Archive for May, 2009

B43's making the rounds

Black IRO Velocity B43 wheels on bridge

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I had to put this Velocity B43 wheel set on my work bike because last night there were a couple late night street races. All bikes had to be fixed and brakeless. I did some 200m sprints on this bike after swapping out the platforms for clip-in’s, losing the 18t freewheel for a 17t track cog and dropping the front brake. I should have put the drop bars on but I was too excited about the new wheels! They have a very noticeable feel that is not like the Deep-V. I don’t want to make myself sound like a smarty by using words like stiffness and momentum but I will say I love the way they look and ride. I’m gonna be daydreaming about this set up while I’m riding to LA on my old Bianchi touring bike. Hit up TrackstarNYC to get a pair because they just came in. 32 hole only. The 36 and 48′s are on the way.

Previously: Velocity B43 wheels

Pittsburgh 4th of July Polo

4th Of July Bike Polo Tournament
Bike Polo Tournament
July 4th, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA

Presented by UrbanVelo and pretty much just for fun. Random teams, round robin play, PICNICS!!

For more info visit pghbikepolo.com

I got some news today….

I think I did get picked to do the 42Ride and I’ll be leaving in three weeks. WTF!

I can hardly believe it, 41 other riders and myself will leave NYC just after the Bicycle Film Fest ends and ride west to LA in 55 days to be apart of the BFF out there. The group will split into two groups of 21. One group riding a northern route and the other going more south. No idea where I’ll be. But I know I won’t be at the North Side Polo Invite. and Damn I am sad about that, I love Ottawa. Shit!! …next year… And I won’t be able to race at the North American Cycle Courier Championship in Boston. I’m really bumbed about that. Not so much on the web, but to close friends I’ve said that I want to win the NACCC. With it being rumoured to be an 8 hour main race, I know I’d stomp on some fools. Kill Shit. But no, I’ll be in a different time zone.  I’ll be touring during the NAHBPC too. ah what ya gonna do?

One good thing is that I can use this as a chance to visit where I lived in CA. Can’t wait to be in Mammoth Lakes in late August. So if I’m there for a week or so after the ride wraps up I might miss that thing in Philly. oops.

I will still be at COG but you know, whatever I’ll just want to hang with my boys. Win or lose I just want to have some fun. And if there is anyone who can give me a ride from MKE to Dayton I really need to pick up my touring bike that is stored at my Mom’s house. Please.

I bet I’ll have a lot more news about this in the next few weeks. And posting here might be less often. and if any, it might just be updates/photos about the trip. But part of the deal is I’ll have to blog a little about my travels on some website for 42 Below. Yes, it’s a vodka company.

Holy shit I can’t believe this!!!

Joe Vs. Goldie

What is going on here?

IMG_0326, originally uploaded by dani.ohia.

That’s Joe (L) and Goldie who is on his brakeless, freewheel, front suspension polo bike. He was one of my teammates at the 6th Mid-West in Dayton, Ohio. Joe’s team beat us and then took the whole damn thing.

Play Bike Polo for the Cardio

NY Daily News did a little bit of internet research and has this to say about bike polo in a spread called Get your exercise from one of New York’s offbeat sports by Nicole Lyn Pesce

follow the link to read more about Inner-tube water polo, Broomball and other things of the like.

BIKE POLO

This unrefined, urban spin on the well-heeled sport traditionally played on horseback swaps the Thoroughbreds for two-wheelers. There are three members to a team, swinging homemade mallets over their handlebars and hitting a street hockey ball toward each other’s goals. First team to score five goals wins.

Also known as Hardcourt Bike Polo, the bicycle bouts resemble hockey on wheels. Any adults can play, providing they can pedal a bike one-handed while swinging a mallet. Roll into the Pit in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the lower East Side on Sundays at noon or Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. for pickup matches. Wear a helmet and protective gear, as this is a contact sport! Extra mallets are on hand, but bring your own bike. Any two-wheeler will do, but it’ll take a beating, so if you become hooked (and who wouldn’t?), consider investing in a beater bike, lower and reinforced with shorter handlebars and disk wheels for protection — although you can still expect a scratch or 10. (Free, the Pit at Chrystie St. and Broome St.; www.nycbikepolo.com.)

I have a ton of photos from Dayton…

The only problem is finding time and a good connection to upload them all. Then there is sorting and all the other little details that make me not want to sit in front of a computer. But here are the 6th Mid-West Bike Polo Champeenship winners, Beaver Boys (Kremin, Joe, Brian) from Milwaukee, WI. They finished on top of 27 teams from all around the mid-west, beating Madison A aka “Wisconsin B” (Ben H., Jonny H., Jon A.) in the final game 5-4.

