Folding Bikes - First Aid Kit? What do you carry?
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04-30-07, 12:00 PM
I ran across this first aid kit for motorcyclists (it could easily be argued that cyclists are subject to the very same injuries as motorcyclists) and it got me wondering what others carry with them regularly. I keep a first aid kit in the car, but I confess that I don't have anything with me when I ride. If you carry a first aid kit, please share with us what's in it, and why.
Individual Biker's Trauma Kit (http://www.cavalryarms.com/medical/IBTK.html)
04-30-07, 12:19 PM
I have a simple list of items in my backpack with a few items like: bandaids, anteseptic cream or powder (liquids might leak or dry out), water in a proper bottle for bike use (I drink it or I could use it to flush out wound), and something I might be censored here that my dad told me was used in both WW1 and WW2 fenimine sanitary napkins (these were originally developed to stop gushing bleeding of solder's wounds-it does work in this capacity), my health plan's own card with proper identifcation, and a fully charged cell phone if I ride very far from home.
04-30-07, 01:01 PM
I ran across this first aid kit for motorcyclists (it could easily be argued that cyclists are subject to the very same injuries as motorcyclists)....
A motorcyclist who gets into an accident may be going at 60+ mph. Not quite the same. ;)
I don't carry a 1st aid kit when riding usually, only on tours. Too bulky, not really necessary. Plenty of places like REI carry small ones that come in a waterproof sack.
04-30-07, 01:12 PM
I recently began carrying a small spray bottle of liquid band-aid. It is supposed to be good for scrapes and small cuts. It says that it also kills bacteria and such.
By the way, it also says that it doesn't hurt. The last time I sprayed it on a cut I thought about cutting my arm off to ease the pain.
04-30-07, 04:24 PM
I ran across this first aid kit for motorcyclists (it could easily be argued that cyclists are subject to the very same injuries as motorcyclists)
Not quite when I had my motorcycle accident none of that would have helped me
04-30-07, 04:37 PM
I don't ride a folder, but I do carry a first aid kit on my road bike. I dunno why everyone doesn't, since I regularly have to share mine with others.
Most important item - neosporin. Letting any cut go for a few hours without antibacterial is asking for infection. A few standard size bandaids, and two large ones for scrapes. A couple of wrapped alcohol prep swabs for cleaning. Gauze in a flat wrapped package. And a small roll of tape. All this fits in a plastic bag in my seat wedge bag, along with spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, two zip ties, pencil & paper (I once repeated a license plate all the way home and still got it wrong). And there's still room for another tube, candy bar, and a knife, when I feel the need to travel heavy.
Once my chain ring bit my ankle really badly, blood running into my shoe etc. All this stuff helped me finish the ride without a problem.
I also carry disposable gloves, mainly for keeping my hands clean when changing a flat in work clothes, but if I'm dealing with someone else's blood, I'll be wearing them.
I get bad headaches that don't go away if I just ignore them, even overnight, so I always have with me some tablets. Also a few bandaids. That's it for me. More stuff on tour of course. Mozzie repellant is top of the list.
04-30-07, 07:53 PM
No safety equipment. I like to live dangerously!
05-02-07, 09:55 AM
I should also add the following:
-A few wipes
-A little bottle of ibruprofin
-A little thingy of tiger balm ... basically for neck muscles
During the winter, I also bring an extra set of chemical toe warmers.
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