Media, Video

New and Improved Mr. Do

October 8, 2013

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Mr. Do has made it easier for us to obsess over his videos. No longer do we have to Google search “Mr. Do Vimeo” and then be forced to fumble around on the ever failing Vimeo website. Thanks to Do, all we have to do is hit up his new website for all of our favorite Do productions. The new site can be found simply at mrdovideo.com.

Along with the new site and logo, Mr. Do promises us more. He says we can expect video updates WEEKLY! No more randomly updating his website in his free time. He is doing us a huge service and bringing us content on the regular. Everyone should shoot Do a ‘thank you’ message or email for his hardwork.

Also new to the site is a weekly polo segment called “Morning With Machine.” According to the website, “it is the definitive show about the players of Hardcourt Bike Polo; those who have made the sport and community what they are today.” The first webisode was put online today and features The Beavers.

Head over to the site, bookmark it on your browser and then get lost in the greatness that is Mr. Do Video.

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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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Editorial, Hot Tip

Get Out of Work Free Card

October 2, 2013

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When Florida put in their bid to host Worlds this year, one of their main selling points (outside of the gorgeous courts and beach life) was their experience in hosting cycling events. This previous experience becomes clearer and clearer as the tournament draws closer; their attention to the smallest details is characteristic of a true event organization expert. One such detail that gave me a “Why didn’t I think of that!” moment, was their Get Out of Work letter.

While Worlds is only two weeks away, it seems safe to assume that most participants have already requested off work, but just in case there are a few stragglers who are waiting to the last second to do so, this letter will help convince your boss that you deserve the time off. Even if you have work off, it would still be fun to print off the letter and use it to brag about your polo skills around the office.

All you have to do is follow this link HERE and save the document, insert your name and print it. It’s that simple!

If the 2013 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is half as organized as the preparation for the tournament, then we are in line to see the best Worlds yet!

See you in Florida!

Editorial

WHBPC Needs Your Help!

October 1, 2013

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I know for most of us, traveling to Florida later this month will be nothing more than a week of fun in the sun. A carefree vacation near the beach while playing some of the best polo of our lives. I mean come on it’s Florida! While making your Florida to-do list, try adding one more thing that could make everyone’s Worlds experience a little better.

The World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship needs volunteers! To help the tournament run smoothly Florida, the NAH, WHBPC organizers, even the poloverse as a whole, asks that you step up and help out. They need volunteers to ref, goal judge, score keep, time keep, and help with general command center duties. Signing up for even one hour of your time can make the tournament go from a rusty chain to a well oiled smooth ride. Do your part and help the community out!

NAH has posted a needs schedule on VolunteerSpot. The site helps them keep track of everyone that is generous enough to offer a few minutes of their time for the tournament. Follow the link HERE and sign up!

Keep your bikinis under wraps for just a little while longer and give just two extra hours a day to be in Weston so that the 2013 World Championship can the best we have ever seen.

The Poloverse Needs You!