This weekend was a load of fun for me! I got to team up with a pair of Dayton players I learned the game with a handfull of years ago. We had a blast tearing shit up on our home court. The game we, Wet Nitemaer, played against Triple Lex was one of the most fun games I’ve ever played. They had us by 3 points(?). Maybe it was 0-3 or 1-4 and it was a super fast paced game rushing up and down the huge rink. We got back in it and had them at 3-4 and it was about one min. left in the game. Having just gone back to our half after we scored Lexington was taking sweet time getting the ball back in play. Maybe because my team had regained momentum in the quickly closing game. I riped a turn at half court, sat on the line and yealled “Bring the ball over the line you pussies!!” The crowd was making so much noise too. One of them did bring it over and it got sent loose. Somehow it got in reach of Goldie who played the entire day on a freewheel brakeless mountain bike and he scored from beyond 3/4 court! Making it a 4-4 game. I think everyone watching went wild, I heard Goldies face was a explosion of joy. Brett, my other teammate was so happy he forgot we still had a hand full of seconds left to play. I saw Lex bring the ball back and got past me at the half court, and with a net open they retured with a game winning goal at the very end.

That was fun.

On Saturday there was the Gem City alleycat. 52 racer set to the streets of Dayton at 7pm from the polo courts and raced for the next 2 + hours. I called it that I was not aiming to win the polo because I had my sights on the race. I had the lead off the start and leading up to the 3rd check point till there was a mix up with East Babbit St. and West Babbit St. I went back and forth a couple times not finding the CP person with about 50 other racers ripping U turns right behind me. I had no idea where the CP was because they were NOT where they were suposed to be. And because of the way the race was set up, the CP was where you got a small slip of paper telling you where to go next, I had no idea where to go next!! Looking around in a panic and making calls to the organizers for the next 5 min. I got left behind by 20 or 30 other racer who had found the CP person without me knowing. Finally I got on my way. making it to the next check point late, I asked “how many?” the response was “oh man, i dont know A LOT“. I was not happy but I remembered  a conversation I had with a friend about not giving up. So I rode my ass off to get all 8 slips so I could get started on the first manifest and give some colorful words to the organizers. I did not ask how many were in front of me. I looked at the list of do-in-any-order CP’s and asked where Bacon St was. “look at your map” is the answer I got back.

I took off. I was basically alone for the whole time and with some stroke of luck and residual knowledge of Dayton streets from my Brown Street Subhouse food delivery days, I somehow did the list of CP’s in perfect order. Making my way back to the bar to find out if I was in the top 18 rider (only the top 18 would go on to the last manifest).

I was in first! I started the last manifest.

I stayed in first the entire time till the end. I was wooped, the hills and the felling of defeat slowed me down at times but I kept the pace because I had no clue how much time I had on anyone. When I made it back to the Century Bar for the finish I was about 10 min ahead of the next racers.

I know there is a bunch of other details I’m leaving out but I’ll add some more details with the photos I plan on posting up in the next few days.

Thank You Dayton Ohio Bike Polo!!!!

And here are the winners of The 6th Midwest Bike Polo Champeenship, Beaver Boys aka Team Pabst. Kremin, Joe, and Brian.

MKE Beaver Boys win 6th Midwest bike polo  copy

Velocity B43 wheels

Velocity B43 bike wheel close up

Velocity B43 wheels on Brooklyn Machine works polo bike

Velocity B43 front wheel

Over this past weekend while I was in Dayton racing the Gem City Massacre 6 and playing polo with a gang of fools. ZACH at TrackstarNYC was building me some wheels. Thanks ZACH!

Velocity took me on as a test rider and sent me a set of the new B43 rims in black ano. along with a mix of black and silver DT Swiss Champion spokes. Thank you Dave!

Milwaukee Bicycle Company had the hubset I wanted to run, in 32hole. Thanks Drew!

I’ll be running these back and forth on a couple of my bikes, putting them thru all the hell I can find in New York, on the streets and in the courts.

MELBOURNE, May 30th + 31st

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MELBOURNE
MAY 30th + 31st
2 Days of Bike Polo Madness. North Carlton,
$5 individual entry , $15 team of three.
Day 1, set teams, (BYO or enter the ballot) Noon till Dark.
Saturday night after party location to be confirmed

Day 2, pickup polo + trackstand, footdown, quickstop + more.

Prizes for podium placing as well as best player, best new
player, best female, best outfits, best stack.

Out of Towners get in touch for billeting.

Thanks a lot!
Cath Harmsen

Melbourne Hardcourt Bike Polo
http://www.bikepolo.com.au
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5802373066
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=95701948572&ref=nf

IN NEW YORK THEY kill shit

in new york they sticker

Matt, Thanks again for the stickers. I passed some out with the club.
I’m wondering what the euros wrote in theirs? Mine says “kill shit”

A wise man once said…

GeorgeSantayana

“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it”
- George Santayana from Reason in Common Sense, the first volume of his “The Life of Reason” book.

For one moment lets take a step back and think about this.