Tuesday, August 17, 2010


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The other day I decided to take the plunge. To quit fooling around and sell out completely to the cycling lifestyle!

NO! This has nothing to do with lycra! (a topic for another time)

I finally broke down and ordered a RoadID  I had been meaning to get one for a while now and always seemed to find some reason not to. I was suffering from a real lack of motivation. Then one of the guys over at the Bike-Pgh forums found a 20% off offer on getting a RoadID.

A RoadID is a laser etched piece of aluminum you wear (usually but not always) around your wrist. This ID gives first responders your Name, Emergency Contact, and some Medical Information in the case of an accident where you can’t speak for yourself.
End Aside

After riding so much over the past few weeks I realized that almost all of my riding is done alone. Going to work, to the gym, the store. Looking at the past summer I can count the number of times I rode with others on the fingers of one of my hands. (My lack of friends who ride is also a topic for another time) I began to wonder about what would happen if I got into a really bad crash. I have had two bad crashes since I started riding and any number of normal crashes. So I know that the idea of a crash isn’t a matter of “IF” but “WHEN”. So I find the idea of having emergency contact and allergies on the RoadID to be a comfort.

I can hope another bad crash won’t happen but I’m not going to count on it.

Neither should you.

This is from the RoadID Website with the 10 reasons you should wear a RoadID
  1. If you can’t speak for yourself, Road ID will speak for you.
  2. Road ID enables First Responders to immediately contact family members and friends.
  3. Road ID enables family members to provide additional details about your health or give consent for potentially life saving procedures.
  4. Road ID enables hospital staff to locate vital medical records.
  5. Road ID can communicate medical conditions or allergy information to medical staff.
  6. Road ID can prevent serious delays in treatment by saving crucial time during the “golden hour” of medical treatment.
  7. It’s far better to have Road ID and not need it than to need Road ID and not have it. It’s not just a piece of gear, it’s peace of mind.
  8. Accidents happen far more than you think they do. Each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without identification.
  9. Road ID looks good on and makes a statement about your athletic lifestyle – not to mention that studies would probably prove that people that wear Road ID are considerably smarter than those that don’t.
  10. Road ID can save your Life. Period.

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