When I crashed on Tuna Canyon a few years back, once the first-responders arrived they started asking me a battery of questions. One of the questions was whether or not I had lost consciousness. And then the paramedic asked me a doozy.
“Are you sure?”
Fair question, right? I mean, he could verify my name with friends. They could call my wife and verify plenty of other information. But consciousness? There wasn’t anyone present who could back me up. So I told him that it was in my best interest to give him the best information I could. And also that, honestly, I’d prefer to be unconscious.
He took me at my word, more than less.
But what if I had been unconscious? And what if my friends weren’t there. What if I’d been alone? I didn’t have any ID on me. Imagine the news reports on TV. Imagine my poor wife wondering why I hadn’t picked our son up from school.
There have been a number of products that give cyclists a way to carry ID without slipping our driver’s license in our pocket. Road ID has been the most popular so far, but I know some people remain opposed to them due to their connection to Big Tex.
ElevenGear is a company offering an ID with a slightly different take. Their product, Crashtag, is an ID tag cut from titanium and then laser etched with the information you choose to include. Also etched into the tag is a QR code which can be scanned to reveal even more information about you. The upshot is that it’s virtually indestructible.
Crashtag also speaks to one of my personal quirks. It can be worn in a few different ways, none of them being a wrist strap. I don’t like wearing stuff that’s not clothing. I don’t wear a watch unless I’m putting on a suit, and I don’t have any piercings. Hell, it’s a struggle for me to wear a wedding band. So while I wasn’t interested in the ball chain or magnetic lanyard to wear it like a dog tag, there was an option with a 6-inch metal cable with a threaded barrel closure that allows me to attach it to things with me, like my hydration pack, my bike or even my helmet. I could even just stick it in my pocket if I chose.
And in a world where multitasking is king, Crashtag comes with a, “Wait! Don’t answer yet!” Cut into the titanium is a bottle opener. I’m sincerely hoping that I use it more for beer than records. They also offer a shorter version that does away with the opener.
At just $29.90, I should probably buy a half dozen of these and clip them to each of my helmets or saddles. I’ve gone out too many times with too little information about who I was. Crashtag is an easy way for me to rectify that without having to wear something I’m dying to take off.
Final thought: More useful than photo ID.
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