First let me say that I have never seen one of these first hand. I was just browsing the White Industries website and happened upon this new product. I’m a big fan of White Industries and on my three most ridden bikes, all have at least one White Ind. component. Right away I saw the bike polo application with this bash guard/ring. I even Google imaged it and did a Flickr search to get a look at more photos. But no luck other than the two small ones on the site listing the product. Here is one of the two from the site.
This is a more expensive set up than say, something imported. But then again this is made in USA. A big plus in my book. And White Industries makes top quality stuff. At least everything I have ridden. According to their site’s suggested retail price lists the ENO Cranks and the Bash Guard/Ring are sold separate. The list for the cranks is $200 in your choice of 170mm, 175mm, or 180mm. And the Bash Guard/Ring comes in 30t, 32t or 34t for $68.
Some words from the product page.
BASH (v.) To strike with a crushing or smashing blow
GUARD (v.) To keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over
Introducing our newest chain ring with an integral bashguard machined as part of the ring. The bashguard/chain ring unit has our proprietary crank spline interface and is machined out of 7075 aluminum. Available in sizes 30t, 32t and 34t, made in the USA, and can be ordered in polished silver or black anodized finish.
More info: White Industries
The players in 818 are great! I played out there at the end of my trip last year and it was one of the very best days of my whole summer. Watching this video reminded me how rad that court and it’s players are. Good times.
818 Polo clips by tim
Personal Best: Bike polo a great combo for Winter
By: David Liepman
Special to The Examiner
February 21, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — Raised in the Midwest, Joel Winter’s athletic outlets as a kid were playing hockey on frozen ponds in the winter and riding his bike the rest of the year.
A San Francisco resident since 2004, Winter recalls spotting a blurb on bike polo in a 2005 San Francisco Bicycle Coalition newsletter. Combining his two favorite childhood outdoor pursuits, it was a no-brainer for Winter to give bike polo a whirl.
“At the very worst, I’ll get in a good bike ride,” he surmised. “I jumped in and started playing, and it’s been a habit since day one.”
His first two years of bike polo, Winter played on grass, highlighted by a tournament in Dublin, Ireland in 2007.
Since Dublin, though, it’s been all about bike polo on pavement. A tournament in May of 2007 on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, the North American Cycle Courier Championship, was Winter’s first taste of the hard-court game.
“The sport has skyrocketed in the past three years around the world,” the 38-year old resident of The City’s Castro district said. “It’s been a time of really strong growth for hard-court bike polo.”
When Winter isn’t playing with a group of 20 dedicated players at Jose Coronado Playground in the Mission district, he may be in his garage constructing polo mallets from ski poles and pieces of plastic pipe. Or, he may be meeting with San Francisco Rec and Park in an effort to identify more multiuse courts in San Francisco.
With only three players per side, all players must play offense, defense and protect the goal.
“I’m good at passing,” the 5-foot-11, 210-pound pedaler said. “Shooting and goaltending I have to improve on. People will hit that ball right through you.”
Winter and his mates have faired well in his last three tournaments, placing third in an Oakland tourney last summer. At last year’s North American Championships in Seattle, Winter’s team finished in the top 16 in a field of 48. He was also proud to finish in the top 12 of 36 teams at the Los Angeles “Polo Picnic” in January.
A true cycling enthusiast, Winter and girlfriend Cecilia Broadaway tool around town on their tandem bike.
“It’s been discussed,” Winter said about an inquiry on his interest to attempt tandem bike polo. “We know two bike polo players who have tandems and girlfriends, and we’ve talked about it.”
San Franisco Bike Polo
Where: Jose Coronado Playground, 21st Street between Shotwell and Folsom streets
When: 7 p.m., Monday and Thursday nights; tournaments on the weekends
Equipment: A bike, preferably of the mountain variety, helmet, gloves and pads
Summer tourneys: July, North American Championships in Madison, Wisc.; August, World Championships in Berlin
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: sfexaminer.com
This story comes from the San Francisco Examiner sfexaminer.com. Apparently SF has 132 public tennis courts. I think they should take one of those and put up some good boards and turn it into the San Francisco public bike polo court. Being that it’s in California I bet it won’t take the city long to see that if it’s a good idea to build pubic skate parks, it’ll be a good idea to give the bike polo set a place to play. And give them some lights too. That would be really nice.
Bike polo enthusiasts facing hard times
By: Kamala Kelkar
January 24, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — It has mallets, balls, bicycles and helmets, but bike polo does not have a written right to be on The City’s tennis courts.
Park rangers cited four bike polo players last week at a tennis court in Dolores Park — where they have been knocking the ball around weekly for at least a year — because someone complained to police.
The four among a group of about 20 waiting for a chance to sub in were cited for a violation of failure to obtain a permit. The permit costs about $100.
“This is the first time anyone’s received a ticket,” said Marc Caswell, who was on the sidelines watching as he recovered from a broken arm he sustained while playing. “Occasionally, we’re asked to not ride bikes on the court. We can’t be there. But as far as I can tell, we didn’t even violate any code.”
The City recognized that. Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg told Caswell, who is a project manager with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, that the four citations would be rescinded.
However, the players, Dufty and Ginsburg are still trying to work out details about where they can play because even though it is not explicitly written in the code, bicycles don’t belong on tennis courts.
The sport is the worldwide spawn of the traditional game played with two teams of three in the 1908 Olympics on a rectangular grass field. But the hard surface makes it easier to manage the ball so it doesn’t go flying all over the place, Caswell said.
The City’s polo players look for two things: pavement and a well-lit area. But he said there are really only two playgrounds that provide their amenities: Mission Playground and Jose Coronado Playground, which have concrete soccer fields. Those sites are already in high demand.
However there are 132 free tennis courts in The City where players can use them on a first-come, first-served basis.
The bike polo players want the one of six courts they use at Dolores Park to become multirecreational. Caswell said the bike polo players once rescheduled their weekly games for another group that uses the court for volleyball.
However, it is still destructive to the court and could technically be unlawful.
So-Cal Winter Polo Picnic II
Bike polo tournament
January 30th & 31st, 2010
North Hollywood Park, 818 LA
From Alex aka Joker:
Its gonna be big out here, we’ve got like 36 or so teams lined up, and a second rink rented out. It could be the future large scale tourney for the Southwest.
More info: labikepolo.org