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Old 02-24-08, 09:54 PM
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Schwag at TofC

So what kind of schwag did everyone get at TofC? Today, after 7 days of following the tour, I finally got something useful ... a first aid kit from Amgen. I did buy a Rock Racing T-shirt, with Mario's name on the back. I also got a pretty large sized poster of Levi. I may post it in my cubicle, and everyone will be wondering, who the heck is that scrawny little guy?
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I got two noisemaker sticks. That is all.

I wasn't looking for schwag, though - nothing really caught my eye, and I'm sure 75% of the stuff they were giving out would end up being trashed/unnecessarily hoarded.

Props to your first aid kit!
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bad schwag

I was just complaining in the other toc post that the schwag was really poor this year. I also got the amgen kit and 2 mini wrenches from speedplay after showing him that I was using speedplays. Got a crappy astana sticker from cheap trek after I told him I ride a trek. Since it was crappy schwag I didn't sign the "let Levi ride" petition. I got a mini dog frisbee from a dog biscuit company (saw alot of dogs at the rose bowl). Got a blinkie from metro for valeting the bike.
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Zip, zero, zilch, nada, nothing. But then I had plenty to occupy my time.
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i looked around for a free hat or something because of the rain but didn't get anything.
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I looked around but nothing was really worthwhile. I was hoping for some free bottles and maybe a t-shirt, but didn't see anything like that being handed out. The best things I got were the blinkie and patch kit from the valet. I also got a hand clapper from the sweepstakes energy beans, tire levers from Maxxis, and a mini wrench bottle opener from Speedplay. It was nice to be able to test out the Speedplay Zeros, though, as my knees are telling me I should get them, but I was hesitant because the Light Actions I used to own didn't engage very confidently.

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I got a water bottle from HerbaLife and they filled it with water and a flavored tablet. They also gave me a small energy bar, and a tote bag. They were all very good. The guy put his business card in the bag, but I'm afraid to call him - muliti level marketing schemes scare the dickens out of me.

Other than that - the schwag and the vendors weren't that good. I took one look at that first aid kit, and said "No thanks, I'll just bleed." They were selling corn on the cob for $4 an ear, and foot long hot dogs for $7. Fortunately, I took some snacks with me.

What was really depressing though was that they didn't even have a beer stand.
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Old 02-24-08, 11:43 PM
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I was at the top of the climb leaving the bowl. All I got was wet. It was an awesome spot though. You are right, the swagggggg was crrrrraaaapppp.
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Originally Posted by BillyB
I got a water bottle from HerbaLife and they filled it with water and a flavored tablet. They also gave me a small energy bar, and a tote bag. They were all very good. The guy put his business card in the bag, but I'm afraid to call him - muliti level marketing schemes scare the dickens out of me.
They're supposedly "consultants" but I'm sure they're on commission because you have to go through them instead of a store. I might have considered it if the prices were better, but it's the same price or more than any other all natural scientifically proven this or that out there.
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Hmmm... I have never gotten ANY schwag at a cycling event.

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The SWAG -- "Stuff We All Get" -- this year left a lot to be desired. I think I actually made it out with a yellow "Amgen Tour of California" bell and a small flag that has the California flag on one side and the Amgen Tour of California flag on the other. I really didn't go for SWAG, though; I walked around the marketplace to check out new bikes (I really dug the new Specialized time trial bike with the rear caliper underneath the chainstays and the Fuji fixed/SS bike with the 15mm wrench bolted to the seat tube) and whatnot.
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I have two souvenier water bottles two guys tossed out from the Peleton.
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i scored like 8 bottles, 2 first aid kits, a bunch of energy gels/recovery drinks, stickers, and a scorching case of herpes. jk about the herpes of coursefrightened .
funny thing was my wife was gonna get something signed by cipo but when she got up close she got a little freaked by his overall eurotrashness and slowly backed away....
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I have four Toyota United cow bells, four ToC cowbells, five water bottles, four first aid kits and who knows what else. The thunder sticks were all left behind because my children were using them to battle one another and it was driving me batty.


Edited to add...all of the stuff we get is a bonus and I never expect anything except exciting racing! The kids like the swag more than I do. Maybe because I end up carrying all of it.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
funny thing was my wife was gonna get something signed by cipo but when she got up close she got a little freaked by his overall eurotrashness and slowly backed away....
Okay, I just spit coffee on my lap.
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I should have grabbed a cowbell yesterday. I didn't realize I left my cowbell in the car. I was relegated to the Amgen thundersticks. I hate those things. Cowbells are more effective, especially when you are struggling trying to take a decent action shot.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
I looked around but nothing was really worthwhile. I was hoping for some free bottles and maybe a t-shirt, but didn't see anything like that being handed out. The best things I got were the blinkie and patch kit from the valet. I also got a hand clapper from the sweepstakes energy beans, tire levers from Maxxis, and a mini wrench bottle opener from Speedplay. It was nice to be able to test out the Speedplay Zeros, though, as my knees are telling me I should get them, but I was hesitant because the Light Actions I used to own didn't engage very confidently.
Last year bought a bunch of bottles from the Motor tabs guy. They were selling them for $1 but they came in water bottles. I still have the tabs laying about. I just wanted the bottles.
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You should have gone to Rock the Bike after the finish in Santa Clarita, Shimano/Giant/High Road was serving free beer and you got to keep the nice pint glass with their logos. Besides the beer I asked for a couple of extra clean glasses, and they were happy to oblige.

Also asked about the electronic shifting, looks like we might see it within the next year or two. They had two riders this year at the TOC with the electronic shifting.
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