Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Chris and Nick hoppin', Pete fallin', Miguel's wheelie shot, Machine waxin' poetic bout Rawbie...
See, this is why i love American polo videos...
Monday, April 25, 2011
Not much competitive polo in there (i prefer full games) but boy o' boy is it well done. I can't attest to how those euros play but they sure do make some purdy videos. Nice cameos from the Cosmic and that indoor court in Karlsrue where they hold Griefmasters is an amazing arena... that all being said-
less art, more polo!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I'm lovin' the ninja status cockpit and angles. It may look a lil' crazy but it works perfectly for me. Well, at least until i can get a Joust...
Rawbie Boards posted this video of a new mallet being produced by the East Van crew.
I'm guessing it's injection molded cause of all that crazy drillium. Looks really lightweight, i like the removable caps, and it even has the inward bend that's reminiscent of a sidecut. Seems like they did some good R&D.
Will i buy one? Probably, looks cool and useful.
Will it replace my oversized tivar sidecut mallet? Probably not.
I'm excited though and can't wait to try one out! Looks a helluva lot better than that eighth-inch crap...
WOW! Well done Kevin, well done.
Now if we could just get him, Mr. Do , and Sideshow Bob to all hook up at midwesterns... can you imagine how awesome these videos would be if we had 3 or 4 camera rolling at once?
PS - make sure to watch this shit in HD!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Nick (the player who gets hit) rolls up and sets a block. Even though bruce is looking downward the camera angle shows that he could clearly see nicks bike in front of him... so why the hell did he swing and follow through right at nick? Not cool, not cool at all. Sure you can argue we should all be wearing facemasks, but that's not a reality yet this is just pickup. I also bet bruce would argue he couldn't see him or didn't know he was that close- and that may even be true- but if you're gonna swing your mallet at face level it's your responsibility to know if someone is already occupying that space.
This video is a perfect argument for why high-sticking should be a penalty. If no one is around you feel free to swing about, but if people are nearby then you're responsible for what your mallet contacts. Let's file this one right next to slashing.
"I'm thinking about where the ball is at all times and how I need to position myself in order to get it," said the 22-year-old Purdue University student. "You have a bike and it has to be maneuvered so you are coming about (the ball) at the right angle."
Bike polo is a grittier version of its equestrian cousin, polo. Instead of a horse, players ride bikes. In lieu of a nicely manicured lawn, they ride on pavement. These polo players ride without pretense, polish or prestige all for the glory of the formidable urban bike culture.
Although the sport is open to anyone, it generally appeals to the 20-something bike enthusiast who enjoys aimless adventuring, team sports and fixed-gear bikes -- a one-speed bike that doesn't coast.
The Lafayette Bike Polo club coalesced last May after Tyler Brown, a West Lafayette native and junior at Indiana University in Bloomington, brought the sport to Greater Lafayette. But the 10 to 15 people -- mostly college students -- who regularly play pickup games on Purdue basketball courts are not alone. The hardcourt version of bike polo, a game that dates back to the 1890s, has picked up tremendous speed and is spreading faster than a Jimmy John's delivery guy.
"This year it really has exploded," said Tyler Hoehn, a Purdue student who attends the local club. "There are groups popping up all over the place. For the first time tournaments are having to place caps on the number of people that can play."
American hardcourt bike polo originated in the Pacific Northwest about 10 years ago -- mainly growing out of the bike messenger scene in Seattle and Portland, Ore.,, said Kevin Walsh, board member of North American Hardcourt -- the domestic governing body of bike polo.By 2005, there were about a dozen teams spread throughout the continent. The sport had diffused to urban metropoli such as New York City, Philadelphia and Vancouver, British Columbia. Now it's migrating to college towns that typically have large cycling communities, such as Bloomington and West Lafayette.
Currently, there are about 150 hardcourt bike polo clubs throughout North America, with new clubs forming each week, said Walsh, who also is founder of The League of Bike Polo, a social networking website for players.
"It's one of the fastest-growing sports out there," he said.
In Indiana, the number of clubs has increased as well. In 2009, only two clubs existed, one in Bloomington and one in Indianapolis. Since then, three other teams have started in West Lafayette, Muncie and Fort Wayne, Brown said.
Brown said he first encountered the sport while perusing YouTube videos online. "I rode fixed-gear bicycles back in the day, so it was kind of like the cultural scene behind that," he said. "So I would watch videos of fixed-gear riders doing races ... one time some video popped up. We watched some videos on (bike polo), and it seemed really cool."
His favorite aspect of the game is the social dynamic. "It's a lot of fun to become friends with all the people and go and heckle them twice a week and what not," he said.
Although the attraction was instantaneous, he fell in love with the sport last fall while attending the Midwestern Open in Lexington, Ky. "I saw how good everyone else was and how far you could go with it," he said.
Hoehn said he also enjoys the social aspect of the game. "It's an open community that likes to have fun," he said. "It's about hanging out and playing polo. It's not too serious. You can be as casual as you want or as serious as you want to be."
