How many of you carry a gun as part of your cycling equipment?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Joe West, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. ad6mj

    ad6mj New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2003
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wasn't a police captain killed in the LA area recently while riding?
     


  2. The Cheetah

    The Cheetah New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    So yes you carry a weapon in races. No it's not just typical American behavior. Come to Texas and see if you can ride without carrying a gun. And the guy that made Bowling for Columbine sucks.
     
  3. ItsikH

    ItsikH New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2004
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    Are you saying that Texas is as dangerous as the west bank in Israel? Sounds like a place I wouldn't want to visit, let alone cycle there...:rolleyes:
     
  4. drewjc

    drewjc New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't carry a weapon personally, but have been tempted to on occasion. Never really an option here in Australia though as it is highly illegal in all states and quite difficult to get hold of a handgun in the first place. The worst thing out training in Australia is dogs that aren't tied up or on a leash and Magpies (bird) during mating/nesting season. They tend to swoop anything and everything and although they dont very often cause injuries they often clip the helmet and or ears and a bullet would definitely stop me swerving trying to avoid them......and the cars trying to avoid me!
     
  5. gixser11

    gixser11 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2004
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    0
    If I was worried bad enough to have to carry a gun on a bike ride I would choose another route or just go to the gym and ride an exercise bike.
    My only concern is while riding is getting hit by a vehicle.
     
  6. Hitchy

    Hitchy New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,876
    Likes Received:
    0
    G'day,

    I carry my AK 47 when i train or race. Don't you try & tell me I shouldn't...I've got a god given right to prptect my family & my trailer against those god damn commies, terrorists, goody two shoes, volvo driving scumbags that wanna take it off me...god damn, you wanna make something of it?...where you at muther?...I'm coming 'round to your tariler & I'm gunna shoot yo' full of holes....Go damn.....now where was I?..Oh yeah...I carry my ak47 & sometimes take my RPG launcher too.....I know they are coming after me!.......gotta protect my family & my trailer, going on springer next week!..."So I married my AK47".......It comes in handy during a race...don't you god damn get in my way...."YO' you come back here mofo...don't you be dropping me on no climbs.....I ain't outta bullets yet.....got more at the next feed stop...plenty of jack daniels in the bidon.......Did you have trouble getting bike racks to fit your hummer?......MOFO government, can you believe they let someone other than an American win bikes races?.......I like Lance, he's from TExas ya know...bet he's got an AK 47 too!
     
  7. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    12,596
    Likes Received:
    160
    This is a fine example of intellectual American discourse....."and the guy...sucks." Wow.

    For those from foreign lands, we, here in America, prefer not to use common sense when dealing with people or animals. We prefer to shoot first and think..well....maybe not even think. Of course, there's no use arguing with us: we're right 'cuz we're Americans. And if that doesn't convince you, then you better remember that we're a bona fide super power. We've got all sorts of weapons, and if you keep up with your anti-'merican stuff, we just might invade you....us and our coalition....Eritrea.....

    Did the other yahoo ever point out exactly what all the lies were in "Bowling for Columbine?" Prolly not. Prolly needed to set the tripwire before he went to bed.
     
  8. The reality of the situation is carrying a gun is a lot like carrying a fire extinguisher in the car, but it's much more of a pain. But like that fire extinguisher, the one time you need it and don't have it you're stuck.

    And yes, once you get past the Holly Weird hype, a gun is a only a tool, just like that fire extinguisher.
     
  9. Weisse Luft

    Weisse Luft New Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,306
    Likes Received:
    0
    Amen, SpearSlinger1.

    All of my firearms combined have killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.

    I would rather be tried by 12 men than carried by six.

    If you are a hoplophobe, fine. Keeep it to yourself and I won't have a problem. I don't force you to carry, you should not force me to not.
     
  10. Irish Indurain

    Irish Indurain New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2004
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    AHH terrorists!!!! Protect your Country by carrying firearms during your leisure activities!! Help win the war on terror! Turn your road bike into a mobile field unit. Your country needs you!

    Seriously though, its sad to think that some people cant go out on a leisurely cycle without carrying a live, and potentially lethal firearm. Its a shame to see america becoming so paranoid about homeland security. When i cycle its an opportunity to forget everything and just push myself to my limits, placing all my concentration on each stroke.
    I could never feel comfortable carrying a gun on a cycle. But i live in a different cuclture i suppose..
     
  11. Irish Indurain

    Irish Indurain New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2004
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    AHH terrorists!!!! Protect your Country by carrying firearms during your leisure activities!! Help win the war on terror! Turn your road bike into a mobile field unit. Your country needs you!

