Contest Time: Do You Wear Road ID?


Friday May 13 Update: Thanks to everyone who entered our Road ID contest, and thanks to Outside PR and Road ID for helping us out with this.  A great big Congratulations goes out to Roy Smalley who is the lucky winner of a Road ID jersey and ID.

Prior to getting myself a Road ID a couple months ago, I used to keep a crinkled up piece of paper folded up inside a ziplock bag and would stuff it in my jersey pouch when I went out riding.  On that paper was the contact information for my wife in case something happened to me while out riding and it would allow for emergency people to get a hold of her.

My method was effective, but certainly nowhere near as cool or effective as what Road ID has going on.  First of all, Road ID offers wristband, shoe, and dog tag options so that you’re guaranteed not to head off for a ride without your ID.  Secondly, it allows you to provide the contact information for a few different people so that the odds of getting a hold of someone in an emergency is possible.

Road ID was born out of my father’s concern for me as I trained for my first marathon. We quickly realized that, in an accident, Road ID saves crucial, life threatening minutes when you can’t speak for yourself.

- Mike Wimmer, Owner of Road ID (along with Edward Wimmer)

Odds are that your spouse, parents, or anyone else close to you isn’t going to like you talking about getting a Road ID because they won’t want to think of it ever needing to be used.

But it works, and my friend Torsten is living proof.  Last September he had a serious wreck on his bike and his Road ID helped the EMT’s contact his Family. Torsten luckily came out of it okay and continues to ride….and definitely continues to wear his Road ID.  Read more about his story right here.

Contest Details:

We have a Road ID Jersey and an e-card to give away, and there are three ways to enter.  You are in to win for each of the options, so do all three and you’ve just tripled your odds of winning this great prize from Road ID.

  1. If you currently wear a Road ID, let us know why you wear one… you’ll have a second one to give away to a friend.  If you don’t wear one, let us know why you wish to do so.
  2. “Like” the Road ID Facebook Fanpage.  You can do so at
  3. “Follow” RoadID on Twitter.  Their Twitter ID is @RoadID.

Use the comment section below as your entry form.  When you “Like” or “Follow” Road ID, let us know with one comment for each… well as a comment for your Road ID Story.

We’ll take your comments now through this Friday at Noon, EST.  Winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

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119 Responses to “ Contest Time: Do You Wear Road ID? ”

  1. M@ Want on May 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    When I ride alone I feel safer. Knowing that if something happens that they can contact my family as I rarely ride with a wallet and there is not way to tell if my phone survived the incident. Plus I like the look o=f mine! :-)

  2. Actionmusic on May 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I rode for years with my license in my jersey pocket thing that was enough. One day while riding with a group of guys that I “knew well” a rider got his front wheel stuck in a grate, crashed and was knocked unconscious. We called 911 and when the EMT arrived he asked ” How old is he? Does he take any medication? Does he have any allergies?” We all “knew” this guy but we didn’t know important facts the EMT needed. I ordered my RoadID the next day and I wear it 24/7.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 12, 2011 at 2:54 am

      Good stuff….yeah, and all that important information can go on the ID as well. Good luck in the contest.

  3. Actionmusic on May 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I like RoadID on Facebook

  4. Actionmusic on May 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I follow RoadID on Twitter

  5. Jon Vick on May 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I wear RoadID. I would never go out without it. Too often we see reminders of how vulnerable we are out there on the road or on the trail. I wrote a whole blog post about it a while back – check it out:

  6. Zach Jacob on May 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    … and I “like” RoadID on Facebook.

  7. Zach Jacob on May 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I follow roadID on twitter.

  8. Zach Jacob on May 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I have a RoadID, and I wear it. Mostly for my family’s peace of mind while I’m out riding.

  9. BFB on May 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t currently wear a Road ID, though I know I should. I’m a broke grad student and I’ve been using that excuse for too long. I’ve had some close calls which are especially scary when you’re miles from home and no one is expecting you back for hours. I also love the idea of a dogtag or something I can wear instead of something I have to remember to bring, since I’m notorious at forgetting the essentials on long bike rides.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Good luck….if you don’t win this time, we’ll have more Road ID contests in the future. Watch for them.

