Archive for May, 2008

May 18th, 2008 Dayton, Ohio part two

Gem City Massacre 5 Bike Polo Tournament

bike polo lee twisted GCMPOLO

bike polo nick busting thru

bike polo ross elton GCMPOLO

bike polo girl red bike GCMPOLO

bike polo joe push big lee GCMPOLO

bike polo adam gets a screen

bike polo joe crash lee nick

bike polo Nick Adam spill GCMPOLO

bike polo Eric bracket GCMPOLO
All Photos © Doug D 2008

New Bike Polo Videos

Gem City Massacre

Cleveland Bike Polo

ESPI3 DC Plat at Your Own Risk

Biking In New York City

Picture 2
Photo and Interview
by Freddie Sandstrom

WATCH IT

Thanks Freddie for mentioning hardcourtbikepolo.com in the credits.

Great work!

May 18th, 2008 Dayton, Ohio part one

Gem City Massacre 5 Bike Polo Tournament

bike polo lee brett swings GCMPOLO

bike polo dana adam running GCMPOLO

bike polo all 6 adam on

bike polo bike lee small bike

bike polo bleachers GCMPOLO

bike polo dana strech GCMPOLO

bike polo nishiki tap out

bike polo Elton no goal GCMPOLO

bike polo brett chillin GCMPOLO

All Photos © Doug D 2008

"The Angelo" aka The Ball Joint Question?

“The Angelo” aka The Ball Joint Question? (as suggested by Ben Schultz)

Mad Bike Polo already has a post about “Rules Conference 2008” so maybe check out the thoughts over there too.

I was reluctant to do a post on this because it’s just asking for more rules.
The play is not a golden ticket to scoring. It is good for passing but it is harder to gain possession than say, giving the ball a tap or light hit. It will send the ball into the goal off the end of the mallet, yes. But to carry the ball around is easy, IF you can get to it with no pressure AND as long as no one is able to even SLIGHTLY touch that players mallet. The ball is lost easily. And on rough surfaces it may be lost at a slight bump or crack on the court.
Lots of things can be said, and I’m sure they will, but two points I want to make are:
1. It is not a shuffle. (as some have referred to it as “The Angelo shuffle“)
2. Save your ski poles. Don’t go putting on over sized heads, as in a head big enough for the ball to fit inside the mallet and let the player be able to “scoop” up the ball and carry it around. That is not the same as putting down pressure on the ball and moving it along the playing surface.

To spell it out. Mallets will be broken.

On second thought I do have a few things to say. I first saw this move done by the person it’s named after. Ask him and he calls it simply “The Ball Joint”. When I first witnessed it I was take by how one could carry the ball left or right without looking at it and the release seemed pretty accurate. I will say that I can’t remember any goals being scored in that manner at that time.
Since I only get the pleasure of playing against the Ottawa crew every so often I really wanted to have a trick up my sleeve for them when we met in DC at the 3rd ESPI. In the weeks before I spent some time (using my regular mallet) practicing what I started to call “The Angelo” so if, when in a game against Ottawa, he were to pull out the move, I could counter with the same. But I’m a jackass and couldn’t keep it to myself and about 23 teams worth of players got a first hand look at something that should probably NOT be in the game of polo as a way to score.
I kind of feel like it’s my fault. Also, for the most part, I’ve stopped taking shots on goal in this manner but still use it for passing, sometimes.

EDIT: After reading what Brian of Ottawa wrote, I fully agree. It’s OK for passing but not for shooting. (in a nut shell)

Lief ball joint in The Pit, NYC

Lief ball joint in The Pit, NYC

Sonadei Bike Polo T-Shirts


Update:
Go to Sonadei.com and use coupon code: NYBP.
It is good for a $5.00 discount on any shirt.
The discount lasts until May 31st.
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Yep, that’s me on a t-shirt… again.

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"TAKE OUT THE GOALIE!" Question?

A debate on the merits of goal tending and specifically on taking out goaltenders. (as suggested by Le Jackal)

So lets hear it.
Sometimes goalies don’t get much pressure.
Sometimes they get more than they can handle.
Sometimes a team never has a goal tender but for a few seconds at a time.
Some teams dedicate a player to sit in goal to solely defend shots on goal.

I’ll say that it’s all OK. Play however you want, but know that this is a physical game and contact is allowed. Etiquette calls for contact to be limited to players near the ball OR near the goal. The rules call for little more, maybe just “No T-boning”.
Two thing I’ve been quoted as saying are “I’m coming at ya” and “take out the goalie”. And that’s pretty much where I stand on the matter.
Now, on the other hand, there is something to be said for a gentlemanly game with little brute force and mostly speed and skill, but that brings me back to what I said first.
It’s all OK. Play however you want.

If you’d like to leave a comment please note the city where you play. Thanks.

Plastic BMX Pedals

This past weekend I met some friends of friends who rode BMX, and I learned a few new (to me) things about the bikes riders are on these days. One thing I want to bring over to my polo bike is the plastic pedals a lot of riders are on. I have always liked a flat pedal for polo, jumping off the bike is instant if need be. I think plastic works the best because they are cheap and won’t kick your rear wheel up so bad if you pedal strike. But the cheap ones are the throw-aways that come with factory complete bikes, and the problem for me is they have a small platform and hurt my feet after a while.

I went with the Haro “Small Block” plastic pedals (top) because they have the most surface area and cost the least. ($9.99)

The Odyssey “Twisted Super Lite” plastic pedals (middle) seem to be more popular among BMX’ers but they cost a little more. ($15.99)

And lastly the Eastern “CFR” plastic pedals (bottom) are just another option. ($14.99)

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Prices listed found at Dan’s Comp

ECMC 2008 Bike Polo Tournament

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The thirteenth annual European Cycle Messenger Championship (ECMC) is a three day cycling competition. This year it’s held in Eindhoven, Holland from Friday to Monday, July 25th to 28th.

On ecmc2008.com the program has polo listed for the 25th. And fuccit.com seems to be in charge of this side-event.

For more info:
ecmc2008.com or info@ecmc2008.com
fuccit.com for bike polo info

Results: 18 teams

Winners: Team Basel (Switzerland)
2nd place: Moving Target (Great Britain)
3rd place: Track bike shop (Denmark)

Zach's polo bike aka "Battle Steed"

As of April 6th, 2008

Oh, more 48 spoked prize wheels.

Zach's ride 1

Zach's ride 2

Zach's ride 3

All Photos © Doug D 2008