Bike first aid kit: should you carry one? And what should it contain? Our guide to cycling first aid kit essentials for families, road cycling and cycling holidays. 

Have you got cycling enthusiasts in your house? I have, quite a high number of them actually. Out of the 4 of us, we have papa’, who is the proud owner of a Dutch bike he uses to zoom through Dublin traffic, a medium size cyclist that terrorises the neighbourhood on a Lightning Mac Queen bike and a pint-size one, who currently follows the other two on a bike that is too small for her but that she refuses to let go of (the bike has flames so she is a fireman on wheels: irresistible!).

I am myself no cyclist but I do enjoy the occasional bike ride, especially when we are away. Last summer we spent a glorious day in Santa Monica, California, cycling along the California coast and the year before we braved the heath in Yosemite Valley getting bikes and exploring Yosemite National Park on wheels. Despite very sore legs, even I had to admit cycling around was great fun!

 

resting after a cycle in Yosemite National Park

A snapshot of our cycling adventure in Yosemite National Park, where we rented bikes for the day

Over the course of these cycling holidays (and of many days at the local park with the kids) I have learnt a few things about bikes.

One is that you should never underestimate hills and the other one is that no cycle is ever totally risk free and you should always protect yourself from possible accidents. Bike helmets are now popular and a must have for adults and kids but cycling first aid kits are important too.

Lately I came across a good one that is easy to carry and well stocked: it is by SJ Works and now hangs proudly behind the saddle of papa’s bike.

We find it so useful that we partnered up with this bike first aid kit makers and today we can offer one lucky winner one FREE SJ Works bike first aid kit.

Keep reading to see its full content list and how to enter the competition!

Cycling in Santa Monica CA

Little Ms E had the best idea here: sitting in her cart, complete with sunshade, while someone else cycled. Next time, I want that cart!!

Do you need a bike first aid kit?

First, a question: do you really need a first aid kit for your bike? The short answer to is yes. The long answer is that while we probably all agree that a first aid kit for cycling is a good thing to carry, not many of us actually have one on us when we leave the house for a ride.

I know I have done without one for the longest time but in more than one instance I have regretted my lack or preparedness. Especially when cycling with kids, scrapes and bumps happen and while a first aid kit will not save you from major trauma as much as a helmet will,  it will help keep wounds clean and protected until you can get them looked at.

It also has the majour additional advantage of calming kids down in the case of minor and not-so-minor scrapes. My Little Ms E gets very upset in the case of a fall but presenting her with a plaster often brings magical consequences: the tears disappear, the plaster becomes a trophy to show off (especially if it is a kids’ one with Mickey Mouse or a princess!) and even the pain seems to instantly subside.

If you are travelling and already have a travel first aid kit with you, it may seem redundant to carry one specific for cycling but I find the space occupied by the SJ works kit small enough to make it worth packing if you have any cycling planned while away.

What is a trauma first aid kit

A first aid kit for bike rides is significantly different from your travel first aid kit. While a general emergency kit will contain anything from  medications to vaccination booklets, a bicycle first aid kit is mostly geared towards dealing with trauma: wounds, scrapes, bumps and basic road security.

It is also a good idea to stock your  bike first aid kit with a first aid booklet covering the essentials of wound dressing. While you will not be in the mood for any thorough learning, it is remarkable the comfort written instructions provide in case of an accident.

Please note: this post contains affiliate links and if you make a purchase through them we will make a small commission at no extra cost to you. We receives and SJ works kit for free  for the purpose of this review: all opinions are, as always, our own. 

SJ Works Cycling first aid kit content

If you have a suitable pouch you can create you first aid kit for cycling yourself. However, I did find the one by SJ Works well stocked and for its reasonable price point, I do think it is worth getting one and then re-stock away as you need.

Bike first aid kit by SJ works contents

The contents of the first aid kit for cycling by SJ Works

These are the content of the SJ saddle pouch Bicycle first aid kit:

  • American red cross First Aid Guide, a 37 page booklet packed with information and first aid tips covering from wound dressing to pain reduction etc
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Easy access bandage in two sizes
  • Butterfly wound closures
  • Sterile non adherent pads in two sizes
  • Sterile non woven sponges
  • Sterile eye pad
  • Pressure bandages in two sizes
  • Triangular bandage
  • First aid tape roll
  • Emergency blanket

All of this comes in a compact pouch that can be strapped your bike and can easily fit in your luggage if you are planning on a cycling adventure while on holiday.

Since we are always out with the kids, I added onto mine a small tube of Arnica cream and kids plasters.

The giveaway

As I mentioned, the lovely people at SJ Works have been kind enough to offer us one bike first aid kit to give away from FREE to one of our readers. Entering the giveaway is simple:

  1. Click on this link to go to our Facebook page
  2. Like the post and leave a comment answering the question ‘Where would you like to go on a cycling holiday?’ Feel free to share a photo from one of your most beautiful cycling experiences!
  3. Like our page too if you haven’t done it already 🙂
  4. Wait to hear if you are the lucky winner! I will tag you and Facebook and get in touch privately to have the bike first aid kit delivered to you.

The small print. This Giveaway is open to resident of the Republic of Ireland only and will close on Friday 20th October at 10 am. The product is kindly offered by SJ works and the winner will be chosen at random among the eligible participants. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook. 

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