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Culture, Media, Video

Bike Polo Doc Premiers soon!

June 24, 2012
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I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like I’ve seen several Hardcourt documentary trailers on vimeo and youtube that never materialized.  Hit ‘Em In the Mouth is challenging that notion by having a real premier, and it’s right around the corner.  If you are in or near NYC GET ON THIS!

“Hit ‘Em In The Mouth”, a documentary exploring the culture of Seattle Bike Polo, the birthplace of the current polo craze, will enjoy a World Premiere, June 30, 2pm in NYC at Anthology Film Archives. We need your help to get as many people in the NYC area to come see our film.

The movie centers around the dominant figures of the scene, including the father of hardcourt bike polo Matt Messenger, the world champions Team Smile, and the up-and-coming players of the city. Their stories intertwine as we follow the drama through the National Championships and a battle with the city of Seattle for a permanent space to play.

“Hit ‘Em In The Mouth” Trailer from Matthew on Vimeo.

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Culture, Hot Tip, Reviews

Comprehensive airfare travel w/ bike matrix

June 12, 2012
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The qualifying season may be winding down, but we all know that bike polo travel happens all year round. It seems the cheapest and/or most convenient way to travel to tournaments these days is flying, and since we couldn’t find an extensive list of airline bike policies, we figured we would make one for all of you guys! Please note that with the fluctuating economy these policies can change at any time so be sure to check the airlines website before booking your flight. If you have any updated information or information for an airline that we did not list, please feel free to let the poloverse know via the comment section!

Our top picks for US/Canada:

  • Southwest:  If you can break your bike down into two boxes that are less than 50 pounds and less than 62 linear inches then you will get your bike flown for free.
  • Frontier:  Only $20 to fly your bike and their flights are cheap as well. Just be sure to keep it under 50lbs!

Our top pick for Europe:

  • British Airways:  They will fly your bike for free as long as it’s less than 23kg!

US/Canada:

Air Canada

  • $50 each way
  • No oversize charge applies to bicycles
  • Each bicycle counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type
  • Bicycles are accepted on a space available basis only and should be pre-registered at time of booking

AirTran

  • $20 checked bag fee + $50 for the bicycle
  • No mention of overweight or oversized fees applying to bikes

Alaska Airlines

  • Must weigh less than 50lb and be less than 62 linear inches or charges will be applied
  • $20 for the checked bag, plus $50 if overweight and $50 if too big

American Airlines

  • If it is less than 50lb and less than 62 linear inches, then it’s only $25
  • If over 50lb and/or 62 linear inches, then $150
  • Maximum weight and size is 70lb and 126 inches

Delta Air Lines

  • $150 each way for a bicycle
  •  It cannot exceed 70lb and 115 linear inches

Frontier Airlines

  • $20 as long as it is under 50lb, otherwise there is a $75 additional fee
  • No oversize charges apply (there is a max. size of 109 linear inches)

JetBlue Airways

  • $50 for domestic flights each way and $80 international flights each way
  • Up to 99lb allotted for the bike
  • If less than 50lb and fewer than 62 linear inches than counts as a normal checked bag, and the first checked bag is free!

Porter Airlines

  • The first piece of checked luggage is free as long as it’s less than 23kg (50lb) and 62 linear inches
  • $5 for every kg over 23kg

Southwest Airlines

  • Two free checked bags under 50lb and 62 linear inches (so break your bike down to two boxes!)
  • $50 each way for overweight or oversized bags.

United Airlines

  • For travel between US, Canada, and Puerto Rico there is $100 charge; all other travel has a $200 charge.
  • If under 50lb and 62 linear inches, then normal checked bagged fees apply

US Airways

  • $200 each way for bicycles over 62 linear inches
  • If under 62 linear inches, then normal checked bagged fees apply

Virgin America/Atlantic

  • $50 each way for international flights if under 50lb
  • Add an additional $25 for domestic flights. This does not apply to first class passengers

Europe:

Aer Lingus

  • There is a €40 charge for bikes on flights between Ireland, UK, and Europe. Add an additional €15 is charged if over 20kg
  • For flights to the USA, there is a free allowance as long as it is under 23kg, otherwise a €50 fee is applied

Air Berlin

  • If the bike is registered up to 48 hours before take-off of a flight in Europe, than a €50 charge is applied. If done at check in, then it is €100.
  • For flights to the USA, a €75 fee is charged if registered 48 hours before take-off. If done at check in, then the fee is €125

BMI

  • Checked bags are £30 as long as they are under 20kg in Economy class. An additional £30 will be charged if over between 20kg and 32kg.
  • For Business class, there is no charge is under 20kg, and £30 if between 20kg and 32kg.

