That day, I had to call his wife and tell her happen and close he came from leaving Us. I must admit, I blamed myself for awhile, for not know what I needed to know as the Ride Leader.
Lucky you were able to call his wife. When I first started riding with my group they knew my wife from sight coming into the shop with me, but did not know her name or any of my phone numbers. If I was not carrying a cell in my seat pack (which I rarely do) there was no way for folks to figure out how to notify my family. It dawned on me one day that at least they should have some contact info associated with my body if something happened while I was riding in the woods alone. With that epiphany...the RoadID was a no-brainer. Like I said...I don't ride without it at all, MTB, road, or cupcake rides on the greenway.
Gotta Ride Today
aka Chuck Faulkner
Tazewell, TN 37987
Road ID recently improved the buckle on their elite model. I got a purple bracelet for my 12 y.o. daughter just for cool factor but we will wear them even when we go skiing.
She thinks it is neat. And by the way, purchase your 2032 batteries from them. No one comes close to the price they offer...
That's a good story. Glad that you at least had a phone number of someone to reach. I think about how long I've been riding and how things have changed. It wasn't even a thought to get on a bike and ride without anything...helmet, gloves and just seize the day never really thinking about what would happen If I were in an accident. I've flipped over the bars, landed in ditches and suffered my share of incidents without major repercussions. Anyway, it all goes back to how well do we really know the people we ride with? Aaaaah, yeah we know they might be fast, or great uphill, or the one to chase..sure, all of those things but on a personal note I think we know very little medically since we all consider this to be rather personal.
I've ridden like all of you with other people over the years and luckily I have never had to make that type of call. But If I had, I too would have been clueless as to what to tell medical personnel had I needed to.
My ID has become a permanent fixture on my wrist and it gives me a peace of mind that I've never really experienced before. Maybe because as we get older we come to realize that we are not invincible and we want to protect ourselves. Giving ID to the younger crowd now seems very important as with our own children. I plan on getting one for my son and his girlfriend soon just because it makes me feel more comfortable.
I hope that people continue to post on this issue and we get more and more views. I just can't say how important I think it is to have this information available for emergencies.
Again, thanks to everyone for your input and since it's almost that time...Please have a safe and happy holiday!!!
I just checked out the ID dog tags and I for one think they are the bomb! I don't know how you could go wrong by having that information on you just in case. I'll be ordering mine soon.
The dog tags do look cool and I might go for those too except I wore dog tags in the military for 20 years. Nothing personal, just like the fact that I no longer "have" to wear them ya know? Anyway, I'll say it one more time...Have a safe and happy holidays.
The "elite" band has a new clasp which I saw with my daughter's bracelet. It looks really cool and she picked purple! Make sure you order the #2032 batteries. They only cost $1.49 for a pack of two. This is the best bike deal anywhere!
I bought a Road ID and wear it on my road rides AND when I'm out for a run. The folks I mountain bike with know my contact information - but I road ride with different people. I think it's a no-brainer to have one. I recommend the newer versions made of the plastic/rubber. The older style holds "stink."
I have a Road ID that I wear biking and running. I consider it part of my safety gear. There was a news story recently in Kansas City of a woman out for a run that got hit by a car, the driver stopped immediately, however she had no ID on her, so it took almost 1/2 day to locate her family - she lived less than a mile from the accident site. I am glad I have mine and hope I never have to use it...
The folks at Road ID appreciate your sentiments. It is no doubt hard to say but I presume there are folks alive now as a result of products which serve to identify us. In addition, since many of us are without our cell phones please enter in the name "ICE" which stands for In Case of Emergency. Then enter in a responsible relative or doctor. This too can help.
Folks, as a former firefighter/emt with 20 years on the job, I can tell you the bracelet makes the most sense. Any "unconcious unknown" found by an EMT will be checked for a MedicAlert bracelet (or similar). Maybe a necklace, but it can be covered under clothes. If you have the RoadID (or similar) on, they will find it. Can't say they will for ID anywhere else. Not sure they will for the cellphone ICE. The EMT is far less concerned about getting your family contacted as finding useful medical information. But, to be safe, I wear my RoadID and usually carry my cellphone with ICE. Law enforcement and hospital staff are more likely looking for cellphones.
For those of you with a RoadID that run or ride past a firehouse or police station, stop by, show them what you are wearing, let them know about it. Until this year, I had never heard of them. If you are wearing it in their community, you want to make sure they know about it. Its your rear-end they may save some day.
BTW, I voted GOOD (with my wallet)
I can't see any reason NOT to have one. I'd just hope that a first responder would look for it- I wear it on my wrist when I bike, its pretty much hidden by my cycling clothes when the weather gets cold. I also wear it in the gym, strangely thats one place where I put all my personal stuff in a locker, and thats the ONLY ID I have on me-without it something could happen and no one would know who I am.
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