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    Favorite Cycling Event Giveaways

    I'm in charge of providing a recommendation for a giveaway gift for riders of a sponsored cycling event. It's the gift you generally get for pre-registering for a Century, etc. Typically you get a T-Shirt and maybe a "goody-bag".

    What is your favorite gift to receive for pre-registering for an event - T-Shirt, Wallet, Water Bottle, Something else?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    I wouldn't need any more shirts, wallets, keychains and other crap.

    I'd prefer gifts that could actually be of use. These types of items could still be logo'd and be cheap give aways. Seat wedge, multi tool, bottle, cycle socks, etc. Hell a cheap Jersey like Nashbar uses for their house stuff could be bought in bulk and used. That would be better than a tshirt that might be used to wash the car.

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    Someone asked about this a few months ago too. It seemed that a lot of people liked the idea of socks. They could be used both on and off of the bike. An item that can be worn anywhere would be great.

    What event are you promoting? I'm looking to do a century in late spring or early summer.
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    Socks would be nice (cycling specific socks of course). I stopped with most of the T-Shirts long ago. I find that I will buy the jersey for the real intersting rides.

    I hate getting the cheap water bottles. If you're giving them away make sure they're one of the two common molded types seen in BICYCLE shops...not running stores. The old Specialized mold with snap on top or the newer ones with the large mouth and screw off top. The Specialized molded ones will have the word "Specialized" molded in the bottom.....

    I'm not picky am I? I rode between 15-20 organized fund raiser/charity rides last year. It is my hobby. I'll put it to you this way....the gift is the ride.

    But thanks for asking.

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    A copy of the Rivendell Reader. I got one in the goody bag for the Tour de Tahoe a couple of years ago and I liked it so much I became a subscriber. It's a hoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001
    Socks would be nice (cycling specific socks of course). I stopped with most of the T-Shirts long ago. I find that I will buy the jersey for the real intersting rides.

    I hate getting the cheap water bottles. If you're giving them away make sure they're one of the two common molded types seen in BICYCLE shops...not running stores. The old Specialized mold with snap on top or the newer ones with the large mouth and screw off top. The Specialized molded ones will have the word "Specialized" molded in the bottom.....

    I'm not picky am I? I rode between 15-20 organized fund raiser/charity rides last year. It is my hobby. I'll put it to you this way....the gift is the ride.

    But thanks for asking.
    Quality bottles is a good point. I've gotten some that have more water come out of the lid area thn the tip. I have to toss them in the recycle bucket. They were wasted giveaways. Not worth doing if its not gonna last. Longer they get used, they longer the event name stays out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricDJ
    Quality bottles is a good point. I've gotten some that have more water come out of the lid area thn the tip. I have to toss them in the recycle bucket. They were wasted giveaways. Not worth doing if its not gonna last. Longer they get used, they longer the event name stays out there.

    That's what I was trying to say. I still have event bottles from the early 90's.

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    tee shirt or bike bottle is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitmiss
    I'm in charge of providing a recommendation for a giveaway gift for riders of a sponsored cycling event. It's the gift you generally get for pre-registering for a Century, etc. Typically you get a T-Shirt and maybe a "goody-bag".

    What is your favorite gift to receive for pre-registering for an event - T-Shirt, Wallet, Water Bottle, Something else?

    Thanks in advance for your input.
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    The other thing they did on this ride was supply a water bottle in the goody bag. Different colour for each year, and these are the bottles that never go out on the bike in case I lose them.

    Then There are other rides that you can buy a metal badge with the event inscribed on it. Each year you do the ride, you buy a year tag to put on it so that you can look back in 10 years time and see how many times you completed it.
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    How about a cycling cap? I think it would make a great giveaway.

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    For particularly challenging rides, an enamelled commemerative pin with a catchy logo is very nice. For run-of-the mill rides, a pair of cycling socks beats a tee shirt any day. Tee shirts are OK if the ride logo is good. Most of the rest of the junk in the goody bags gets tossed. Although some of it obviously is provided by sponsors in exchange for financial support, I'm really not likely to use a 10% off coupon from a furniture store a long way from home. Cheap pens and pencils are a waste.

    A significant discount coupon from a nice local restaurant would certainly get my attention for a post-ride meal though. And single-application sample of sunscreen is great for a sunny day when I forgot to bring some from home!

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    One of my favorite events from last year was in Claxton, Georgia. The goody bag gift was a windshirt with the event's logo. Also, you had to complete the century to get the baseball cap. The event was well run and I've used the gifts time and time again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Cyclist
    How about a cycling cap? I think it would make a great giveaway.

    Well yes, if it fit. I have a 7 3/8 hat size and in all my years have not found a cycling cap that fit. Food is good. In food bars I stick with the Original Formula PowerBar - Malt/Nut. Maybe let the pre-registered people start 5 minutes early?

    For past events I loved the bike stage of a triathalon in San Clemente, CA. At a water stop staff handed up full Pepsi-logo water bottles. Most of the racers took a drink and ditched the bottles around the next corner. A local with a pick-up could have had hundreds of botles. I was doing an unsupported 200K and could only fit about 8 bottles in my panniers. Coming back north from San Diego I found an understaffed rest stop where a ~30 lb. bin of energy drink powder had been left open. Filled all of my empty bottles with the mix .
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    I once got one of those velcro pants leg wrapping bands that's reflective; it' always useful. Also, I like to think that the bag itself should be useful.

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    I've been trying to get my two clubs to give away cycling caps, but no one else buys the idea. There seems to be a renewed interest in some of those medical/emergency ID kits as a goody bag item. If you do a couple of rides a years, you quickly run out of room for all the t-shirts and water bottles. One club gives away little alligator-clip map/cue sheet holders that attach to handle bars with velcro straps; it's a popular item.

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