Archive for April, 2011

Ralph Lauren thinks it owns everything polo

Think again! Back in 2008 a federal appeals court said the US Polo Association (WHO REALLY PLAY POLO!!) could keep it’s logos after Ralph Lauren (NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SPORT!!) took them to court over a trademark dispute. See a post I did about it back then. But this was not the first time RL thought they own everything polo, and it wasn’t the last. Just recently another company who is truly associated with a sport(this one being BIKE polo), Chunk Clothing,  is being pressured by Ralph Lauren’s lawyers over some bullshit. There are a couple of things that make me laugh. One, way back when Mr. Lauren had an idea to create a brand he had an early thought to call it “Baseball” but later changed his mind in favor of “Polo”. For the upper-crustiness sound of it I’m sure. And second, although founded in 1967 the company never sponsored a real polo team until briefly sometime around 2009. Basically just biting on the culture of a sport to sell overpriced clothes that are made in China. Way to go!

I spotted this on 321polo.net

The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show

The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show
April 30, 2011
New York City

I’m planning on going to this to visit the Outlier people and Thomas of Horse Cycles. Also to check out all the other stuff, I think I’m going to take my camera. And there are a couple of after parties. One at the Chrome store and a one at the shop of Horse Cycles in Brooklyn.

Note: that logo is the beer sponsor.

More info: newambikeshow.com and horsecycles.com

New mallet system: Northern Standard Bike Polo

Northern Standard Bike Polo from Ken Regehr on Vimeo.

This video is like a intro/teaser, not yet for sale, no price listed, but you can still check the site for updates. http://www.nsbikepolo.com/

April 17th, 2011: The Pit

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2011 Australasian Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships

Australasian Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
May 7th – 8th, 2011
Adelaide, Australia

I like that in Australia they have it together enough to just make a yearly distinction versus doing the first, second, ect. for their Championships. That’s pro.

More info: bikepolo.com.au

Chombo’s Joust polo bike revisited

As of April 2011

Previously: Chombo’s Joust polo bike aka “Yayo”

April 3rd, 2011: The Pit

Horse Cycles

I stopped by Horse Cycles to visit Thomas and get a peek at his polo bike as he was working to finish it.

Thomas is a new player to NYC bike polo but that didn’t stop him from creating polo frame and fork for himself.

Here are a few photos from that day. And I’ll get some shots of the complete bike as soon as I can.

More info: horsecycles.com/contact/

My new BMW V2 polo bike

A new bike! This has most of the components off the old green Brooklyn I was riding the last couple of years. Including the MKE Bruiser S700 -120mm Polo Fork.

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Sara’s polo bike w/ Squarebuilt bars

as of April 3rd 2011