FIRST THINGS FIRST
RaceDots are a brand new way to attach a race number without damaging your clothing. Since you're probably trying RaceDots for the first time, we wanted to pass along some helpful information that will make using them a bit easier (like putting your shirt on FIRST then applying the dots to your number). You may not be used to handling such strong magnets, and there is a learning curve. But don't worry -- with a little bit of patience and practice, you'll be an expert in no time!
Inspect and review:
Visually inspect your RaceDots for damage before you open the packaging and make sure you have the color you really want. Please also read the warnings on the package. There is very important safety and handling information contained there. Never, EVER swallow RaceDots! They can get lodged in your pipes and wreak havoc! Seriously, don't even think about it.
Handle with care:
While RaceDots are extremely strong, they are not indestructible! We know it's tempting, the first time you feel how strong RaceDots are, to pull the magnets apart and snap them together. Please RESIST this temptation! RaceDots pieces are not intended to be used without material in between them, as the action of snapping together may cause the back piece to break. If you break a ring magnet by accident send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail you a replacement.
HOW TO WEAR RACEDOTS
Go slow and stay low:
You may feel a little clumsy using such strong magnets at first. They will get away from you and stick to things you don't expect. So just take your time. We highly recommend removing RaceDots from the paper card one at a time to reduce the chances that the pieces will get stuck to something you don't want or to each other. If it's your first time using RaceDots, do so sitting and/or on a soft surface to reduce the chances that they will break or get lost if you drop one.
The magnetic force of the RaceDots pieces is directional, meaning the back piece will only mate with the front piece one way. So when you apply your RaceDots, either pay close attention when you separate the pieces which direction the back piece should be facing or be ready to allow the back piece to flip over if it is not facing the right way.
RaceDots are very easy to apply to the front of a shirt that you're wearing, but, for a cycling jersey where the race number goes on the back, it's a bit trickier. If you apply your race number before you put the jersey on, be sure to keep the jersey flat so the RaceDots do not stick to each other. For runners we recommend you use two on top and on on the bottom, in the middle of your number but not too close to the edge. This helps eliminate bunching should you take a bathroom break or tie your shoes.
Use the holes:
If your race number comes with holes punched in the four corners, use them! Placing your RaceDots on the holes of a race number will really lock everything in place. (We bring a hole punch to races in case the numbers don't come with holes in them already or we need to add more.)
Need a little more help? Try out our Arranger.
Anyone can use the Arranger but we designed is specifically for those wearing very tight clothing, for those who have to put their number in a hard to reach spot and for those wearing a cycling skin suit. Not only does the Arranger make applying your RaceDots much easier but it helps prevent bunching as well. Using the Arranger is without a doubt the fastest, easiest way to attach a race number to your clothing.
HOW TO REMOVE RACEDOTS
Remove your RaceDots:
We recommend removing your RaceDots from your garment before you take the garment off. It reduces the chances that the RaceDots will stick to each other and be harder to get apart. Do not stack your RaceDots on top of each other, store them separated.
Reuse the packaging:
You can create a very handy reusable storage case for your RaceDots by cutting the plastic packaging on only two sides. Be sure to keep the paper card, as well, as it makes handling your RaceDots much easier. RaceDots are infinitely easier to get apart when they are kept separated with something in between the front and back, as opposed to being kept stuck together in a big stack.