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There are certain things that we do as we get older that aren’t necessarily cool or exciting.  Grownup stuff, like telling people who aren’t your mom where you’re going riding and when you expect to be back.  Like packing enough water and food for a ride.  Like keeping your insurance current.  Road ID fall squarely into that category.  As important as carrying a some form of ID, if things go horribly wrong most identification doesn’t really doesn’t contain all of the information that emergency responders want- or need.

Road ID’s premise is simple.  Provide riders with important identification in a package that’s durable, attractive, and easy to wear. With the bump in road and night rides that training for a 24 hour race demands, it seemed like a good time to do the adult thing and start riding with one.  Billed as the sexiest ID in the company’s lineup, the Wrist ID Elite combines a rubberized band and a solid deployment clasp with a laser etched stainless steel plate containing six customizable lines of personal information.  A number of colors are available, but I figured that orange would catch first responders’ eyes more than black (though the black would probably be more likely to stay on my wrist while off the bike). And because I like orange.

Road ID offers either straight emergency contact information or, on a subscription basis, the ability to have your personal medical information stored in a database.  That database is accessible by phone by first responders and is an excellent idea for anyone with specific allergies or other known medical conditions.

With the molded-in cut lines, trimming the one-size-fits-all Wrist ID Elite to size is easy- but not reversible.  Anyone who rides with a watch will find the Wrist ID Elite refreshingly light.  Not used to riding with wristwear myself, I experienced a couple of rides’ worth of hair-pulling discomfort- but that went away quickly.  Beyond that, there’s little to say.  The clasp is solid.  The band itself doesn’t seem to attract grit and is easy to clean once grimy (check behind the laser-etched plaque if things get funky).

Considerably more durable and more likely to stay with you in an accident than a laminated sheet of paper, the Wrist ID Elite is a good idea in a well thought-out and attractive package.  While it might bounce around a bit more than the original fabric Road ID, the Eilite is a bit more grown-up looking and less likely to Just as with health insurance and that spare tube, it’s better to have a Road ID and not need it than to not have one and need it.



  1. I ride with the Ankle Id, which works well. It is made with reflective velcro and neoprene padding. I usually throw it on my left leg over my tights or socks when wearing shorts. Adds yet another chance to be seen with the reflective component.

  2. I went to Petco and made an ID tag with all my important info., stamped in steel, for about seven bucks. I keep it prominently displayed on my hydration pack. And it’s an attractive dog-bone shape.

  3. I’m a big fan of Road ID’s newer silicone model which is the exact same width/size of a LiveStrong Bracelet, but it has a small medal plate (similar to the one shown, just smaller) with up to 5 lines of info. I had one of the velcro strap ones, but would take it off when showering, it absorbed sweat, get stuck to my wool stuff, ect so I would hardly ever wear it. The stretchy silicone ones are perfect because it eliminates everything that I mentioned, and its small enough that you never have to take it off. When there is an easy to remove clasp like the one in the article, you tend to take it off more, so you forget on occation to take it off. Since I had my “livestrong” style one, it hasn’t been removed from my wrist in over a month.

  4. I saw the blurb for these when they first came out a few years ago and said to myself “there’s a great idea.”

    Then I looked at the price and said “there’s a missed opportunity. Who’s going to pay that much when you can make dog tags for $6.”

    I ride with a hydration pack that has my name and address on it. Dog tags have ICE information.

  5. Actually, prefer the velcro strap bec. you can just get the plate, if you need to change your infor.
    As for silicone, it looks less durable than the velcro strap.

    RoadID customer service is top notch.

  6. Prices and ordering info can be found here:

    The one thing that RoadID has over the locally made dog tag is the amount of information they can give to EMS or hospital officials. That information is available via phone and online and is updatable. It’s of some comfort to know that if I’m found unresponsive and no one answers at home or at my other emergency contacts that medical people will have all the info they need for treating me. It’s worth far more than I pay RoadID for the service.

What do you think?