Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cool videos from 2009

Obviously I spend a lot of time on the internet learning as much as I can about bike polo. While there is nothing "official" about our sport it does lead to all sorts of d.i.y. organization and documentation. See for bikepolo.ca and hardcourtbikepolo.com for example. Video is my favorite. You can tell so much about a city and their club from watching a video of their pickup or tournament. Just the variation in courts and the surrounding scenery is awesome to see, let alone the different types of bikes and styles of play.

Anyway, here's a bunch of sweet videos I've run across the past few months.


Minneapolis BFF tournament
- great music. also the location of the Midwesterns happening in May 2010.




Brenden's film about London Bike Polo
-great 'what is bike polo' type film, really well done




Pickup at the Pit in NYC




Los Angeles tournament
- long but well done video montage.




Guadalajara pickup
- (their editing is better than their playing ;)




Ben Hunter @ COMO video
- awesome Madison player who tends to fall down a lot


btw, almost all the videos by Mr.Do are worth watching.



Paris BFF tournament




Milwaukee vs. Philadelphia at the NYC in Mad tournament
- full length games are the shit, but usually limited to one person's view. imagine if there was ESPN quality games and highlights from bike polo matches!?!




Northside Bike Polo Invite
- point of view recording set to jazz music.




Kremin, my hero - by Mr.Do
- hilarious. highlights of kremin from the MKE 2v2 set to star wars music, complete with laser noises!




Oxford, England tournament
- 9 minute long german language news coverage of bike polo in the UK. I'm posting this because even though I don't speak German I've watched the entire 9 minutes. Twice.




European Championships in London
- well done overview of the biggest tourney in Europe. won by three guys from Geneva wearing suspenders.




If you actually watched all of these videos, you know you take bike polo way to seriously. Seriously.

Match in Indy on the 1st! I'm glad my first day of the new decade will be spent playing bicycle polo.

W.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Reconstruction

Evan, Rinzin, and I built a ton of new boards today. Also in the mix are lacrosse gloves, a new hockey stick, more balls (since we broke two last night), tons of new mallet material, new boards, curved corners and a plethora of other things. Plus we have lots of new people interested and coming to polo. Even though this is our "winter" season we've had more players than ever!





Sadly though, one of our best player is leaving us....
Francis just finished his undergrad and is moving on to bigger and better things. We'll all really miss him, but it's not like he's dead or anything...well...he is moving back to St.Louis, so it's not really much better! Naw, just an excuse to play more polo with our many friends in Missouri!



No polo on the 24th and 26th. But Monday the 28th is a go at the Wright tennis courts, and Thursday the 31st we plan on playing 2-6 at the big court across from the Hospital. January 1st is our date with Indy from 4-7 at the Harrison Center. Very excited 'bout that!

2010 shall be the year of bike polo! Here you me.

-W.

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New group pic from two weeks ago (roughly?). Lots of great people coming out have been coming out!


^^This is the most recent pic, taken this past Monday night. Just for the record I'd like to point out that we had more players than there were degrees on the thermometer! [ <20 people, >20 degrees ]

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pilgrim's Progress


Last thursday it was 19 degrees out and we had 19 people show up! We were so inspired we took a group photo, though clearly my camera is still a piece of shit... Evan's got some good ones though. Then on Saturday (after going to sleep at 5 am) Edwin, Evan, and I got up at 7 am to make the trek to St.Louis for the Missouri friendlies. God damn what a fun day! We're all definitely getting a little better too. Tons of pickup, tons of fun. No pictures cause we were busy playing, but if you haven't gotten to play some out-of-towners yet, your immediate ambition should be to do so...

Thankfully on January 1st we've been invited to play some exhibition pickup with the Indianapolis crew up in their city. Mark the date (like it's hard to remember), but more on that later though.




^This is what my truck looks like almost every night now. We have so much equitment that I can't possibly bike to the courts anymore. We built new boards to replace our stolen ones and brought over our other set of cone-goals (of course we have to take everything with us at the end of the night). Bringing extra bikes too...I even need a golf club bag for all the mallets!




^Rinzin showed up on his new whip. No, he didn't play polo on it, and yes, it is awesome. Not sure if I like the narrow profile on those B43 rims, but that's just my taste. The frame itself is insanely light and if you look at the frame from the right direction the bottom bracket will smile at you! Seriously.




