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$5 could win you a new MKE Bruiser Frame and Fork.
We are proud to announce that we are currently raffling off a brand new MKE Bruiser Frame and Fork.
The size is a medium so with the right set up could fit nearly anyone large or small. The lucky winner will be pulled at our holiday fundraiser which will be held in early December.
The $ raised from this raffle will go directly to the club in order to pay insurance, maintain our facilities, and potentially cover some rent for a winter indoor facility.
More info: Milwaukee Bike Polo
Hold Fast is a small, rider founded company making a “Foot Retention System”and is based out of Red Hook, Brooklyn.
For a couple months I’ve been wanting to try out their FRS thinking it might be good for my speed on the court. I normally, and have since the beginning, played with flat platform pedals with no clips or straps. I don’t have clips or straps on my work bike or the bike I race alleycats on either. For two reasons. One, I wear bulky skate shoes. I like the thick soles and the extra upper padding so my shoes do not fit well into toeclips and straps. And second, because if and when I need to jump or eject off my bike, on the street or on the court, there is nothing slowing me down. My feet leave my pedals as easily as my hands leave the bars.
When I started riding road bikes I did use a popular clipless system and never had a problem and I just got back from riding coast to coast doing over 4000 miles clipped in. So I know the advantages of having your feet attached to the pedals. Of course that’s not something I’ve wanted all day and night on the streets of New York or game after game in The Pit.
But still, seeing that Hold Fast makes a quality product and that other players had good things to say I thought I’d like to find a way to get a pair onto my polo bike. I thought that having my feet a little more secure on the pedals would give me more start up power on the jousts and that from using more muscle groups I might be less tired after riding around our huge court.
Luckily Hold Fast sponsored one of my favorite races in NYC, Cranksgiving 11, and I won a set as my second place prize. Right away I installed them onto my Haro BMX pedals, worked around with the fit, securing the straps through the body of the pedals and adjusting the main strap over the top. It took me a little while because I think they are designed around a shoe with less bulk.
Sunday I went out a played a full day with them. And knowing that there is nothing wrong with the way they are made or the purpose they serve, I took them off my bike as soon as I got home. I fell off my bike about twice as much as I should have. Not being used to having my foot held in place made me simply fall before I could catch myself. Also, having large shoes and working the straps into an adjustment that both lets my foot slide into place but not be too loose when in place was hard to do. I found that when I tried a more circular pedal stroke my foot would lift off the pedal but trying to tighten them more I found that I’d need to use my hand to get my shoe in place under the straps.
For me I think it comes down to two things. My shoes have too much upper padding for any strap to be able to hold my foot down without letting my foot lift AND let me get my shoe in place easily on the go. And more importantly, after giving it a go, I don’t think they’ll make me any better at bike polo. I thought about giving it another week and maybe I’d like them more (I really want to like them) but I figure I don’t need to be falling anymore that I already do.
Last thing, and this is just to make the point one more time that for people who run normal size shoes I bet this system would be great. But the shoes I run are so wide that the sides of the straps were making contact with the ground at times when I might or might not pedal strike. All the buckles are on the outer edge and take away from my cornering clearance.
In case you missed it…
LOS MARCOS COFFEE BLEND IS GROWTHN ON SLOPES OF MOUNT VOLKANOMARCOS IS BLACKER THAT SOULS OF MILLIONS DEAD MARCOSIANS WHO BLOOD SPILL THERE. OUR COFFE, IT IS “GROASTED” – IS PROSCESS WEAR THE BEAN IS ROAST AS IT IS GROW AROUNT THE CONSTANT LAVE FLOWS AND INTENTS HEAT THAT ONLY A LOS MARCOS CAN SURVIVE. WHEN PLANTS EVANTUALLY BURSTES INTO FLAME, COLLAPSE Y WHITHER, THE BEAN IS ARE HARVAST INTO THIS VERY BAG AND SEALED UNTILL YOU OPENS IT. MANY WEAK MARCOSIANS PERISH IN THIS DANGERUS PROCESS, SO IT POSSIBLE TO FIND BONE Y FLESH FRAGMENT IN BAG. IS CRUNCHY. ENJOY REMEMBER..IS JUST COFFEE.
VIVA LOS MARCOS
Big Thanks to Just Coffee
Here is the Mandarin Swift LSP Bike Polo World Championships saddle by Brooks
I’ll post the URL if you feel like spending two hundred fifty on a saddle.
Yeah I’m not gonna link that because it’s funny that in the description Brooks misspells “World”.
Frame: Chromium Plated Steel
The Swift London Seattle Philadelphia Bike Polo Wordl Championships is a limited edition of 250 saddles, featuring mandarin orange leather top and the impressed logo of a bike polo player on top of the world.
*Cost excludes shipping
The reason I think this is funny is because Montana, who made all the decisions about the Philly installment of this trio of tournaments, misspelled “Championships” except Montana’s mess up was ON THE TROPHY! not just some website.
Too late now but if he could get Brooks England, who is really far from Philly, to make a limited edition saddle with an impressed logo matching the tournament poster art…
…why is it that his local trophy builder did not get the same art?
As of May 24th, 2009
I know Jon won the Milwaukee Bicycle Co. 48 spoke wheel set at MAD in NYC for MVP aka most goals scored.
A few sneak peaks of what is to come.
Of course this is unauthorized and if I were playing in this clusterfork of an event I might lose points for the leaks, or who knows I might get points for pouring attention on them. Either way I’m still gonna stand back when Ken aka BEANO blows a gasket. Monday never seemed so far or felt such longing from one man. Maybe not many of you know this but he’s about to lose it. I saw him tonight and it looked like he didn’t even remember his name. And he needs a haircut worse that Adam ever did. He said he rode his bike across the country this summer but he looks like he’s been living in the subway tunnels. Speaking of tunnels, I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground about all this Los Marcos business and I heard that Los Marcos won’t be able to make it to their own event due to a tunnel collapse. But word has it one of them was on the right side and the other two are trapped or vice versa… not sure. I think there are gonna be so many wanna-be’s wearing dumb masks this weekend no one will even notice. Not after how wasted people are gonna get on FOUR.
On a 100% serious note, Ken needs tables for the food. Something at The Pit big enough to set all the food he’s feeding you. Any leads on tables.. or even some sawhorses and a unhinged door should be directed to him soon.
The spork card
One of three custom laser engraved Brooks Swallow saddles going to the winning team of the first annual COG invitational bike polo tournament. June 5-7 in Milwaukee, WI USA