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RYB Denim is a Go!

October 4, 2013

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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:

Culture, Hot Tip, Product

Fashion Forward Female Cyclists

September 11, 2013

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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!

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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.

Culture, Product

Hoser Shirt Sale

July 18, 2013

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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!

Culture

Show Your Polo Love

June 25, 2013
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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

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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 www.bikepolo.co.uk, 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.