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    Today's experience

    Riding down the road minding my own. Traffic signal turns red as I am making my stop I see a window coming down on a car with very dark tinted windows. Gold teeth stick out and yell "What you wearing DAWG?" I reply "Smith and Wesson 9mm". Window could not go up fast enough. Ironic enough the same car and I approach the next signal and the window rolls down again and the guy sticks his head out again and says "sorry sir" In the other side of the car is who I assume is momma yelling "If you don't learn some respect, you gonna end up like the rest of those #%^#@!" The signal changes and the car speeds away. I think she lost it when she let the gold teeth in his mouth.

    Anyone else carry while riding?
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    Wow racist much bro?

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    Nope just cant stand people who disrespect people. Especially when that person fought for their freedom to live in this country and people around the world.
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    Someone said something to you. I thought you roadies were resilient.

    Appreciate your service. But not if your a gun toting roadie nutjob.
    Who rides armed? really? Life scare ya that much?

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    Not a roadie by any means. LMAO I have a beard that reach my chest and dont shave my body. I ride a mountain bike with fat knobby tires. I dont live in the sticks. I commute through 15 miles of illegal and migrants that inhabit our area illegally. I dont trust many. If that makes me a nut job so be it. Why dont you log in with your real account to troll?
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    This is my account. Im new. I didnt realize this was your commute thread. Sorry for pooping here. I was just reading new posts and was planning on reading your experience today...you know I saw a squirrel and a deer. A car tried to kill me. But then it turned all kkk mixed with grizzly adams. I didnt mean to invade your mountain Mr Adams. (showshimself the door)

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    Notice I quoted the person in the car. I did no name calling.
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    Re: Today's experience

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    Wow racist much bro?
    Racist? I saw no mention of the race of this person in his post

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    Put on your glasses then Mr magoo...underlying tones are pretty apparant to me.
    After conversing with Mr adams....I realize he's ok. Illegal immigrants are a whole dif story. I dont like people who are pretty much invisible to the system and pretty much do a major crime and sneak back home. He's trucking through a robbery zone.

    And he had me at Mountain bike....and also beard. I suffer from beard envy.

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    This thread's going nowhere good, but I'll chime in to say I've occasionally wondered about carrying, because I have an overactive imagination, but I'm not sure what I'd do with it at work. I can't imagine my boss would be cool with just keeping a firearm in my desk drawer or something.

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    ^^ "What you wearing DAWG?" I guess I am sheltered. A fashion question? I haven't a clue what that means. I'd look at my reflective vest and he'd get a big shrug from me, I guess. Maybe if I felt snarky, I'd say "Clothes!"

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    M&P? Full? Compact? Subcompact? IWB? OWB? Harness? Concealed? Open? How's it feel while mashing on the pedals? How secure is it for when David Copperfield pulls a vanishing act with your bike? I'd hate to think of the potential of a S/A locked and cocked in a crash.

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    Shield, tucked in my back with thunder wear. I have a locker at work where it is secured and locked.
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    Never been a huge fan of SOB carry, but that doesn't really matter to anyone but me. Bummer no carry at work.

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    If you saw the word "dawg" and "gold teeth" and assumed a race, that makes you a racist, not the OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun Rich View Post
    Anyone else carry while riding?
    Yes. LCP/Pistolwear PT2

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    Why are Americans so dang fearful? I say that based on fact given the number of guns and concealed carry down there.

    Anyway, don't want to turn this into a firearms debate. We Canadians ride through many a rough neighbourhood without firearms, maybe we're just tougher in the North *big smilely, don't get your knickers in a twist*

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    I live in and ride in bear country, in areas where folks have been savagely mauled by grizz and never, ever carry a gun. I ride through an area that is inhabited by numerous homeless folks, drug addicts, and have had one experience of finding a dead body along the trail. And I never, ever carry a gun. Edit: I do carry bear spray, though. But only some of the time. I tend to assess the risk potential of carrying vs not and most of the time I'll take my risks not carrying it.

