“PSA: Last Sunday while trying to meet up with my dad for some mountain biking in Riverside State Park (MTB in RSP), I get a text from dad's Apple Watch letting me know it "detected a Hard Fall" with a map to his location. It was not far from our meeting spot. We drove straight there—but he was gone when we arrived. I get another update from the watch saying his location has changed with a map location of SHMC. Dad flipped his bike at the bottom of Doomsday, hit his head and was knocked out until sometime during the ambulance ride. The watch had called 911 with his location and EMS had him scooped up and to the hospital in under a 1/2 hr. The fire dept. took his bike back to the station. My brother was already driving by the the hospital when the second update came in and was able to be with him right away. Dad is doing great, clear X-Rays and CT scan, but a little sore for sure! IF YOU OWN AN APPLE WATCH, set up your HARD FALL detection—it's not just for when you fall off a roof or a ladder. Had he fallen somewhere on the High Drive trails or another remote area, the location would have clued EMS in on where to find him. Amazing technology and so glad he had it!”
The post above was written by Gabe Burdett on Facebook and we’ve shared the post on our Facebook page as well. Gabe’s dad is well now and is still riding trails today! Fortunately, his smartwatch detected the fall and alerted emergency services with his coordinates.
We all know that in dire situations like this, a minute can be the difference between life and death.
All of us at the store ride with cycling computers and/or our wearables that are also equipped with this feature. We love our family members and we personally think that life is precious enough to spend a little bit for added safety. After all, we spend thousands of dollars on our bikes. We need bike computers and wearables anyway. If you're looking to get a cycling computer/smart watch or looking to track your rides anyway, we recommend getting one with an incident detection and assistance alert function as an added plus.