I know what you’re thinking, “I’m in great health and don’t have any medical issues, why do I need to wear an ID?” My answer is that there are many risks in cycling and, despite your best efforts, they cannot always be avoided. Unfortunately we have witnessed many incidents over the past few years. Injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to broken bones, concussions and heart attacks. If you’re under duress, you don’t want to give anyone confusing or incomplete information.
The simplest way to provide accurate information that can be accessed quickly is to wear an ID on your ankle or wrist. This allows whomever is trying to help you understand whether or not you have any serious medical issues. Something as simple as NKDA (No Known Drug Allergies) can help a first responder treat you. Obviously any serous medical issues or medications should be displayed. For example, whether you’re diabetic, taking blood thinners or have allergies should be noted on your ID.
Something as simple as your last name and who to contact in an emergency is also helpful. How many times have you been on a group ride and not know everyone’s first name, never mind their last name? A crisis is not the time to figure that all out.
Therefore I recommend that you invest in some kind of ID. Personally I didn’t want to wear something else on my wrist and purchased a Road iD which attaches to my watch band. However I’m not going to promote any company or style. The important thing is to buy something that you know you’re going to wear.
Quote of the week: “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Here is an article which reviews ID bracelets and a video on Road iD: