Let me start out this review with a story I told my newsletter subscribers earlier in the week:
When I first started riding I gradually built up my mileage but was rarely gone from home more than an 1 to 1.5 hours. One Saturday morning I decided to do a long ride and was gone for over 2 hours. When I returned home I was greeted by a frantic wife who had been worried because I hadn’t returned home after my normal riding time. She was scared that I had been in an accident and was lying hurt somewhere on the side of the road. She had even been out driving around looking for me! I felt so bad that I had put her through that. After that incident I kept her informed of my expected route and time but also started carrying an ID (driver’s license) and emergency contact information (written on a piece of paper) with me. I kept these two items in a plastic bag in my jersey pocket.
Last week, after some prodding from my wife, I finally broke down and bought a Road ID. Honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long to get one. I think I was just lazy. Regardless, I ordered one last week, have worn it a few times, and this is my review.
What Road ID Has To Say
From the Road ID website:
“If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just a person who doesn’t sit on the couch all day, Road ID is for you. This awesome piece of gear not only looks good but it could save your life. In the event of an accident, if you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will. Available in 6 different styles. It’s not just a piece of gear – it’s peace of mind.”
As the quote above says, there are six different styles of the Road ID available and each of those can be ordered as the Original or Interactive versions. I ordered the Road ID Sport Original.
Ordering the Road ID
While not typically part of a review, I wanted to cover the ordering process of the Road ID because of the information you have to supply to complete your order. When you visit the Road ID website you select which style you want (Sport, Elite, Shoe, Fixx, Ankle, or Shoe Pouch), Color (black, blue, pink, purple, red, or yellow), and the size (small, medium/large, extra large based on your wrist circumference). Then you choose Original or Interactive. For me, since I choose the Original, the next step gives me six lines of text (24 characters per line) I can have laser engraved on the metal tab of the ID. The website offers suggestions for each line of text but you can still put what you want on each line. The form is also very good at giving examples of how to enter information so that it can be read, understood, and used by first responders. They also provide the reasoning behind their suggestions as well as abbreviations for allergies and medical conditions (NKA – No Known Allergies, LPR – Low Pulse Rate, etc.). As you type in each line the text is displayed on a Road ID above the form so you can see what it looks like. It’s a very simple and helpful process.
After you’ve placed your order you’ll get a confirmation in your email shortly thereafter. Although they tell you during the ordering process, this email also gives you the opportunity to review and correct any mistakes you might have made. There’s no charge to fix a mistake as long as you call before 5:00 PM of the day you ordered.
Overall, I thought the ordering process was great. It was simple, hassle-free, and I loved the help the site provides when trying to decide what to put on each line of text.
Road ID Sport Original Review
My Road ID Sport came in the mail a few days later and I must say my initial reaction was surprise. For some reason, I was under the impression it was bigger than it actually was. I don’t know why but I did. Is there anything wrong with its size? Absolutely not. In fact, I think its size is what makes you forget about it after you put it on. And that’s important to me as I don’t want to feel or be bothered by something hanging on my wrist, ankle, or whatever. If I didn’t need to know the time I probably wouldn’t wear a watch because I don’t like the weight on my wrist. The Road ID Sport is small and feather light. After I put it on the first time I forgot it was there. Awesome. I ordered mine in red so it matched my bike. I’m not a fashionista but I like things to match. It’s just how I roll.
The Sport is made from Nylon and is very comfortable. It utilizes a tough Velcro closure to keep it on your wrist and is only one inch wide. The medium/large size I have weighs in at a whopping 0.4 ounces. The two silver stripes running down the edge are reflective 3M Scotchlite. All Road IDs are fresh and saltwater safe.
The metal tag was engraved with no imperfections and matched my order exactly. The id tag may be small but the laser engraving leaves the letters looking sharp and easily readable. If you’re wondering, you can have a replacement tag made if any of your emergency contact information changes.
Final Thoughts On The Road ID Sport
Its purpose is simple, Its construction is simple. Ordering is simple. Simply, I love it. I think the $20 it costs is some of the smartest money you can spend. When it came in, my wife wanted to see it right away because she knew what it meant to her and the peace of mind it was going to provide her by alleviating some of her fears when I’m out riding.
Will the Road ID keep me from getting into an accident? No, and as cyclists we don’t like to talk about situations that might require the use of a Road ID but it’s necessary. It provides critical information others will need in order to render medical care we might need, notify our relatives, and, perhaps, even keep us alive. There are 31 pages of testimonials on the Road ID website from athletes and families describing how Road ID has helped them. If you’re a cyclist, runner, triathlete, or outdoor athlete of any kind, you need a Road ID.
PS – I edited out the phone numbers in the photos so my wife and father-in-law didn’t get calls.