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Road ID Replacement Tag Hack

Road ID Replacement Tag Hack

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Click here for the replacement tag image on Flickr.

Keep reading for more in-depth… or watch the video below.

I have one of the Road ID Sport armbands and I really like it. I got it as a Christmas gift several years ago it’s become a standard part of my running gear. I’m wouldn’t call myself superstitious, but I like routine. I run in pretty much the same thing every day. It’s comfortable and I’m familiar with every piece. I know exactly what I need to wear depending on temperature and weather. The Road ID sport goes on one wrist and my Garmin watch on the other, I like the Road ID and the piece of mind it offers when I’m running in an unfamiliar city or far out in the country. Mine’s out of date though, and most of the information is incorrect now. Without updating the emergency contact information on the Road ID wristband it’s become more of a fashion statement than a safety measure.

At first I was hesitant to order a Road ID replacement, then I realized users could remove the little ID / information tag with the emergency contact info on it and simply order that piece, not the entire bracelet. That seemed like a great idea until I looked it up on the Road ID website and realized the Road ID replacement tag was $17.99 – only two dollars less than the whole bracelet.

Sure, fine. That’s their business plan, making the bulk of the profit on the replacement tag. I get it. It’s a good idea. But I’m not paying that. I’m simply not shelling out that much dough for a replacement ICE tag when I already own the bracelet. I’ve thought about this a lot over the last year. I’d pay $7-8.00 no problem. Under $10.00 shipped and I’d have ordered one already. But not for $18.00.

Lots of running and cycling forums advocate the adoption of simple, military-style dog tags, and dog tags are dirt cheap. I could get 2 sets for the same price as a Road ID replacement tag. I don’t like the idea of it clanging and jingling as I run, and I wear a Fitbit tracker around my neck already. I just don’t dig the dog tag idea.

While running the other day I came up with an idea to make my own Road ID Replacement tag. I’ll fix it in Photoshop.Road ID Tag Hack65

I measured the tag and on the computer created a rectangular box I could type some text in. Then I typed some text in. I added all the crap that’s on the Road ID tag to begin with. I had to resize it a bit, and shift it around, but it was easy. Users of almost any computer can do this in almost any image editing software. Even MS Paint will work. If you have access to a Windows machine, you can make your own Road ID replacement tag in a matter of minutes.

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I’ve even put a copy of the image I made up on Flickr so users can download it and fill it out. Go for it. Use it, share it, etc. Leave a comment if it worked for you.

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It’s a 3×5 in rectangular image that will print white with a black box. Download the full size image from Flickr (click here) and open it in any image editor. Fill appropriate text in the box provided, and trim the box on the inside of the border. Yeah, it’s small. The inside dimensions of the box are about 24mm long by 19 mm tall. The total image should measure 3×5 inches and 300 dpi. You may have to play around with your print settings to get it to work – my Windows default print dialog messes it up every single time by trying to scale it to fit to the page – but Photoshop prints it just fine.

24 x 19 mm Road ID replacement

Now, if you did it correctly, the piece of paper with your updated information on it will fit onto the Road ID Sport size tag with a little space at the edges. That space is important. We have to tape the paper onto the tag, and that little space at the top, bottom, and sides is how the tape will stick to the original metal tag. It’s the tape that’s going to make this paper somewhat weather proof… it’s never going to be as weather-proof as the original laser engraved $20.00 metal tag, but hey, it was free.

I used packing tape. It’s more heavy duty that scotch tape, and it should last quite a bit longer. If I ever have to change it again, I can just scrape it off and print another one out.

Have fun. Run far. Save $17.00 dollars. Like my Facebook page – I usually try to post a photo a day. Thanks.


Wild Kratts PBS Contact Address

Why Don’t PBS Stars Wild Kratts Have a Fanmail Address?

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Clarification: This is not the Wild Kratts. I’m a guy complaining about the lack of a fanmail address for the Wild Kratts. Candace (in the comments below) has gotten a response to a Facebook inquiry, and listed the address there. Thanks.

5 years after I wrote this one of the posters below finally got a response from the Wild Kratts. So you don’t have to scroll through all the replies, here’s her answer:

UPDATE: 21 Feb 2017:

From the comments below:

Hello everyone, this is [the] same Mara as [in the] previous comment. I wanted to share the great news! It took a while after my daughter mailed the letter to the Wild Kratt Brothers but she actually received [a] postcard!!!! It has [a] picture of [the] brothers and (electronic) signatures from both brothers. My daughter was so thrilled!! I would post picture of it on here if I could. It was [this] address: PO box 475, Stowe, Vermont 05672

I can’t believe someone finally got a response. 

