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Riding in Circles 2014 Sneak Peek

November 7, 2013
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I was first exposed to Riding in Circles polo bikes in Geneva at the 2012 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. I instantly fell in love with the compact design and super clean welds of this Italian polo frame. Sadly enough, we don’t see too many Riding in Circles bikes in North America, so in the year following Geneva, the Riding in Circles frame slowly faded from my bike porn spank bank. That was until I arrived in Florida for the 2013 WHBPC and saw two-thirds of Call Me Daddy riding the sleek bikes that once filled my dreams. Upon coming home from Worlds, I did some perusing of the Riding in Circles Facebook page and  discovered that they released a teaser video for their 2014 polo bike. If the bike is going to be half as cool as this video, then the poloverse is in for a real treat!

Check out the teaser video here:

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Channel your inner Warlock

October 30, 2013
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Down in Florida at the 2013 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, Magic Bike Polo debuted their new tournament head. Just like the other themed named heads, this new one is appropriately named Warlock. Weighing in at 90 grams, Warlock is looking to conjure spells on the court that allow players to hit harder, scoop easier, and win more games. While this may be heavier than other “tournament” heads on the market, that shouldn’t turn you away from giving this head a try! Unlike other tournament heads, the Warlock has an outer diameter of 2.6 inches. In a game where heavy accurate shots can be the final deciding factor between two teams, it’s important to have more surface area on the head to contact with the ball.

Magic Bike Polo sold out of these heads at Worlds, and I’m sure for good reason. But no worries, the Warlock is back in stock and ready for you to build up. Head on over to the Magic Bike Polo website to pick one or two or three up!

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Culture, Product

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:

Product, Reviews

Review: Mamba X 2.0

October 3, 2013

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At the beginning of June we introduced to you the new Mamba X 2.0 (check that out HERE). The Mamba X 2.0 was the result of DZR sending the original Mamba X back to the drawing board after the outer sole’s vegan glue starting giving out. For the 2.0, DZR decided to add a stitch that connected the body of the shoe to the outer sole. This allowed them to still be able to offer a vegan shoe but in a new and improved way.

After four months of playing on these shoes at tournaments and in soggy Portland, Oregon weather, the Mamba X 2.0 get the official 3-2-1 Polo seal of approval! When we reviewed the original Mamba X after four months (see that review HERE), the outer sole had already started to peel away from the shoe’s body. 3-2-1 Polo was still ran out of the Midwest (where we rarely play polo in the rain) at that time, so for the Mamba X 2.0 to not show any signs of coming undone after a bout in Cascadia, is a huge accomplishment for DZR.

Another problem that I saw in my old Mamba X’s was that the Achilles Notch started to split down the center from putting the shoe on, but there are zero signs of this happening in the new shoe. I don’t believe that anything was changed here, design wise, but since this is something that is doing much better for the new 2.0 Mamba X, I figured it was worth pointing out. It is also worth pointing out that the laces strap on the new Mamba X shoes no sign of damage. As you can see from the first link that we shared, the stitching came off of the strap and the layers started to split. Again, there is nothing different about the straps design (that I’m aware of) from the original Mamba X to the 2.0 version, but I feel that it’s worth noting all of ways that the new version is outlasting the original.

One minor problem that we found in both versions of the Mamba X, is that the ankle protection on the inside of the shoe is too puffy. Actually, this problem only persists on the ankle protection of the right (drive side) shoe. I’m not sure if this has to do with it being on the drive side or not, but it is worth bringing attention. As you can see from the pictures below, no real damage is being done; it is just rubbing the surface of the fabric away. After a year in my original Mamba X shoes this problem never advanced past cosmetic damage, so I imagine that will be the same case for the 2.0 version as well.

All in all, the new Mamba X 2.0 is perfect animal friendly clipless polo shoe. It is shaping up to outlast it’s predecessor and with the stitched outer sole, it could even outlast the horse hoof glued Mamba Blacks. As my good buddy LeVar Burton would say, “But don’t take my word for it,” so pick up a pair for yourself and see how they hold up!

Head on over to the DZR website to snag a pair!

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Product, Reviews

MKE Small Mouth Review

September 20, 2013

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Last spring Milwaukee Bicycle Company sent us their Small and Large Mouth Monoheads. Since we received these heads at the beginning of the tournament season, we wanted to hit the court with the Large Mouth (tournament head) first. After falling in love with it, we pumped out that review HERE. At the end of the qualifying reason, 3-2-1 Polo found it’s review moving from the Midwest to Cascadia, thus leaving the Small Mouth review on hold. Now that we are all settled in at our new home in the Northwest, we are ready to bring you out Small Mouth Monohead review!

For the Small Mouth review are we doing something a little different. With so many awesome heads on the market, we want to standardize the reviews so that you, the reader, are able to distinguish which products you want to try. Here is the template that will be seen on all head reviews from here on out:
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- Head Name and Info:
MKE’s Small Mouth Monohead, 83 grams, 5″ long, 2.5″ outer diameter, 2.05″ inner diameter.
– Did you make any alterations to the Head?
Nope.
– How long have you been using it?
Three months of pick-up twice a week.

1) Shooting
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The capped end’s shooting power is on par with a bicycle kick from Liu Kang. Shots come off head straight and level so no worries about shooting over the net.

2) Ball Handling/Control
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I rated it three, not because it has poor ball handling abilities but because all cylindrical heads control the ball the same way. It’s not any worse than any other cylindrical head.

3) Scooping
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The lip makes it a lot harder to scoop the ball than it’s Large Mouth brother. If you are one that hits the court on your own to work on scooping skills then I’m sure this head will be just fine, but for your average Jane, this head does not make scooping easy.

4) Receiving Passes
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When gliding the head across the court, you can tell that they didn’t skimp out on cheap material. This high grade UHMW allows for smooth catches of the ball as well. No chips or misshapen sides to worry about.

5) Longevity
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The only word that comes to mind when thinking about the longevity of this head is “WOW!” I’ve been playing with this head for just over three months now and I’m still on the first rotation in the head. Mind you, I’ve been using this head at pick up with a rough surface, twice a week, without a need to rotate. That’s hard to beat.

- Are there any specific faults/defects that you’ve noticed?
I’ve found no faults or defects in this head thus far.

- Would you recommend any changes in the next version of the head?
The only thing I can recommend is that they add three rotations to the head. Right now they only have holes at 12 and 6, and then 3 and 9. With two rotations you miss out on usable parts of the head.

- Would you use another one of these heads? Explain.
I would definitely use this head again. It is going to be my go to pick-up head from now on. Lightweight and will last so long that given the right pick-up surface, you could use it for a year. That sounds like $22 well spent.

– Would you recommend these heads to a friend? Explain.
Definitely, for the same reasons as why I would use the head again.

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Head over to Ben’s Cycle and pick up a Small Mouth Monohead!

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