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Do Bike Commuters Really Need First Aid Kits?

We generally accept that it is simply good sense for mountain bikers and competitive cyclists to carry a basic first aid kit attached to their bike frames. But what about commuters?

Do people whose primary cycling activity is commuting on a daily basis really need to have a first aid kit on hand? No. No one absolutely has to carry a first aid kit. But it is still the smart thing to do.

Accidents do happen. Bike commuters hit the streets every single day just assuming they will get where they are going safely. Most do, but most are not equal to all. Every single day cyclists are injured on their way to wherever. Those whose bikes are equipped with basic first aid kits tend to be better prepared when those injuries do occur.

What Is in a Good First Aid Kit?

Assembling a good first aid kit is not hard. If you don’t want to do one yourself, there are plenty of top-rated UK approved first aid kits available for sale online. The point is to buy a kit you always take with you on your bike. A good first aid kit contains the following:

  • Wound pads
  • First-aid packets
  • Gauze bandages
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Plaster strips
  • Tube bandages
  • Dressing bandages
  • Tweezers and scissors
  • Rescue blanket.

A first aid kit is not meant to carry everything you might need to handle a serious trauma incident. First aid supplies are intended to temporarily treat things like abrasions, lacerations, insect bites, and broken bones.

What Should the Carrying Case Look Like?

You are going to need something to carry all of your first aid supplies in. Perhaps the best way to go is a waterproof nylon or canvas bag. Both materials will do an adequate job of protecting your supplies while still remaining fairly lightweight and flexible.

If nylon or canvas is not your thing, consider parachute fabric or even a hard-plastic shell. Whatever you choose, it is going to have to be mounted on your bike frame with some sort of bracket or hooks. Keep that in mind as you shop around.

Does It Have To Be Waterproof?

It is not absolutely necessary that your first aid bag be waterproof, but why would you choose something that isn’t? Using a bag that is not waterproof is just inviting trouble. A heavy rain shower could soak all of your bandages and render them useless. Water inside your first aid kit could cause scissors and tweezers to rust. Nothing good can come of choosing a bag that isn’t waterproof.

Why the Rescue Blanket?

Nearly every commercially available first aid kit includes a rescue blanket that may appear as nothing more than a thin piece of fabric covered with aluminium foil. Also known as space blankets due to their association with space travel, rescue blankets serve a vital purpose in first aid scenarios. It is all about something known as shock.

In the aftermath of an accident – even a minor accident – the body can go into shock. The medical condition known as shock is one in which the body attempts to preserve internal organs by reducing blood flow to the skin. This is not good in that it prevents the body from maintaining its proper temperature.

A rescue blanket helps keep an injured person warm. As such, it is a life-saving piece of kit that should be in every first aid bag.

How Often Should My Kit Be Restocked?

You may put together a bike commuter’s first aid kit and never use it. Hopefully, that’s the case. It is better to spend money on first aid supplies you will never use than to be caught unprepared without them. At any rate, your kit should be restocked every time you use it. You should also check your supplies every few months to ensure their integrity. Any items that no longer appear up to the task should be replaced.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know?

Keeping a basic first aid kit on board your bike is a smart idea. If you do not mind adding a little bit of extra weight, consider stocking your kit with a few additional items not listed here. These might include splints, eye wash, burn cream, and an antibiotic ointment. The more prepared you are, the more effective your first aid kit will be.

One last thing to note is that it’s wise to have a basic understanding of first aid procedures. In other words, knowing how to use your kit appropriately is smart. You can take first aid classes in your local community, perhaps even free of charge in some cases. The combination of the right first aid supplies and a solid understanding of first aid procedures could someday prove invaluable.

Can Bikes Really Innovate More?

Can Bikes Really Innovate More?

Riding a bike is referenced as an example in a saying that signifies skills you don’t forget once you’ve learned – it is that popular. Riding a bike is an amazing way to get places… it’s a great workout; easy to park and go; cheaper than most other forms of transportation; and let’s face it, way more fun than riding the bus. It is also perfect for the environment as no exhaust is involved!

With the advances we see every day with every little item we use in our lives, bikes are no exception. Innovation never sleeps, and in this article we will take a look at some of the most advances biking technologies that are being developed right now.

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Smart bikes

With the reign of electric and solar cars, smart bicycles are also becoming a thing of the now. Smart bikes or e-bikes might look like regular bicycles, but they come with a small electric engine powered by a rechargeable battery. In addition to the convenience of getting a muscle and cardio workout on the go, commuting with electric bikes is made even more convenient as many models now come with features that allow for smartphone integration.

E-bike locks

Landing the perfect lock to go with your trusty bicycle can be tricky, since there are loads to choose from. Needless to say, making the wrong lock decision can have some awful consequences. You will want to pick a lock (pun intended) that’s both secure enough to protect your bike, and easy enough to use on a daily basis. With smart bikes on the market, we now observe innovation in locks, away from the standard bike lock with heavy chains and clumsy designs. The market now offers futuristic locks operated through protected wireless features; a point for ease, efficiency and security.

