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The Little Packet That Lives on My Bike

Old 12-13-21, 08:52 AM
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I have a pouch that has a copy of my drivers license, insurance info, emergency contact, at least $20, my library card and usually a credit card. I keep it in a pocket where I have nothing else, usually on my person.
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Old 12-13-21, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Sorg67 View Post
I have a small zip lock bag with a copy of my health insurance card, drivers license and credit card and $40. My wife's cell number is on the copy of the health insurance card. Usually I bring all those things with me when I ride, but sometimes I forget. This way I know I always have enough for a snack or drink and information for the emergency room.

My regular riding buddies know about the packet. Sometimes I tell someone in group rides, but not always.
phone, expired DL, insurance card, CC and ~$20 in small bills in a ziploc bag in a jersey pocket.
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I always have my billfold in a fanny pack or handlebar bag. Plus an id thingy on the band of my smart watch. Probably a better idea to have copies is case some helpful citizen takes the billfold after I'm incapacitated by a wreck or a heart attack.
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Road id comment

My road ID is due for payment for the year tomorrow however I contacted my fire department EMT in the area and they have no clue what it’s about it seems to me that it might be ridiculous to pay the yearly fee …..of course the road ID does have my contact information with a phone number so they could look at it and contact my spouse in case of an accident ………do you guys agree about not paying for the yearly fee?
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Old 12-13-21, 12:02 PM
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My big accident happened riding with someone I'd never met before. I went to the local hospital then got transferred in a coma. My bike ended up at the bike shop of a friend we had in common. Through the information in my wallet, my dad was contacted and I got sent to a CAT scanner. (This was 1977. CAT scanners didn't grow on trees. None of my riding buddies knew my family. I carry my cell phone tucked into a cloth REI wallet so when I crash and land on it, it may still work. Also doesn't bounce out of pockets and would still work if it did.

And far less important, but still a potential ride saver - carry far more than one dollar bill. I've used as many as five to cover tire gashes near an inch long.
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Old 12-13-21, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
phone, expired DL, insurance card, CC and ~$20 in small bills in a ziploc bag in a jersey pocket.
had one experience during a ride that the expired DL wasn't "proper" to buy something that required showing proof of age. Not sure how that would work out with future encounters, so I just bring along the current one. Just a FYI.
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Old 12-13-21, 12:54 PM
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On my person:
- RoadID tag with contact info and Meds, on my FitBit band
- $20 bill between my phone cover and phone (always), in my jersey right pocket
- Driver's License and credit card in my jersey left pocket
- not yet, but I like the idea of carrying a laminated copy of my Health Insurance card next to my license and credit card

On my bike (not much, since in a major accident, the trashed bike will likely be staying behind)
- $20 bill in all of my saddle bags, can also be used as a tire boot
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Old 12-13-21, 01:08 PM
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I've never taken ID- I have a tube, patch kit, pump and a few bucks. My name doesn't matter. I'll be found and fixed up.. or not. I don't have medical issues and can't imagine any scenario where I have to prove who I am. I'll tell them if I can speak or they wait until I can. It's just always been that for me. Riding my bicycle is a release from everything required of me. I'm just not worried about it.
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Old 12-13-21, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by zweitesmal2 View Post
I've never taken ID- I have a tube, patch kit, pump and a few bucks. My name doesn't matter. I'll be found and fixed up.. or not. I don't have medical issues and can't imagine any scenario where I have to prove who I am. I'll tell them if I can speak or they wait until I can. It's just always been that for me. Riding my bicycle is a release from everything required of me. I'm just not worried about it.
The ID isn't for me - it's so my family can be contacted if I'm not awake. Having ID in my jersey pocket is no burden and certainly doesn't detract from my ride
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
I'd highly recommend adding a small first aid kit to any bike kit.

I counted the other day, and I have 4.
1. in my bike bag (goes with either the bike or velo whenever I ride)
2. On my motorcycle.
3. In my car (with additional stuff for roadside emergencies)
4. One in my backpack that goes on any hike and is often with me just cuz.
I definitely carry an emergency kit when single tracking. It might be for me or anyone who needs it.

Always carry my wallet and phone with emergency contacts on every bike.
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Originally Posted by zweitesmal2 View Post
I've never taken ID- I have a tube, patch kit, pump and a few bucks. My name doesn't matter. I'll be found and fixed up.. or not. I don't have medical issues and can't imagine any scenario where I have to prove who I am. I'll tell them if I can speak or they wait until I can. It's just always been that for me. Riding my bicycle is a release from everything required of me. I'm just not worried about it.
Hope you never end up with a severe concussion or worse a coma. But someone will eventually figure out who you are.
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Old 12-16-21, 07:02 PM
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ID, keys and phone stay on my person, always. Jersey pocket on road bike rides, shorts pocket on casual rides.

If we're injured we're likely to be separated from our bike and anything mounted on the bike, especially if we're unconscious. Luckily when I was hit by a car a few years ago the ambulance crew piled my bike into the ambulance which went with me to the ER, where a friend picked it up and stored it for me for a few months while I recovered.

And because I kept the phone in my pocket, I was able to snap a few photos of the surroundings, including the driver who hit me, after I caught my breath and was able to stand up. If the phone had been on the bike I wouldn't have been able to do that with a broken and separated shoulder. (Luckily I keep my phone in my left rear jersey pocket or shorts rear pocket, and my right shoulder was busted up.) Even with photo evidence I misremembered some minor details when I tried to recall from memory the color and logo of the driver's cap (I thought it was for a local university team, but it was for a local sports team), car, etc. And that was without a concussion. Imagine trying to recall those details with a concussion -- many folks can appear to be alert and oriented even with a concussion or serious head injury (Google the tragic case of Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson's wife).

The only thing that stays on the bike -- saddle bag, whatever -- is bike stuff, never personal items.

If my jersey pockets get stuffed too full, I don't compromise by moving personal items to the bike. Instead I'll move snacks, etc., to the saddle bag or bike and stop if I need a Clif bar, gel, etc. But my ID, etc, stay with me.
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Old 12-17-21, 04:47 PM
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Does nobody use a pouch?
For the record, for decades, Ive been putting my wallet (ID, credit card, insurance cards, $) & keys in a baggie, which goes in my center rear jersey pocket. Only problem is my lower back is ALWAYS wet after ride.
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Old 12-17-21, 06:34 PM
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I have a thin Fanny Pack that fits my wallet and cell. It fits close to my body and I can even wear it under my clothing at the waist or shoulder. I also had a set of Dog Tags made that have my Name DOB Wife's Phone and Insurance data...






I am old enough now to have a pertinent Medical History so my Dog Tags have a good amount on information packed into just a few lines of data. I have considered adding a small Thumb Drive to them but I'm not that brittle yet...
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