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What's In Your Safety Kit?(11 posts)

What's In Your Safety Kit?Slipstream
Mar 4, 2002 6:14 AM
What are the most important things you carry in your safety kit?

For me it's:

1. cell phone (for emergencies--an absolute must)
2. water or gatoraid equivalent
3. sunscreen
4. bandaids or NuSkin
5. poncho or something for rain/sudden cold weather
6. tools & patch kit

Also, what you carry may depend on the conditions of where you ride. mountains, hot/cold weather extremes, etc. What would you change for different conditions?

What else--w/o requiring a SUV to haul it all?
cell phone a must?theBreeze
Mar 4, 2002 7:06 AM
Yes, I suppose it is if you are used to the idea that an ambulance needs to get to you in under 20 minutes. What did people do in the days before cell phones? Well, some died of course, but on the other hand it depends where you are. When I'm on the road I am never that far from civilization. If I'm on my mountain bike I may be quite a ways out. FWIW I do carry a cell phone, but have had batteries go dead or been out of range of a signal.
I think the general population has come to expect that "someone" will always recue them from whatever their stupidity has lead them in to. Like the tourists who decide to hike in the Grand Canyon ("Look, the river's right down there Ethel." "Well let's go Fred.") Then the local resuce service has to pull their @$$ out of a crack, and then they'll probably end up sueing someone for not thinking for them. Whoops this could turn in to a major rant here.

All I'm saying is be aware of what you're doing and where you are. Tailor your actions in direct proportion to the likelihood of injury and the availibity of aid. Then take responsibiility for your decisions. Oh, and always bring a bandana.
re: cell phone a must?Elefantino
Mar 4, 2002 9:56 AM
From this corner of the Web's point of view, absolutely.

Had I not had my cell phone when I had my accident, my buddies might not have been able to immediately call 911 (I was the only one with a phone) and get the EMS folks out there as quickly as they did, and I might not have gotten to the trauma center as quickly as I did, and I might not now be able to type on this board.

People got along in the days before cell phones, sure, but they also got along in the days before penicillin. Just not as well.

FWIW,
MIke
1. No cell phone. 2. Apply sunscreen at home. 3....cory
Mar 4, 2002 8:35 AM
I'm with Breeze on this one--I don't carry a cell phone except on the most remote rides, and often not then. That stance is getting harder to defend (I have a phone; I just don't want it with me all the time), but I'm sticking with it. Sunscreen doesn't meet my definition of an "emergency" item. I guess I'd take it on a multi-day tour, but certainly not for a day ride. Water goes on EVERY ride, so it's not an emergency item, either--I wouldn't go without it any more than I'd go without a patch kit and pump, which are non-emergency items, too.
FWIW, I spend 12 years in the volunteer fire department where I live, which also was the local rescue outfit. My time there coincided with the growth of cell phones, and in just that short time, you could see the effects of instant communication. In the late '80s we used to do a rescue or two a year of people who got into the woods or the desert and had a legitimate problem, a breakdown or accident. By the time I left, they were going out almost every summer weekend to save some moron who'd gone into rugged country with no water, no spare tire, no map, no flashlights, no matches. They'd get lost or stuck and call on the cell phone and say, "We're somewhere in the Toiyabe National Forest, and we don't have any jackets or baby food, so hurry." OK--where in the 30,000 square miles do you want us to start looking?
The moral: If you're not prepared to get home on your own, don't go. You can't count on "the authorities" to save you.
Nothing.Spoke Wrench
Mar 4, 2002 9:01 AM
I can fix a flat tire. I carry more water when the weather's hot and take a jacket when it's cool. I take a few tools with me when I moutain bike. That's it. Way back when, my neighbor and I used to ride 50 miles on Saturday mornings without even that much stuff.

Course, I don't consider a 4 or 5 mile hike-a-bike to be the end of the world either. That's just part of the experience.
Cell phone as a lifeline...Slipstream
Mar 4, 2002 9:10 AM
I agree, people need to be prepared and not take safety for granted, but s___ happens and what you have as first aid, emergency or safety depends on the ride. For example, sunscreen doesn't last all day, so you need to reapply. Also, I forgot to mention aspirin or ibuprofen.

So, what are the givens? water, patch kit, etc.
What is absolutely necessary for an emergency?
What should be in the first aid kit?

I resisted using a cell phone until I saw two bikers crash head into each other directly in front of a group of bikers ready to go on a group ride. One had no helmet (stupid). The person pretty smashed up. I firmly believe the cell phone saved precious time.

Now, I don't hesitate bring my cell phone.
no need for cell phone, there are plenty out there alreadyTig
Mar 4, 2002 9:56 AM
If someone needs to call 911 for help on my local group rides, you would have about a dozen phones to choose from. I carry one only for solo rides.

As a former paramedic, I like to carry a ziplock baggie in a jersey pocked with latex gloves, a CPR mask, and a few minor first aid items for scrapes. The gloves and CPR mask are a MUST!
one more thingTig
Mar 4, 2002 10:04 AM
After pulling a rider who bonked the last 8 miles on a recent ride (no stores to get a Coke from), I'll bring along an extra Gu packet along. It will stay with the kit just for such emergencies (I like Hammer Gel myself). 1 little Gu packet won't pull someone out of a bonk, but is could help them enough to get home in a little better shape.

He sure learned his lesson about not bringing anything along to eat for a 60 mile ride.
cell phone and dog tagsDave Hickey
Mar 4, 2002 10:55 AM
Cell phone for obvious reasons. I just bought two sets of dog tags with all my emergency info including my wife's cell phone number. I travel alot and either cycle or run, usually with just a hotel key in my pocket. Dog tags became an easy way to make sure I always had ID. If your interested, do a GOOGLE search under dog tags. It will come up with many manufacturers. I paid about $7.00 for mine.
re:1 tube, several patches, Park multi-tool nmdzrider
Mar 4, 2002 1:12 PM
just ridehern
Mar 4, 2002 8:00 PM
ya wanker