How to Carry a Pistol on a Bicycle
Carrying a pistol on a bicycle is a tricky thing to do. I did some research and learned all of the ways a pistol can be carried on a bicycle. This is what I learned.
A pistol can be carried on a bicycle on-body or off-body. A pistol can be carried in a jersey back pocket or inside a waistband holster. A bag on a bicycle or on person can stow a pistol. Mounting a holster on a bicycle is another off-body option.
On-Body Bicycle Carry
A pistol can be carried on-body while cycling. I don’t recommend this. This seems like it would get very uncomfortable on long sweaty bike rides. Go ahead and give it a try if you have a jersey with a pocket or an inside the waistband holster.
Pocket Carry in a Cycling Jersey
Option 1 is to keep a subcompact or micro pistol in the cycling jersey back pocket. A pocket carry holster will make this less rough on the back. Give this a try if you have the jersey and a pistol to put in it. If this doesn’t work for you, then inside the waistband carry is another option.
This guy carries a pistol in his jersey back pocket. Touch the play button to learn more.
Inside the Waistband at 4 O'clock
Option 2 for carrying a pistol on a bicycle is to use a strong side inside the waistband holster. The pistol should be a striker fire. Revolvers and pistols with hammers should be avoided. A hammer or revolver can mix with sweaty clothing. Also, falling off a bicycle can jam the hammer into the side if the pistol is fallen on. Furthermore, dust and debris can stop a hammer or cylinder from functioning.
The holster should have some type of retention. The retention can be push button lock, a strap over the grip, or friction kydex retention. It should not rely only on gravity to keep the pistol in the holster. A pistol in a gravity only holster might fall out while cycling.
If you already have a compact or full size pistol and a strong side holster, then cycle with them and see if it’s comfortable for you. If not, the small size and lower weight of a subcompact pistol might improve comfort. If strong side carrying a subcompact does not work for you, then you can go with off-body pistol carry.
Off-Body Bicycle Carry
Off-body pistol carry is always more comfortable and better concealing than on-body carry. This is especially true when cycling mile after sweaty mile. That on-body pistol might get heavier and more noticeable after each mile. The downside is that off-body drawing is slower than waistband drawing. There are two ways to carry off-body on a bicycle: in a bag or mounting a holster to the bike.
To learn more about off-body concealed carry, read this article on off-body carry pros and cons.
Carrying a Pistol in a Bicycle Bag
There are many options for biking bags. If you already have one, then just put your pistol in there and ride around. When you are in a private area, draw that pistol. A 2 to 3 second draw is acceptable. That is about 1 second slower than waistband drawing. A more than 3 second draw stroke is not fast enough. I could not find a cycling bag with an internal holster. A concealed carry fanny pack is an option. I personally would not like to carry a bag while cycling.
Mounting a Pistol Holster on a Bicycle
I recommend doing this only if you can open carry legally. It is possible to conceal or mostly conceal a bicycle mounted pistol. However, you should not risk doing something illegal if something reduces that concealment.