Chances are if you are a member of a cycling club or have studied pictures of some of the pro riders in the peleton, you may have seen various identification wristbands displaying a person's name and ‘In Care of Emergency’ contact information (ICE).
I am a care-free, happy cyclist but also a mother to two children whose husband travels frequently. I usually train alone but with busy roads, and car speeds quoted as being faster than ever, I had started to worry about what would happen if I had serious accident whilst out on my bike. A friend suggested that I just carry a form of ID in my saddle bag, but as it also presented the opportunity to purchase some new ‘jewellery’, I sat down and ordered an iD wrist band from OneLife iD.
The process was really simple – I logged onto the OneLife iD website, chose the style and colour of the wristband, and the method that my ICE information was displayed. There are two formats, one option doesn't keep your identity physically on the bracelet itself, but rather links to it via a QR code which opens a web page that anyone can unlock using the iD number and PIN printed on the back of the bracelet.
I chose the second option of text only where you personalise it with whatever information you want, but the basics are your name, year of birth, any allergies/ medical conditions and the phone numbers of two or three immediate emergency contacts. Using this process I created an online profile where you can keep a wealth of additional information that you think is relevant to your own situation.
Job done. A week later, my wristband arrived in the post.
The wristband has a tag and watch clasp and is made out of soft and pliable silicone which I was able to cut to size for a comfortable fit. You have to be precise and confident with your fit as there is no going back once you make the cut (a harsh lesson learnt previously!). There are over 10 colour options for both the wristband and contrasting stripe, I opted for a black wristband with a ‘rosapink’ stripe – to match my stealth black bike with subtle pink flashes!!
I have found the basic black blends nicely with my normal wardrobe, meaning that I wear mine every day, whether I'm cycling, running or not. Plus it's a great conversation starter and people will ask about it and, I mean, who doesn't like talking about cycling and bikes?
All in all, the OneLife Squadra iD wristband is a fab product. There is a wide product line of various tags, iD cards but the wristbands is the most notable product with choice of colours and styles to fit most fashion tastes, and the cost is certainly reasonable. Cyclists really should keep identification on them at all times, but the reality is few do. I think iD with ICE information is a fundamental requirement, just for one's own peace of mind – and OneLife Squadra iD wristband proved to be an easy, stylish and essential item which I will take along on every ride.
Price: £21.99, available from OneLife iD.