Archive for May, 2010
Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo Festival ’10
June 4th – 6th, 2010
It seems like just yesterday when I found out that hardcourt bike polo reached Japan.
For more info: tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com
See more in my Flickr set.
East Side Polo Invite V
East Coast Bike Polo Tournament
June 26th – 27th, 2010
Brooklyn, New York
ESPI 5 registration will be first come, first serve and absolutely capped at 48 teams.
There will be 3 courts, and the location is in Brooklyn, west of McCarren Park.
Map of the area: here
1st day results and teams: here
For more info: NYC Bike Polo
Previously: 10 Minutes Vs. 5 Points
I think this is the best spokecard I have seen all year! But, I want to see more. If you are having a tournament and don’t give the players a spokecard for the event, then that’s just crap. Anyway, this Championships is over. Visit the official site for results and such. Also if you want to laugh at how small the goals were look at this. It’s a wonder anyone won when you combine Euro non-stop goalie action with the more-narrow-than-a-bike-is-long goals. Thank god for footdowns.
This image has been a t-shirt, a tournament flier, a club logo, and now a dumb little sticker like a tourist would buy at the Outer Banks. Ha! I’m just glad it’s not my photo that ranks high in a Google search of bike polo. It’s just a picture of me that keeps getting swiped.
Love bike polo? Show how much you love to mash it up with this cool sticker.
Want one? Just $4.00 each
More info: cafepress.com
First let me say that I have never seen one of these first hand. I was just browsing the White Industries website and happened upon this new product. I’m a big fan of White Industries and on my three most ridden bikes, all have at least one White Ind. component. Right away I saw the bike polo application with this bash guard/ring. I even Google imaged it and did a Flickr search to get a look at more photos. But no luck other than the two small ones on the site listing the product. Here is one of the two from the site.
This is a more expensive set up than say, something imported. But then again this is made in USA. A big plus in my book. And White Industries makes top quality stuff. At least everything I have ridden. According to their site’s suggested retail price lists the ENO Cranks and the Bash Guard/Ring are sold separate. The list for the cranks is $200 in your choice of 170mm, 175mm, or 180mm. And the Bash Guard/Ring comes in 30t, 32t or 34t for $68.
Some words from the product page.
BASH (v.) To strike with a crushing or smashing blow
GUARD (v.) To keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over
Introducing our newest chain ring with an integral bashguard machined as part of the ring. The bashguard/chain ring unit has our proprietary crank spline interface and is machined out of 7075 aluminum. Available in sizes 30t, 32t and 34t, made in the USA, and can be ordered in polished silver or black anodized finish.
More info: White Industries
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Cycles for Heroes sent me one of their MO’s Mallets a couple months ago. I am very late doing a post about it. But in that time I have been playing games with the mallet every week. I have never made a mallet this nice. I kind of wish I had about eight of them to take to tourneys. I like making mallets, I’ve been doing it for years but there are two things I liked a lot about this mallet from the get go. One, it’s light. Two, it’s very well made. After weeks of pick-up games the HDPE mallet head has worn very well. It still has lots of life in it! Also it does keep it’s shape even after some heavy hits against it.
A couple of things that I want to mention in the room-for-improvement department are that you need two 3mm keys to tighten the rod that holds the head on. With just one the whole thing will just spin because all the threads are internal. Over all this is a good thing but just a heads up to have two 3mm’s on hand to tighten loose hardware. And the second thing that might be more important is that after a couple weeks the rod that goes through the AL7075-T6 seamless shaft did bend. Nothing too severe, it’s still holding strong, just bent a little. I think it’s made of aluminum. Something stronger might be ok because this mallet is very light and another ounce would not kill it.
All the lightening holes are well placed and have not shown any weakness. The whole thing looks good. It’s super easy to put together. The over all length is a bit long so it’s no big deal to trim it to size, plug the end, wrap it however you like and it’s good to go.
There are a few places to get poles, and or mallet heads. But as far as I know this is the first and only place to buy a complete mallet. And as I said before and to anyone at pick-up who asked. I like this mallet a lot. Looks good, built well, plays great. Not much more to ask for. Well, I might ask for a capped end. And someplace in North America to get them from but other than that you can’t do much better for a pre-made complete mallet.
For more info: Cycle for Heroes
In bike polo there are two general forms of play, pick-up and tournament games. In pick-up the teams and the players on the teams change at the end of every game, the people waiting to play get a turn and some of those who just played wait to play again. The games are not exceptionally important, everyone waiting to play will get more games in, there are no prizes, there is no scoreboard (other than calling out the score). And there is no set allotted time, at least not if the game ends before the crowd gets too impatient. In pick-up, games are played first to 5 points wins.
In bike polo tournaments the games are played first to 5 points wins. I think this has carried over from the majority of games being played as pick-up and never really making the move to a more legitimate time structure. But if one were to think about this in relation to nearly all other sports, our method seems out of the ordinary. Lets take polo for example. In polo the matches are played in chukkas and the score has no impact on the length of the game. Same goes for traditional grass bike polo, soccer, hockey, basketball, football and the list goes on. Even in roller derby, a sport that hardcourt bike polo has a lot to learn from, they compete for two 30 min periods.
The other day Adam put forth the format he purposed to be used at this years East Side Polo Invite 5 in NYC. A noteworthy change is that all games will end at time (that will vary depending on the round) and the widely accepted “first-to-five wins” rule is being abandoned. I think this is a good thing. It’s an absolutely necessary change that will, eventually, have to come into effect.
I’m going to end this short but there are many points to make. And I hope Adam does not mind that I post this quote from a club email.
“first-to-five is going the way of the circle-out. you heard it here first.” Adam Menace