See below for my original (and unanswered) kid’s letter to the Kratts.  

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This has become one of my most popular posts of the last few years, demonstrating (I think) how well-served the Wild Kratts would be by an easily accessible fanmail address. Here’s a few of the emails I’ve gotten mistakenly addressed to Martin and Chris.

dear, chriss kratt I hope i spelled your name right. My name is (deleted) i am your bigist fan.if you dont mind would you send me a pick of you an a augograph on it. by the way i am 10 years old.aer crecher power suits real. if you can send a pick end it to (deleted). 

hi ts (deleted) again i forgot something i woul like to be on your show i go tongo bye 

Dear Kratt Brothers, My name is (deleted), and I wanted to ask you some questions that might help me with a project. If you could send me your email address, then I could send you a message in length. It would be great if you could get back to me ASAP. Thank you. 

dear Martin & Chris. I love your t.v. show. I would like to see you & an animal . 

Dear Martin&Chris. I would like to see a cheetah running. In Africa. 

I would like a kids small&a kids medium in shirts.Boots to please. 

And from a teacher looking for the address:

I’m a teacher and some of my students, as well as my son, wanted to write a nice letter to them. Very sad they don’t want their fans to contact them. Great show but terrible PR!!

I’ve got a 5 yr old who enjoys the Wild Kratts program on PBS. He watches it every day. He obsesses over the characters, pretends to be the animals, and talks about the show incessantly. He wants to visit the African Savannah so bad, I feel guilty for not having hauled him over there yet. His only complaint about the show is he’s never seen one about his favorite animal, the mountain lion.

As I imagine any well-meaning parent would do, I encouraged him to write to the Wild Kratts and suggest the topic. I figure if you can send fan mail to big-time (ahem) Hollywood stars, a couple dudes with a kid’s show on PBS should be at least as accessible, right? Wrong.

Wild Kratts Address He spent 15 minutes laboring over his letter suggesting the Wild Kratts do a show on mountain lions, and this was the best address I could come up with. It came back fast enough for me to question if it had actually crossed the border into Canada.

If you search for “Wild Kratts Mailing Address” (most “Wild Kratts” queries, in fact) Google usually returns links for The Kratt Club – a fan club, where it states at the bottom of the page (after the disclaimer that they’re not affiliated with Martin and Chris) that “The Kratt Brothers do not have a current fan mail address or email address for fans to write to.” (Written in Comic Sans of course).

Further searching reveals a “Yahoo Answer” that claims the reason the Kratts don’t have a mailing address “might be because they don’t want millions of kids to send them fan mail.” I refuse to believe that. I’ve watched the show and the brothers come off as genuine. According to Wikipedia they each have kids of their own. I can’t believe that two dads so concerned about teaching kids the value of nature and wilderness in the modern world can be oblivious to kids’ needs to learn effective communication skills. They have trailers after episodes where kids help save animals and protect the environment. Writing letters is an effective way to accomplish both these actions from a distance. Why not let encourage kids to write to them? Writing promotes thinking, individual activity and action at an early and influential age. It teaches young people to speak up and attempt to try and change something.

Kratt Brothers ContactI’d argue that without a mailing address, Wild Kratts is just another crappy TV show. Sure, kids can interact with the silly games at pbskids.org, and adults can get in touch with the production company to book appearances and promotional gigs, but no contact info for kids? Shame on you Chris and Martin.

Without a real address (or at least an easily located address for fanmail) I’ll do the next best thing. Here’s the letter in it’s entirety:

Wild Kratts I understand with the popularity of the show Martin and Chris could easily be overwhelmed by fanmail, but c’mon, that’s not the real point. Pick 50 letters a week to respond to. Post the best ones on Facebook and tweet some responses to questions. Let this be a learning experience for both the Wild Kratts by being more in touch with their demographic and for the kids and fans of the show by letting them know their voices are heard.

I never told my boy the letter came back. He keeps asking when the episode about the mountain lion will be on the air. Luckily, we’ve started writing a story about a mountain lion… imagination beats television any day.

Good luck!