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    Been trying to figure how to comfortably O.C. while cycling. I ride in full racer-geek chic lycra and thought that wearing a heavy belt with 1911would be very uncomfortable, so I never really tried it. Yesterday I finally decided to give it a few minutes test trial around the house while getting ready to ride. It actually worked out so well that I wore it for my whole 30 mile ride. No problems at all. Passed a few other riders and was passed by a county sherrif and city police car. No comments, don't know how many noticed. Had to have been seen at least once.

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    Gun is a Taurus PT1911,8 rd. mag. Holster is a SERPA level II on a paddle. Fobus double mag holder also on a paddle. Belt is a Blackhawk CQB that is also my daily duty wear belt. Guess I'll have to get another one soon. The plastic paddles slide well against lycra, so chaffing is non-existant. They grip the belt well enough to stay in place, but can be easily moved around for comfort. I found myself adjusting position slightly every few miles, esentially just a quick "comfort hitch". In my riding position, the muzzle is pretty well pointed straight down and angled a few degrees outboard. The belt buckle seemed to press the tie string for my shorts into my skin to hard, but was easily fixed by repositioning the buckle slightly to one side.



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    I'll try this on my MTB later this week. Stay tuned.

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    Having trouble with pictures today.


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    With cycling pants, I'm guessing open carry takes on a whole new meaning. > )

    Seriously though, be careful with the mag carriers, without any retention a couple bumps and you could bounce out a magazine.
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    Yeah, I was checking that frequently yesterday. The Fobus doublemagcarrierseems to keep a pretty tight grip, at least on .45 Taurus 1911 mags. No problems there, and the paved roads here in Tucson vary from glass smooth to heavywashboard. I seem to ride on the latter more than the former, sigh.



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    I used to ride my mountain bike in Aridzona while open carrying all the time. Of course I'm left handed so the pistol was a bit more open and exposed to view when I rode. I also had some of those rubber U-shaped rifle holders that are sold for ATV's and occasionally had an AR strapped across the bars when I was riding out to one of the arroyos to do some plinking.


    Oddly, I noticed that divers were Much more considerate about 'sharing the road' when I packed while riding; they would move completely into the opposite lane when passing rather than merely giving me 3-4 foot clearance.


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    (doubletap...sorry, the website said it had and error and it didn't post. Guess the website and I were both wrong.)




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    I have OC'd while riding, but I always wear shorts with beltloops, so it's not too difficult. I have experimented with mounting a holster on my handlebar bag, but I haven't come up with anything that really works, so belt carry it is. Only thing I worry about is taking a spill and scratching the finish on my 1911.

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    (tripple tap....sorry)

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    Hmm, I just re-examined my photos, and noticed that my muzzle was tilted farther to the rear than I thought. I might have to think about adjusting the tilt if I'm riding with other people. Easy to do with the SERPA's.



    I should also note that my belt hasbeenwell broken in for at least two years of duty wear. I don't know how well this would work with a new belt, but I would suspect it would be considerably less cosy. I'd break in a new belt with normal clothes before using it on bike.

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    Tomahawk wrote:
    Only thing I worry about is taking a spill and scratching the finish on my 1911.
    **JUST A WARNING - I'm not trying to talk bad about your choice of carry gun, justa thought for you to consider**

    then that gun might not be the best thing for you to carry for self defence. The bad guy's not gonna care if the finish gets ruined, why should you?

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    I see that you've got a Nylon belt. Do you think that exercising (like biking and other things)with a leather belt and holster would cause damage to the leather due to sweat?

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    "The bad guy's not gonna care if the finish gets ruined, why should you?"
    -- FightingGlock19


    Of course the BG doesn't care...it isn't his gun...he stole it!

    -- John D.
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    FightingGlock19 wrote:
    Tomahawk wrote:
    Only thing I worry about is taking a spill and scratching the finish on my 1911.
    **JUST A WARNING - I'm not trying to talk bad about your choice of carry gun, justa thought for you to consider**

    then that gun might not be the best thing for you to carry for self defence. The bad guy's not gonna care if the finish gets ruined, why should you?
    WTF are you talking about?

    Am I to read from youthat since a hypothetical "bad guy" doesn't care about scratching my pistol, I should then stop caring for it and treat it like it's a piece of junk, is that what you're saying?

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    Tomahawk wrote:
    FightingGlock19 wrote:
    Tomahawk wrote:
    Only thing I worry about is taking a spill and scratching the finish on my 1911.
    **JUST A WARNING - I'm not trying to talk bad about your choice of carry gun, justa thought for you to consider**

    then that gun might not be the best thing for you to carry for self defence. The bad guy's not gonna care if the finish gets ruined, why should you?
    WTF are you talking about?

    Am I to read from youthat since a hypothetical "bad guy" doesn't care about scratching my pistol, I should then stop caring for it and treat it like it's a piece of junk, is that what you're saying?
    I'm just saying if it's a gun that's supposed to be pretty and scratch free, then it isn't a fighting pistol.

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    cloudcroft wrote:
    "The bad guy's not gonna care if the finish gets ruined, why should you?"
    -- FightingGlock19


    Of course the BG doesn't care...it isn't his gun...he stole it!

    -- John D.

    :?

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    If you did take a spill and hit with enough force to scratch up your weapon that would be the least of your worries. You would think you would be more worried about the road rash on your body.

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    Sorry web error.

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    If you did take a spill and hit with enough force to scratch up your weapon that would be the least of your worries. You would think you would be more worried about the road rash on your body.

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    If you did take a spill and hit with enough force to scratch up your weapon that would be the least of your worries. You would think you would be more worried about the road rash on your body.

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    Yep...it's Still giving problems

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