Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Tariffville, CT
    My Bikes
    Tsunami Bikes
    Posts
    12,411
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Printing Tyvex/Custom numbers

    One of my goals for 2011 is to be able to print custom numbers for the racers in the Bethel Spring Series. I want to have their name on their number and offer potential sponsors the opportunity to have logos etc on the numbers.

    I need to print Tyvex since it's waterproof. It costs about 20 cents a sheet and I can only get one number out of each sheet (8 1/2" x 11").

    I need to use either a cool process laser printer or an inkjet printer. I have a couple inkjets but they use a LOT of ink.

    So I'm trying to figure out what is a "cool process" laser printer that I can afford. The only ones I can find are those free standing things you see in major corporations or major print shops.

    The other option is an inkjet printer that uses separate black ink (for real - apparently some printers use a mix of black and color to make black) and color. The numbers (the biggest print surface stuff) will be black, other things in other colors.

    Any ideas on:
    - cool process laser printers
    - most efficient inkjet printers with separate black/color cartridges and actual use
    - Tyvex for less than 20 cents per page ($105 for 500 sheets)
    - alternatives to Tyvex?

    Thanks
    cdr

  2. #2
    ride lots be safe Creakyknees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,089
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Are you thinking on-site, or pre-reg only? Or maybe, "pre-pay for x races, get your name on the number"? Anyway, if you go pre-reg / pre-pay just farm it out to a print shop or Kinko's.

    Onsite, I got nothin.
    "have fun and be kind"
    - an internet post

  3. #3
    meow bostongarden's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Hint: check out my BF name
    My Bikes
    2011 Cannondale Super Six, Dura Ace 7800, 2007 Cannondale System Six Dura Ace 7800, 1992 Bridgestone RB-1, MB-2, MB-3, MB-5
    Posts
    5,579
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like the idea!! But, isn't 8.5x11 a huge number sheet!!

    I have a somewhat old Canon PIXMA iP5000 that has a 2 black cartridges; one, I believe, is for "separate"/"individual" use. I'm not sure about ink consumption for your purposes as I've never recorded output per cartridge, However, I don't recall myself running out to get ink too often.

  4. #4
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Tariffville, CT
    My Bikes
    Tsunami Bikes
    Posts
    12,411
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Pre-reg to get your name on it. They have to dry for a day to be waterproof.

    I normally buy about 5000 numbers a year. I want to either offer super customization for sponsors (I'm looking for sponsorship $) or at least make the race unique (name on number).

    Also by doing this I can use up all the higher numbers I have left - I have probably 5000-7000 numbers left (a full box - I gave away another full box to a fellow promoter) but all broken sets (lower value numbers gone). So lots of 60s, 70s, 80s, not many 10s, 20s, 30s.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Greenville, SC
    My Bikes
    dusty ones with flat tires
    Posts
    45
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Why not just have Electric City Printing handle them for you? I have had them print numbers for me with custom names and other info that was different on individual numbers. My turnaround has usually been about a week - might be less.

  6. #6
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Tariffville, CT
    My Bikes
    Tsunami Bikes
    Posts
    12,411
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wasn't aware of them. Thanks for the tip.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •