When you’re out on a solo ride, who knows where you’re going, but that’s part of the fun, right?
You don’t break it down for your better half as much as you brag about it on Strava afterwards, do you? “Yes love, I intend to be at mile 30 by 14:00 and at that point there’s a long gradient for half an hour…” They don’t need to know.
It’s too much information. Plus, why should you tell them? What if youwant to go left instead of right that day? A rare impromptu decision that could land you in all sorts of hot water when you’re home an hour or two, later than scheduled!
But are you being selfish, should You say more than, ‘I’ll be back in a few hours.’
What safety precautions do I take? Not only for myself, but for those who I leave at home while I head out for an hour, or two, three, four… (Oh that coffee shop looks nice).
Of course, there’s the helmet, I rarely, if ever, ride without one. There have been a couple of occasions when I’ve jumped on a Boris Bike and not had a helmet, but most of us have been guilty of that – haven’t we Sir Bradley? What else can you do to protect yourself though? Well there’s a few options: crash sensors, bands, emergency contacts, dog tags… I’m going to pick out my faves and you can decide whether the peace of mind is worth it.
I think there’s more you can do though. More than just wear a helmet, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. There’s a few companies out there who’re looking after you and helping put your better halves mind at rest as you ride.
ICEdot Crash Sensor
The ICEdot Crash Sensor press pack uses the cheesy tag line of you never having to ride alone. With this fits any helmet crash sensor and app which connect via low energy Bluetooth connectivity.
Basically, it attaches on to your helmet and if it registers an impact – let’s say you fall off, have a crash, go head over pedals and take a bump, an alert comes up on your phone giving you ten seconds to respond. If you do not respond in those ten seconds then it will send a text message to your In Case of Emergency contact of your location and you’ve had a tumble and you’re unable to call for help by yourself. No doubt striking terror to the fingertips of you ICE and panic through their brain.
I guess the notion is they then go on to phone the emergency services and send them to you, not jump in their car and drive 100 miles per hour to make sure you’re OK.
I do like the ICEdot, it’s a bit gadgety and seems to have a really good use, but i worry about it running out of battery. What if you’re out on a country lane with no phone signal? What if you’re actually ok but, uh-oh, you rolled on to you phone breaking it and don’t know if you cancelled the emergency text message or not. Leaving you thinking, ‘Oh, am I meant to wait here until dark to let everyone know everything is OK or just ride home?’
These are such a simple idea which work amazingly well if you’re riding in a group or on the well trodden path. The minute you go on roads which are rarely trodden by anyone else but you then there’s very slim likelihood you’ll be found. At least the ICEdot offers something towards that.
But, that being said, these aren’t the expensive option and these aren’t designed to do what the ICEdot does. They’re really simple, effective and neat. They fit on to you watch, running shoe, they come in bracelet form or even if you’re feeling particularly G.I. Joe, they come as dog tags. They hold as much or as little information as you want and on a club ride, could be invaluable. Especially if you’re new to the club.
Ranging from £8.95 – £14.95 you can buy them here and I would recommend that you do, they’re great.
The last one I’m going to list is your iPhone, if you have one, is has a little ‘Emergency’ feature in the bottom left of your screen after swiping right to unlock it. It also has a medical ID where you can store your ICE. Not a lot of people know that.
It’s for the reason, that not a lot of people know it, that it’s bottom of my list here in this post. Yes, yes, while it’s good that the phone offers there feature but; 1, as I’ve mentioned, not a lot of people know it. And 2, what if your phone is completely defunked after you’ve come off your bike? you can’t use it to make a call, you’re stuck in a ditch, it’s probably filling up with blood from your head and your wishing you put a helmet on and knew that someone knew where you were and what your blood type was when they got there!
To Sum Up
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this far down the blog and now wondering what to do, look after yourself and the others around you. Buy a TagNix and if you’ve got the money and you value your life and well being more than £86.45 buy an ICEdot too. It could save your life.