Cycling Diabetics

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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

Started by miketosh. Last reply by miketosh Apr 17, 2014. 4 Replies

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Comment by piggy on May 29, 2014 at 9:40am

sounds good mike. Mine says something like that also.
Is there any one in this group close to Missoula Montana?

Comment by miketosh on May 29, 2014 at 7:58am

Good to know Piggy. For paramedics, mine says "Type 1 Diabetic/Wearing insulin pump". For random person finding me laying in the road, it says "Wife: (###) ###-####".

If I get another one, I may add "Treat with Orange Juice". haha.

Comment by piggy on May 29, 2014 at 7:25am

Hello all;
I have been a paramedic for 20+ years and have never called the number on some of those medical alert tags that you all mention. When we see a medical alert tag on someone we are treating we read it and treat accordingly. I use RoadID also. But everyone has there own preference. This is just some info from a street medic.

Comment by miketosh on May 28, 2014 at 5:11am

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.

Comment by Nyadach on May 27, 2014 at 11:25pm

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.

Comment by MikeMack on May 27, 2014 at 8:12pm

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!

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.


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