    Here's the deal, I'm glad it is my right to carry, but it really seems like you give someone a gun and their sense of proportion tends to go out the window. Example - OP's response to a question that doesn't appear to have any violent aspects to it is to state that he's packin' heat. Seems like a recipe to start a gun fight to me.

    Whatever - to each his own. To be honest, I am more scared of the corporate overlords than I am about some random person doing violence to me.

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    ALWAYS, be prepared, ATGATT etc. Ruger LCP in a Desantis IWB. When not on the bike the LCP lives in a Desantis Superfly in my pocket. I have lots of guns, but that LCP is so light, concealable, and comfortable it has become by EDC. It helps that its a nice shooting reliable pistol as well.

    The type of interaction described in the OP is quite common. Only normally momma don't give a damn or they are running wild on their own or worse. If you choose not to carry then I respect that, I wish you luck and hope you are never in a position to regret that choice, please respect my decision as well.

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    Thanks. That is my motto as well. Do you carry extra tubes and some sort of inflation tool on your rides? I do I dont carry it because I need it. I carry because I might need it. The good ol 6 Ps.
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    Cajun: I'm always prepared for the situation, whatever it may be. Typically, it can be handled with my trusty SureFire or my Leatherman Wave


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    Yup, I carry lots of things just in case inside my pack. A pretty extensive first aid kit, emergency snacks, tube patch kit, a tire lever, frame pump, shock pump, extra clothing layer, bandana, and a tool/survival/macguyver kit (basically some good wire, gorilla tape, matches, multi-tool, knife, flint, water tabs, and pain pills) for anything else that comes along. I almost never need ANY of this stuff, but on the four or five occasions I've had the tools on hand to start a fire, fix a chain, make a splint, sew a wound shut, unlock my car, and fish a spaniel puppy out of a well, I was quite happy to lug around the extra one and a half pounds all that weighs. The LCP is just another tool. Three quick shots in succession is internationally recognized as a distress signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun Rich View Post
    Riding down the road minding my own. Traffic signal turns red as I am making my stop I see a window coming down on a car with very dark tinted windows. Gold teeth stick out and yell "What you wearing DAWG?" I reply "Smith and Wesson 9mm". Window could not go up fast enough. Ironic enough the same car and I approach the next signal and the window rolls down again and the guy sticks his head out again and says "sorry sir" In the other side of the car is who I assume is momma yelling "If you don't learn some respect, you gonna end up like the rest of those #%^#@!" The signal changes and the car speeds away. I think she lost it when she let the gold teeth in his mouth.

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    Hey Cajun.....you be safe out there sir!!!!! Keep your head on a swivel and pedal hard!!!!!

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    Ignore Highlux. Dude got banned from some other forum for stirring **** up and he wants to push his limits here now.

    Highlux, this is one of those forums that is very matter-of-fact. Your screwing around is not appreciated by the regulars.

    If I was carrying (I have considered it), I would not be advertising it unless blatantly threatened. I also would have had some kind of super obvious response like "clothes" partly because my wit is not quick enough to think of something funny. Given enough time, I'd consider it like the boxers or briefs question and respond accordingly.

    I have ridden through many poor areas but nowhere especially rough. Some cyclists here have been assaulted on a MUP in town, and one I know of was killed in one such rough area, however. So far, I have simply avoided the area but now that I have moved, it is hard to avoid if I want to ride to certain parts of town.

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    Lets be honest if they think you have something they want they will try to take it no matter where your at. I have had people try to sell me crack while stopped at a red light. A friend and I were approached by a crew of homeless kids residing in a park (we learned later). They tried to ambush us with knives from the bushes. They picked the wrong fellers that day. Josh got stabbed, my left hand got broken and the only one of the five of them that walked away was the female. I am not afraid to fight but I know there is an easier and less painful way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun Rich View Post

    Anyone else carry while riding?
    A S&W 442 is always with me.
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    Why? What are you afraid of while riding your bike?

