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Old April 15th, 2017, 07:52 AM   #16
 
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Vertx makes a sling for hiking or biking and it has a pull zip access pocket with available velcro holster. I bought it but have not conceal carried with it yet. It adds a second to my practice draw time (1.5 -> 2.5 sec) so,,,,,,, that would change my various scenario response strategy. So far only using it as a small utility sling. It is a nice sling.



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This begs the question, "Why ?"

if you're riding for exercise and you're that concerned about your safety, pick another route or another training regiment.

If you're commuting on a bicycle, put the gun in your backpack, saddle bag, whatever; and switch your carry mode when you arrive at your destination.

If you're just riding for enjoyment and feel a need to carry a firearm - you're probably not wearing bike shorts. Just drop the gun in a cargo pocket.

A firearm is nothing more than a tool. Sometimes a tool is critical and often it is not. Fighter pilots use a tool called a parachute but they don't wear parachutes at the dinner table. A little common sense goes a long way. If a person knew they would be involved in a deadly force situation, they would avoid that situation. No one in their right mind would willingly put themselves in that situation. While it is absolutely true that you can never predict with certainty when deadly force might be in play, you can absolutely improve your odds.
If you're riding a bicycle in areas where deadly force is likely to be needed, pick another route !!!
Did you hear about the biker who was mauled by a bear... on the road not on trails...
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Galco fanny pack holster. I've worn out two over the years, but they've never given me a problem. And if you're wearing spandex, nobody thinks it's odd that you're wearing a fanny pack (or, at least, not MORE odd).

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Thanks for the replies, even the smart comments. I try to ride at least 40 miles every day, and spandex makes a huge difference in comfort and performance. I usually do it in about 2.5 hours. For you non bicyclists, try it! lol

I'm 71 years old, a Vietnam Vet, 6', and between 180-200#, mileage and food dependent!

Bike trails, while helping keep you out of traffic, seem to be attracting more unsavory characters lately. I can probably outrun 99% of them, even when I'm tired - but there is still that 1% of crazy stupidity. Living about 40 miles west of chiraq, more and more of the knuckleheads are finding their way out of the city, and they are still knuckleheads. Buttttt, you live where you live, and do what you have to do. I'm not giving up my lifestyle for the goofballs!

I carry in a handlebar bag, or a fanny pack facing front or right side. Dependent on what size gun I carry. Was thinking about my Sneaky Pete for a .380, and a military web belt. I have carried in a tail trunk, but that is really inconvenient if you need it!

Once, in farmville, a German Shepard was adamant about what he wanted for lunch, even with the bike between me and him. One round, fired into the ground, quickly changed his mind! That was a long time ago, and it was a Beretta Bobcat! Damn, that little thing is loud!

Yes, I do carry polymer and stainless - maybe I will watch for a vinyl belly bag to keep it drier inside. Sometimes, my leather bags get pretty damp.

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I use a small camera bag with a shoulder strap slung diagonally. Nobody's the wiser.
They come in all shapes and sizes and can be found at thrift shops for a couple bucks.
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I used to carry my CC weapon in my little bag that attached to the seat riser that was mounted under the seat. Usually I carried my tire tools and repair kit in there. However, it also made a great way to carry "concealed". I never rode "road bikes", always mountain bikes. The options for carry were less conspicuous.

I used to ride the many bike trails Florida has to offer. Most were of the beaten path miles from civilization. Just as many though were inside city limits somewhere where all kinds of wild life resides. Thugs being the worse kind.

St Petersburg had an area of the Suncoast Trail that goes through thug-ville and Racoon City where several crimes were committed on bike riders. I think one death a few years back if I remember right. Mostly just robberies and assaults though which is bad enough by the way.

I always kept a sharp eye out and would not let any thug or racoon get close enough if I was by myself.
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Thanks for the replies, even the smart comments. I try to ride at least 40 miles every day, and spandex makes a huge difference in comfort and performance. I usually do it in about 2.5 hours. For you non bicyclists, try it! lol

I'm 71 years old, a Vietnam Vet, 6', and between 180-200#, mileage and food dependent!

Bike trails, while helping keep you out of traffic, seem to be attracting more unsavory characters lately. I can probably outrun 99% of them, even when I'm tired - but there is still that 1% of crazy stupidity. Living about 40 miles west of chiraq, more and more of the knuckleheads are finding their way out of the city, and they are still knuckleheads. Buttttt, you live where you live, and do what you have to do. I'm not giving up my lifestyle for the goofballs!

I carry in a handlebar bag, or a fanny pack facing front or right side. Dependent on what size gun I carry. Was thinking about my Sneaky Pete for a .380, and a military web belt. I have carried in a tail trunk, but that is really inconvenient if you need it!

