Bicycling and CC

This is a discussion on Bicycling and CC within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm on the far side of middle age and I took up bicycling a few years ago because my knees can no longer take the ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
Like Tree2Likes

Thread: Bicycling and CC

  1. #1
    Member Array hbc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    IN
    Posts
    239

    Bicycling and CC

    I'm on the far side of middle age and I took up bicycling a few years ago because my knees can no longer take the pounding of running. Like many of us, I'm trying to postpone the inevitable effects of aging. When I bicycle I almost always ride country roads and I stay as far to the right as possible. I'm never discourteous to drivers, and I value staying alert to what's going on around me. I wave at motorists who are obviously considerate of my personal space and riding pace. And I always carry a handgun with me.

    While I've never felt seriously threatened, I've had several occasions - including one today - when motorists deliberately swerved toward me, offered less-than-friendly hand gestures, etc. To the other cyclists on this forum, do you often encounter this type of aggressive/rude behavior from motorists? If so, has it ever been severe enough that you had to draw your weapon, or seriously consider this possibility? Let me be clear, there's no excuse for drawing one's weapon over simple rudeness. Still, I know a cyclist who's brain damaged because he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from a car. Undoubtedly, there are lots of obnoxious cyclists. I'm not one of them. Maybe I expect too much from the general population. In any event, do other cyclists experience much of this type of behavior from motorists, and have you ever been seriously threatened?

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    VIP Member
    Array Mike1956's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Marion County, Ohio
    Posts
    10,146
    Quote Originally Posted by hbc View Post
    I'm on the far side of middle age and I took up bicycling a few years ago because my knees can no longer take the pounding of running. Like many of us, I'm trying to postpone the inevitable effects of aging. When I bicycle I almost always ride country roads and I stay as far to the right as possible. I'm never discourteous to drivers, and I value staying alert to what's going on around me. I wave at motorists who are obviously considerate of my personal space and riding pace. And I always carry a handgun with me.

    While I've never felt seriously threatened, I've had several occasions - including one today - when motorists deliberately swerved toward me, offered less-than-friendly hand gestures, etc. To the other cyclists on this forum, do you often encounter this type of aggressive/rude behavior from motorists? If so, has it ever been severe enough that you had to draw your weapon, or seriously consider this possibility? Let me be clear, there's no excuse for drawing one's weapon over simple rudeness. Still, I know a cyclist who's brain damaged because he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from a car. Undoubtedly, there are lots of obnoxious cyclists. I'm not one of them. Maybe I expect too much from the general population. In any event, do other cyclists experience much of this type of behavior from motorists, and have you ever been seriously threatened?
    I'm primarily a rural rider, as well, and have experienced my share of the rudeness and hostility you mentioned. It doesn't happen often, but seems to come in spurts. It also tends to happen on the same stretches of roadway. I have never felt so threatened as to seriously consider drawing my handgun. I have stopped and un-clipped a couple times after offending motorists hit the brake lights, but they continued on both times.
    "When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk."
    Tuco

  4. #3
    VIP Member
    Array OldVet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S. Florida, north of the Miami mess, south of the Mouse trap
    Posts
    15,890
    My knees deteriorated beyond even bicycling. I often see rudeness exhibited toward bicyclists here in FL, and there are a lot of them. FL law requires motorists to give riders 3-foot clearance when overtaking. Sometimes that may mean having to wait and cross the centerline, which seems to irk some drivers.
    Retired USAF E-8. Remember: You're being watched!
    Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array mlr1m's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    okla
    Posts
    4,298
    I can't ride a bicycle anymore but I often encounter this behavior on my motorcycle. I know folks complain about bicyclist clogging up traffic because they are slow but with motorcycles I believe they just do it to see if they can scare us. I'd imagine that many times they do it to bicyclist for the same reason. They feel powerful because they are bigger than we are.

    Michael
    darbo likes this.

  6. #5
    Member Array Tony617's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    108
    I ride a bike and I CC. This subject was already discussed in another thread if you need a holster.

    Carrying while cycling?

    I haven't been threatened at all even when I didn't have a CPL.

  7. #6
    Member Array mj40p's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    135
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one who carries while riding my bicycle. If you want to get away from all the traffic find a rails to trails bike trail in your area. They are old rail lines that have been converted to paved bike trails. You still have road crossings every now and then but no cars to deal with on the trail. My wife and I both carry when we ride the trails. When we ride the roads around the house she doesn't carry unless she is riding without me.

  8. #7
    Member Array Yetiman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    SE Wi
    Posts
    286
    I ride quite a bit on and off road.
    Over the years, the most I have felt threatened was from Milwaukee County bus drivers who seem to go out of their way to get as close as they can to bicyclists. On three occasions over the years I have thrown water bottles at buses or pounded on them with bottles when they came within inches of me, and have struck two with an ASP baton I have carried for years. I only remember winding up to swing the baton at one car which then moved away from me.

