Correx event signs

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Correx event signs

Postby timmitchell » 17 Mar 2016, 8:44pm

My club is running a TT and we are looking to buy some event arrows - anyone know anyone?

They seem more expensive than I thought

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby AndyK » 18 Mar 2016, 12:18am

Yes, they are expensive.

The cheapest way I've done it is to buy pre-cut Correx board then spray-paint the arrows on myself using a home-cut stencil and a can of road-marking spray paint from Screwfix (it dries very, very quickly). A lot of work, though.

Recently I've ordered 102 A4-size printed signs from GJ Plastics for just under £120 plus £36 delivery, which is the best price I've been able to find for pre-printed ones. I had to supply the artwork, but that's not too difficult when the artwork is a big arrow plus a logo. As it works out at about £1.50 per sign it's not bad, and cheaper than buying pre-printed signs from one of the specialist event companies. Their pricing structure meant that an order for 102 signs was significantly cheaper than an order for 100!

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby gxaustin » 18 Mar 2016, 9:15am

My car club buys a sheet of Correx and cuts it into long triangles - i.e. arrow shapes.
No logos, no fancy printing but seems to work, cheapest and quick.
Graham

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby AndyK » 18 Mar 2016, 10:08am

gxaustin wrote:My car club buys a sheet of Correx and cuts it into long triangles - i.e. arrow shapes.
No logos, no fancy printing but seems to work, cheapest and quick.
Graham

Works fine so long as no-one else has had the same idea as you, on overlapping routes! :-)

I should have mentioned that the company I bought the plain Correx board from was theplasticshop.co.uk. It's actually their own-brand equivalent; they claim it's better than Correx though I can't say I've noticed a difference. They sell it in packs of 2440mm x 1220mm sheets in a variety of colours and will cut the sheets to order (cutting charge from 'free' upwards depending on number and complexity of cuts) so you could follow gxaustin's suggestion but have the triangles pre-cut for you. Best to phone them to discuss, as they can advise on the optimum sign size to get the most out of each sheet - the measurement is complicated by needing to allow a few mm of lost material for each cut.

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby TrevA » 18 Mar 2016, 11:47am

We get ours from Impsport. They aren't cheap but they last for years.
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Re: Correx event signs

Postby robgul » 18 Mar 2016, 11:58am

TrevA wrote:We get ours from Impsport. They aren't cheap but they last for years.



Are you sure you don't mean Running Imp (also in Lincoln) that's where I've been getting signs and medals for years

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby Grandad » 18 Mar 2016, 12:55pm

If all these signs are relatively expensive why the h*** do so many of them remain on lamposts etc for months after the ride? For our air ambulance sportive several club members go out around dawn to put signs up (less chance of being vandalised) and then collect them in later in the day.

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby AndyK » 18 Mar 2016, 5:23pm

Grandad wrote:If all these signs are relatively expensive why the h*** do so many of them remain on lamposts etc for months after the ride? For our air ambulance sportive several club members go out around dawn to put signs up (less chance of being vandalised) and then collect them in later in the day.

Good question. I suspect because the organisers of these events (which mostly seem to be charity events) are just too damn lazy, or think that the magic tidying-up pixies will do it for them - possibly the same pixies that collect the plastic bags of dog poop left hanging from trees. Though to be fair, when I was collecting signs after an event last July, I came across one of our signs that we'd overlooked when clearing up the year before. (Yes, I know, but it was just one in a 50-mile route; nobody's perfect.) Several snails had taken their best shot at eating it.

Re Running Imp: No, they and ImpSport are two different companies. (I vaguely remember reading that they used to be one company but there was a family feud or something.) They're ludicrously expensive for small route signs but I've used Impsport for the big RTA-approved CYCLE EVENT warning signs for main roads.

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Re: Correx event signs

Postby TrevA » 18 Mar 2016, 6:36pm

robgul wrote:
TrevA wrote:We get ours from Impsport. They aren't cheap but they last for years.



Are you sure you don't mean Running Imp (also in Lincoln) that's where I've been getting signs and medals for years

Rob


Impsport and Running Imp used to be the same company, I think, but are separate now. It's been a while since we bought any but may well have been Running Imp. We get our club clothing from Impsport.
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Re: Correx event signs

Postby gxaustin » 21 Mar 2016, 2:54pm

AndyK wrote:
gxaustin wrote:My car club buys a sheet of Correx and cuts it into long triangles - i.e. arrow shapes.
No logos, no fancy printing but seems to work, cheapest and quick.
Graham

Works fine so long as no-one else has had the same idea as you, on overlapping routes! :-)

I should have mentioned that the company I bought the plain Correx board from was theplasticshop.co.uk. It's actually their own-brand equivalent; they claim it's better than Correx though I can't say I've noticed a difference. They sell it in packs of 2440mm x 1220mm sheets in a variety of colours and will cut the sheets to order (cutting charge from 'free' upwards depending on number and complexity of cuts) so you could follow gxaustin's suggestion but have the triangles pre-cut for you. Best to phone them to discuss, as they can advise on the optimum sign size to get the most out of each sheet - the measurement is complicated by needing to allow a few mm of lost material for each cut.


Nothing to stop you using an indelible marker to personalise them :roll: