Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Crippled Burrick Inn
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You have to think from the vendor's point of view. What's in it for them?
If I were a vendor, I wouldn't be giving out free stuff unless I knew I could gain the same amount and more in free advertising/publicity. Your communication to them needs to show they will gain from this donation.
You could make a thread chronicling the project. I'd suggest lots and lots of pictures, this forum seems like a good start. It has to attract both readers and participants in the project, in a way that makes them want to build an ebike too. If you're smooth, you might attract a vendor from the forum post alone. I'd also suggest writing vendors individually. There are many on this forum, and tons on this one: endless-sphere.com/forums