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BMW "Clusterfork" announcement

I stopped by the Brooklyn Machine Works shop and noticed a grip of new forks about to go to paint. Talking with Ken the welder he said they should be ready to ship orders next week.
I know one bike polo player already has one. I ran into Max Knight last night at Second Chance and got a look at one hot off the welding table. It was raw metal and looked good on his Gangsta Track.

Here is a small bit of what can be seen on Brooklyn’s Blog.

The first batch of the Brooklyn Machine Works “Clusterfork” is finally heading off to paint and will be ready to ship next week.

Specs are as follows:

Axle-to-crown height – 410mm
Axle offset – 31.75mm
Axle slot – 9mm
Weight – 1360 grams
Handmade right here in our shop in Brooklyn, NY.

The legs have a slight two degree taper so that the average fixed tire isn’t swimming in space, but still has clearance for just about any tire currently available.

Jeremiah ripping his new Brooklyn Element

Jeremiah BMW element bike under BQE

Jeremiah BMW element bike 180

Keep an eye on Brooklyn Machine Works for more info on this yet-to-be-released bike. But for a more immediate fix hit up Prolly, I did get these shot at Peel Session.

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.

Bike Polo Jocks are Still Jocks

bike polo jocks sticker
A couple weeks ago in Boston at ESPI 4 I found this sticker on my bike. Of all the dumb shit people have tried to put on my bike at tournaments I’m surprised I didn’t just start peeling. But before I thought to take my thumb nail to a corner I read it and smiled. I heard that Leon asked Paul if I’d be mad and if he thought I’d leave it on.

Maybe Leon has more, I don’t know. But tonight I know he did play some games with us in The Pit and had some drinks at the bar after and even talked Johnny Midwest and I into an arm wrestling match.

BMW After Test Paint

Brooklyn Machine Works
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I have been really lazy about doing this site lately. I’ve taken a slight break from polo, I’ve played about 4 times since the NYC in Madison tournament. But I am looking forward to a full summer of bike polo this year. Anyway, I updated the Tournaments page as well as post five new polo tournament fliers. And this is a photo of that same Brooklyn Machine Works I was playing on in Madison, the same one I posted a photo of in it’s unpainted/raw state. This is just a test paint. I sprayed it with cans of Montana Gold just to see if the idea would look good on the bike. Later it’ll undergo a more professional painting or powder coating to copy this, or maybe something else.

Jake's Brooklyn Machine Works polo bike

As of Jan. 3rd, 2009

Jake's Brooklyn Machine Works hardcourt polo bike full

Jake's Brooklyn Machine Works hardcourt polo bike front wheel

Jake's Brooklyn Machine Works hardcourt polo bike drivetrain
All Photos © Doug D 2009


I love New York but every time I return from Madison the first thing I think is that I can’t wait to go back.

Madison set a couple of firsts with the New Year’s Champs in Madison. First indoor hardcourt bike polo tournament to used a score board with countdown timer and buzzer. And first cash prize ($1000) to the winners. And in my eyes they got two things wrong, there were no team names and no spoke cards. But they made up for it by using only one tap out for the bracket games and having a few dozen donuts on hand for the second day. Actually, MAD Bike Polo got everything right. The organization was near flawless, they feed all the players multiple times over the weekend, lined up plenty of great sponsors, made sure everyone had places to sleep and had kegs of beer every night and other off court activities too. Nothing tops 12 hours of indoor bike polo in January.

The first day took place in the Goodman Community Center gym with 17 teams playing on a rubber basketball court with short wooden boards around the perimeter. And when the round robin was done most of us spent 2 ½ hours scrubbing the skid marks off.

The second day was outside in 30°F overcast and slight freezing rain at the famed Thunderdome. What could have been 4 tennis courts in length was shored up to be 2 ½ in length by the same boards from the day before. I know Max did a lot of work to get this done. Thanks, I’m glad so many players got to experience Madison’s home court.

I know that the Hunter Bros. et al could not have put on such a great event without the generous sponsors.

Just Coffee

Ben’s Cycle & Milwaukee Bicycle Co.

Furthermore Beer

Contex Clothing

Brooklyn Machine Works

Demos Watches

And I want to express gratitude to TrackstarNYC for sponsoring our team by covering our $75 entry fee.

There are a lot of things about the weekend that stick out in my mind. Angelo was the only one from Ottawa to make it. I heard something about Alexis buying an Xbox instead of a flight. Ange played pretty good even though his handlebars are the goofyist thing I’ve ever seen on a polo bike. And his Steelwool 48′s look nice but I saw a ball penetrate his front wheel and score on him. Even with that he had the most saves in his bracket on Friday, so he won the best defender prize, a Demos watch. Speaking of Ange he made me laugh when he rode around the back of his opponents goal and took a wind up swing at one of the cones and sent it flying and yelled “FIX YOUR POST” as he rode back to his half. I’m not sure why he did that?