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Anti-theft features

In addition to e-locks, bikes today come complete with various anti-theft features for your peace of mind. From sirens and alarms to theft indicator maps, your security options are anything but scarce. And with the ongoing advancements in the realm of digital features, bikes just get smarter; many smart bikes today are equipped with GPS or other forms of invisible tracking devices for theft incidents.

Customization

Finding the perfect bike with the right frame size is a dream come true; not only are bikes available in different shapes and sizes, but many manufacturers now offer a customization service for the perfect biking experience. We seem to live in a brave new world of frame design, and the industry is booming as bike builders are creating custom rides to fit their clients’ preferences, needs, and body types.

Choosing a bicycle for transportation is a great idea for many reasons; fitness, cost, convenience, and the planet! But before you make your purchase, you must identify your individual needs and what you want out of your bike. Industry innovations offers a plenty of options to choose from, from smart bikes to advanced security features and customization. Choosing your next bike may not be as simple as it was in the past, but if the your requirements are met, it will make your life that much easier for years to come.

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So I bought a bike from Amazon

Hello Bike Commuters! It has been a while since I posted, but things have changed quite a bit. Unfortunately I am no longer doing the Bike-Train commute thing, I am really bummed about that. I used to take the train so I would avoid spending up to an hour and a half stuck in traffic but now I have a carpool buddy and that has reduced my commute time to about 40 minutes.

This meant that I no longer needed my Giant Expressway folding bike so it was sold to a person who travels by plane and needed a bike to get around town. I gave “Gravel” riding a try with my old 26″ Hard tail mountain bike but I was not able to keep up with riders with fancy Gravel/CX bikes and 29rs. New Gravel/Adventure bikes start about $900 so I started perusing Craigslist to see if I could score a cheap gravel bike.

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And there it was…. a Raleigh Bikes Preston Classic City Bike, a vintage looking bike with modern parts and a copper finished handlebar! So I started searching for a local bike shop that may have it in stock -No Dice. I noticed that Raleigh was selling this bike in Amazon.com for about $395 (cheaper than their own site and around the same price as a used one). I did not buy it right away, my budget was about $200 so it was over my budget.

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Amazon does this thing that if you leave an item in your cart it will tell you if an item has gone down or up in price if when you go back to your cart. I checked my cart periodically and lo and behold the Raleigh Preston was selling for $295! That was still $95 over my budget but I remembered that I had an Amazon gift card and points accumulated on a credit card. I went ahead and pulled the trigger, the gravel bike will wait.

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I also purchased a few accessories for the bike such as the a leather tool bag by Projekt Bikes, the Retro Front Vintage Bike Light,

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and the Portland Design Works Sparrow Cage, Copper

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So how was the Amazon experience? The bike arrived 3 days after I purchased it and assembling the bike with the tools that Raleigh provided was a breeze. You don’t have to be a bike mechanic to assemble this bike so save yourself the $80 assembly fee if you consider purchasing a Raleigh bike from Amazon. The only thing that was disappointing was that the bike arrived a little scratched up, this is not Amazon’s fault but if the Raleigh folks are reading this; please put extra padding on the top tube!!!

So far I’ve done errands on this bike and it gets a lot of looks and thumbs up, I can’t wait to take this bike to the beach!

Flowfold Optimist Limited Mini Backpack review

Hello Bike Commuters! Happy “Bike to work month-week-day”! So to celebrate we have a review of a neat little backpack from Flowfold. This backpack is designed for people who do not have to carry an entire storage unit worth of stuff and it caught my interest because I like doing errands on my folding bike and short hikes.

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Let’s start with the features of the Optimimist Limited Mini Backpack:

-Made in USA
-Water resistant mini backpack
-Durable and lightweight outdoor materials
-Lifetime Warranty
-10L capacity
-Different colors

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Although the backpack seems small, I was always able to fit everything I needed for my hikes and errands. I easily carried 2 water bottles, an extra shirt, phone, wallet and energy bars. The mini backpack was very comfortable to carry around and it was very practical.

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We also tested its water resistance; my daughter used it on a rare rainy day when we headed to Downtown LA’s famous Santee Alleys. Although it was not a downpour, all the contents inside the backpack remained dry.

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The backpack is also perfect to run errands; I usually go to the post office every weekend to retrieve my mail and it works as intended. I also ride to the local market to get small stuff such as bread or “cold drinks” which fit perfectly.

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We absolutely love this mini backpack, and I mean “we” as my daughter, wife and myself use it very often. I think that $79 is a good price for a high quality American made product, I totally recommend it.

To see the other colors or purchase the bag; visit Flowfold’s site at www.flowfold.com