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I totaled my TT bike on a 'test' ride!!

by ROAD iD Staff May 18, 2021

I bought my Road ID over year ago and have worn it on every ride...except the one time when I really needed it.  Here's what happened:  I was at the bike shop getting my time trial bike adjusted to a more aggressive aero position.  I had an upcoming race and wanted to shave off a few seconds to be morecompetitive.  Since I was just going to be testing the bike's position and not doing a "real ride,"I elected to leave my Road ID at home.  I mean, it's just going to be a couple of test miles, right?

That is where I was mistaken.  The new position was so low that my visibility was compromised. According to the bystander that witnessed the event, I apparently clipped the corner of a bus that was sitting in the bike lane.  My last speed check was over 23 mph.  I was knocked out cold. My bike was totaled, and I didn't regain consciousness until they were wheeling me into the ambulance.  I had no recollection of the crash.  None!

The ER personnel started asking me questions that I couldn't answer.  I didn't know what happened, where I was, what bike I was riding, let alone my wife's name and phone number.  I had nothing on me to identify myself, let alone who to contact.  I was labeled "Isaac Doe" for close to 3 hours.

I want to remind folks that, no matter what type of ride, run, walk, etc. that you may be doing on a particular day, something can always happen.  My wife now insists that I wear my Road ID whenever I swing my leg over a bike.  And I fully intend to do just that!

- Kenny .B from Folsom, CA