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Old 05-01-05, 12:59 PM
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Personal calling cards/business cards and how to carry them on tour

How do you carry yours?

On our last summer tour (23 days duration) we came home with at least
35 business cards from folks we met and at least that many additional
email addresses written in my notepad.

After that tour I decided we'd be carrying our own little cards to hand
out. It's a nice way to pass contact info on to people you meet. I
carry them all the time now as true business cards are not something I
need. Here is a photo of our latest versions.

Our Cards

I'm sure some of you have been doing this for a while but for those
that have not thought of it...

You can make these up easily in MS Word or a similar app and then print
on glossy photo paper with a home quality printer. Ours don't fade or
run and I've tested them under the faucet! : )

I carry these in the handlebar bag in a square Altoids tin but if
anyone has a smaller lighter solution I'd like to hear about it. Some
kind of case rather than a rubber band. It seems we need about 50 of
these for every month that we're out. They measure just under 2"x3".

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Wow! Those are certainly nice looking cards. I've just used business cards in the past myself.

I tend to put them in a ziplock bag stashed away in the handlebar bag with a few hiding in a pocket on me for easy giving away.

~Jamie N
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Thanks Jamie.

A ziplock certainly would be a light option.

After posting my original message I received a number of requests for details as well as compliments.

Since I was writing up a how-to for some I thought I'd just go ahead and throw it online as well.

You can find the step-by-step method I use as well as examples here:
My Touring Journals

These cards are much better than business cards. Nearly waterproof and with the creative control in your hands. I call them Travel Cards.

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Ron
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