Archive for February, 2009

Let me tell you all about bike polo…

This is a little embarrassing but who cares, it was months ago. way back when I shaved, wow.
Actually I’m not too bummed about how this turned out. These guys were a bit odd, from Europe or something…

As seen on Platform

In Britain, polo is played by toffs on horseback. In America, it’s played by badass beatniks on bicycles. NY minutes investigates.

Bike Polo in Oklahoma

As Seen on NewsOK.com

Bicycle polo rolls into Oklahoma

Sport has gained recent popularity on West Coast

BY MICHAEL OVERALL
Published: February 24, 2009

Maybe Los Angeles has a lot of stuff Tulsa doesn’t have. Maybe that’s why Phillip Dillon wanted to try living there.

He had never heard of bike polo, for example. The game has been around since at least the 1890s, when tournaments were first organized in Ireland.

But it didn’t become trendy on the West Coast until a few years ago, starting in Seattle and Portland, then moving to California.

Dillon lived in Los Angeles for a year before moving back to Tulsa in December. And he thought it was too bad no one had started bike polo here.

In Tulsa, he found space in the back of an old warehouse across the street from where downtown’s new baseball stadium is under construction.

About the size of a basketball court, the playing field is surrounded by waist-high plywood walls.

Orange construction cones mark the goal lines. And open doorways provide just enough light, with the afternoon sun casting long shadows across the concrete floor.

In the makeshift sport of bike polo, it’s a tradition for players to make their own mallets.

Games keep going until a team scores five goals — sometimes a few minutes, sometimes half an hour.

With the groundwork under way for the Tulsa Drillers’ new ballpark across the street, crews are using the front part of the warehouse for storage. As construction picks up speed, Dillon expects his bike polo court to be crowded out.

Players might try using the parking lot out back, but the asphalt slopes toward the street, making balls roll unpredictably.

Dillon hopes, instead, to ask the city parks department for a permanent site.

We love you too Yorgo


in new york they… from Brendan McNamee on Vimeo.

And send me one of those stickers too!

Bike polo in Asia?

20090205_3e34d1da4735181d287eMXJVZIl6FNLR
I just spotted this on Hong Kong Fixed

Anyone able to tell me more?

Milwaukee Messenger Invite

Milwaukee Messenger invite 2009 flier
Milwaukee Messenger Invite 8
Messenger Race & Bike Polo Tournament
March 28th – 29th, 2009
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For more info: Milwaukee Invite on Myspace

MMI VIII, originally uploaded by Sveden.

Results:
Joe and Brian (MKE) won

Profile 48 Hole Fixed Hubs

At Profile, we don’t pretend to be experts about Bike Polo, so I don’t know why so many people are asking us to make 48 hole hubs, but I can guess.

And that guess would be that folding a 32 hole wheel in half and then trying to ride it for the rest of the game and then home afterwards is just no fun at all.

Here’s the very first pair of 48 hole Fixed/Fixed hubs we’ve made so far. We’ll probably run some more of these in a few, and have them ready to sell by the time the weather turns nice in most places. In other words, April-ish.

Drop me an email at christian atprofileracing dotcom.

-gob

For more info: Profile Fixed

Bike Polo Details by Shelby Falk


Bike Polo Details from Shelby Falk on Vimeo.

Mighty Mend it Dub

Nigel Sylvester on Firsthand


And a short clip of NYC Bike Polo in The Pit.

Bike polo and Elizabeth Taylor

090212-elephantwalk, originally uploaded by trudatnyc.

Indoor bike polo being played in a scene of the 1954 movie Elephant Walk. Thanks Trudy.