Part of our core philosophy has always been that our events should be free–that if people like what we do and want to support it, we’re honored and humbled. So as always, we are resisting the trend of many of our peer rides that charge an admission fee. Come out, enjoy the ride and the roads and the camaraderie–it’s free.
We will have schwag, though…and you know you want schwag.
We will have Axletree shirts available in 3 color schemes, and in Mens and Womens sizes. This is what they look like if you’re an 8 year old model who is wearing them over pajamas and reclining on a chaise. (Seriously…don’t ask.)
And of course, #humblebrag for our awesome partners:
T-Shirts will be $25 each.
We will also have our first ever run of Axletree Stem caps, for the low, low, low price of $15.
You know what you need to do. You need to pull through. This helps you remember.
In addition, we will have a run of custom water bottles…and yes, they’re the really nice ones that have the nice thing where your mouth goes, and the soft feel when you’re squeezing it, and a pretty logo, and general awesomeness. No, I don’t yet have a picture.
Before the ride, our friends from Heritage will be there with coffee, scones and general excellence.
You know you jealous.
And after the ride, we will have food, beer, food, beer and beer. We will also have ice-cold Coca-Cola.
So here’s the deal: our cost for food is going to be about $15 per eater, if we get our numbers right. We’re shelling out several benjamins for the nice porte-potties and hand-wash stations. We’re shelling out for some other general surprises and awesomeness. And the rub of hosting a free event is the sad truth that nothing is really free. So while there is no charge, we won’t be shy about asking you to support Axletree–whether you want to support it and help us recoup our costs of holding awesome events, or if you want to kick a little something-something in the pot to help us keep up with advocacy work like Project Enable, which delivered 25 new bikes/helmets/locks to persons of need in our community last year, or Project Humpty Dumpty that delivered scores of helmets to kids that otherwise would not have access to them, or the other projects that we currently have up our sleeves.
So either way, come out. If you eat, we ask that you at least pay for your vittles. But stay a while, buy some schwag, support the endeavor.
And don’t forget to pull through.