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Hoser Shirt Sale

July 18, 2013


If you are unfamiliar with HOSER, you should first read our article praising the company for the work they do for bike polo teams. Setting up the hottest bike polo teams around the world with high quality 100% ring-spun cotton shirts. The profits from the shirts go towards helping the teams travel to tournaments. With the 2013 Bike Polo World Championship just a few months away, HOSER decided to set up a sale to help get their teams some extra travel funds.

If you go to HOSER’s website and add your favorite shirts to your cart,  you will be able to enter the code MIAMI2013 into the promotion code section. This code will allow you to receive 20% off of your entire purchase! The sale ends on July 31st, so you have until the end of the month to help support teams like Edisons, Call Me Daddy, and Hooks.

Your orders help ensure that the Bike Polo World Championship has the best teams from all over the world in attendance, so do your part!


Show Your Polo Love

June 25, 2013


Show your love for bike polo while at the same time helping your fellow brothers in arms. Tallahassee Bike Polo are selling these stickers to help their six qualified players make it to North Americans. All proceeds will go towards covering gas for their 20 hour drive to the Twin Cities.

Tallahassee Bike Polo are offering these stickers in 12 hilariously named colors, so you can get one to match any of your bike equipment! They have everything from “Pinchflat Blue” to “Can I Borrow your Sunscreen Red”. Find your favorite color on the list and put in your orders today! I would hate to see these guys not be able to make it to Minneapolis!

To order some stickers, hit up Tallahassee Bike Polo’s online shop HERE!

Culture, Editorial

The Original Bike Polo Experience

June 5, 2013


There has been some outrage over on League of Bike Polo about a company out of England offering a hardcourt “bike polo experience”. Kirrawee Events, ran by people who have never played bike polo, offers a single person bike polo experience for £75, a group bike polo event (up to 5 people) for £330, and a full bike polo event with training, a tournament, and “entertainment” for £1,200. For all of those people that try the bike polo experience and fall in love with the sport, Kirrawee sells Magic Bike Polo balls and mallets, as well as a “Black and Orange fixie bike”, so they can continue playing.

While Kirrawee Events may operator the website, London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association says that they have no affiliation with the company, and are in fact worried about how this company could ruin their reputation with the city of London if something goes awry at a bike polo experience. In a conversation with the guys over at Throw In Polo Co., Kirrawee Events admitted to lying to their insurance company about bike polo to, presumably, get cheaper coverage.

Kirrawee Events is turning out to be another MalletHeadz; a company trying to profit off of a sport that they know nothing about. What may be a surprise to you is that Kirrawee Events is not the first company to offer a “bike polo experience”. Thanks to Eric Crandall (Portland United fame), I was informed about the original bike polo experience.

Eric’s parents (Gary and Sarah) have organized the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival in Cable, Wisconsin since it start in 1982. In 1989, Sarah approached a company called Know Fun Club, Inc. about bringing Official Bicycle Polo to the festival for a demonstration. While the company was unable to attend the festival due to Official Bicycle Polo Worlds in Mammoth, California, they did send the Crandall’s a packet of promotional material.

Eric was gracious enough to photograph all of the promotional material and send it to us to share with the Poloverse. You can find all of the images HERE!

I encourage you to read through it all, but I will highlight some of my favorite parts:

The Know Fun Club, Inc. did what Kirrawee Events is trying to do, but they did it right. KFC was ran by members of Official Bicycle Polo Federation as a way to help promote their sport and plant the seeds to help it grow. The OBPF started in 1987 and here it is, just over 25 years later and the organization is non-existent. With the help of organizations such as Bicycle Polo Association of America, grass polo still exists in America (and around the world) so the OBPF must have done something right while preforming demonstrations across North America. This begs the question, what, if anything, can we learn from Official Bicycle Polo Federation’s strategy to expand their sport?

The NAH is concerned with outreach; each region has a representative in charge of outreach and Malakai Edison heads outreach for the NAH. With a group in charge that is concerned with outreach, these documents could really help hardcourt bike polo learn what to do and not to do, in order to help the sport grow.

For $380, the Know Fun Club, Inc. offered a “League Promo Packages” which included: 20 birch mallets, 8 practice balls, 8 tournament balls, 4 rulebooks with 16 summary sheets, 4 officials’ manuals, and 4 team memberships in the World Bicycle Polo Federation. For an additional charge, you can even order goal markers, a timer, numbered jerseys, and helmet covers. If NAH (or the European/Australian/South American equivalent) were to work with hardcourt bike polo companies, they could sell “Club Starter Packages”. This would help the sport grow by allowing a new clubs to form quickly and skip searching thrift stores for starter ski poles, while at the same time help NAH make a little money to help throw qualifiers or pay refs, any of the things we have been complaining about for years.

On the more local level, the regional representatives could work with bicycle festivals, such as the Know Fun Club, Inc. did, to organize demonstrations in their respective region. The regional representatives could then invite clubs to the event to help run clinics and play a small tournament for the audience. While it may be harder for our hardcourt version to find an adequate playing surface at such festivals, it is still worth thinking about.

With the information about Kirrawee Events reaching the hardcourt bike polo community, people are quickly being turned off by the idea of a bike polo experience. While Kirrawee Events is attempting to profit off of a sport they know nothing about, under the right guise, offering a bike polo experience could help the growth of hardcourt bike polo. If we take notes from the originators of the bike polo experience, the Know Fun Club, Inc., we can push hardcourt bike polo outreach in the right direction.

Culture, Product

Help Produce Better MILK

May 31, 2013


MILK Bike Polo is looking for help from the Poloverse!

The company has a survey floating around the internet, in which they ask players which characteristics they prefer in their mallets. They plan to use the final data to help design future MILK products.

Please take 5 minutes and help one of the companies who are doing something right for our sport.

You can find MILK’s survey HERE!

Culture, Media

Bike Polo Hits the Tabloids

April 8, 2013


This story was brought to our attention thanks to our good friend Tucker Schwinn. While shamelessly looking through an Us Weekly (which he claims made its way into his home due to the previous tenants not forwarding their mail), Tucker found this gem of a photo. In a story about Adele’s secret wedding plans to boyfriend Simon Konecki, Us Weekly posted this photo from last July of Konecki wearing a bike polo t-shirt.

While there isn’t any mention of the t-shirt or bike in the article, we still feel it is some sort of step toward bike polo hitting the main stream. This is almost as good as seeing Sean Ingram (owner of Fixcraft) wearing a Chicago Bike Polo t-shirt at Krazy Fest in Louisville, KY back in 2011. Are celebrity endorsements the future of hardcourt bike polo? Probably not, but it is always fun to see bike polo pop up in none bike polo settings.

Hopefully someone from UK Bike Polo can give us some info on this t-shirt and maybe even tell us how the Drop4Drop charity CEO got his hands on a bike polo t-shirt.