Semi-sponsorship

Hello everyone,

This subject is probably stuck in quite a few peoples minds. Now, I am talking about MUni/trials semi-sponsorship. If it is on your thoughts, it’s probably a “down the road” priority(spelling). I am curious if anyone knows of any bike companies, better yet, frame companies that would be up to this, or even just a frame deal.

This is, like I said before, not a priority, but I am still curious, for it is a grey subject.

Thanx,

Evan

:sunglasses:
Yea i thaught about sponsorship too. i would rather get a spnsor for biking(i do this alot too) i unicycle for fun not good enuf to need a sponsor but if anbody is willing i’ll accept. well remember it’s all about the ride!:stuck_out_tongue:

— Kris Holm <danger_uni@yahoo.com> wrote:
> — Mt Uni <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:
> > This subject is probably stuck in quite a few
> peoples minds. Now, I am
> > talking about MUni/trials semi-sponsorship. If it
> is on your thoughts,
> > it’s probably a “down the road”
> priority(spelling). I am curious if
> > anyone knows of any bike companies, better yet,
> frame companies that
> > would be up to this, or even just a frame deal.

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A while back i was bigtime into inline skating. One of the biggest
problems in the scene at the time, and still is i assume, was sponsorship.
Sponsorship was made out by people to be a big thing. The thing was, that
as soon as any punk kid decided that he (usally he, but also she) was good
enough to get sponsored, they would spend all their time trying to get
sponsored. It took all the fun out of skating. Then these kids, who really
wernt good enough to be sponsored, would spend their time making everyone
elses life miserable.

Sponsorship in itself doesnt ruin anything, it helps promote and enhance
the sport. But when people decide that its more important than having fun,
thats where the problem is.

basicly, this is a warning, dont worry about getting sponsored. Your much
better (in my opinion) letting sponsors come to you when they think your
good enough, rather than activly looking for a sponsor.

yeah…

later,

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> 1) Sponsored riding is a job. You are a public relations
> professional for
the company. To be
> successful, it is NOT enough to simply be a skilled rider. You need to
have people skills,
> business skills, and be able to interact and speak comfortably in front
of a crowd or a camera.
> You are a role model, and this is usually at least as important to most
companies (if not more so)
> than your skills as a rider.
>
> 2) Sponsorship involves a lot of work. This includes lots of non-riding
work. I spend several
> hours a week doing stuff related to sponsorship that doesn’t include
riding.
>
> 3) Companies don’t care if you ride really hard stuff if you do it
> in the
dark, so to speak. You
> are sponsored because you are highly visible to the public in a way that
communicates a good image
> for your sponsor. This does not involve "showing off for the
> camera"- you
are the communicator of
> a positive image that your sponsor wants to be associated with.
>
> 4) The best way to approach sponsorship is the same way you’d look
> for any
other job, except that
> in this case, you yourself are the product. Make a resume,
> prepare a good
business plan, and hope
> that they like you!
>
Agreed - Untill last year, when university got in the way, I was a
sponsored dinghy racer and the few companies that gave me money and kit
took back their investment in time and effort - instead of getting rest
before an event I would be doing events putting them forward - I wouldent
go so far as to say it spoilt it - but it came close. My advice is unless
you are REALLY serious and prepared to do the work don’t try.

If you do go for it I found that getting an impressive picture of myself
and then using photoshop or simmilar to put the company logo onto my
clothing (and sails in my case) worked really well as it allows them to
see exactly what they’re getting and it is striking

Joe