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    Just received my new Road ID, I went with the FIXX ID this time. Last one was the ankle model. Wondering what all you other people use for ID's on the road. I feel much more secure knowing if anything happens to me on the road, my family will be able to be contacted.
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    Same here, I picked up aRoadID dogtag a couple of years ago and now wear it for every ride. Nice knowing that the family can be contacted sinceI often ride without my walet. For the price, can't beat it
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    The RoadID is much more expensive than a lot of other dog tags that are available online. You might consider googling dog tag. You can find stainless dog tags for as cheap as 1/10 the cost of the RoadID dog tag.

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    I have two and really recommend them. Iīve had dog tags, but I prefer the Road ID anklet. It gives more room for information and less of a chance of losing it in the event of an accident. I like that I was able to write up the info in Spanish and all of the accent marks were there. Itīs minor, but very important...especially when you have a condition that requires very specific treatment. Either way, itīs important to wear something, even if itīs just something you typed up and slapped on your helmet.

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    I recently bought a road ID at my wife's insistence. Maybe there are cheaper solutions, but they are still pretty inexpensive ($20 or less) and are made for cyclists. I keep it hanging on my helmet straps in the house so I never forget it when I go out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannwilliams View Post
    Just received my new Road ID, I went with the FIXX ID this time. Last one was the ankle model. Wondering what all you other people use for ID's on the road. I feel much more secure knowing if anything happens to me on the road, my family will be able to be contacted.
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    I just printed my emergency-contact/insurance/medical info and taped it on the inside of my helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
    I just printed my emergency-contact/insurance/medical info and taped it on the inside of my helmet.
    It wouldn't occur to me to look inside your helmet for medical info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
    I just printed my emergency-contact/insurance/medical info and taped it on the inside of my helmet.
    Doesn't it get all wet and sweaty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    It wouldn't occur to me to look inside your helmet for medical info...
    If they miss that:--> while touring I also have the same info printed and in my pocket. Plus, my cell phone has emergency number in contacts. Hard to miss all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedalingFool View Post
    Doesn't it get all wet and sweaty?
    I covered it with clear packing tape. It's been there for years, amazingly it's perfectly fine.

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    Road ID is awesome and the online version is even better. It allows you to type in so much more information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezdoesit View Post
    Since I received mine about maybe two years ago I don't take it off or leave the house with out it.
    Ditto. The newer plastic banded ones hold up great for daily wear. Mine has been on 24/7 for a year now and it certainly has provided me, and my SO, some peace of mind during my daily bike commutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    It wouldn't occur to me to look inside your helmet for medical info...
    I am pretty foggy about details (I had a pretty bad concussion), but I don't think the emergency medical folks ever saw my helmet when I took an ambulance ride after a crash. It went with my bike to be held at the police station and I doubt anyone even looked at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
    If they miss that:--> while touring I also have the same info printed and in my pocket. Plus, my cell phone has emergency number in contacts. Hard to miss all that.
    The last time I took a first aid class, which was admittedly a long time ago, I was told to quickly check: wrist, neck, and wallet (only if readily available).

    If you have a critical medical condition, it probably needs to be documented in one of those three places. Cell phones, purses, helmets, etc. probably don't get looked at until well after your condition has been stabilized... assuming they survive the crash. In some cases your personal effects (cell phone, helmet, wallet/purse) may end up in one location (ex: police) while your body is in another location (ex: hospital).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    The last time I took a first aid class, which was admittedly a long time ago, I was told to quickly check: wrist, neck, and wallet (only if readily available).
    I have heard similar from others. I personally would stick with wrist or neck tags. The shoe ones seem like an especially bad idea to me.

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    I wear mine all day every day. I am a kayak fishing guide and I don't want to be found on the river without it.

