Precautions for cycling on blood thinners?
Last Post 12/04/2021 01:05 PM by christopher behrens. 22 Replies.
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huckleberry

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11/30/2021 09:23 AM
I gather from many of my previous med questions, that several of you are on blood thinners... What precautions do I need to take while riding outdoors when I do start taking them? Thanks again!
Cosmic Kid

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11/30/2021 12:11 PM
Get a RoadID that lists your meds on it....and really you should wear it all the time. I have the silicone band style and it is always on me. if you are riding with people, make sure they know you are on thinners.

Past that, just don't fall down.

I used to think the main concern was bleeding out due to a severe crash....but the real issue is a head knock which could lead to a brain bleed.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
zootracer

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11/30/2021 02:34 PM
Ditto on what CK said about road ID. I list all my meds. I use the same wristband. About blood thinners. I take low dose aspirin (81MG) along with prescription meds for high blood pressure/heart condition. I had an appointment with my dental hygienist a couple months ago. She noted I had bleeding gums. I was referred to a periodontist, which was a 80 mile round trip. I also had puss coming from the same location where I had dental implants. I did not see my dentist as he was out of the office. I searched online how to treat treat gum infections at home, rinse with warm salt water for 30 seconds twice a day. Saw periodontist ( 3weeks later). Gum infection gone. Reason for bleeding gums, aspirin. Some meds can cause dental hygiene problems. Keep on top of your dental hygiene. With all the problems with my teeth over the years I could have bought a boat load of Colnagos.
Cosmic Kid

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11/30/2021 02:47 PM
Keep on top of your dental hygiene.


This is especially important for us as athletes...we tend to eat and drink a bunch of sugary stuff that ain't great for our teeth. Chews, energy drinks, etc are not kind to your teeth.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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11/30/2021 03:30 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 11/30/2021 12:11 PM

Past that, just don't fall down.



^ This, but it sort of comes with the territory so buy the best helmet you can get.

+3 or however many we're up to on Road ID.

Easy and excessive bleeding is part of life if you're on anticoagulants. I keep Bandaids everywhere to prevent looking like a crime scene if I nick myself shaving or catch a thorn to the leg on a hike. Minor annoyance but... well, minor. As CK said it's the brain bleed that's worrisome.

Lastly, no downhill mbt races and Cat 4 crits are contraindicated.
huckleberry

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11/30/2021 05:51 PM
Great. Thank you!

Will order the Road ID.

And try not to fall down.
Dale

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11/30/2021 08:02 PM
Huck, Road ID $10 off coupon (the rest of you clowns listen up, it's a one time use code. Don't be grabbing it).

RGDCC3JC5R34X2NK expires 12/20/2021
smokey52

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11/30/2021 09:51 PM
Dale,
Where did the discount code come from? Instead of stealing the one for Huck, maybe we could get our own.
smokey
zootracer

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11/30/2021 11:45 PM
I clicked on Road ID site Looks like they raised the price considerably over the years. About twice what I paid for mine originally.
Dale

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12/01/2021 04:39 AM
Smokey I bought a new ID and they included a one time use code to pass along. Sorry, they just sent the one.
huckleberry

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12/01/2021 09:51 AM
Thanks Dale. That was very generous of you.

I looked at the prices and was a little shocked. Since I am only going to be on blood thinners for 3 months, perhaps you can give it to someone else who would need one much longer.

I figure if I go for an outdoor ride in those three winter months I will write my med warnings on a piece of white duct tape and put it on the backside of my glove.
6ix

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12/01/2021 09:58 AM
Huck - Do you bring your phone with you on rides? You can have your medical issues and medications listed on your home/lock screen. I believe EMTs are trained to look for person's phone first for emergency contacts and medical issues.
Orange Crush

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12/01/2021 10:01 AM
Not that I use it but my iPhone has an App to store critical health info. Just put a piece of tape on phone’s back to check that info. Additionally our drivers license doubles as health ID. So any paramedic checking wallet should have direct access to critical health info.
huckleberry

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12/01/2021 11:52 AM
Good ideas.

Yes, I always have my phone.

Gracias!
Orange Crush

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12/01/2021 11:59 AM
Ha, I missed 6ix post, seems we were typing very similar thoughts simultaneously. Brilliant minds. It seems this place is devolving from a cycling forum to a health forum. Quick, where can I preorder my walking cane?
huckleberry

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12/01/2021 12:58 PM
Well OC... You keep being a smart-ass, and you may be able to find a walking cane up your ass ; )
Orange Crush

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12/01/2021 02:01 PM
That's not a walking cane, that's called a spine young man.

Seriously, with all the supply chain challenges (one can't even buy a bike anymore these days) it may be best to proactively order a walking cane. If only for my mom, we were joking the other week as we walked past Jim Morrison's tombstone in Paris that she should be getting herself a cane with knee and leg cramp issues she's been having recently. I think she called me a smart ass too haha. 80 and still whip smart.
6ix

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12/02/2021 09:50 AM
OC...Good observation about this forum turning into a health forum. You aren't wrong. If you think about it, this forum has been a closed club for probably a decade now since the only people posting are those that were originally on the VN forum dating back to the early 2000's. In other words, no new members. Just the same people from years ago and we're all aging.

Next we will be discussing e-bikes and how they help with our 80-year old knees. Topics on AARP memberships and senior discounts at IHOP. Think I started on the VN forum back in 2002 or so, thus only 25 at the time.

Good group of people we have here!! Just don't tell Everton FC or Aluminum Frog about it.
Nick A

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12/02/2021 10:03 AM
I met someone on blood thinners a long time ago that told me that she didn't ride super far away from population centers, in case emegency services had to get to her.

Nick
zootracer

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12/02/2021 11:08 AM
I can identify as being in the aged group. I turned 79 last August. I have my share of minor health issues. No problems with my knees. I purchased an E bike last December. I got tired of climbing steep hills going 4MPH and gasping for air like a fish out of water. E Bikes are fun. I have a Trek Domane + LT with Ultegra Di2, carbon wheels, disc brakes. It weighs a ton, 37 pounds with battery in place. It weighs as much as my old two bikes together. I don't ride much during the winter, my old bones don't handle the cold that well. I do long walks with my lab who thinks he is a 2 year old kid. Better option for an E bike. Drop 15 pounds or so. Easier said than done.
Cosmic Kid

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12/02/2021 12:21 PM
Good on ya, zoot...I can only hope to be riding a bike at 79, ebike or any other kind!!

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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12/02/2021 01:55 PM
Yes, same here, hoping to be in as good form as my parents who are now 80 and 81, close to zoot. Still walking and e-biking regularly. Been noticing the gradual decline in their speed and distance but the upshot is they're still going. And of course my dad trying to keep up with the imbibing of Pastis at my sisters place haha. He got the go ahead from my mom for just that week, normally he's on a pretty tight health regime.
huckleberry

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12/04/2021 01:05 PM
"That's not a walking cane, that's called a spine young man." O.C.

A stick up your ass does not make a spine. Nor does an illness or injury make one spineless. Those who have not had to experience such things need to refrain from speaking, else they come across as jackasses.


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