Until this year, whilst L has been an an odd in between stage, I could often be found out on my bike with L. Never once did I think of taking a first aid kit, not because I couldn’t see a need, I just couldn’t really think of an easy way to carry one with me. SJ Works have created the perfect solution and I’ve been so pleased to get to try it out.
At the moment L is too big and too old for the seat on our bikes, but he is too little and if I’m honest, too painfully slow to join us on his balance bike. So for this summer at least cycling has been put on the back burner for me, I’m sad, as I love my bike, but it’s life.
But change is on the horizon, he is getting his first proper bike for his birthday. He’s so good on his balance bike that we won’t be opting for stabilisers, we’ve got them, just in case, but they won’t be on his bike to start with. It does mean there’ll be plenty of falls, bumps and bruises. He’ll likely cycle straight into the brambles, land in nettles and he’ll certainly get a scraped knee or two.
What I’m looking forward to is when we can go out together, it won’t be on the roads for a while, but there are some excellent places we can go for a nice safe ride together. I can’t wait to explore Thetford Forest with him, or the mysterious footpath at the far end of the village we haven’t tried, I’ll be even happier knowing that I’ve got an incredibly well stocked first aid kit with us. I honestly couldn’t get over how much is packed into the SJ Works Kit, it’s fabulous.
The thing is, it’s not just cycling with him that leaves me in need of a first aid kit. It’s the picnics we have being pestered by wasps, the stops we take to explore, the playgrounds we visit. All potential accidents, so the same as I always carry a first aid kit in the car, just in case, now I can always carry one on my bike.
I have been looking at two different types of kit. One that fits under the saddle and one that sits at the front of the bike with a mobile phone holder. I was very impressed with the quality of the actual bags, they are very well made, they have solid zips and are easy to fit. The reflective strips are great and they come with lights, you just have ti add a battery.
I know from experience that getting a decent saddle bag with a light is not only difficult but expensive, I lost hours of my life listening to husb moan about the issue. So the price of these as bags alone is excellent, but to find them packed with a very comprehensive first aid kit is awesome. Plus with both bags, you’ve still got space for a few of your own things. Especially the larger bag that holds a smartphone and has a space to feed a headphone cable through, though I’m personally not a fan of listening to anything whilst I’m cycling.
In each first aid kit you get:
- 1 American Red Cross First Aid Guide, handy even in the UK
- 6 Antiseptic Wipes
- 15 Plasters in assorted sizes
- 5 Butterfly Wound Closures
- 1 Roll Microporous Tape
- 1 Triangular Bandage
- 2 Pressure Bandages in assorted sizes
- 1 Emergency Blanket
- 2 Dressing Pads
- 2 Sponges
- 1 Sterile Eye Pad
Please accept my apologies if I’ve missed anything, but basically you get a lot. More than enough to deal with any minor cut or scrape and a few bits that would be helpful in a real emergency whilst waiting for help. Especially the emergency blanket.
My Father in Law ended last year with a dreadful accident on is pushbike, it left him in the middle of the road, in great pain with a very broken arm, I can’t quite explain to you how broken it was. To have had this first aid kit on him wouldn’t have helped the injuries a huge amount but it would have helped in general, to have been able to pop the blanket over him in November would have been very useful and if someone had been able to just use the butterfly strip on the nasty cut above his eye that would have been one less thing he was worrying about and helped stop that uncomfortable sensation of bleeding.
You can also enter my competition below for your chance to win both a Saddle Bag and a the Smart Phone Holder and First Aid Kit just enter your details into the Gleam App below.
Good luck x
Disclosure – we were sent our First Aid kits in exchange for this review, all thoughts, opinions and images are my own. SJ Works have also supplied the prize, so thank you.