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Help Produce Better MILK

May 31, 2013

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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!

Product, Reviews

A Large Mouth Preview!

May 22, 2013

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Milwaukee’s new Large Mouth Monohead surprised me.

Scoop moves aren’t really my game, but now that I have the bigger mouthed head in my arsenal, the moves feel that much easier. The first thing I tried was scooping the ball from my dominant side and taking it parallel to my bike on my non-dominant side, to pass the ball behind me. It worked. And it was easy. This was something I had never been able to do, and to be able to do it first try with the Large Mouth head says a lot about its scooping ability.

1It feels like I’m more in control of the ball at all times, too. This could be a placebo effect, but I doubt it. The ball reacts faster when you use the open end to pull the ball toward you or dish it away from you, with a slight fling of the wrist. I allowed me to start leaning more aggressively when I was charging the net and to get around defenders more easily on one-on-ones.

The head is light (weighing in at 83 grams), in large part because of its thin wall throughout. At the middle of the 25-inch head, there is a thicker wall inside. This gives the King’s Crown a little more plastic to bite (keep in mind that the thicker middle is nonproprietary to the King’s Crown and the head can be mounted using many different methods). But the thin wall makes the head pretty malleable. If somebody rolls over your head, it’s going to need to be reshaped, which is easy to do by hand, but probably not easy to do mid-game.

Overall, I really dig the Large Mouth head. It is the lightest head of its size on the market and the bigger mouth can be a game changer. It’s encouraged me to try new things; It’s helped me get more comfortable doing them and I’m slowly incorporating them into my game. It’s surprised that I can do some of these things so quickly, but it’s a nice surprise.

Milwaukee Bicycle Co. says these new Large Mouth heads will be out in two or three weeks, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. You’ll want these heads in your arsenal!

Product, Reviews

The Heat Is On

May 15, 2013
Most of the time we call him Dick Kruse for a reason, but sometimes Nick does cool shit; here is one of those times. Check out his thoughts on the new Fixcraft-DGel NAH Hard Durometer Tournament ball:
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It’s 87 degrees in Columbia, Missouri today. Aaron and I went out to the park to hit around and gee whiz, it was a sure reminder of what playing in the heat is like. There’s no such thing as a mild summer in the Midwest these days, is there? The idea of a 20 minute competitive game in the middle of the day at the qualifier doesn’t really get me excited, I have to say. Wah wah, Nick. Wah.

Anyway, before we left for the court Aaron grabbed the new Fixcraft-DGel NAH Hard Durometer Tournament ball that Sean threw him last time he was in Lawrence. We had it on the court along with a HOT ball from 2012 and the ‘Canadian orange’ as well.

As expected, around the 5 minute mark, the old HOT ball and the Canadian orange got mushy. We all know what it’s like – sucks, man. But the new Fixcraft Hard Durometer ball seemed to be holding up. As the others became unplayable, we pushed them aside and continued to pass around and work on a few things for about an hour. The new little orange guy remained pretty snappy. When leaving the court, I collected the balls and they were all warm to the touch. Squeezing each one in my hand, I could feel and see the difference. The ball was playable the entire time we were there, and considering the conditions I was really impressed with it.

I don’t mean this to be a conservative radio style advertisement where all the sudden crazy-dude is talking about the gold standard and giving you the phone number for how to buy gold coins and canned foods because “he believes there will be AN ECONOMIC MELTDOWN!!!” I just really think Sean and the Fixcraft crew have been working towards a solution for awhile now, and invested a lot of time into this ball. I am excited to see a real improvement come to fruition.

Although, maybe it’s some divine being’s way of leveling the playing field to prevent us here in Columbia from being TOO good (zing!), summer is surely settling in to sap your skills all over the northern hemisphere. Do yourself a favor and try these suckers out! I think they’re really tight!

-Kruse

Product, Reviews

A Complete MILK Review

April 29, 2013

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Review of the Simple 1.2 head: Their name for this head couldn’t be any more accurate!

Mounting MILK heads to Milk shafts is pretty much as simple as 1, 2, 3 (they even send instructions on how to do it). Put the shaft into one of the pre-drilled holes on the head, make sure the slot in the shaft lines up with the ridge on the head, put the screw through a pre-drilled hole opposite the shaft entrance, and screw down.

That is how simple it would have been if the shafts sent to us were long enough for me. Sadly, it costs extra to ship them at the length I need. Honestly though, this ended up not being a problem. Spending just a few minutes with a hand file, I was able to cut a slot into a Fixcraft LT shaft and it ended up working just the same.

I was happy to be able to review the 2.5″ Simple 1.2  head. I wanted to try out the head that put MILK on the map. After using it at a couple major tournaments, I have to say that I love it. These heads have the best wear I’ve ever seen. The design of the heads allow for more wear on the corners to prolong its life. With three different rotations, you can easily make this head last for a year or longer; through pick up and tournaments alike.

While shipping from Switzerland can be expensive, the longevity and simplicity of these heads are definitely worth the extra few bucks. They will last you longer than other heads on the market and take you a fraction of the time to set up.

Support these awesome Swiss dudes!

 

Reviews for the Ninja 1.1 head and both Shafts: The boys and gals at MILK must know how lazy I am.

Within five minutes, I took the Ninja head and TOUGH shaft out of the box, secured the head to the shaft with hex wrench, put tape and rubber stopper on top. Boom. My mallet was ready to go. I was lucky that the MILK crew cut the shaft exactly to my preferred length, which is the same length they cut shafts to save on shipping. (Shafts in paid orders will come longer than what we received for the review.)MILK bike polo

MILK NinjaBut you’ll definitely have the convenience of a mallet head already cut to 5 inches. And the convenience of having six holes drilled for three rotations. And the mounting equipment already secured in the shaft. Overall, you’ll experience the most convenient assembling process you’ve ever had with a mallet. This is where I see MILK’s prices worthwhile (shipping costs aside). I’ve said before that I’ll pay for convenience, and MILK’s stuff is the epitome of just that.

Not only is the product convenient to set up, it’s perhaps the best stuff to play with. The MILK folks hooked us up with a LIGHT shaft too, but the length was too short for Aaron. So my tournament mallet became the Ninja 1.1 with a light shaft. Holy hell, is it light. The head has been great on all kinds of surfaces, from tennis courts to partially-sanded curling courts. At the latter, there was a ton of dust on the surface, but a few pieces of hockey tape on the bottom kept the head from slipping without affecting my play.

MILK NinjaThe LIGHT shaft stood up well to the likes of some serious Midwest games. Dents are abundant and there’s a slight bend, but nothing that makes it unplayable. The TOUGH shaft is standing the test of time and hacks even better. Fewer dents have shown up and there’s no sign of any bend.

When the funding is available, I’ll be going for more Ninjas. But that begs the question: Why hasn’t MILK set up a U.S. distributor?

If nothing else, we would happy to set up a store for them :)

Until then, go buy MILK Products!

MIIIIIIIIILK!

Product

Fixcraft Product Drop

April 24, 2013

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After a long wait (it’s almost the end of April, come on!) Fixcraft has done a massive product drop of their 2013 line. Not only did they bring back some old products in new and improved forms, they also presented us with brand new items that we have been seeing sneak peeks of for months now. Old and new products alike, they are even for sale on a brand new website. Gone are the days of sharing a space on Blue Collar Distro, and forward into the future they march to stake their claim as the most innovative bike polo company in the biz. Here is a little taste of what is they are now offering:

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  • Back are the 2500 and 2375Unibody heads, but this time in a slimmed down version. Both heads are now only 5″ long and come with one set of mounting holes pre-drilled, plus two secondary position marking holes. Both models are also made out of the highest grade virgin, impact resistant UHMW.

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  • Also back are the new and improved LT Ultra Lite and XT Extra Tuff shafts. Both shafts now come anodized for extra strength and on top of that, they come in four colors! The mounting end now comes pre-threaded (no more drop nuts!) to save time and weight. The end also is cut to fit the new Fixcraft Cleat, that we are all incredibly excited to try (sadly, we are still waiting on the Cleat).

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  • Finally a ball that can stand the blistering heat of summer! This 100 A durometer ball is made to be played in 80+ degrees. According to the Fixcraft website, the ball was tested last summer all across the south, from Arizona to Florida, with rave reviews. If that isn’t good enough, Fixcraft is donating a portion of each ball sold to NAH. Support Fixcraft, Support NAH, Support Bike Polo!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what can be found in the new Fixcraft webstore, so we strongly encourage you to check it out! If all of these new products aren’t enough incentive, then maybe a store wide sale is! Until 8pm tonight April 24th (Central Standard Time), Fixcraft is offering 15% anything and everything. All you need to do is use the coupon code FIXNEW to get the discount.