Archive for July, 2008
The Western Front does a story about bike polo in Bellingham, Washington.
From the field to the streets
by Stephanie Castillo
Monday, July 14, 2008
They play late at night and usually into the early morning hours as players listen to loud rhythmic music from an old portable stereo that serves as a backdrop against the rattles of bikes and the scraping of mallets against concrete.
Players turned the Bellingham High School parking lot, illuminated by overhead street lights, into a playing field for a rough and tumble game called bike polo.
And there is a video piece as well.
This story is a bit funny not only because the media continues to brand the game as “urban” about fifteen times, but more so because of the details in the way they play in Bellingham. Such as the guy on the skateboard, the way they deal with foot down, the comparison to adult kickball, and the girl on the trike. But all that’s OK because as Soren Dahlgren said “We play a lot because it’s fun, but our rules are loose,” and “It’s more about playing than it is about playing by the rules.” I say keep it up.
All Photos © Doug D 2008
Since I have been posting my photography for friends to see I’ve received a few emails asking for high res versions or just to use a photo on this site and I’ve said yes to everyone, so thanks to everybody that had the courtesy to ask. It’s my pleasure.
Original flier here
Southie Summer Tourney
Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament
July 12th, 2008
Register at 11 am start at Noon
July 13th, 2008
Grudge Matches! and pick up games
Starts at Noon
or contact Boston Bike Polo
Winners: “Coque Bloquers” (Alexis, Robbie, Jen) Ottawa
2nd Place: “Judas and the Betrayers” (Nick, Tyler, Jav) Boston
3rd Place: “Steel Horsemen” (Dennis, Sean, Ian) RVA
Also heard NYC (Paul, Quinn, Brendan) got fourth. And that another NYC/?? team, that might have done well, played really badly. hmmm.
Brian in Lexington sent me a link to this photo of a no name kids 20″ cruiser bike with the words “polo bike” on the chain guard. I think it was at a swap meet in Kentucky. Seems interesting enough, I like the pedals and that looks like a good ratio. Has anyone else seen one of these?
Ramsay Bowl 2008
1st Annual Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament
September 12th – 14th, 2008
For more info Calgary Hardcourt Bike Polo
Winners: “An East Vancouver team”