  10. BFB on May 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I followed Road ID on twitter

  11. BFB on May 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I liked Road ID on facebook

  12. BFB on May 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I liked Road ID on facebook

  13. Julian Benton on May 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I started wearing one a few years ago just when I was out riding. Since I spend most of my time on rural backroads my wife was always a little concerned that something might happen to me. Since then I have purchased an Elite and wear it all the time. I especially like having it when I am traveling abroad for work.

    I am a fan on of RoadID on Facebook and have been following @RoadID:twitter since they started.

    Julian Benton

  14. Christina Jones on May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve followed them on Twitter for a while too

  15. Christina Jones on May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve been a fb road id fan for sometime

  16. Christina Jones on May 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I used to mainly play team sports or train in a gym so I didn’t really need anything like this. Then about 5 years ago I started running outdoors more & cycling and became concerned about something happening to me so I purchased my first ROADID.

  17. Joshua Platt on May 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Been connected to RoadID on Facebook since getting mine as a present last year.

  18. Joshua Platt on May 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Enjoy following @RoadID on Twitter.

  19. Joshua Platt on May 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I consider my RoadID an essential piece of safety equipment, just like my helmet. I was hospitalized from a bike crash when I was a teenager. Luckily people who knew me saw the accident, and got help right away. As a father of 2 kids, I don’t want to take any chances. I ride with my RoadID for me, and my family.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Whoa, you definitely know the benefits of wearing your Road ID. Thanks for sharing you comments.

  20. Dave Krentz on May 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    When I saw Bob Roll wearing his during OLN’s Tour coverage a few years ago I had to have one! It’s better than the crumpled paper in the sandwich bag — glad I’m not the only one — and it sometimes gets people talking. Last summer I showed it to a team of EMTs on their break at a coffee shop: they’d never seen one and thought it was a great idea.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Hahaha, I guess I wasn’t alone in having a crumpled piece of paper in a sandwich bag. I love my Road ID….so much better than what I had before.

  21. Mark Matthew on May 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    After the last time I was hit by a car, & somehow being able to give my home phone number to the ambo’s, I knew I need something in case it happened again. I went the @RoadID, as it looked the strongest, most visible form of id. I had the saying Stercus Accidit put on mine, as it really does unfortunately!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Oh man, sorry to hear about you getting hit. I hope you never need your Road ID, but good thing you’ve got one.

  22. Katie on May 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Liked, followed, and highly recommended!

    When I first started cycling, my friend suggested I get one, so I did. I wear it *every* time I’m on the bike, and also when I travel.

  23. Ashley Hill on May 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’m actually anxiously waiting on my new RoadID slim to show up in the mail, so I would LOVE to get another one to pass along as a gift. I’d be giving it to @beverlycycles since he rides like a maniac.

  24. Ashley Hill on May 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm


  25. Ashley Hill on May 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm


  26. Jennifer Posey on May 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I just received my Road ID on Monday and thought it would be a great way to stay safer while out on the road.

    Liked on facebook and already follow on twitter.

  27. Scott on May 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I wear my Road ID 24/7. I ordered one for my dad first. He loves to ride, but has heart issues. He has already been out on rides alone, when his heart has gone into a-fib. Luckily, he was always close to home. I wanted him to be safe, and the more I thought about it, it is something my wife and I should both have as well. I wear mine all the time, because you never know when you will need it. Car accident on the way to work, something happens during a ride, my info is right there for first responders. If you don’t have one, get one!

  28. Bob Avery on May 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I don’t have a Road ID … yet. It is actually near the top of my to buy list this spring. (Unless of course, I win this contest. But the best response I’ve seen so far is Fitzalan’s.) I carry my driver’s license when I ride, but I haven’t updated my address on it, so it’s of limited use. And it doesn’t contain contact information for my loved ones. While I always have my cell phone w/ me as well, it is password protected, so wouldn’t be any use to emergence responders. So, I am looking to land the interactive Road ID. Whether I win or not. (But, hint hint, winning one would be most excellent, Darryl!)

