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I like the flexibility of the RoadID text. With one glance anyone can see my name, my problems, and three phone numbers to call if I'm passed out.
I honestly didn't look at MedicAlert because when I saw the RoadID, I found exactly what I wanted. I also like that it isn't a subscription based service, and I'm not selling my medical info to them. When I got a medicalert bracelet as a kid, I remember getting monthly mail from them and thought it was overkill. I can't imagine what it would be like if I gave them my email address. I have NEVER gotten an email from RoadID, nor any mailings. I like companies that let me go to them and don't target me.
Bracelets I use the UniversalMedicalID ones. Pretty good, and use a normal titanium dog tag for all the time, but when riding will slip on the small rubber wrist band with all the same info on it. Never know if ever needed and they miss the one around your neck.
Other kit tends to be two spare tubes, a couple of CO2 cans, a pair of tyre levers, multitool, sparelink in a seat bag. Two bottles (usually) of a crazy hydration and energy drink cooked up by my dietitian and usually a packet of shot blocks or two. Phone, a mini set of keys, portable micro retractable lock, Garmin, blood meter pouch with lancets/strips/glucose tabs, and quiet often a pocket jacket if even a remote chance of rain.
Thanks for the info. I also posted this on the Facebook T1 Diabetic Athletes page (several put up pics of their diabetes medic alert tattoos--very cool!). Several of them also preferred RoadID. I just ordered mine. Will get it in time for the Tour de Cure-Kentucky!
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.
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.
I see several of you recommend Road ID. How about Medic Alert bracelets? Is one better than the other? Why?
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.
Oh yeah. RoadID here as well. I forget about it because I just wear it all the time. http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx
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.
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.
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