^New jazz in the mail from Danscomp! If you're not familiar with Dan's Competition BMX then check out their site now. They're basically the CaliforniaCheapSkates of BMX biking. Cranks, pedals, brakes, grips, seats... these are all bmx parts that regularly find their way onto polo bikes cause of their strength and durability. I mostly needed a good u-brake, but then found a bunch of other little things I wanted.




^My cat loves anything out of the ordinary. I'm still waiting on another package from BikePartsUSA before I start installing all this jazz. The reason why this stuff got here so fast is simple yet news to me...danscomp is located down near Evansville, Indiana!!! I had no idea they were so close. I talked to one of the guys on the phone and he told me they have a giant showroom with more parts then they actually list! Roadtrip!




^Old man winter is right upon us, and while our court usually looks like this... I wish it looked like this....




Can't remember where I saw this pic, but I think it's in Central or South America somewhere. I'm jealous of both their weather and art. Reminds me of Charybdis from Odysseus' travels. How cool would that be painted at the center of a polo court!!!




^And since the holidays are around the corner, if anyone wants to get me a present make it a set of these :)

....and if you're a really good friend....



...maybe some Mack World Champion Super Lights? Please? Santa maybe?

I guess he's about as real as my chances of owning these. Still, a boy can dream.

-W.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ups and Downs


Three quick announcements. (1) is that there is a "full moon" bike ride happening this wednesday. Meet 10pm at the sample gates! Brent (who's played a few times) is organizing this and it should be hella fun. There's a good chance we might end the course at my house and engage in some post-ride intoxication! We'll see. Item #(2) is that on January 1st the guys in Indy will be playing an exhibition game for First Friday (an art gallery/community event, i think). Anyway, we're invited and it's super close, so let's go show them what we're made of! And finally, (3) the St.Louis friendlies are this weekend!!! I'm very excited to see lee and cole and jake and lucky and hopefully a bunch of the como kids show up too! And this time I actually have legitimate mallets to play with.


Alright, ups and downs...ups and downs.

Up. Polo is still happening three days a week and lots of people are still showing up! Good times had by all.

Down. Someone fucking stole all our boards... probably the IU grounds crew or something, but still, no one steals the fucking basketball hoop when people aren't shooting around...




Up. Tons of new mallets!!! Between the como orange pipe and some local yellow that I, uh, found, we've all stocked up on quality skipole/gaspipe mallets. I even found an old golf bag for $1.50 at the local thrift store! Hella helpful.




Down. Bumps and bruises. like Ryan YellowBike taking a breather here after a wreck. At least the play stopped and you can see his fellow players are offering him a hand... Overall things have been pretty good- a few sprained wrists and sore knees, but no serious injuries whatsoever. People, that is. Bikes are another story... we had another taco'd wheel tonight- Francis' rear got bent not just once but twice. An unintentional t-bone, but still my truck had to ferry his polo bike home.




Up. New bikes, new players! In front you can see my "ross gran tour" that is being slowly converted into a dedicated polo bike. Round behind it is my good friend (and new player) Ryan's freewheel singlespeed that he's been playing on recently. That bike actually used to belong to fellow polocat Evan, though he "payed it forward" once he got his new Leader batmobike. Lots more polo-only bikes showing up.




Up. Kids in Indy seem to be playing polo again!

Down. We drove up to play with them and not enough people showed up, so they left.... 30 minutes before we arrived :(





Up. Indy has tons of space to play.

Down. Not very accommodating surface and sides for polo.

Apparently this is where they play, 11th & Pennsylvania below the highway. It's wide and flat, but not a lot of barriers to stop the ball. With some boards or a freestanding court the location could be a pretty decent location, but in a city the size of Indianapolis I'm sure there are better locations.

Regardless, I have high hopes for Indiana bike polo now that us and indy have finally gotten in contact. This is what I love about polo- not only do you make new friends in every city, but they're new friends who really want to play polo! And this time we won't have to travel so far...





Oh nine is quickly coming to close. I know we probably won't be playing much over the holidays, but once the new year is here it's a whole new ballgame!

As long as that game is bike polo.

-W.