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Old 05-05-16, 04:11 PM
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What would you want for a prize?

Hi! We are having a competition at my company during Bike Month. Prizes will be given to those who exceed 50 miles, and a grand prize will be given to the person who logs the most miles. What prize would be appropriate for these accomplishments?

For 50 miles I was thinking a insulating water bottle (~$10).
For Grand prize an Odometer, or maybe a $25 gift card?

What would you want as a prize that would go for around that price range? Most of us are not avid cyclists, but we do have a couple.

Thanks!!
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Old 05-05-16, 04:25 PM
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50 miles in the whole month? Sounds like a reasonable goal for folks wanting to sample cycle commuting. Water bottles, T-Shirts, bells, mirrors - there are a lot of items that are less than $10. I'd suggest that you have some sort of token gift for all participants. For the grand prize, which presumably will go to the person with the most miles, I am guessing that it will be 'won' by a serious cyclist who would probably have every sort of item that you would buy. So I think the gift card to a bike store is the ticket.
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Old 05-05-16, 04:26 PM
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Bike shop gift cards are always a good thing. IMHO avoid water bottles, everybody gives out water bottles.
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Old 05-05-16, 04:29 PM
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Bike shop gift cards, cycling backpacks, messenger bags, panniers, lights, wireless cycling computer, etc.
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Old 05-05-16, 04:49 PM
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I think a nice commuter or a set of panniers would be a great grand prize, of course, those are probably very much out of the budget considering the prizes suggest in the OP.
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Old 05-05-16, 05:23 PM
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I'd skip making the gift cards bike shop specific, and stick with Visa, Mastercard, etc. If the winner wants to buy new bike gear, they can use their preferred LBS. If not, they can spend it on what they want.
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Old 05-05-16, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaywalk3r View Post
I'd skip making the gift cards bike shop specific, and stick with Visa, Mastercard, etc. If the winner wants to buy new bike gear, they can use their preferred LBS. If not, they can spend it on what they want.
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Old 05-05-16, 07:04 PM
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If you're giving out water bottles for any reason, give one to everybody who participates in the program. The high-mileage dudes don't really need them, but it might help get those folks who are 'on the fence' about commuting regularly to actually do it if they have a simple reminder at their workstation.
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Old 05-05-16, 07:33 PM
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I wouldn't give a special prize for the highest mileage just because it would likely encourage cheating. Been there, still annoyed. Sorry, can't help it.
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Old 05-07-16, 11:40 AM
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The grand prize is crushing the competition.
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Old 05-07-16, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CroMo Mike View Post
I wouldn't give a special prize for the highest mileage just because it would likely encourage cheating. Been there, still annoyed. Sorry, can't help it.
If you get the "high mileage" riders on an app like Strava, then I would think it is harder to cheat. Yeah, they can give their password out to the local cycling club, or drive in circles around the neigbhorhood at 15 MPH, but is anybody that foolish.

Track the mileage, and you might spark some kind of friendly competition.

How big of a company is it? If you have avid cyclists, they can easily hit 1000 miles in a month, if not more, especially if they get a friendly rivalry going.

I agree with others. Skip a $25 cyclocomputer. Those pounding lots of miles may not want it.

Maybe a $100 set of tires of the cyclist's choice.

Water bottles? Perhaps good for the "beginners".
Like others mentioned, I probably have too many. I still like quality bottles.

Specialized Purist (MoFlo), the largest size available.
Zefal Magnum, also the largest size available.

You can get the bottles customized. I don't know minimum order sizes.

I do occasionally use insulated bottles, mainly in the winter, but don't put them high on my priority.

Maybe a dinner for 2 at a nice restaurant.
It could be either "private", or offer a choice of doing it with the boss or team leader (would that create hard feelings?)
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Old 05-07-16, 12:37 PM
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Old 05-07-16, 12:45 PM
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Beer
And, yet, not everyone is a beer drinker.
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Old 05-07-16, 12:57 PM
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I've read what others have posted and taking all of that into consideration it might be a good idea to do a grand prize that is raffled off. Then you get a certain number of entries based on your performance in the challenge. This would likely prevent the blatant cheating if there was only a grand prize for the highest mileage and then everyone feels like they have a chance.
50-miles: one entry
100-miles: two entries
150-miles: three entries
etc.
Then the highest mileage guy give like double entries. (If he rides 250mi he gets five entries x 2 = 10 entries)

This still gives the newbie a chance at the "grand prize" but not as good of a chance as the high mileage guy.

Then I would give either participation awards (ie. bottles or certificates) followed by beer!
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Old 05-07-16, 01:11 PM
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And, yet, not everyone is a beer drinker.
the topic heading was .. What would you want for a prize?


I answered for Me Not we, Tonto..

Remember we survived the Dark Ages by Drinking Beer, as the water that was not Boiled, soon got you Sick.
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Old 05-07-16, 01:24 PM
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Some people are happy enough just to get their name up on a bulletin board.

Perhaps build a chart with 100 to 1000 (or more) miles.
Rank all riders on the chart once they hit the 100 mile mark for monthly mileage.

I'm not sure how to deal with those riding less than 100 miles. Maybe put them on the chart, but in a group where there are no winners or losers.
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Old 05-07-16, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by velocache View Post
I've read what others have posted and taking all of that into consideration it might be a good idea to do a grand prize that is raffled off. Then you get a certain number of entries based on your performance in the challenge. This would likely prevent the blatant cheating if there was only a grand prize for the highest mileage and then everyone feels like they have a chance.
50-miles: one entry
100-miles: two entries
150-miles: three entries
etc.
Then the highest mileage guy give like double entries. (If he rides 250mi he gets five entries x 2 = 10 entries)

This still gives the newbie a chance at the "grand prize" but not as good of a chance as the high mileage guy.

Then I would give either participation awards (ie. bottles or certificates) followed by beer!
I like this idea.
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Old 05-07-16, 09:19 PM
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My company does a "walk at lunch" Mondays. Everyone that participates to the required level gets tossed in a raffle for a gift card for some sort of business that anyone can find use in (grocery store, healthy fast food joint, car wash, etc). As others have mentioned, a grand prize based solely on miles is probably going to be won by Gary in sales on his every weekend century and thrice a week metric century group ride, who is both going to discourage the noobs from participating and just gonna chuck a $25 computer in the parts bin for a bike flip anyways.

From an encouraging participation standpoint, it is always nice for even those that participate at a minimum level to have a chance at the "grand" prize.
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I would give a gift card to a sports store. That way if they person doesn't like to ride, but maybe likes to hike or walk, they can get what they would like and it is still int he spirit of the competition to be healthy and stay healthy.
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Make sure the water bottle is stainless steel, instead of plastic, for health reasons. Some good cycling computers can be gotten for under $25.00 (VDO, Topeak, Origin 8...) Consider a "most improved" category: A formerly-lethargic person, possibly over-weight, deserves as much credit as a road slicer who can pound out 250-mile weeks.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
And, yet, not everyone is a beer drinker.
Really. Why bother involving oneself in a healthy lifestyle if you still drink?
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Old 05-08-16, 02:27 PM
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Really. Why bother involving oneself in a healthy lifestyle if you still drink?
Lots of debate about alcohol. But, it apparently isn't harmful in moderation. Alcohol in excess, or at the wrong time could be bad for numerous reasons.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
Really. Why bother involving oneself in a healthy lifestyle if you still drink?
i quit drinking but i still smoke too much and taking long hard rides makes me feel less bad about it



OT

i think it depends what kind (age sex blabla) of people and company it is
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