I stopped by Brooklyn Machine Works to get a box before packing up for Berlin and seen they had a copy of the new Loop Mag. Seven full pages of bike polo and a few other small stuff spread out in the mag too. Tak has some great photos of a few North American female polo players here. Enjoy.
2010 Japanese Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Results from Riki
Yellow Stick Mania (Tommy, Yu-ki, RYO/Tokyo hardcourt Bike Polo/Tokyo)
雷神 (Raizing) (Riki, Arthur, Crow/Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo/Tokyo)
Black Wrist (Hajime. Fumi. Hana-Megane/Black Wrist/Tokyo)
More info: Tokyo Bike Polo
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This issue of Loop has The Grime riders on the cover but bike polo players all over the inside. Not pictured here but Riki from Japan has a full page for his Joust polo bike. Then two more full pages of Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo. The NYC Bench Minor bike polo tournament gets 5 full pages with a group shot followed by 14 rider shots all of out of towners. Lee, Sean McDonell, Hugo, Ben Hunter, Brian Dillman, John Atwell, Sam Jackson, Matt Lane, Johnny Crash, Tucker Schwinn, Pierre, Clement, Ben Schultz and Kremin.
More info: Loop Magazine
Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo Festival ’10
June 4th – 6th, 2010
It seems like just yesterday when I found out that hardcourt bike polo reached Japan.
For more info: tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com
Anyone that is keeping track, even if just barely, knows that bike polo has been growing in all directions. More players in the places that have been at it for years and more cities starting up clubs in the places that didn’t have regular games one or two years ago. Europe has been doing what looks like the same thing. Where as polo was heavy in the United States and Canada, now it’s definitely heavy in Europe too. I’m still looking forward to playing on a different continent. Maybe London, maybe Milan, or maybe Tokyo!
I missed the 2009 CMWC in Tokyo but by the looks of things bike polo is getting hot in Japan. Of course bike polo is happening in South America and Australia too but like I said, anyone keeping track knows that they’ve had the game going for years. But polo in Japan is new. From looking at the stats of this site I see that Japan is second highest in page views, beating out Canada and United Kingdom nearly combined. From there I searched around and found some sites to get a better picture of what they were putting up. Here are some links to what I found.
flickr.com/photos/rikitko/ More photos from rikitko’s bike polo set
blogged.bluelug.com Some game play shots.
northwheelie.blogspot.com A few about-the-court shots
bakancycle.exblog.jp A funny flier and a mallet building session
fantapista.blog34.fc2.com Mallet build how-to
blog.8to8.in More mallet building. All of these links have photos by the way.
gallery.nikon-image.com Photo gallery of game play from CMWC weekend in Tokyo
nb-log.com A couple action shots and a bike check
pinkyfiky.cocolog-nifty.com one good photo of a Japanese bike polo mallet
osakabikepolo.wordpress.com This is the home page of Osaka Bike Polo. Bookmark it, or RSS it. Then RSS my site too. Thanks.
photozou.jp More mallet building session photos
d.hatena.ne.jp Again, mallets building photos.
blog2.nobikenolife.com Hanging out, building mallets, hitting the ball around
sidecarblog.jugem.jp Lots of photos
And last but not least tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com All things Tokyo and Bike Polo.
LOOP is a new bicycling mag out of Japan and one of the contributing photographers is a friend of mine. Takuya Sakamoto or just “Tak” has been in New York many years as a bike messenger and working photographer. He has a website called New York Bike Dreams.
On the cover is Jeremiah ripping his new Brooklyn Element.
Inside has tons of photos with lots info like this product page featuring Fifo x BMW cycling caps.
Also page after page of riders and their bikes like Wataru here, holding a bike polo mallet on his Schwinn Madison.
And the last page sneek peek of the next issue. Looks like ZACH is finally gonna let us see what he does back in his cave.