    Already follow Road ID on the Twitter. Off to “like” them on FB as well.

  29. Scott on May 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Already like on facebook

  30. Scott on May 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Already follow on twitter

  31. Mike Galante on May 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Liked on Facebook

  32. Mike Galante on May 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    following on Twitter

  33. Mike Galante on May 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I own 2 Road-IDs, one for each pair of running shoes. There isn’t a single good reason NOT to have one, and so much easier than carrying a license.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Good idea on having more than one…that way you’ll never be without it. Good luck on getting a third.

  34. Debra Serrins on May 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I like RoadID on Facebook and love the posts – great discussions and sports news.

  35. Debra Serrins on May 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I follow RoadID on twitter but I’ll retweet too.

  36. Debra Serrins on May 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I wear RoadID because I run alone and usually in the dark and I want to know that if something should happen, emergency personel can find my family and know who I am.

  37. luv2bike on May 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I offer up my road ID that I would win here to who ever does not have one. I am on my third road id. Trust me order the rubber one with the new clasp. The cloth ID got a little funky after a year.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      I totally agree….I have the rubber one and like everything about it. I can imagine what the cloth ones would be like after a long period of time.

  38. Fitzalan Crowe Gorman on May 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    the why: I have a RoadID already but would want to get one for my husband. My experience:

    I got my roadID because I was a endurance runner for years and years. I suffer from Crohn’s Disease and one day while out on a long solo run, I passed out. I woke up in an ambulance. I had no idea where I was or what was going on. Being able to coherently tell the medical staff the drugs I am allergic to and the phone number for my emergency contact was nearly impossible. After that day, I always ran with a roadID.

  39. Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I got a Road ID for Christmas. Before that, I did much the same thing as you – contact info in a jersey pocket. But I hear that first responders don’t look in jersey pockets, so they might not find my stuff. The wristband is obvious, and I feel better knowing it’s there.
    Liked on Facebook this morning. Been following them on Twitter for months.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the tip…..even more reason to get a Road ID. I guess that crumpled note in my pocket wouldn’t have done much good.

  40. Fitzalan Crowe Gorman on May 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Followed on Twitter

  41. Fitzalan Crowe Gorman on May 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Okay–that got all funky….if you can delete the two comments below that are coming up as U.S. ProCycling News, that’d be great. :)

    Followed on Facebook

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      I’m not sure what happened, but I deleted those ones. Thanks for entering and good luck.

  42. U.S. ProCycling News on May 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Followed on Twitter

  43. U.S. ProCycling News on May 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Followed on Facebook

  44. Eli Castro on May 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Hit all three: comment, like and follow. Hoping for a some rad free stuff!

  45. Eli Castro on May 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve been riding for just over a year after a few decades off. As I’ve improved my range – I ride 60-70 miles each Saturday now – I’ve ventured further and further into the Texas Hill Country. I carry my drivers licence with me in a jersey pocket, but twice I’ve managed to drop it when digging around for snacks. Also thrilling: the Monday I headed off to the airport with my ID still in my Jersey pocket in the laundry at home. Been intending to get a RoadID since I saw them as a sponsor of the WurstRide last November. This seems like a great opportunity.

  46. Ben Berry on May 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve wanted a road ID but simply the cost of keeping my bike up and running (plus racing and such) has been keeping me from getting one. When you have to balance priorities due to finances, some get lost along the way. I already follow road id on facebook and twitter. Their kit is great, I’d love one of their jerseys

  47. Ryan M. Williams on May 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Followed on Twitter!

  48. Ryan M. Williams on May 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Liked on Facebook

  49. Ryan M. Williams on May 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve worn a Road ID for years now. While I was walking down the sidewalk one day on my way home I was struck by a SUV driver. I was thrown into the street, my shoulder broken, but fortunately no head injuries. I think walking, running, and cycling are relatively safe activities, but if something happens and I can’t respond I want my family contacted and I want first responders to have the information they need.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      I’m sorry to hear about what happened. I hope you never need another reason to have your Road ID on you….but glad you’ve got one.

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