Later in the day on Friday Jill and Angelo got tangled up in a crash and Jill broke two ribs. She not only finished the game but also played the rest of her games for the day. In another game Andy of MKE and myself faced each other on the charge and my mallet rode up and got him in the hand. His hand was swelled up after just a minute and Johnny Midwest took good care of him as he does so well. Sorry about the accident Andy and I hope the Brooklyn carbon knuckle gloves fit well. I think Birdie got hurt in the first day also, and in the second day Chris R. got himself taken out and hit his head. Speaking of hitting heads, This was the first tournament that I wore a helmet and I wore it in every game. I noticed a higher number of helmets being worn and read that all future tournaments in Madison will be helmets mandatory.

The Ben, Jonny, Kev team made a spectacle of themselves by playing their indoor games in bib shorts only. Dumptruck hung out in a bath robe. Julie is bike polo’s #1 fan and stood in the cold for hours to watch a bunch of dum-dums hit a ball around. Birdie screened a whole bunch of one of a kind t-shirts. I bought a good one and thanks again for picking me up at the airport. Joe, Jake and I got cozy in the back seat while Birdie got out of doing 77mph in a 65. Jake finally got a Milwaukee Pologuard as a prize, now he can stop bitching about not having one. He and his teammates Kremin and Joe also get to split the $1000 first place prize. Philly/NYC won nice jeans from Context for 2nd place. For 3rd, NYC won hand made leather hip polo bags made by Sarah Gagnon. Jon A. won a new Milwaukee Bicycle Co. 48 spoke wheel set for best offensive player/most goals scored in the round robin. Lots of people went home with bags of Just Coffee.

And as a few friends pointed out after my team was knocked out of the bracket, some other teams were going to keep playing to see who wins. It was a little unusual (with exception of NACCC 08′) to be watching a final. But one of the things I learned is that it’s nice to win third place and then be able to cheer for a team in the final game. I also learned that all signers of the Constitution have a street name in Madison.

It’s too bad my team and I did not get to play the winning MKE team. In the first day we were both the undefeated teams in our groups, and didn’t meet in second day. I remember the first time I played MKE in the NSPI 07′ and it was their first small ball tournament, we walked on them but I knew that after a few months of playing bike polo Little Beirut style MKE would be a force in polo. Good job you guys, I knew you could do it!
Jake MKE scores on Ben MAD hardcourt bike polo
Photo © Doug D 2009

My New BMW Polo Gangsta

Hardcourt BIke Polo Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Large

A new year and a new polo bike! After the last year of playing bike polo on an aluminum frame I’ve finally made the switch back to steel. This is my Brooklyn Machine Works Polo Gangsta in size large. It’s unpainted and totally raw in this photo taken a couple weeks ago. I built it up before paint to ride it in the NYC in Madison tournament, and now that I’m back I’ll have it sent to paint. Anyone have any color suggestions? I’m thinking anti-freeze green.

This Brooklyn is just a little different from the rest of the BMW Gangsta frames out there. I asked for brake mounts for the front and back, and where the frame number is usually stamped, instead the frame builders stamped my name.

Also I am riding on a new pair of Milwaukee Bicycle Co. 48 spoke 4 Star Polo wheels. And the drive train is the Milwaukee Pologuard with a White Ind. freewheel.

I want to give a big Thank You to Ben’s Cycle for all the support, and thanks to TrackstarNYC for help with the build.

I don’t think I need to say this but this bike is everything I want in a polo bike and I really like the way it rides and is set up. See you Sunday!

Edit: After Test Paint

Tools & Equipment

thief chombo adam mcbeth
Park local, Chombo, Adam M.

mallet cam
Reporters instant mallet cam

disc wheel of discs
Disc wheel?

worn down lucky bike polo mallet head
Mallet by Lucky, Week 6

bright bike polo mallets
Bright happy mallets

Brooklyn machine works bike polo mallet
Brooklyn Machine Works bike polo mallet

leon bike polo mallet
Leon’s scooping mallet = BS = RIP
PS. I broke it because it pissed me off.

5 bike polo mallets on wall
“Throw in for one”

Chris's new pologuard
Chris’s new Milwaukee pologuard

Leon the great bar stops 206 bike polo bar stops
“Leon The Great” “206 Bike Polo”

All Photos © Doug D 2008

Brooklyn + Red Bull

Brooklyn machine works sticker on red bull racer
Photo borrowed from Brooklyn Machine Works

As seen on the BWM blog. In a friendly visit to the shop, some Red Bull girls recently stopped by to deliver some cold drinks on a hot ass day. Must be nice, when I’m at work messengering and see a Red Bull racer driving around I have to race though traffic to catch up and ask real nice if they have any cold ones to spare. My freebie success rate is pretty good but you can’t beat free Red Bull delivered (unless we’re talking about red bull and donuts). And looks like the boys from the shop appreciate it too and left a thank you note on the racers over sized can.