Purdue senior Amber Scheid agreed. "I like that you can make bike polo as serious or relaxed as you want," said the 21-year-old. "You can be competitive if you want, but in the end everyone is there because they love it."
Hoehn's roommate, Kevin White, also plays bike polo. Similar to Brown, he was first exposed to the sport by watching videos online. "The idea of playing polo on a bike was crazy," said the 22-year-old Purdue senior. "We talked about it for two years before we finally got to play it."White believes the sport appeals to both the avid cyclist and the team player. "As a kid growing up I lived in Chicago and I used to play roller hockey and I also rode my bike everywhere," he said. "I feel like bike polo is the perfect combination of hockey and biking and it's just that combination that I love."
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I like this article. Well written, accurate, and with quotes from more than a few people. Plus it's great press for Lafayette. You guys have been killin' it this year- can't wait to see what our state road 231 alliance can do at derby in Louisville!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
More photos at the Horse Cycles Flickr.
Also check out their offical website here.
Heads up from a post by Aleko on the League.
A very good night.
Fuzzy pic of (Bloomington's) rookie Nick,
with Video Matt in the background (playing!).
Megan finally chops those bars.
Also, my loaner is whoring itself out for the sake of new recruits. Not that i expect random people too start playing polo cause of craigslist, but we gotta start getting the word out there better, somehow.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Like most bags it's Cordura and webbing, but unlike most it expands to fit whatever you need. It's much larger than my Chrome hip pouch but just as portable. Before i couldn't fit a headset wrench or full sized file in with my tools- now i can; plus there's plenty of space to carry more tools than you'd possibly need. I also tried it out with clothing and was able to carry three tshirts and three pairs of socks no problem. Hell, i could probably fit a small wardrobe in there if i wanted...
I really like that's expandable to the size you need. The handle is handy and I hear he's even updated the new models to include pockets/slides for pumps and the like. It'd be great if the inside have a waterproof vinyl covering, but he's selling these things for a song so maybe that could be a feature on a future "deluxe" model.
Seriously, for $20 this is the best tool bag I've ever had. It has all the features i want at a price i can afford. Take a moment and check out his work at http://the-black-labels.blogspot.com/. Good stuff.
Wait, what was that link again? http://the-black-labels.blogspot.com/.
PS - http://the-black-labels.blogspot.com/.
Bike polo cooperative hosts statewide tourney
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 10:00 am
BY ALLIE GOODRICH | Staff Reporter
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., a group of Purdue students with a shared love for an uncommon sport gather near the basketball court by Wiley Dining Court for bike polo practice.
According to Kevin White, a senior in the School of Management, this group is called the Lafayette Bike Polo Club, an informal group of about nine students that is open to anyone who is interested in joining.
White said this sport, similar to polo on horses, involves two teams of three people. After the initial face-off over the ball in the center of the court, or the joust, the game goes on until a team scores five points.
White and his roommate Tyler Hoehn, a senior in the College of Engineering, started the club after trying out bike polo over the summer.
"We just kind of fell in love with it," White said. "Tyler and I just took the lead in maintaining this group."
The two have worked to spread the word about the group, including hosting fundraisers and finding bike-related sponsors such as Chrome, Velocity and Milwaukee Bike Company, Hoehn said.
He said along with the upkeep of the informal club, the two leaders also are involved with the Indiana bike polo cooperative, an organized, statewide cooperation between the Lafayette, Bloomington, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis bike polo clubs.
"This makes Indiana more of a community of all the different city's clubs," White said.
He said this cooperative also involves the different teams coming together for various tournaments in different hosting areas.
"The cooperative allows us to unify funds and get liability insurance," White said.
Hoehn, who serves as the Lafayette representative on the cooperative's board of directors, explained the liability insurance comes from the team entry fees and ensures that the fields the games are played on in tournaments will be covered for any damage.
These tournaments sometimes offer prizes, according to Hoehn, as well as funny awards like "coolest goal" or "biggest crash," but the bike polo tournaments are not about the prizes.
"It's all about having fun and getting together at this point," he said.
One such event will be hosted Saturday at the Riverside Skating Center in West Lafayette from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Twenty teams from the state will take part in the event, Hoehn said.
The entry fee for each team of three to participate is $20, but spectators can enter for free.
He said if anyone is interested in participating on Saturday, or in the club in general, more detailed information is provided on the group's website at www.bikepololafayette.blogspot.com.
"We encourage anyone who is interested to come try it out," he said.
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Good article on the Riverside Invite and the Co-op in general. It definitely reads like it was written by a student, but there's no such thing as bad publicity! Apparently this article caused a bit of grief for Tyler and the Parks Dept, but itworked out fine in the end. Easily the best tournament we've ever seen in Indiana!
Onward and upward!
Monday, April 4, 2011
...and (of course) with an extra piece of metal they turn into giant triangle noisemakers!
Not sure about the team names though- should've gone with Bardens and Weavers.
Lexington's own blonde haired viking supermodel Will.
And guess who took home Most Valuable Player :)
God my camera sucks... at least Bruce was there to get the good shots.
but tied for third sounds pretty good to me.
Here's to many more podiums in the future!