British Airways

  • One free checked bag as long as it is under 23kg and less than 130 linear inches

EasyJet

  • There is a £25 fee for bikes up to 32kg

Iberia Group

  • At least one free checked bag if under 23kg and 62 linear inches, unless in Tourist Express class
  • There is a £75 fee if the bike exceeds these dimensions

Jet2

  • For £40, you get up to 20kg and 108 linear inches of allowance. If over weight, it costs an additional £12 per kg

Lufthansa

  • One free check bag up to 23kg, if it exceeds this than there is a €50 charge for continental flights and a €100 for intercontinental flights.

Ryanair

  • If declared when booking online, a €50 charge will be applied for up to 30kg. There is a €20 charge for everyone kg over 30, with a maximum weight of 32kg.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

  • One free bag checked bag if under 23kg and 62 linear inches, and only €30 if over (up to 32kg and 109 linear inches)
  • Fill out this form when booking your flight http://www.flysas.com/en/unconnected_pages/Ask-Eva/special-baggage/

Swiss

  • One free bag that is under 50lbs and less than 62 linear inches
  • If it is over the free baggage limitations, then it will cost €50 for flights within Europe and €100 for intercontinental

Turkish Airlines

  • For European flights, there are unlimited free bags as long as each bag is no more than 20kg. There is a €30 charge if the limitations are exceeded.
  • For flights to and from the Americas, they allow 2 free checked bags as long as the bags don’t exceed 23kg and 62 linear inches. There is a €60 charge if the limitations are exceeded
Culture, Media, Tournaments

Fundraiser for Broadcasting N.A.s professionally.

May 3, 2012
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This simply has to become the standard at big tournaments. A version of this was done at Ladies Army and the results were great.  This appears to be a bigger production than Ladies Army which is even better.

Long time Hardcourt videographer, Mr. Do, is heading this up and they are about a third of the way to their goal (as of posting this).  They are trying to raise about $900,  which seems super low to pull something like this off.  The fundraiser ends on June 1st, so please pass the word along about this fundraiser.  Better yet,  throw in a few dollars and share it on all the social media stuff you are on.  Imagine following live, professionally shot footage with no hiccups, and Machine commentating.  Count me in. Boom!  Please go to their fundraiser by clicking HERE!

 

Culture

SOUND OFF!!! Hardcourt bands?

March 27, 2012
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I just occurred to me the other day that half of the people I’ve played with are also heavily involved in underground music, including myself.  This seems like a perfect excuse to try out our new Facebook comments feature of the site.  Also, I selfishly want to make some “bike polo player in band only play lists” or “hardcourt band” playlists (see what I did there? sorry) for all the tournament travel I’m anticipating this year.

Here’s what you do.  In the comments on this post, tell us the name of the band that you’re in, or that you know a Hardcourt player to be in.  Also include a link so we can listen.  Extra points if you have a song actually about bike polo (unless you are Kevin Seconds).

GO!!!

Culture, Product

Louis Vuitton Polo Bike and Mallet. No, seriously…

December 8, 2011
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UPDATE:  NOW WITH VIDEO GOODNESS BELOW.

Via www.arkitipintel.com

Louis Vuitton Polo Bike shot for Intersection Magazine

REPORTED BY YORGO TLOUPAS, 09:59 AM, 8 DECEMBER 2011

To make a long story short, I discovered bike polo in NYC in late 2005, then motivated friends to start playing in London and Paris the following year, and have watched the scene grow exponentially since. In 2008 we did a bike polo vs horse polo fashion story inIntersection – see it here – and a short film which we showed at the BFF.

Cut to summer 2011, as we’re invited by our friends at Louis Vuitton to visit their Paris offices for a surprise. And what a surprise it was… They first showed us moodboards with images extracted from our bike polo fashion story, then revealed to us what they had been developing: a polo bike and a mallet. They collaborated with friends and fellow players Hannes Hengst and Grégory Barbier to manufacture an intricate and refined collection of parts. From the embossed leather pedal straps and mallet holders, to the machined chainring (by Victoire), etched barplugs, via the leather wheel cover, culminating with a spectacular hollowed out mallet head, attached to a fully wrapped shaft. All of it using the classic Vuitton patterns and shapes. I was a bit surprised to see that they decided to go for a fixed gear brakeless setup, since 99% of players now ride freewheel bikes, but beyond that was impressed by the attention to detail and the build quality.

Louis Vuitton wanted us to be the first ones to shoot this, so we did… With behind the lens my teammate and 2010 French Bike Polo ChampionLouis David Najar, and on the bike the rising star player Benjamin Nogues. The images are out in the current issue ofIntersection Magazine France, see some of them here:

 

 


Intersection magazine x Louis Vuitton by INTERSECTIONmag