    Seriously though, its sad to think that some people cant go out on a leisurely cycle without carrying a live, and potentially lethal firearm. Its a shame to see america becoming so paranoid about homeland security. When i cycle its an opportunity to forget everything and just push myself to my limits, placing all my concentration on each stroke.
    I could never feel comfortable carrying a gun on a cycle. But i live in a different cuclture i suppose..
     
  12. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2003
    Messages:
    5,133
    Likes Received:
    0
    I rode in Texas for 11 years without one. Ya afraid of crazed armadillos or what??
     
  13. Joe West

    Joe West New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    1
    alienator,

    Here's the link to the distortions and lies:

    http://www.bowlingfortruth.com/

    Now... I'd like to point out something concerning "fine intellectual American discourse"

    You take a poke at someone who says "and the guy sucks" Then, at the end of your post, you refer to me as a "yahoo". How appropriate that you raised the issue of intellectual discourse when you yourself appear to be somewhat unable to carry on a discussion without (how shall I say this politely) making it personal?

    I said this once, and I'll say it again... if you feel the need to make it personal, please email me at:

    [email protected]

    I'd be happy to have an offline discussion.

    Regards,

    Joe West


     
  14. Joe West

    Joe West New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    1
    hehe...

    A different culture indeed... where in the not too distant past the IRA was placing car bombs?

    We all have our crosses to bear... in America, we have two legged predators who would think nothing of taking a life. Perhaps it is all the inbreeding... I don't know... regardless, the good news is that we are empowered by our second amendment to take care of the problem ourselves rather than depend on "officer friendly" to show up and protect us.

    Let me paraphrase one of my favorite quotes:

    Those willing to sacrifice freedoms for security deserve neither freedom nor security.

    JW

     
  15. Joe West

    Joe West New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    1
    Well put...

     
  16. Doctor Morbius

    Doctor Morbius New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,792
    Likes Received:
    1
    Well, I honestly don't think Europeans can comment on the carrying of firearms in the U.S. You have no idea what kind of culture (or lack thereof) we have over here in some neighborhoods. There are people (many of them just kids) that would kill you for your tennis shoes over here. The inner city gangs grow larger every day and it's only going to get worse not better. The U.S. has more people in prison/jail per capita than any of the other industrialized countries. It's sad but it's a fact. We need to protect ourselves here. It's not about being like John Wayne or being macho. It's practically a necessity here.

    Although I don't carry when I ride, I keep a loaded shotgun by my bed. I bought it when I lived in Atlanta Georgia where the crime and murder rates are disgustingly high. Thank God my job got outsourced to India and I moved to a more sane place! All I need to worry about here are idiot drivers. Talk about a lethal weapon ... a driver behind the wheel of 2500 Lbs of automobile that's not paying attention (or drunk!) ... now that's a lethal weapon!!!

    And I know it doesn't make sense, but the places with the strictest gun control laws are the most violent and crime laden places to be. Washington DC has been the murder capitol of the country on and off for years. L.A. is another place I wouldn't get within 100 miles of.
     
  17. cheapie

    cheapie New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2004
    Messages:
    847
    Likes Received:
    0
    i'll bet tinker wishes he had one on him!


    i don't carry one. where would i hide it under my spandex??? :D

    i don't have a problem w/people carrying one but as a christian i believe that in non-violence. the Bible says that if someone tries to steal your shirt, give him your coat also. so if someone takes my bike do i have to offer him my hrm? lol.
     
  18. cheapie

    cheapie New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2004
    Messages:
    847
    Likes Received:
    0

    who said anything about homeland securtity? i don't get worried about terrorists wanting to rob me. i worry about riding through the wrong section of town and someone taking a fancy to my 5200.
     
  19. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2003
    Messages:
    5,133
    Likes Received:
    0
    And what would Tinker have done.Tried to pull his piece and got a brain full of hot lead.....LOL. If someoe just wants yer sheit and has the drop on you why try and be a (dead) hero?
     
  20. dhk

    dhk New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2003
    Messages:
    2,259
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just to correct the record for those outside the U.S., not all of us here sleep with shotguns or carry pistols when we ride our bikes or drive our cars. Some of us in the U.S. even take the view that having everyone armed is not the solution to gun violence but rather the cause.

    It may sound "cool" to brag to people in other countries about how easy it is to have guns here, but the result is of course we have the highest gun murder rate of any "civilized" country.

    Lastly, I've never equated the gun-toting mentality with bike riders. Why would anyone that paranoid risk riding a bike on public roads....where an evil driver could easily run you over any day of the week?
     
Loading...
Loading...