Editorial

Modifide Calls It Quits

December 11, 2014
modified bike polo

It is with our deepest regret that we announce the curtain call for Modifide Bike Polo Equipment. With two strong years of production behind them, the owner, Steven Sal Debus, has to walk away as he works to grow DU/ER Denim. Here is the official announcement from Steven:

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Editorial, Product

ONE to ONE’s Bike Polo Fundraiser Program

December 10, 2014
cinny bike polo shirts

If you’re unfamiliar with the company, ONE to ONE Print Shop is ran by, and ultimately for, bike polo players. In an effort to help each team, each club, and the sport as a whole grow, they have initiated a fundraiser program. When you order shirts through them, they will sell the shirts from their website for a certain amount of time, and all of the profit of the sales will go to the club or team that placed the order. It’s such an amazing idea! Check out the official word from ONE to ONE:

In tune with our constant and ever growing support and sponsorship of bike polo we are going to start offering polo club/tournament/team shirts for sale on our website, hosting them for a certain amount of time and printing/shipping them all at once. The prices will be set by the club and all of the profits will go back to the club. First up, Cincinnati, the nasty-natti. Available until December 17 so move quickly! Share this on your club page and help this club out!

To help out the club, you can pick up your Cincinnati Bike Polo shirt HERE. And be sure to LIKE ONE to ONE on Facebook so you can find more shirts that they will be offering in the future!

Tournaments

2014 Eastside Frost: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

December 9, 2014

(featured image: Keegan Bursaw)

The 2015 Frost was, above all else, a tourney of experiments. First, how a 5 man bench tourney would go down in the ol’ Eastside region (I think this was the first). Second, whether you could introduce a crease rule and have it stick (which certainly has been experimented with in other tourneys), and third, whether you can create a tent village to keep people dry enough to play.

Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

In all truth, and I’ll say this now to spare you all the suspense, the Frost was an enormous amount of fun for a variety of reasons, which brings us to the first part of my over used title:

The Good

2014-12-06 09.58.35The Frost’s format, five player bench, is just so much fun. As Horse said perfectly on our way back to Lancaster, it’s a bench where instead of feeling like you should play everyone, it’s one where you need to play everyone. The 2 people who are sitting on your bench when a game is happening are actively involved in coaching, are ready to jump in, and don’t feel (at least in my case) like an appendix in an otherwise useful body.

The games were also 30 minutes long, which seemed just a touch too short–which is perfect. I left games feeling relatively good, and not at all over-worked. One could certainly chalk that up to my general laziness on the court, but let’s say that it’s more of a signifier of how solid the length of the games were instead. Yeah. Let’s do that.

Even with all the metarequirements of a tourney (lodging, eating, palling around), having 5 people instead of 9 really worked out well.

I guess when it comes down to it, I’d probably travel further for a 5 person bench tourney than I would for a three person tourney.

The Frost organizers also did a bang-up job on creature comforts. Yes, Saturday was probably the worst conditions I’ve ever played a tourney in, but we had a shanty town and outdoor heaters, and that went a long way to make me comfortable. Okay. I wasn’t comfortable at all, really. BUT I really appreciated the effort and WTF ever, rain. I don’t even care ’bout you. Continue Reading…

Contest, Product

Fixcraft & DZR’s Biggest Bike Polo Giveaway Ever!

December 8, 2014
Fixcraft banner 2

Fixcraft and DZR are running the biggest hardcourt bike polo contest ever! And they couldn’t have made it simpler to enter to win: all you have to do it LIKE the DZR Facebook page, LIKE the Fixcraft Facebook page, and then post THIS URL on your Facebook page. It’s as easy as that and you could walk away with a

  1. Fixcraft prototype polo frame
  2. Fixcraft universal polo fork
  3. Fixcraft disc guard
  4. DZR Marco bike polo shoes
  5. DZR hip flask

So much awesomeness in just one contest! Don’t miss out on this!