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Old 01-02-09, 08:25 AM   #26
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Personally, I think that even if you don't have any serious medical problems, MedicAlert is a good idea. As someone mentioned, MedicAlert is universally recognized by EMTs, so I think it stands out more than a RoadID.
Well, since they're going to check for medic alert anyway, dog tags should work perfectly well.
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Old 01-02-09, 08:38 AM   #27
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No reason you can't have both dog tags and a road id if you already have one. Mine was a gift but I think the dog tags would work nicely.
When I was hit I actually flew out of my shoes. I am not entirely sure the shoe solution would work well.
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My Road ID *IS* dog tags.

I was just looking online, and ISTM that actual animal tags could work really well. They have a lot of options under 10 bucks for tags that go onto collars and such - one of those around the ankle, maybe even with a reflective collar, would be a good option I think.
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Old 01-02-09, 09:02 AM   #29
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I never ride without mine. Many times I ride with my wallet in my pannier which would be left at a crash site or with the cops, not the paramedics, if something were to happen. It may not be much but at least it is some identification with contact info, and it is absolutely better than not having any ID on you.
The one time I ended up in an ambulance, the paramedics did bring my trunk bag along for the ride, which had my wallet and cell phone. That was lucky, because I had no ID on my person and was barely coherent. I lost my RoadID before my tumble (I have since reordered and wear one just about every time I ride).
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A friend of mine makes real dog tags to carry with him. PetSmart and most other chain pet stores have engraving machines in the store that you can use. He made up two; one tag with his personal information on it and another with emergency contact info. Costs around $5/tag. He opted for the bone and fire hydrant shapes, but they also have heart and circle-shaped tags if you're not feeling like a dog
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I've ridden with one for about three years now. I wear it most of the time, especially when I'm out of town or on the road somewhere, with or without my bike.
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Old 01-02-09, 09:27 AM   #32
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Unless you have significant medical issues, a simple, cheap dog tag will do the job. Available online or locally from lots and lots of places.
I constantly wear a dog tag hanging around my neck with name, address, phone and ICE phone.
I often ride without any other ID, other than a cell phone, which has ICE programmed into it.

I like the idea of a bone or fire hydrant tag......maybe I'll run over to PetSmart later.
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Old 01-02-09, 09:34 AM   #33
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i have had a wrist RoadID for some time now. i am bit unimpressed with the quality though. i sent the first one back as the metal plate was discoloring, maybe from sweat, making some of the info unreadable. their customer service was excellent, but i am seeing the same thing on the replacement too. later.
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Unless you have significant medical issues, a simple, cheap dog tag will do the job. Available online or locally from lots and lots of places.
I constantly wear a dog tag hanging around my neck with name, address, phone and ICE phone.
I often ride without any other ID, other than a cell phone, which has ICE programmed into it.

I like the idea of a bone or fire hydrant tag......maybe I'll run over to PetSmart later.
The only thing nice about MedicAlert and probably even the interactive RoadID system, is that you can store lots of information that EMTs and hospital personnel will need access to (insurance information, for example). In addition, you can have multiple emergency contacts. What if your primary contact is unavailable? When in college, my mom was my primary contact. Unfortunately, it was discovered once during an emergency in which i was taken to the hospital that she had an annoying habit of turning off her cell phone at the most inopportune times.
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The only thing nice about MedicAlert and probably even the interactive RoadID system, is that you can store lots of information that EMTs and hospital personnel will need access to (insurance information, for example). In addition, you can have multiple emergency contacts. What if your primary contact is unavailable? When in college, my mom was my primary contact. Unfortunately, it was discovered once during an emergency in which i was taken to the hospital that she had an annoying habit of turning off her cell phone at the most inopportune times.
In an emergency, what's most important is that they know who you are.
More than one ICE could be put on a dog tag.
Again, if you have significant very important medical issues, get fancier and more expensive with your ID.

Just don't be ridin' around like an ID-less Ninja Biker.
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Old 01-02-09, 10:02 AM   #36
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I'm glad I happened on this thread. I've needed to have something like this for years, but never got around to it. I just corrected that and ordered one. Commuting 18 miles a day exposes me to a lot more risk than I've had in the past.

