WHY FIRST AID
There are many reasons it makes sense for people who ride bikes to carry a first aid kit. First aid may not be top of mind, but being prepared can give riders peace of mind. Here are five reasons first aid is important for cyclists.
- Riding bikes can be risky
- A first aid kit can save you time and money
- Being unprepared has unintended consequences
- Having first aid is better than waiting for first aid
- Knowing you can help someone else feels good
WHEN YOU RIDE, YOU RISK
Mark Twain wrote that you wouldn’t regret getting a bicycle “if you live.” He makes a good point: bikes are great fun, but they come with risks from all around. Gravel patches, losing your balance, potholes, wet asphalt in front of a neighbor’s house, small animals, and flying insects can all contribute to you falling off your bike. We can’t eliminate the possibility of having an accident, but we can prepare ourselves to deal with them when they happen.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY
Having a first aid kit on your bike can save you time and money. Many riders won’t think about first aid until after they’ve had a fall. They tell themselves they’ll be ready next time and head to the local pharmacy to pick up some supplies. But if you’ve ever tried to buy just a handful of bandages, you know it may not be easy or cost effective. You typically have to buy in bulk. Besides that, you have to figure out your best treatment options from what seems like an infinite display of options. In other words, figuring out your first aid plan after the fact will be more expensive and time consuming than having a bike specific kit in the first place.
PAY IT FORWARD
When you’re out riding you’ll notice cyclists are a giving, considerate, helpful bunch. It’s not uncommon to see one rider offer another a water bottle, a snack, or a bike pump. If a cyclist is pulled over to the side of the road, someone passing will stop to see if they can help. It’s one example of common courtesy that makes bike riding such a great activity. But sometimes things are serious. Sometimes you’ll come across a cyclist in physical distress because of a fall or an accident. Being a good cycling citizen means being ready, willing, and able to offer aid to your fellow cyclist no matter the situation. That means having first aid when you ride. Even if you’re not qualified to administer first aid or comfortable doing so, at the very least you’ll be able to offer supplies to your fellow rider who can then help them self.
If you ride with a big enough group, chances are, at least one person has a first aid kit in their car. That’s great if you fall in the parking lot. It’s not so great when you’re 20 miles away. A first aid kit designed for cyclists addresses the very real issue of having aid when and where it’s needed. A bike first aid kit doesn’t necessarily replace the kit you keep in your car or support vehicle. But for an individual rider, a kit on your bike gives you the comfort and convenience of knowing you’ll have first aid supplies on hand at exactly the right time. The sooner you can clean, dress and cover an injury, the better off you’ll be.
There are many other reasons why a first aid kit for cyclists make sense. You’ve probably come up with a couple yourself. We hope whatever reason makes the most sense to you will be enough to convince you to get a kit of your own.
Some of you may read this and be inspired to put together your own kit. We encourage that. But if you want a comprehensive, well thought out kit that comes in an easy to carry form factor, please consider MED IQ which can be purchased directly from us.