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Are you making your own?  I'd suggest easy to spot coloured card (eg. fluro yellow) with large easy-to-read letters on - keeping it simple :)

nb. for people with dyslexia a sans-serif font is usually easier to read, Arial Heavy is a good choice for this sort of thing.

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there is a guy from Gloucestershire way who sell trials numbers who also sells them - i can't recall his name at the moment

One of our guys made some new ones this year just using a4 paper/card and a laminater, i then added strips of duct tape (top and bottom) and we staple them up

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I made my own start and ends cards from red coloured 4mm  thick correx board. I used some kindly donated secondhand chainlink linewire cut into 3' lengths. I then wound them around a piece of approx 2" dia steel tube,go around twice.This forms a double loop which you can push the correx board into. I did the same for the way marking arrows and the roadside event arrows.Works a treat,weather proof and best of all dirt cheap.(Cos I was paying...)

Something like this;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Plastic-Correx-Fluted-Outdoor-display-boards-Pack-of-4-Select-size-and-colour/142176675765?var=441243847602&hash=item211a63e7b5:g:kz0AAOSwx2dYJcuu

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Ouch Need to find something a LOT cheaper than that. Cant afford £120 plus for B & E cards. Need direction arrows too but not paying that the club cant afford it. 

If i come across a MUCH cheaper alternative i will post on here. 

Whatever happened to the Castrol arrows that everybody used so well for years ?

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Using Laminated A4 is not really so good in British weather, any nail holes let the water in and the ink-jet print smears very quickly.   It might last a bit longer if you use a Laser Printer, but the paper does get soggy.    I think our club found a cheap supply of Corex boards, and used black enamel paint for the words, the signs have lasted many years.   You will also need some brightly coloured plastic flags to mark out the different routes through your sections.

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Last time I had some Castrol arrows (40 years ago.) they wanted to charge me for them.!  I think they said that they were dropping out of further publicity schemes.

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Try contacting Kudu in Leeds (www.kuduproducts.co.uk). They do various trials products and is run by a trials rider I think.

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2 hours ago, scifi said:

Using Laminated A4 is not really so good in British weather, any nail holes let the water in and the ink-jet print smears very quickly.

You can put them up without putting nails in them, as someone said above you can add a duct tape tab top & bottom and staple through that, OR cut a notch out of the card before laminating, and that gives you somewhere to pierce it without letting water in.

Laser printed will be far more fade resistant than inkjet.

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3 hours ago, scifi said:

Using Laminated A4 is not really so good in British weather, any nail holes let the water in and the ink-jet print smears very quickly.   It might last a bit longer if you use a Laser Printer, but the paper does get soggy.    I think our club found a cheap supply of Corex boards, and used black enamel paint for the words, the signs have lasted many years.   You will also need some brightly coloured plastic flags to mark out the different routes through your sections.

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Last time I had some Castrol arrows (40 years ago.) they wanted to charge me for them.!  I think they said that they were dropping out of further publicity schemes.

Castrol stopped doing them a few years back when I was running Bath Classic,the last lot I bought were hugely expensive.My search ended up with the correx boards which cut into arrows or squares very easily and I use a black permanent marker on them.Cheap and easy to do.

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I bought red & blue plastic documents wallets out of the Pound Shop and got approximately 20 squares (4in x 3in) from each folder.  With a bit of heated wire punched holes in them.  Was given some fencing wire for free and hey presto, threaded the wire through the holes and made up my own flags for not a lot of money.  The corrugated plastic sheeting would be ideal and a bit more flexible but the cost is a bit inhibitive unless you can get some really cheap/free.

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Our vintage club uses letter size construction paper and we use a gallon size freezer bag. It is cheap, but with your weather the bag would probably fog up.

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we sell the correx at work, its really cheap but moving whole sheets (intact) via courier is not possible (we can cut them down)

as to castrol arrows, i did a lot of research on them this summer as some one else asked - to get them the shade of fluorescent orange to show up so well is the challenge (as above the correx is really cheap) so flood covering sheets with vinyl or finding specialist screen printers then getting it cut to arrow shape were the two different options i was perusing. Screen printing only work if the volume is there, and i couldn't find the interest at the time (we talking about 700+ arrows). ACU rugby also looked at it but volume / unit cost defeated them too

the alternative is the MWTRA (Vic madley?) sell enduro route marking arrows but they are much smaller (MD Racing the UFO importers also sell arrows)

Staceys and Sons (make rider numbers from essex) also do a wide array of arrows and other events signs on A4 laminated

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Hi Jon, I am sorry to hear that you had to pay for your Castrol Arrows, we always took them as being promotional material that they gave us.

When I used to cycle for our local push-bike club, we had to only wear our sponsors jersey, and were not allowed by the organising body to wear any commercial names that were not sponsoring us.   Looking at the usual field of riders in local trials, I often wonder why riders are wearing sponsors names, without being paid to do so..  Maybe the ACU should clamp down on this free publicity.

 

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The Castrol arrows were no problem,Bath Classic paid for them.The attached pic shows what I ended up with,not posh,but they do the job and they were cheap.The Correx board cuts easily with a sharp stanley knife. The,(Kindly donated) fencing wire bends easily around a 2" tube, the double legs mean they can't blow round in the wind and point the wrong way.I think they look OK, they had to be cheap cos I had to pay for them !

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