Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mr. Do - South Central randomness


Chris and Nick hoppin', Pete fallin', Miguel's wheelie shot, Machine waxin' poetic bout Rawbie...

See, this is why i love American polo videos...

-W.

Monday, April 25, 2011

"We've got it on tape" - European edit

Damn this is high quality!

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!

-W.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

...construction begins!

The photos don't show much, but we got a lot of work done.

We're about 1/3 of the way there.. it's mostly braces from here on out.

(terrible air quality sawdust shot)

Big ups to donnie and tyler for their help!

Coach Plummer's legacy can.

...and we gotta do it all again next friday!

-W.

Ninja Status

Crappy shot of my new ride that's replacing ol' rickity.

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...

-W.

Northern Standard polo head + shaft


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...

-W.

Amazing video from Lafayette Riverside!

Lafayette Riverside Bike Polo Tournament from Kevin Daly on Vimeo.


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?

-W.

PS - make sure to watch this shit in HD!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Highsticking? / Keep yr head up!

This is why we look UP... from Travis Davies on Vimeo.

For starters you should always keep your head up and know what's going on around you. So many t-bones and mallet-to-body contact could be avoided if people just paid attention. We tell bruce this all the time, yet shit like this still happens.

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.

-W.

"Bike polo gains following in Greater Lafayette"

Written by Taya Flores - tflores@jconline.com

Light rain drizzled on the court as Tomas Sowles pedaled atop his bike while swiftly maneuvering the roller hockey ball with a mallet. He gathered momentum, bypassed his opponents and whacked the ball between two orange posts during a recent pickup game of hardcourt bike polo.

"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!

-W.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Steaks, Watermelon, and Sunday Afternoon

Start with some tasty steak...

add some good friends with bad fashion sense...

multiply by polo...

subtract old mallets...

throw in one lil five rider...


and maybe a wildcard...

...and that's one fun sunday afternoon!

I think this gentleman would agree.

Thanks and high fives to everyone who came out!
Come back soon!

(like May 20th-22nd soon)

-W.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Horse Cycles custom polo frame

Hell yeah, another beautiful custom frame! The curved seat stay is even more pronounced than Brad's Geekhouse, and the fork looks straighter. I love how the rear stays overlap with the downtube, but i'm not sure how i feel about how high up the downtube goes; probably necessary considering a seatpost couldn't go down that far. The rear disc brake is awesome, but then there's no front brake... Also, that fork looks eerily similar to the BrooklynMachineWorks forks that fixed freestyle riders were snapping. Either way i love the tight geometry, it's a beautiful machine, and i'm jealous of whoever actually owns it.

More photos at the Horse Cycles Flickr.

Also check out their offical website
here.

Heads up from a post by Aleko on the League.

-W.

Old school meets new school

Look who was in town!!!
A very good night.

Fuzzy pic of (Bloomington's) rookie Nick,
with Video Matt in the background (playing!).

Megan finally chops those bars.

Bruce lookin' happy and dapper!

Heath movin' quick like he always does.

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.

-W.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Black Label - Bicycle Goods

This year Stas from Ft.Wayne started making his own products: bags, top tube pads, et cetera. I had the opportunity to acquire one of the first models and now that I've used it for a while I'd like to offer my opinion.

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/.

-W.

PS - http://the-black-labels.blogspot.com/.

Purdue Exponent article on Lafayette/the Co-op

Bike polo cooperative hosts statewide tourney

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 10:00 am

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.

http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_4a5f261e-5bfc-11e0-81eb-001a4bcf6878.html

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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!

-W.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Photos from the Lafayette Riverside Invite














Sweet seats that Louisville made.
...and (of course) with an extra piece of metal they turn into giant triangle noisemakers!

The dasher boards weren't hockey grade, but they gave awesome rebounds and boy were they loud!

Easily my favorite place to play polo in Indiana.

To quote Michael- "Stas is a marked man."










Of course it came down to the two Milwaukee teams, and of course they put on a great show!
Not sure about the team names though- should've gone with Bardens and Weavers.


Since RobG bailed on us at the last minute we were looking for a third... as luck has it, guess who shows up without a team?
Lexington's own blonde haired viking supermodel Will.
And guess who took home Most Valuable Player :)

Mr. MVP gettin' a taste of the Milwaukee sponsors.


I gotta say it again- Kevin and Tyler did a GREAT job with this tourney.


Hot dog eating contest for a Chrome backpack??
Hell yeah.

God my camera sucks... at least Bruce was there to get the good shots.

We forgot to play a 3rd place game,
but tied for third sounds pretty good to me.
Here's to many more podiums in the future!

-W.