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Cycling Diabetics

This group is dedicated to all of the diabetics out there who share a love for cycling. All disciplines are welcome!

Members: 461
Latest Activity: Apr 6

Diabetes Forum

TeamBG - Diabetes Grand Tour 2015!

Started by Bebo321. Last reply by johnmarlo1 Mar 27. 1 Reply

Paris - Brest - Paris in 2015 with type I diabetes ?

Started by Arndt Fiolka. Last reply by Arndt Fiolka Dec 23, 2014. 2 Replies

Leadville 100 in 2015

Started by Kent Logy. Last reply by cppike Dec 11, 2014. 4 Replies

What sort of steel horse do you ride?

Started by Mike Campana. Last reply by Cyclinglady Aug 29, 2014. 135 Replies

New to Cycling

Started by KatG68. Last reply by Michael Birch Jul 29, 2014. 7 Replies


Started by ajbaum. Last reply by Michael McClure Jul 8, 2014. 6 Replies

Mountain Biking & Diabetes Care

Started by MikeMack Jul 2, 2014. 0 Replies

NYC Tour de Cure!!

Started by andrea. Last reply by tmana May 27, 2014. 3 Replies

Need car suggestions for car-loving cyclists

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Comment by tmana on May 27, 2014 at 7:57pm

RoadID is less expensive and is geared to all active persons, not just those of us with diabetes. The interactive version allows you to add personal medical information that you edit, rather than relying on some anonymous EHR that might not have sufficient or correct information. It's considerably less expensive than MedicAlert, though the latter company has a higher profile in the emergency-medical-identification market.

Comment by Andy on May 27, 2014 at 6:49pm

I had the velcro RoadID, but lost it while canoeing once. After a year or so, the velcro gives out. I now have the rubbery wrist band version, which seems like it should last a while. I think the subscription options are a scam - I can't imagine an emergency responder taking the time to make a phone call to find out details, so I just use mine to list a few phone numbers and that I'm diabetic.

Comment by MikeMack on May 27, 2014 at 6:39pm

I see several of you recommend Road ID. How about Medic Alert bracelets? Is one better than the other? Why?

Comment by tmana on May 27, 2014 at 5:42pm

A lot depends on the length of the ride (both time and distance), the reason for the ride, what might be available on the route you're taking, the weather, and what sort of diabetes you have/how it's being managed.

I have type 2 and do not need insulin; however, I do take metformin so there is a possibility of going low. That said, I'm a slower rider than a lot of these folk, so my calorie and carb needs are different than theirs.

My daily 3-mile-each-way commute requires nothing more than a flat-repair kit, lights for evening riding, and water in summer. That said, I'm carrying my usual work clothes and shoes, water/food/meter/wallet/phone in my backpack, and usually either glucose tabs or some sort of energy bar, and I carry an additional layer, heavier gloves, etc. for the evening ride home.

On a training ride, when I'm riding light, I'll carry my meter, money and ID, and my phone, and wear my RoadID (which I always wear when I leave the house. I'll carry about 20 oz fluid per hour of expected activity in cool weather, and twice that in summer. My split is half water (as iced as possible) and half Ultima Replenisher (my preferred electrolyte fluid). If I expect to be out more than two hours, I'll have something like Clif ShotBloks or Jelly Belly Sport Beans in my pocket for incremental refueling; often I'll plan in a stop somewhere to refill my bottles and get something more substantial if I need it. My seat pack (which never leaves the bicycle) always has a patch kit, two spare tubes, and at least two CO2 cartridges as well as tire irons, a spoke wrench, a multitool with a few basic screwdrivers and hex wrenches, and a small adjustable wrench. I also have one of those collapses-into-nothing drawstring "backpacks" in there in case I find some incredible deal on something that I really need to jump on right then.

Comment by Michael McClure on May 27, 2014 at 3:29pm

Oh yeah. RoadID here as well. I forget about it because I just wear it all the time.


Comment by Michael McClure on May 27, 2014 at 2:42pm

Hi piggy -- I keep my iPhone and my G4 receiver in the lower pockets on my MTB shorts (lower back thigh). You can't see it in the sunlight anyways, and I can nearly always hear the damned thing if I get too low.


Comment by Andy on May 27, 2014 at 1:52pm

I don't have a particular BG number to start from, mostly because my rides start much earlier than I'd normally be eating breakfast, so I grab a bite early in the morning, try not to take a large bolus, and hope the activity level helps boost the small amount of insulin I'll take. It usually works out well. Since my last few rides were literally "all day" 230 & 250 miles, I just take it as it comes, managing my sugars as I go by eating bars and drinking juice, and only taking very small boluses if needed.

Comment by piggy on May 27, 2014 at 12:36pm

Thanks for all the info guys.This is going to be the first time riding in a long time. For now it will be just around town. Michael where do you mount your G4 receiver on you bike, or do you? Thanks for all the great info.

Comment by Michael McClure on May 27, 2014 at 10:18am

Mountain biker perspective here:

• Shot Blox (several packs)
• Small bag of trail mix or a bar of similar stuff
• Dried Mango
• Backpack with 111oz. of water/ice (often with lemon)
• KIT: Pliers, knife, zipties, chain breaker + speed links, tire levers, tubes (of various sizes in case I run into someone stuck out there), handheld tire pump, lube, Stan's sealant (for my tubeless tires), sunblock, mylar 'blanket', tp, medical kit, extra derailleur hanger (if I have one)
• Couple of 'clean' rags...
• CHARGED iPhone (running the free Strava app)

All the above is what any MTB'er should carry -- yes, I do have basically an entire bike shop on my back. On top of that, I also wear my Dexcom G4.


Comment by MikeMack on May 27, 2014 at 8:59am

I don't ride alone a lot, but one time I was and I didn't feel a low coming on. I was riding on a Sunday on a 4-lane road in an industrial part of town, and I began to lose focus. I think I was looking down at the white lines on the road rather than out ahead of me. Suddenly I looked up and found myself in the middle of the road! It's a good thing I was riding at a time when there was almost no traffic on that road at that time! I don't have a CGM yet. Man, that would have helped!


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