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    Ditto all the pro RoadID responses, and a great deal of medical info can be stored online and is available to responders almost instantly now with computers in police, fire and EMS apparatus. Plus, Road ID sponsored the Tour de France on television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    I have heard similar from others. I personally would stick with wrist or neck tags. The shoe ones seem like an especially bad idea to me.
    Agree. I have a friend who worked as an EMT for a while and claimed that people frequently get separated from their shoes in car/train vs. pedestrian/bike accidents. He said they didn't bother looking for shoes unless the person was missing a foot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamecock View Post
    Ditto all the pro RoadID responses, and a great deal of medical info can be stored online and is available to responders almost instantly now with computers in police, fire and EMS apparatus. Plus, Road ID sponsored the Tour de France on television.
    If you need medical info that does not fit on the RoadID the "interactive" feature is nice but at an additional $9.99 per year. Otherwise I'd don't see any advantage of the regular RoadIDs over a regular GI type dog tag which can be found for under $3 including chain and rubber silencer. It makes the $16 - $25 price of the RoadID seem kind of unreasonable IMO.

    It is a good idea to wear some ID though and the RoadID serves the purpose well, just at a premium price.

    BTW: If you really wanted too you could link to a document with your medical info (on your personal web site or maybe a google doc) on the $3 dog tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    If you need medical info that does not fit on the RoadID the "interactive" feature is nice but at an additional $9.99 per year. Otherwise I'd don't see any advantage of the regular RoadIDs over a regular GI type dog tag which can be found for under $3 including chain and rubber silencer. It makes the $16 - $25 price of the RoadID seem kind of unreasonable IMO.

    It is a good idea to wear some ID though and the RoadID serves the purpose well, just at a premium price.

    BTW: If you really wanted too you could link to a document with your medical info (on your personal web site or maybe a google doc) on the $3 dog tag.
    Youīre right, but I also live in Mexico and I guarantee that, in the event of an emergency, the local clinic is not going to call some interactive feature, check my website, or anything else until itīs too late, if at all. Again, something is better than nothing and everyone has to pick what works best for him/her. For me, I have the anklet on at all times, even non-biking, because I canīt have an NG tube. If someone didnīt know that, they could kill me trying to save me. Of course, nothing is 100%, but the anklet wonīt come off unless I lose my foot. A dog tag or an ID necklace could fly off. Another good idea would be to just type up the info and slap it on the outside of the helmet (and then cover it w/something to make it waterproof) and also somewhere else. Make your own bracelet/anklet. Have backups. I tell my friends that the geeky looking chubs on the road is me. I donīt care how I look. All of the lights, reflective tape, bright colors, and doodads ensure drivers see me (and usually give me extra space). The ID is one more safety feature. If nothing else, it gives hubbyīs info so that he can be notified itīs time to collect the insurance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    If you need medical info that does not fit on the RoadID the "interactive" feature is nice but at an additional $9.99 per year. Otherwise I'd don't see any advantage of the regular RoadIDs over a regular GI type dog tag which can be found for under $3 including chain and rubber silencer. It makes the $16 - $25 price of the RoadID seem kind of unreasonable IMO.
    The only problem I see with dog tags is that lots of people wear them as a fashion statement. And there's the perception, from watching too many movies, that all they contain are your "name, rank and serial number". To me, RoadID looks more like the medical information bracelets that U.S. first responders are trained to look for.

    In terms of pricing, RoadID is actually cheaper than their primary competitor: Medic Alert. Medic Alert's "sports band" product line, which seems like a blatant rip-off of RoadID, is $23-25 plus a $7 shipping charge. The corresponding RoadID product is $20 plus $2 in shipping. Medic Alert's version of the "interactive" feature is $45/year versus $10/year for RoadID.

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    I have a RoadID Slim that I wear 24x7, bought a few extra bands in different colors for variety. Wedding ring is usually on my nightstand and I've given up on wearing watches, mainly because I hate the feeling of things on my wrists and fingers, but the RoadID flies under my radar, it's lightweight and doesn't move around much.
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