I have three different numbers for my wife. I thought about putting my dad on there, but like InfiniteRegress's mom, my dad rarely has his cell phone turned on. So I put my brother-in-law on instead (his is never off).

I'm not sure if this will make my wife feel better or more worried?
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I wear one. I travel a lot and take my bike(s) with me, so that means solo miles. It gives loved ones peace of mind knowing that I do. Also, an ER and paramedic friend likes them, so that sold me on it.
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Just don't be ridin' around like an ID-less Ninja Biker.
Yep, regardless of what you use, that's the most important thing to remember!
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My Road ID *IS* dog tags.

I was just looking online, and ISTM that actual animal tags could work really well. They have a lot of options under 10 bucks for tags that go onto collars and such - one of those around the ankle, maybe even with a reflective collar, would be a good option I think.
Yeah, I've been thinking of going that way - just go to Petsmart or wherever and they have a machine that engraves them. You can put in anything you like.
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Old 01-02-09, 10:22 AM   #40
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I wear one. I prefer not to ride with my wallet or license. Last year I took my wallet on a ride, dropped out of vest and before I returned from my ride somebody was charging sneaks at Foot Locker. I wear the bracelet when I bike or run.
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Old 01-02-09, 11:20 AM   #41
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I wear a road ID dog tag. Honestly, if I were doing it again, I'd just buy cheap-ass dogtags online. You can get them for about 5 bucks. Sure, the Road IDs look real pretty, with their acid-etched letters on shiny tags, but for functionality I bet a regular old stamped dog tag works even better.
That's why I went with the Boomerang tags. They call them "man tags" for us humans, and give you way more space for information at $9.99 than you can get on a tag at Petsmart.
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LOL - I like how they have Bo Diddley's tags on their site. I don't think that's any more room than Petsmart dog tags, however. That'd be a good place to order if you live in the sticks, however. A year or so I saw them on ebay dirt cheap - engraved, with rubber edge guards and everything for lile $7. Can't find the listing now, however.

edit: OIC - they are engraved both sides. That does give a lot of room......

edit 2: however, however, however, however.....LOL
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I have the wrist one and just leave it on all the time, that way I won't forget it and I'm not even aware of it being there.

I never carry a wallet when I ride and as my blood type is the rarest I didn't think twice about getting one.
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Old 01-02-09, 11:41 AM   #44
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I'd been thinking about one for years, it's a great idea. I just ordered one after reading this thread. . Although I always carry ID on my commutes, it's usually buried deep in my backpack, I think it's unlikely the EMT's would be able to find it. I decided on a yellow bracelet as: 1) I want it to be visible and, 2) I'll probably just leave it on and wear it all the time-it looks pretty cool. Thanks for reminding me.
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I've been thinking about getting one as well. In the meantime I carry an expired driver's license (with current address) and insurance card on my person (in a jersey pocket or in MTB shorts pocket). I typed out the info Road ID suggests (emergency contacts, blood type, organ donor, NKA, NKDA) on a small piece of paper and taped it to the back of the license.
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My Road ID *IS* dog tags.

I was just looking online, and ISTM that actual animal tags could work really well. They have a lot of options under 10 bucks for tags that go onto collars and such - one of those around the ankle, maybe even with a reflective collar, would be a good option I think.

So?
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I have the interactive dogtag version. The online portal has spaces for all the info0rmation that EMS and the ER would need- emergency contacts, allergies, Rx info, etc.- basically your entire medical history can be added quickly and easily. I wear mine all the time, with a bright silencer (rubber band thingy)around it to make it even more visible than it is just by itself.
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I made a Emergency contact card that I keep in my wallet. It has phone numbers and my current address on it. I did it on the computer and laminated it.
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I have the ankle version. I also wear it when hiking.
I gave one to my stepson who runs.
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I have the wristband one and I've had one for a year or more. They do rust a bit, but I'd still buy it again.
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