    Concealed carry has only been legal here for just under a year, and this season I have been carrying on and off while riding (I ride to work, and cannot take a gun into my workplace, so I don't carry then). I often ride urban trails along some of the rivers here, and am glad to be able to carry then as I have come across some pretty dicey people in the woods.
    NRA Life Member


  9. #8
    VIP Member
    Array OldVet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S. Florida, north of the Miami mess, south of the Mouse trap
    Posts
    15,890
    Quote Originally Posted by Yetiman View Post
    I ride quite a bit on and off road.
    Over the years, the most I have felt threatened was from Milwaukee County bus drivers who seem to go out of their way to get as close as they can to bicyclists. On three occasions over the years I have thrown water bottles at buses or pounded on them with bottles when they came within inches of me, and have struck two with an ASP baton I have carried for years. I only remember winding up to swing the baton at one car which then moved away from me.

    Concealed carry has only been legal here for just under a year, and this season I have been carrying on and off while riding (I ride to work, and cannot take a gun into my workplace, so I don't carry then). I often ride urban trails along some of the rivers here, and am glad to be able to carry then as I have come across some pretty dicey people in the woods.
    Keep it up and see where that gets you.
    mlr1m likes this.
    Retired USAF E-8. Remember: You're being watched!
    Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield

  10. #9
    VIP Member
    Array Mike1956's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Marion County, Ohio
    Posts
    10,146
    Quote Originally Posted by Yetiman View Post
    I ride quite a bit on and off road.
    Over the years, the most I have felt threatened was from Milwaukee County bus drivers who seem to go out of their way to get as close as they can to bicyclists. On three occasions over the years I have thrown water bottles at buses or pounded on them with bottles when they came within inches of me, and have struck two with an ASP baton I have carried for years. I only remember winding up to swing the baton at one car which then moved away from me.

    Concealed carry has only been legal here for just under a year, and this season I have been carrying on and off while riding (I ride to work, and cannot take a gun into my workplace, so I don't carry then). I often ride urban trails along some of the rivers here, and am glad to be able to carry then as I have come across some pretty dicey people in the woods.
    I hope you don't decide to chuck water bottles or swing batons at passing vehicles while carrying a firearm.
    "When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk."
    Tuco

  11. #10
    Member Array Yetiman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    SE Wi
    Posts
    286
    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Keep it up and see where that gets you.
    It got the attention of a whole lot of people on the bus who witnessed what the driver was doing to me. It kept me from being hit or forced into a curb.

    Wisconsin also has a three foot law.
    NRA Life Member


  12. #11
    Member Array Andrew G's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    35
    I carry my lcp while riding, however I do not carry +1.
    I have been involved in a hit and run. guy crossed the yellow to pass me, started slowing to make a turn... I assumed a left, then came toward me... no shoulder, I put myself up on the front wheel, set it back down, had my shoulder against the suv just behind the back door. yelling the whole time. he turned right in front of me, my front wheel touched and i tumbled out into the middle of the intersection. luckily no one was behind the guy or i would have been road kill... a little road rash, landed on my phone in my left jersey pocket and got a bad bruise right in the kidney area... no damage to the bike or wheelset... no idea how that happened. the guy made the turn, stopped like he was going to pull into the quick shop on the corner, then took off. a lady tried to catch him and get his plate but he took off...
    Next time if i get the chance I will hand the cop the passenger side mirror and tell him its the car that belongs to this mirror... I was doing 23mph on an easy down hill, and all that happened in about 200 feet.
    I have had a couple red necks buzz and yell at me, one throw a cup at me. and a couple people that I thought might stop and decide to pick on the nerd in spandex. what a surprise it will be for the first guy that does stop and decides to start comming toward me...

  13. #12
    TJx
    TJx is offline
    Member Array TJx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    MI > CA > OH > MI > KY
    Posts
    41
    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Keep it up and see where that gets you.
    Have you ever been almost hit while riding?

  14. #13
    VIP Member Array Ksgunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    3,819
    I used to ride back and forth to work in town and you are right it can get crazy at times. SA comes natural when one is on a bike or a motorcycle.

  15. #14
    VIP Member Array ccw9mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    26,020
    Quote Originally Posted by hbc View Post
    In any event, do other cyclists experience much of this type of behavior from motorists, and have you ever been seriously threatened?
    Yes. Directly threatened with getting-out-of-car situations on a couple occasions. Like you, I'm pretty much a pacifist and outwardly cordial while riding. But there are a percentage of folks out there who just can't seem to tolerate others blocking "their" way on the road. To such people, bicyclists can seem an easy mark.

    In some places, roads are tight, bike lanes are narrow or non-existent, and the driving population can often be downright deadly toward bicyclists. Root around the news for Portland, Oregon, over the past decade and you'll be appalled.

    I'm with you: go armed everywhere it's lawful, always (or, at least as much as you can). IMO, while out and about alone is one of those absolutely/always times.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos).
    NRA, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.

  16. #15
    Member Array hbc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    IN
    Posts
    239
    I'm not really surprised that most of us who ride road bikes seem to have had similar experiences. Still, I find it amazing that something as innocuous as bicyclists on rural roads who are bothering or impeding no one are subject to such aggressive/threatening behavior. It must be a power thing.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

bicycling and cc

,

bicycling concealed carry

,

concealed carry bicycle

,

concealment for cyclist

Click on a term to search for related topics.