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Old 07-29-09, 11:04 PM   #1
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First Aid Kit In Seat Pouch

Making sure you're prepared for your rides? Currently on my road bike I make sure I have a replacement tube, patch kit, hex wrenches, and a small hand held pump. but to be completely safe I'd like to maybe get my hands on a small first aid kit to have at all times just in case. Its either this or I put a bunch of band aids + Neosporin in a plastic baggy and stuff that in my pouch. I am quite the prepared guy that will plan ahead for anything, so tomorrow I was thinking about going to local camping and out door stores and picking something up.

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Old 07-29-09, 11:16 PM   #2
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Interesting thought, that is. If I was touring or even riding across town, a first aid kit would be a good idea, at least something with a rolled gauze and duct tape to patch a person up. On a quick ride around the lake, I go so fast that if I wipe out, nothing in a small first aid kit would be of any help.
Really just a roll of bandage, large gauze pad and duct tape to hold a person together would be of any worth and that for a tour or long ride like a century.
I wouldn't carry first aid in a seat pouch just for a 1-2 hour ride. I would just carry the bicycle stuff. treat your bike like a lady and she'll always bring you home.
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K.I.S.S

I've never liked a lot of the F.A kits offered. Too much extra crap taking up space. I do want to throw something together for my commute though. I would probably do something like this:

Roller Bandage
A handful of gauze pads
some medical tape wrapped around a pencil/pen
assorted band aids for the small stuff
alcohol pads
gloves (good for fixing a friend or the bike)
a small bottle of some type of pain reliever
and since I am certified CPR and help lead some group rides, I'll probably through one of my pocket masks in
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Old 07-30-09, 06:06 AM   #5
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I have the same thought about first aid kits that I do about carrying tools: there's no point in carrying it if you don't know how to use it. Anyone knows how to slap on a bandaid, and it's worth having some of those along for minor nicks and scrapes (a cut knuckle bleeding all over your bars is annoying to say the least). A sanitary napkin is good for anything that bleeds more than just a little (it takes a lot of those expensive gauze pads to soak up what one sanitary napkin can handle). Neosporin and the like, to be honest, I almost think cause more problems than they solve, because people read the word "antibiotic" and think that all they have to do is dab some of that stuff on a wound to clean it. Anything beyond that -- again, the question is whether you know how to use it and when it's appropriate to use it. If the answer is no, I wouldn't bother.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:52 AM   #6
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+1 on the sanitary napkins. Great for road rash. If you need a FA kit, pack a few of those with some tape and a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Beats bleeding all over the place.
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I've got a few alcohol prep pads and 2 of the bandaids that are goofy-big. I might take the duct-tape suggestion though.
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The number of times I've really needed first aid in all my years of riding: 1. That was when a friend took me out after touching wheels w/ another pal. Doh! In that case, the ride was aborted, and the first drug store we came across was patronized to temporarily patch-up before applying the magic known as Tegaderm at home (works amazingly well with road rash). The way I see it, it's hard to go somewhere very remote near NYC, at least on a road bike, so I don't bother taking anything with me. I do get a little spooked in the winter riding through state parks.
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A great site that might help you in building your First Aid Kit (or FAK) is http://www.edcforums.com Those guys have discussed compact FAKs to death over there!! Great forum.
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Drivers license, credit card, cash, cellphone with In Case Of Emergency numbers flagged, insurance card, business cards for my doctors. I did put a couple of bandaids in the saddlebag also in case one I was using sweated off. In the winter I pack a space blanket and in the summer I carry an extra water bottle.
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