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Anybody do this? I stopped smoking 1 year ago but recently began chewing skoal tobbaco. I usually dip half way through a ride. I need to quit. The addiction is driving me crazy.
 

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treksngiants said:
Anybody do this? I stopped smoking 1 year ago but recently began chewing skoal tobbaco. I usually dip half way through a ride. I need to quit. The addiction is driving me crazy.

Do you cruise around at an easy pace? The first time my heart jumped out of my chest (which happens quite often on just about every ride) I would be swallowing Skoal!
 

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Do you cruise around at an easy pace? The first time my heart jumped out of my chest (which happens quite often on just about every ride) I would be swallowing Skoal!

I do cruise when I chew but still manage to get spit all over my nice jerseys.
 

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treksngiants said:
Anybody do this? I stopped smoking 1 year ago but recently began chewing skoal tobbaco. I usually dip half way through a ride. I need to quit. The addiction is driving me crazy.
I started smoking because I was hooked on Copenhagen and the wimmens didn't like kissing with a mouth full of tobacco so I switched one addiction for another. Just freakin quit. Cold turkey. It sucks, but it's pretty much the only way. You gotta want to do it.
 

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lower vo2

while smoking is bad, very bad for endurance sports, I've read journals that claim that the cancer causing crap in chewing tobacco will lower your cycling performance as well. Quit.
 

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PLEASE don't take this as preaching ...

treksngiants said:
I need to quit. The addiction is driving me crazy.
You know about the health risks; you don't need me to spell them out for you yet again.

If, however, you'd like an eyewitness account of what it's like to be diagnosed with and treated for oral cancer, I'm your man.
 

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I’d hate to draft off of you

This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone dipping while riding. Even back in the days when I was a Copenhagen addict (can and a half a day), I never did it while riding. I have to agree that quitting cold turkey sucks but I think it’s the only way to go
 

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BlueMasi1 said:
This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone dipping while riding. Even back in the days when I was a Copenhagen addict (can and a half a day), I never did it while riding. I have to agree that quitting cold turkey sucks but I think it’s the only way to go
Ditto. I was a serious Copenhagen addict as well. Bought it by the log. Man I'm glad I quit. Luckily you already have a built in distraction technique in your bicycle.

I quit cold turkey as well. I tried the gum, chewing on cigars, etc... None of that worked. Everyone is different, find what works for you. Trust me, you will be much happier.
 

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BlueMasi1 said:
This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone dipping while riding. Even back in the days when I was a Copenhagen addict (can and a half a day), I never did it while riding. I have to agree that quitting cold turkey sucks but I think it’s the only way to go

I have never dipped in a paceline but one time i was on a tandem with my brother and he could not stop yelling at me. I think today i will stop for good. Just needed a little push is all.
 

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Chaw in a race

In a recent race, while waiting at the line for the start, I noticed the guy in front of me lean over and spit a nasty load of chew onto the ground. I looked down and saw a puddle of sickening brown slop at his feet about 5 inches across. During the five minutes we were waiting, he spit dozens of times, causing a huge mess. The race was 62 miles out-and-back (Superior Road Race in AZ) with over 4000 ft of climbing. This same guy attacks 5 miles into the race, just before the first climb. It was amusing to watch him go balls out up the first climb, blow his load, and promptly get spit out the back of the peleton. He didn't finish the race. Not sure whether his DNF resulted from chew, but there is an obvious lesson here: bring a cup to spit into at the start line.
 

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The nicotine

causes constriction of blood vessels and your body is wanting them open and carrying oxygenated blood when exercising - extra hard on the physiology. Tobacco - its a hard one to give up, but once you do you can strike it up as a personal accomplishment of the finest kind.
 

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I find this hard to believe. Really hard to believe.

treksngiants said:
Anybody do this? I stopped smoking 1 year ago but recently began chewing skoal tobbaco. I usually dip half way through a ride. I need to quit. The addiction is driving me crazy.
 

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As a once-upon-a-time chewer/smoker, I must chime in and say these are some of the most archaic and disgusting habits of mankind. Why would anyone in the pursuit of athletic excellence ingest chemicals that are proven to be nothing short of shoving a needle in your veins and injecting chemicals that will shorten your life span, impede your performance, both in sports and sexually? Let's set standards that our kids can strive for that are worthwhile. We are all human. We all make our mistakes. But patronizing the tabacco industry should not be a part of our daily walk. O.K.... get out the whips, I'm done spouting off.
 

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I have to agree that quitting cold turkey sucks but I think it’s the only way to go
I am a quitter. It took me 15 years and many tries, but the only way that it worked was to go cold turkey. I think that having the gum, inhaler or other items only makes your body crave more because it gets rewarded by the craving. By going cold turkey, you crave but you never reward the cravings.

Quiting smoking sucks. I really liked smoking, I just don't like the affects, i.e., smelling, riding slower, wasting money, setting a bad example for my child (who is 2 and never saw me smoke, but will now never smell it either). I crave every day (it has been two months). I just remind myself that I have always wanted a Porsche and in 15 years of smoking, I could have bought a used one with the money I wasted.
 

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Just Quit

I can't imagine ever using tobacco products ever again. Get that poison out of your body and RACE!! I quit after 26 years a little over a year ago and will be doing my First Olympic distance race in June.:D
 

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Hmmmm, watching porn while riding in lycra. I'm sure the women would love it.
 
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