Once, in farmville, a German Shepard was adamant about what he wanted for lunch, even with the bike between me and him. One round, fired into the ground, quickly changed his mind! That was a long time ago, and it was a Beretta Bobcat! Damn, that little thing is loud!

Yes, I do carry polymer and stainless - maybe I will watch for a vinyl belly bag to keep it drier inside. Sometimes, my leather bags get pretty damp.

We have miles and miles of bike trails in Portland, but the liberal city government decided that the way to "help the homeless" was to stop enforcing laws against camping on city streets and parks, so now we've got thousands (3000+, at last count) of drug-addled and/or crazy homeless people camping along the bike trails and assaulting riders and walkers. It's gotten to the point where most people would rather ride on busy city streets than take their chances on the trails.

When I ride, I ALWAYS carry. I suppose some might argue that if the trails are that dangerous, I should go somewhere else, but there is no place in the tri-county liberal metro area that is any better. I avoid the worst spots (Springwater corridor, Esplanade, etc), but the police can't do anything about the vagrants until someone gets hurt, and I don't plan on being the one getting hurt.


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I use a small camera bag with a shoulder strap slung diagonally. Nobody's the wiser.
They come in all shapes and sizes and can be found at thrift shops for a couple bucks.
NOW, that's a good idea, and makes for just about any size carry! I think I will watch for a medium sized bag, big enough for a "full sized" "Compact, and an extra mag....... that would even come in handy off the bike!
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On the trails in the Florida Panhandle, my ccw is an old Canon SLR bag stuffed with Ruger Security Six. Say "cheese".


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Fanny pack Holster is the only realistic means that I could fathom.

And you could keep a Clif Bar and electrolyte powder pack, in it as well, in case you start cramping, or hit the wall while miles away from home,




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How do you conceal carry on a bicycle? Now for the wrinkle - while wearing normal spandex bicycle clothing!
Yup...I've used a Model 23 Jogger's Concealment Holster (chest carry) for 15+ years. I've ridden thousands of miles with one and it's worked so great for me for all these years that my wife now has one as well! I carry my SP101 (side-access back compartment)...cell phone...wallet...keys...snack bar...etc (top-access front compartment) in it!

Model 23 Jogger Concealment Gun Holster

I first discovered these after being chased and bitten by a dog while out riding. It's interesting that the dog never made a sound (bark, whine, nothing)...it was only the toenails clicking on the asphalt that was my first warning...and then it was already too late!

My 2.25" SP101 in .357 with a 2-finger Badger Custom wood grip has been my cycling companion ever since...5 shots of 158 grain JHP should be plenty in taking care of an animal that is running loose and behaving in an aggressive manner, whose owner, at this point, obviously doesn't care about them because if they did they would be following Indiana's Animal Restraint laws in that animals must either be on a leash or inside a secured fence...where their ability to 'range' or 'make contact or otherwise engage others in an uncontrolled manner' is restricted or restrained ('controlled') by their owners!

I was a Reserve with our local Sheriff's department at the time of the incident so it was rather easy to get animal control involved!

Be safe out there...

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That's a question which comes up in my classes. Most carriers prefer baggie mountain bike style shorts as they're easier to deal with pockets and IWB.

When going roadie in you-see-it-all shorts, a .380 in my jersey pocket works fine. Here's where a light polymer frame with a stainless slide riding in an Uncle Mike pocket holster is my choice. The pocket holster reduces printing. Wearing baggie shorts allows me to step up to LCR357 for a bit more roar out of the mouse gun.

This article written for bike patrol officers has good tips:
New Article Published In Concealed Carry Magazine! | Survival
Interesting point made on #7. Stop and then draw. Due to braking with the left hand (front brake) with the right hand on the gun, the rider might go over the handlebars due to front brake lock up.

Is there anyone else out there like me that swaps the brake cables on their bicycles so the right hand pulls the front brake like on a motorcycle?
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Bulldog makes a fanny pack that is for a gun and every bicycle guy has a fanny pack. I use them in several sizes and on a bike I carry a S&W 360PD its 11.3oz of hello. Never worry about being out on a bike its coming back to the parking lot and somebody wants it or my car that worries me.
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Is there anyone else out there like me that swaps the brake cables on their bicycles so the right hand pulls the front brake like on a motorcycle?[/QUOTE]

Yes I race motorcycles and am confused enough.
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I would venture to say if I had to, I'd go the fanny pack option as well. The issue for me, when biking, it's hard to find a spot to carry that A. is not uncomfortable, and B. doesn't get soaked in sweat. So it seems a fanny pack would probably fit that bill.
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