The very nature of sports yield a need for a soundtrack. Sadly, when you go to sports stadiums you seem to hear the AC/DC and Rolling Stones songs over and over. Thanks to Tommy Boy Records releasing five amazing editions of Jock Jams, the 1990s saw a few more great songs inter arenas. Hell, I could just find you links to those albums and they would make amazing hardcourt soundtracks, but instead of having you listen to the same 69 Boys, 2 Unlimited, Quad City DJ’s, and C+C Music Factory songs that you’ve heard many times, I figured it would be better to find dedicated soundtracks for hardcourt bike polo play. Wither you’re hitting the ball around by yourself, playing picking, having a good time with friends at a fun tournament, or getting your head in the game for something a little more serious, music plays an important role in putting our minds in the appropriate place, so I had to make my decisions carefully. Give these albums a listen and fall in love with your new hardcourt bike polo soundtrack.
Pick Up – These are the albums that have enough energy to get you moving on the court, while at the same time make you want to sit around with your friends and pop the tops off of some sodas. These albums are not too intense so that you are able to enjoy friendly games without anyone getting aggro. They create an environment that welcomes anyone to check out this silly sport that we all love.
1. Ceremony – Zoo:
2. Daylight – Jar:
Alone on the Court - When you’re alone on the court, you’re in a completely different mindset than when you are in game. These tunes allow you focus your mind so that you are able to find your inner chi. They allow all of your concentration to flow to your bike and ball handling without distraction. I’m not saying Koyo listens to these albums, but if you’re looking to be like him, these albums will help.
1. Prurient – Bermuda Drain:
2. Wintersun – Wintersun:
Fun Tournaments – These are the albums that make you feel like never going back to work and forever hanging out with your friends is a real option. They are lively, upbeat, and energetic in a way that creates a fun environment both on and off the court. They are tunes that can carry over from the daytime to the after party. If you’re looking for sunshine, fun times, and friends these are the albums for you.
1. Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind of Cadwallader:
2. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet:
Real Deal Tournaments – They are great albums to put on repeat from the moment you wake until you find yourself in the tournament final. They will get your blood flowing fast so that you can give nothing less than 110% on the court. They will allow you to ride faster than you’ve ever ridden and smash balls with the accuracy of a Clint Eastwood shooting a handgun.
1. Converge – Axe to Fall:
2. Outkast – Stankonia:
I’m sure for most of the Poloverse, the name Pinch Flat Press means little to nothing, so let me do a little introduction for you. Pinch Flat Press is a screen printing company ran by polo players from Missoula, Montana; Jeremy Haas and Shannon Rose to be exact. With five years of hard labor put into professional screen printing, the two know how to make quality products. Just like all bike polo players, the sport never leaves their mind (especially while at work). For that reason, Pinch Flat Press used their skills to start The Great Bike Polo Revival.
This moniker has been plastered all over stickers and beer koozies for the past couple years so there is a good chance that you’ve seen some of them at a tournament. Looking to take The Great Bike Polo Revival a little more seriously, Pinch Flat Press added this amazing shirt, featuring their dog (and new mascot) Horace as a Pentecostal Holiness Church snake handler, to their brand (If you don’t know anything about this religious ritual, I recommend looking it up. Shit is crazy!). Not only is this hand-drawn front design amazing, but the quote at the bottom is bone chilling: “Kiss the Snake, Drop the Hammer”. On top of all of this, the sleeve of the shirt has a hand-drawn print of an upside-down cross made of mallets and it reads “Praise Polo”. This shirt has so much awesomeness that it may explode off of your chest!
If you want to pick one of these bombs up, all you have to do is head over to the Pinch Flat Press Etsy page. Jeremy and Shannon are also throwing in a free Pinch Flat Press koozie for the first six order! Order soon and be sure to follow them on FACEBOOK, as Jeremy and Shannon promise growth from The Great Bike Polo Revival in 2014.
Also, if you’re looking to get some team shirts for this coming year, hit up Pinch Flat Press! Support bike polo by keeping your money in bike polo!
Engineer, Educator, Genius Inventor, Polo Player. These are just a few words to describe Portland Bike Polo’s greatness known as Thomas Hudson. This past week Tom got the chance to combine his well crafted mind and his love for bike polo by using technology that we all wish we could play around with.
Give a polo playing the chance to 3D print something, and of course he is going to make some hardcourt gear. If that polo player happens to be an inventor, then chances are we are going to see layers upon layers of the something fresh and new. For Tom, the PLA layers ended up forming an engineered mallet head. Tom decided to kick the traditional cylindrical shape to the curb for something brand new; check it out!
The Final Product:
Weighing in at 100 grams, this head was a basically the 3D printed version of Thor’s hammer. Tom was smashing big shots from all over the court and his forechecking ability would even leave Sidney Crosby jealous. It’s important to note that after a few games of pick up, the PLA head did not explode! It may have worn down faster than gas pipe, but it did a lot better than we all expected.
Actually, it would be more accurate to say that RYB Denim is an Indiegogo. ZING! But in all seriousness, RYB Denim launched their crowdsourcing page two ago and then clinched the deal with a launch party last night in their hometown of Toronto. In case you missed out first article about it (find that HERE), RYB Denim’s founder and lead designer is NAH’s own Chandel Bodner, and their “Fabric Specialist” is Modifide Bike Polo’s Steven Sal Debus. Two giant names in North American Bike Polo coming together for female cyclists all over the World!
RYB (which stands for Ride Your Bike) Denim is looking to collect $25,000 in donations so that they can afford “custom crafted denim, manufacturing costs, and distribution of this premium quality jean.” To help the funds roll in, they are offering perks for different levels of donation. They are offering everything from tank tops, to pre-orders of jeans, to custom RYB Denim Brooks saddles. To find out more information on the company or to help their cause, head over to the RYB Denim Indiegogo page!
To help drive you to the RYB Denim Indiegogo page, here is the promotion video that they threw together:
I recently started a part-time job as a sales associate at Chrome Industries, and on my first day I was having a conversation with one of my female coworkers about the lack of fashionable female cycling clothes. She was complaining about how Levi’s Commuter line completely skipped over the female cyclist demographic, only making jeans and jackets for men. As a male this is something that never crossed my mind; since I never look for female cycling clothes, I’ve never noticed the lack there of. Our conversation ended with me giving her a little hope. I told her about a small company out of Toronto that is looking to give women, for the first time, cycling jeans that are fashionable and durable.
RYB Denim has a simple goal: “to design a universal womens fit jean that provides comfort and durability, style and function, and is worth the value that the wearer can appreciate and then some.” Headed by NAH’s own Chandel Bodner and Modifide Bike Polo’s Steve Sal Debus, RYB Denim plans to revolutionize the cycling fashion world in the near future. Currently they’re testing denims to find the perfect mixture for their jeans, and once they do they will be embarking on an Indiegogo crowdsourcing project to help get the line started.
Head over and LIKE the RYB Denim facebook page to stay up to date with all of their latest announcements!
Another crowdsourcing project that should be on female cyclists radar are the Cycling Chamois Panties by Urbanist. Via Kickstarter, Urbanist has been raising money to get these fashionable and practical female cycling panties on the market. They were hoping to raise $25,000 for the project and with 15 days left, they have raised over $46,000. That is nearly double their goal! To find out more info or to donate to the cause, check out the Urbanist Kickstarter page HERE.