    beer tastes like ass.
    NEVER make that type of comparison! You just gave yourself away. Now everyone knows.
    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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