    I'm genuinely curious. Like it or not, America has a real fear-based gun culture where everyone thinks they need to carry to be safe. The irony is that guns are so prolific there they cause people to be unsafe (heated arguments that escalate, a ton of accidental shootings, etc etc).

    I know it's your right to do it, but it doesn't make any sense to me (and I suspect, it makes no sense to a good chunk of the industrialized world).
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    Quote Originally Posted by canuckjgc View Post
    Why? What are you afraid of while riding your bike?

    I'm genuinely curious. Like it or not, America has a real fear-based gun culture where everyone thinks they need to carry to be safe. The irony is that guns are so prolific there they cause people to be unsafe (heated arguments that escalate, a ton of accidental shootings, etc etc).

    I know it's your right to do it, but it doesn't make any sense to me (and I suspect, it makes no sense to a good chunk of the industrialized world).
    While I would consider my area of the "middle" to be relatively safe, part of my job is to travel alone in the largely rural area confronting property owners about environmental issues. These are typically the same type of people involved in clandestine drug labs and other illegal activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canuckjgc View Post
    Why? What are you afraid of while riding your bike?

    I'm genuinely curious. Like it or not, America has a real fear-based gun culture where everyone thinks they need to carry to be safe. The irony is that guns are so prolific there they cause people to be unsafe (heated arguments that escalate, a ton of accidental shootings, etc etc).

    I know it's your right to do it, but it doesn't make any sense to me (and I suspect, it makes no sense to a good chunk of the industrialized world).
    And this is why anytime someone mentions a gun on this forum, the thread tends to get locked. Instead of just avoiding the discussions, people who don't understand (and won't really make much of an effort to try, to be honest) keep chiming in about it and making underhanded insults.

    The reasons I have thought about carrying for protection have nothing to do with other people with guns. The cyclist who was assaulted and killed on the local MUP was not shot. He was beaten with 2x4's. Lumber. When you are on a bike, you are vulnerable. Very vulnerable. Using bear spray on people beating the piss out of you with lumber would probably be at least as effective, if not moreso, true. But at such close range, you gotta figure you're gonna get yourself in the face, too. Maybe there are more effective means of self defense for cyclists than guns or pepper spray. If there are, I don't see people talking about them.

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    I have a friend here in FL who has his concealed weapons permit. Instead of constantly carrying a firearm, he carries an extendable baton, similar to those police carry.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    I have a friend here in FL who has his concealed weapons permit. Instead of constantly carrying a firearm, he carries an extendable baton, similar to those police carry.


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    Seems a little smarter than a gun.....I would carry bear spray....bad news around here you are gonna get charged for the bear spray and then they will take a look at the circumstances.

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    If bear spray is similar to CS gas that I experienced while working in the prison system and in EMS, it won't do much on those who are under the influence of narcotics.

    Personally, the items I carry for protection are meant to eliminate the threat, without being lethal. Some do not share my philosophy. I think we would all do well to step back from the emotional knee jerking and quick rationalization for our positions.


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    I thought those were illegal unless you're working private security. I'd carry one of those and a can of bear mace and feel pretty safe about it, if it was an option.

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    Sanath, what one can legally carry, concealed or open, is decided by the state of residence. For example, when I lived in Texas, open carry was allowed. It is not in Florida. In the same regard, in Georgia, the concealed carry of a baton is illegal, while in Florida it isn't, so long as one has the proper permit.


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    Do not own or carry. I live North of Boston, MA. Not inner city or rural. Just leafy suburbs. My biggest concerns usually involve texting soccer moms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Do not own or carry. I live North of Boston, MA. Not inner city or rural. Just leafy suburbs. My biggest concerns usually involve texting soccer moms.
    As a former paramedic and EMS supervisor, I agree.


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