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    Best Rigs when Cycling?

    I have been using a paddle holster with cargo shorts, but intend to switch to bike shorts shortly. Anyway, I was soliciting input on rigs when cycling to see what others have come up with. Btw, I do road biking as opposed to mountain biking.

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    More information would be helpful. Such as

    -concealed, open carry, or both
    -baggy shorts or tight fitting lycra
    -type and size of handgun
    -retention level desired
    -price range, if that's a factor
    -where on your body do you want it


    As a side note, I've mounted non firearm weapons to my backpack on bike tours, and this is one option that many folks overlook.

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    i would reccomend a shoulder holster of some sort, doesnt attatch to any article of clothing so.........i've used them and had good results. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay75009 View Post
    i would reccomend a shoulder holster of some sort, doesnt attatch to any article of clothing so.........i've used them and had good results. :-)
    Depending on how fast someone is trying to go, a shoulder holster could feel quite awful on a road bike ride. The sweat pouring off onto the rig and gun could also be an issue.

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    I carry a Kahr p380 with a pocket holster in my jersey pocket, dressing like a euro-weenie/Tour de France wannabe when I ride limits my options a bit...

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    This thread has my interest. I am planning to by a bicycle this month.
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    It would be the tight fitting shorts (spandex/lycra or such), tight shirt, cycling shoes. Pretty much going for speed now. Have been OCing a 4.25" 1911 w/paddle. Would prefer to continue carrying 1911, but have other options. I have a feeling that the paddle won't be to comfortable with those thin shorts, but I'll have to see when they arrive. It's about 100 degrees today, so i'm sweating big time. Other than during riding, I have experience with shoulder rigs, ankle rigs, IWB, paddle, pancake, etc., but was just wondering what other cyclists were doing.

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    Get a belly-band rig, shoulder holster or something that mounts low on your thigh...

    I would try to keep it off your waist unless it is in a neoprene band, held tight against your body. Galco and DiSantis both make a belly-band style rig that would probably work well. I'm pretty sure you can get either for around $30.

    Shoulder rig would be good, just make sure it fits tight and does not require anchors (since you probably aren't wearing a belt with your lycra shorts)

    Fanny pack might work...

    The thigh rig may be uncomfortable to peddle while wearing?

    Yeah, I'd stick with a belly band...

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    I have a strong doubt that a paddle will stay in place with Lycra. A 1911 weighs something in the neighborhood of 30-45 ounces loaded up. Lycra is intended to be flexible and comfortable, NOT to hold weight.

    I suggest that you get a standalone gun belt, and use whatever belt holster you prefer, but be sure it can retain it in case of a crash. If you are particularly skinny, this will quite possibly lead to the belt riding up your waist, potentially being uncomfortable and making draws difficult, especially if the belt is sitting on the fabric as opposed to bare skin. A cure for this is to carry cross draw, and as Sonora Rebel calls it "slap leather" with your weak side as you draw. How rigid the belt is, how snug it is, and how you are shaped will all be important factors to consider in making a rig work for you. It has to be just right, because cycling, especially fast, is obviously an involved and demanding task with a lot of different motions that a rig has to work with.

    Testing this should be easy, just take belt holster, or even a paddle hooked to a belt, belt it up around your waist, and go for a ride. I have been doing this for several years, and I am happy with it.
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    Thanks for the input and will take same into account. After experimenting, I'll post back with what I find works the best.

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    Forty-five ,

    Here is something I found that you might check out. Go to ( www.activeprogear.com ) , on the left side is a list of holsters. Go to the bottom to alternative carry . You will see jogging rig. I don't own one so can't speak as to the quality but it might work for you.

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    The jogging rig on activeprogear looks promising. Thanks.

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    Belly band outside the shirt sounds like a good plan to me, just my .02.

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    Who says the holster has to be one you? Is there any reason not to make/buy a holster setup that could attach to your bike frame? Assuming you don't leave your bike while on a cycling trip that seems like the option that would be most comfortable for you.

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    Original chest pack by ActionDirest as I rode 40K miles CCW, Vanguard by Longbikes.

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    Get a clipdraw.com for your 1911.

    Wear one T shirt tucked and one out. No one will know.

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    Pistol Pouch...made specifically for biking / hiking / motorcycling.

    www.dragonleatherworks.com

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    Bicycle riding

    I have a Charter Arms Mag Pug .357 that I carry in a DeSantis holster that I got from Charter Arms. It means you'll need a belt and belt loops but I don't even notice it. I generally wear cut-offs whenever I can.

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    Fanny packs are good, mostly when spun round to your fanny. I know what your thinking..."but this is an OPEN CARRY forum you numbskull!"

    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&s...w=1138&bih=534

    Check it, now even open carriers can look profoundly unfashionable.

    Other options include mounting options for the frame of your bike, upper arm (for compact pistols) rig, "mexican carry" if you can manage a belt in there, and of course shoulder sling if you are carrying a rifle, shotgun or appropriate rig for a slung pistol.

    But I think we all know what you want.
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    I just did a 40 mile ride with an airweight in a blackhawk nylon cheapo holster held right under bike shorts in the 4 o'clock position. It worked perfectly well. I tried my OC rig (serpa with XD 9) and my normal CCW rig (crossbreed supertuck with PPS). Both were a bit too big and heavy. A minituck might work, but honestly, with the tight fit of the bike shorts - the round profile of the revolver and the close body fit of the holster made it perfect.

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    After some field testing, the two best rigs that I've come up with are a S&W Airweight 642 in: 1) a small fanny pack holster or 2) a compact seatbag that mounts under the bike seat. They are both just able to hold the 642 plus an extra tube and a set of tire levers. I think I like the seatbag better since it's off my body (it's about 100 degrees here about every day now). Originally, I had envisioned the 1911, but size and weight won out.

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