Archive for April, 2010

Dwain

Dwain is a messenger working for Trackstar Courier in New York City.

See more in my flickr set.

Win this Milwaukee Bruiser

In the size of your choice of course. Find out how at benscycle.blogspot.com

2010 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships


2010 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Friday, August 13, 2010 – Sunday, August 15, 2010
Berlin, Germany

Contact info:
info [at] whbpc2010 [dot] org
http://www.whbpc2010.org

London Open Bike Polo Tournament

London Open
Bike Polo Tournament
August 21st, 2010
London, England

This is the weekend after the 2010 Worlds in Berlin.

More info: lhbpa.org/londonopen

Hip 2 Be Square III


Hip 2 Be Square 3
Alleycat
April 24, 2010
4:20pm Tompkins Sq. Park, NYC

fun race!! but Tone, I want my spokecard!!

1. Raph
2. Austin
3. Doug D
4. The king
5. JT
6. Crihs


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A Bike Polo story by Stephen Regenold

Bike Polo Feature Story
April 18, 2010
By STEPHEN REGENOLD
gearjunkie.com

Here is a good one, follow the link to see a good selection of photos.

A ball bounces, tires skid, and a polo match is set in motion. It is 4pm, a Wednesday in late March at McRae Park in Minneapolis. Sven Mattson, 30, is pedaling with his head down, tires tearing asphalt on a hockey rink that’s just shed its ice.

“Go, go, go!” Mattson shouts, his face obscured in the metal cage of a lacrosse helmet. Six riders crank to midcourt, mallets extended in a mad dash for an orange ball.

Bike polo is a burgeoning trend in the urban cycling scene. Mallets, modified bikes, street-hockey balls, and goal nets create a formula for a high-action sport where bike riding and ball handling take equal stock.

The sport, a feat of physical coordination, requires aptitude in steering, braking, passing, pedaling, blocking, and balancing as a little ball flings around a court. You can’t put your feet down. Hockey-inspired shoves and body checks are allowed in some play.

“It took me a while to trust that I wouldn’t get seriously injured,” said Bjorn Christianson, 35, a web developer in Minneapolis. Christianson has played polo since 2007. He now runs Mplsbikepolo.com, a website with news and a schedule for a local league.

Last month, I joined Christianson and a group of polo players for a night of pickup play. We were culled via Twitter — “McRae Park is a go! 4pm until dark’clock.” — and @mplsbikepolo, an account followed by some 600 people looking to stay updated on ad hoc games.

Hardcourt bike polo — not to be confused with its cousin sport, traditional bicycle polo, which is played on grass — has the vibe of a gritty new urban fad. But the sport’s history stretches back decades, according to Doug Dalrymple, a champion bike-polo player from Brooklyn, N.Y., who runs Hardcourtbikepolo.com. “It’s long been a poor man’s version of horse polo,” he said.

Bike polo has roots in the 1800s and was featured as an exhibition sport at the 1908 Olympic Games. Dalrymple, who has competed around North America, said the latest wave of hardcourt polo caught on about a decade ago.

Since then, scenes have emerged in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and towns around the world. There are annual tournaments, including the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships this year July 16 to 18 in Madison, Wis.

At McRae Park last month, the Twitter alert brought out about 20 bikers by 5pm. There were first-timers like me as well as serious “poloists” with customized bikes for the sport, including wheel covers, a single gear, chopped handlebars, and one brake.

Christianson explained the basics of play: You ride with one hand. Your mallet — a DIY club with a ski-pole shaft — swings free at your side. To score, push and pass the ball down-court and thwap it into the net.

The rules are easy. The play is hard. Bikes swirl on the pavement. Collisions are common. Touch a foot to the ground and you’re out of play until you tag a center point.

I jumped in for a try after observing several games. “Three, two, one, polo!” someone shouted, and a new game began.

The rush was on. Six mallet-wielding poloists pedaled midcourt toward a stationary ball. I swooped to the side, watching for a chance to reach and swing.

Play was five minutes or five points, whichever came first. My team, two men and a woman, pedaled the length of the court dozens of times. We chased runaway balls. We balanced at the goal when the opposition got close, a sideways bike a formidable block to the offense.

“Pass it!” players yelled. “Shoot!” I rode in circles. I occasionally touched the ball.

But then, at one point, I was alone and balanced with the ball. I rolled an inch and repositioned. A rider was coming fast from the other team. I lined up and shot, the ball bouncing away.

The orange sphere skipped toward an unguarded net. The opposition reached, mallets extended, but not close enough. My lucky ball bounced in, a point on the board. Cheers. A high-five. A moment of elation. And then the game rolled on.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

Fyxation Bar End Caps

More info: Fyxation

OUTLIER: Ultrafine Merino Polo

I feel like Outlier is doing really good things by making clothes not only in the US, but in New York City! Also if you look at the clothes they make here you’ll see that the style is clean and simple. It’s classic just like they say but to me it feels new. A young company, making high quality products, focusing on more fundamental and important aspects of making clothes, not just putting edgy, hyped logos on made-in-China crap that’ll get tossed to the grease rag pile in a year. I wear Outlier clothing and love it, I might sound like a broken record sometimes (that’s why I don’t post every one of there products on my site, but I would because there is nothing that they have done that I don’t like). I can make this comparison, if you were riding over the bridge on a Leader track bike (made in China and Taiwan) with the down tube blazing a huge LEADER logo and if you were riding on a hand made  frame by someone local and there was nothing on the downtube to broadcast the maker. The look and feel of the latter has to be better even though it lacks the over sized announcement of the former telling everyone about it.

What I’m saying is I like Outlier for staying local and keeping it simple.

The new bike to work classic. A raglan polo in ultrafine merino, so soft you’ll barely realize you are properly dressed for a business casual environment. The ultrafine 17.5 micron merino is the best natural performance fabric we can find. Merino has the incredible ability to suck moisture into the very core of the fiber. This pulls moisture away from your skin cooling you as you sweat, and allowing the fabric to dry quicker and keep breathing if it gets wet. Its naturally anti-microbial so you don’t need to worry about any stink and can get more use between washes too. The only downside is that it’s slightly addictive, be warned before you get down to business.

Available in a Pale Gray, Dusty Blue and Fiery Orange. Made in New York City with ultrafine New Zealand merino.

More info: Outlier

Escape From New York fun ride

Escape from New York
Fun Ride
July 3rd, 2010
New York City

Great flier Chombo, is that your new logo in the lower right? I hear this race, er fun ride is teams of four and will have a bike polo challenge included. Also my friend K-tel already made a mix tape, check it HERE.

Lots more info: EscapeFromNewYorkFunRide.blogspot.com

My ESPI 4 coozy, a real collectors item

So did anybody keep theirs? Wondering if coozy swag is good swag in the opinion of bike polo players?