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Old 01-01-09, 09:15 PM   #1
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Anybody ride with a road id bracelet??

I had a close call the other day that my wife witnessed. I was coming home from my folks house and she was coming from the store. She just happened to be a hundred yards behind me with the kids and my brother in law when a guy ran a stop sign and I went to the pavement avoiding him. She was pretty freaked. So I ordered an id bracelet from www.roadid.com to help her feel more comfortable. Just curious if anyone else wears one or something like it.
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Old 01-01-09, 09:29 PM   #2
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I started wearing mine shortly before I was hit by a car last March. I was in shock and having issues giving my personal information to the paramedic. While I calmed down and started gathering my wits about me I gave it to them to write down my information.
However, the main advantage is the piece of mind it gives my wife.
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Old 01-01-09, 09:43 PM   #3
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I have thought about it, but haven't gotten one...I'll probably get one soon, especially before we move to a bigger city.
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Old 01-01-09, 09:45 PM   #4
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I wear a medic alert so that is similar.

If you are not carrying ID they are a very good idea.
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Old 01-01-09, 09:47 PM   #5
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not yet but i've been thinking of it. seems like a good idea!
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I wear a medic alert so that is similar.

If you are not carrying ID they are a very good idea.
Same here and personally I think the MedicAlert ID's are more readily recognizeable by EMT's and hospital staff. Hope the need never arises for anyone here.

It's peace of mind for some regardless, and you can't put a price tag on that.

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I'd get dog tags or something.
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Old 01-01-09, 09:58 PM   #8
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I used to, then I switched to the road id necklace. Both are good products.
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I won't leave the house on my bike without wearing mine. I have a huge fear of something happening and my family not knowing where I am.
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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.
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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.
I just got mine for Christmas (The digital one where you can update your info on the interwebs) from my wife.

I got it for much the same reason as you.
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I dont know what would be best.

Wrist or Ankle?
would it rub on the ankle or show more on the wirst

Original or Interactive?
pros and cons for both, update but year cost, no update

also what info is the best info for the Original?

Color?
is bright good or bad.


I have looked at these, but I never LOOKED at them, but now it seems like a great idea now.

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I dont know what would be best.

Wrist or Ankle?
would it rub on the ankle or show more on the wirst

Wrist. No it hasn't chaffed my wrist yet. YMMV

Original or Interactive?

Interactive

pros and cons for both, update but year cost, no update

Haven't updated yet...but I will.

also what info is the best info for the Original?

Color?
is bright good or bad.

Mine is black...but if I had picked I'd have gone with something bright


I have looked at these, but I never LOOKED at them, but now it seems like a great idea now.
Not a bad price for a chance to get info into the hands of the people trying to save your life.
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When I took my first aid class last year, the EMT who taught the class explained that they don't look in your wallet as they're treating you: "You take his wallet, I'll take his watch." It just doesn't look good; they let the police do that when they arrive. They will look for "ICE" on your cell phone, but I generally have my cell phone in my bags, not my person.

I immediately picked up a RoadID and leave it in my helmet so I don't forget to put it on. I chose the ankle strap. It has a side benefit in the winter: I wear it on my left ankle and put a blinkie facing to the rear when I ride at night; it gives a characteristic up-and-down motion which, in addition to my other rear facing lights, helps identify me as a cyclist.

I've even picked up a second one and leave it in my running shoes, because--I've subsequently realized--I carry even less identification when I'm running than when I'm biking.
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I wear dog tags.
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I wear one.
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I wear one and in addition to contact information, I listed the prescription medications I take. It also happens to be quite reflective so it serves two purposes!
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I don't leave the house without mine.
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Dog tags for me.
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I have been meaning to get one for years and keep forgeting till I see a post like this. I plan on getting one soon.
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I wear Boomerang dog tags - both sides can be engraved and the engraving looked better.
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I keep a Jimi wallet with me that has my contact info, cash and a message that I have no known allergies. I do like the Road ID and have ordered a couple of FireFly lights from them.
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I wear a medic alert so that is similar.

If you are not carrying ID they are a very good idea.
+1 here. I have a medical condition that, in the event I require emergency surgery and cannot communicate beforehand, could cause serious problems, including death. MedicAlert doesn't charge too much for their service (I believe it's $50/year) and you can include all sorts of personal information in their system, such as multiple emergency contacts, blood type, insurance info, etc. 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.
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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.

I can't stand wearing bracelets, and the shoe thing didn't seem smart to me since even in car accidents I've seen shoes come off, and on a bike where your shoe is actually attached to the pedal, it seemed like the shoe could easily go flying off into the brush.

In my case it's just ID; the medical info is that there is no medical info; no meds, no allergies, no issues of any kind. But it does have my blood type, though I doubt they'd trust it anyway; in emergencies I'd guess they use O-, in non-emergencies they'd have a chance to type me anyway.
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