There is not denying that road cycling is a sport that brings with it some inherent dangers. Accidents happen, though far less often that some hysterical media reports would have us believe.
It’s inevitable, however, that some cyclists will befall an accident in their cycling lifetime and while the majority of these will be more damaging to one’s pride, like toppling over at a traffic lights having failed to uncleat, there is always the possibility that one will be involved in something far more serious, even life-threatening.
Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in a serious accident, whether cycling alone or accompanied, how many of you reading this carry that all important personal information should you not be able communicate with those attending to you?
You may carry a wallet with some identification, but will your cycling mates or the police be able to quickly contact your next of kin? What is your blood group? Do you have any medical conditions or allergies that may be the difference between you making a full recovery and suffering long term setbacks? Are you an organ donor? All vitally important information in the event of a serious incident.
The founders of OneLife iD have set out to offer a user friendly and comprehensive means of identification, which provides all the information the emergency services might need, but their unique system also allows you to upload all your personal information to an online ID. We’ve featured OneLife ID products before on Wheelsuckers, when regular contributor, Middle Ringer, offered his appraisal of their Squadra iD wristband.
He concluded that the wristband was a great product ‘and with future revisions, bound to be even greater. Personally I hope it takes off as it is quite simply a brilliant idea.’
The latest manifestation of the OneLife iD Squadra wristband has dispensed with a QR code, pointing emergency services to your online profile instead.
Well, perhaps the team at OneLife iD took those comments on board, as they now offer a mind boggling array of options in the form of wristbands, identity cards and dog tags. All the products display important information, such as your name, blood group and contact details for your next of kin, but also a link to that all important online profile, which can contain further emergency contacts, a more comprehensive account of your medical history and conditions. Documents, such as insurance policies and even photos can be uploaded.
Even their most basic options, like the ID Card, priced at £4.99 and the size and shape of a credit card, gives that initial important information, but points the reader to your online profile, which you can edit and add to, as and when necessary.
Their products are also very stylish and the since Middle Ringer posted his review back in 2013, OneLife iD have moved away from the QR Code format (though it is still available) in favour of a text only engraving, which proved popular to their customers when it was unveiled, and which comes in both a silver and anodised black format (see pictures below). There are also a wealth of strap colour options also available, so plenty of combinations to chose from and a good chance there is a strap out there that will match or compliment your club kit or your bike!
Their higher end products are particularly stylish and having worn the Stealth Squadra wristband for a couple of months now, it comes as no surprise that the wristband has garnered a number of favourable comments from fellow cyclists. In fact, it looks so good, even my teenage son grunted his approval and I have taken to wearing it when I am just out and about. Who knows when a misfortune might visit you?
Fitting the wristband with the sturdy metal fastening is a doddle (though there is a video showing how to do it on their website) and uploading and adding to your online profile is very straightforward. From receiving your choice of ID, to activating your account is very quick and you can be up and running in the time it takes to upload your most important information to your online profile.
Then there is the overall quality of the OneLIfe iD brand. The website has now been updated with a wealth of information, not only on the products and what they offer, but also instructional videos and plenty of useful advice and explanations.
The products are all well thought out and OneLife also provide helmet stickers alerting anyone to the fact that you are carrying personal identification.
And yet another further benefit of OneLife iD is another relatively new feature - the ability to turn the lock screen of your smart phone into an ICE screen (picture below), displaying all the crucial information that you, the user, choose to include. It’s a great innovation and further proof that OneLife are always looking to improve their products and provide better ways to display your personal information. Small improvements that might make a crucial difference in an emergency.
An example of a OneLife iD lock screen on a smart phone.
OneLife iD offer a range of products to suit all budgets – including stickers and the ID Card mentioned above. Given what the purchase provides – peace of mind in the event of an emergency, plus that all important, unique online profile, then it’s a price worth paying.
For more information on their full range of products and their unique online profile feature, visit the OneLife iD website.
Review by Dave Nash
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