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Old April 14th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #1
 
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How do you conceal carry on a bicycle?

Now for the wrinkle - while wearing normal spandex bicycle clothing!



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Initial thought was, "time and place for everything" as in it's not always a necessity, or reasonable. Then I thought...perhaps just as important...how are you going to train in those circumstances? After all, you'd want to be knowledgeable and practiced in proper ways on, dismounting and utilizing the bike in a scenario.
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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:
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I gave up any carry around the waist while bicycling, especially mountain bicycling, which is my usual bicycling. Way too much movement while bicycling for that kind of carry without strapping the gun securely in the holster. Not the best solution, but, for now, when I do carry, it's in a handlebar bag, since I'm probably going to have to stop the bike, anyway, to draw a gun.
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I ride the local bike trail, when I summer in Michigan. Very nice trails,, I carry a 38 snubby in a belt holster, open carry, it's legal..One time my wife was riding with me, she was tired and wanted to ride back to starting point. I finished my ride and started back. She was still in the same spot just standing there, with many black snakes around her, the were doing their spring migration.. I probably saved her life when the snakes saw my pistol..
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S&W 642 Airweight J-frame in my back right jersey pocket (I'm right handed). I don't even know it's there. My iPhone is on the left and gel/snack bars are in the middle pocket. I don't carry when I'm mounting biking.
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No wrinkles in a spandex! 8-)
I ride with baggy shorts and over size T-shirt covering my gun which is a S&W M&P 45. I don't worry about 'printing'.
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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 !!!
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It's a compromise. What's more important: spandex or a concealed firearm? Only you can decide.
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I carry a NAA .22 mag in a baggie in the back pocket of my jersey...
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I ad a pair of regular shorts over the bike gear.

I carry IWB or a belt holster.

Selection for bicycle carry for me has more to do with picking a gun thats corrossion resistant as it is bound to get sweaty.

I don't always get super worried about deep concealment either. I have been known to carry a 3" GP100 owb on a regular basis biking.

With a sturdy belt you can carry _anything_ in even the lightest weight shorts.
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Why not just place it in your wicker handlebar basket?

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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 !!!
I live way out in the country and where I ride my bike there are a LOT of dogs running loose. Some of them are extremely aggressive. I haven't had to shoot one yet but I don't want to be caught on some country road by myself unarmed and surrounded by 3 or 4 feral or aggressive farm dogs. I like dogs and I see no reason why a farm dog should be fenced or chained but I don't want to be attacked by one either.

There's also a few, fortunately very few, idiots that think it's cool run cyclists off the road or throw stuff at them. That usually degrades into at least a verbal altercation and sometimes it can get physical. Again, I don't want to get caught unarmed on some back road surrounded by 2 or 3 knuckleheads that think it's okay to harass or attack a cyclist.

I get the spandex jokes but unless you're an avid cyclist you don't understand why we wear it. Just like any other sporting activity we wear clothing/uniforms that make us more comfortable or effective. Most avid cyclists are in excellent physical condition and not all of us are 6' 160lbs. I'm 6' 195 and a retired Marine. Don't let the spandex fool you. Someone might bite off more than they can chew.

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