Product

Canadian Goon Guard

March 3, 2014
Goon Guard

Goon Guard

Let’s face it, v-brakes are out and disc brakes are in.

With players taking the sport more and more seriously, there is no room for taking time off, especially for weather. We all know God Hates Bike Polo, so if you want to show off all 100% of your skills at a tournament, you have to run disc brakes. You wont be able to find yourself in a tournament final if the clouds start pissing downward and you’re running anything but disc brakes.

While disc brakes can be a literal life saver in poor weather conditions, they do come with one huge set back: the rotor. Until the day comes when humans can make a rotor that is lightweight and indestructible, we are stuck adding a guard to our forks to protect our rotors.

The newest guard on the market comes to us from a Canuck known for being a beast on the team Big Country. Henry Norris has been a metal fabricator for the last five years at Pyramid Metal Works, and after not feeling satisfied with the current guards on the market, decided to put his skills to good use. From his skills, we now have the Goon Guard.

These corrosive resistant stainless steel guards will be laser cut for precision and TIG welded for strength. Norris told us that the Goon Guard was designed in such a way that “in the event of a large impact it will bend before it transmits the force of that impact to your disc tab and fork.” After the guard absorbs the impact, it can easily be realigned. This can happen many times without it affecting the strength of the metal.

This guard will only run you $65! If you’re interested in picking up a Goon Guard, or if you have any more questions about it, hit up Henry Norris via email at henry@pyramidmetalworks.com. To stay up to date with the progress of the Goon Guard, follow @pyramidmetalworks on Instagram.

Video

Bike Polo Hits Bucharest

February 28, 2014
bucharest bike polo

For a final-day-of-the-work-week treat, we have a great little edit from Bucharest, Romania. I love hearing about new clubs popping up in cities all over the world, especially when they show us what it’s like to play where they live. Enjoy Bucharest and enjoy the video!

 

Editorial

Heckling Hardcourt – Vol. 3

February 27, 2014
HecklingHardcourt

HecklingHardcourt

Heckle Fodder
Ironically, I couldn’t really appreciate the hilarious amount of shit talking potential between the Americans and the Canadians until I lived in Australia. The Aussies know their smack talking, and can out heckle the rest of us scumbags by FAAAAAR, and out chant us too (if you have yet to hear one of Jordie’s super catchy chants you are missing out).  What fuels the Australian heckles more than anything are their neighbors to the East, New Zealand. They poke fun at the Kiwi accent in a way that is ridiculous magical, which can only be summed up by this image:
cat-riding-a-fire-breathing-unicorn-16414-1280x800Photo from Krista Carlson’s Facebook (she knows how to internet)

It was here that I discovered that the Aussies are to the Kiwi’s as Mericans are to Canucks, and that I have been missing out on some quality heckling. Now it’s time to put in some serious homework, or heckle practice if you will, before I head to Toronto for Ladies Army. I know I’m behind the times when it comes to many movies, but in celebration of Beer Week one of my favorite local theatres played Strange Brew. Admittedly, I am ashamed to say I had never seen it.  My beard shrieked in horror, once he found out, insisting we go watch it.
strange-brew-original

Now I know what I have been missing my whole life, and probably need to watch a few more times to fully get my fake hoser accent down. Since I have a lot of love for my neighbors in the North, there is no better way to show it then working on my Canadian Call.

See you Jerks soon.

- Sam

Bike Check

Bike Check: Ebbin’s Peacock Groove

February 25, 2014
bike check: ebbin martin's peacock groove

bike check: ebbin martin's peacock groove

Name: Ebbin Martin

Age: 39

Started Playing: March 2005

Club: Minneapolis, MN

Team name: HA! No set team. Yet.

My first polo bike, an 18 spd Lemond road bike with a carbon fork, was also my road bike. Twice. It was my road bike in Madison, Wi; my road, commuter and polo bike in Brooklyn, NY; my polo bike and now my road bike, once again, in Minneapolis, MN.

I have lost track of all of the bikes I have used for polo since I started playing. Besides the Lemond, the most memorable have been a Gary Fisher Gritty that I ran fixed gear 700c rear with a 26” front disk wheel; an aluminum Bianchi hardtail mountain bike that I gave ghetto horizontal dropouts and machined as much of the headtube off as I could to steepen up the headtube angle; and most recently my All City Dropout (whose dropouts are cracking from too many hops).

However, not one of them ever felt “right”. The more bikes I tried, the more I knew I wasn’t going to find it without a custom build. After meeting Erik Noren and seeing his unique bikes, I knew I had to have the first (and only?) Peacock Groove polo bike.

Details of note: 1.5” steerer and oversized headtube = super stiff front end and confident handling. Nose pivots will never ovalize this beastly headtube. Straight gauge tubing throughout – to me, durability was more important than weight savings. I can still hop this baby like a kangaroo, and it feels so quick and balanced. Canti (removable) and stainless steel faced disk mounts front and back. Hey, you never know, I might want dual brakes again… or quad (Paul duplex lever with problem solver splitters?). Internal cable routing for the rear brakes. Super deep horizontal dropouts for maximum chain length options. Nickel plated steel front disk brake guard with four point mounting. Obviously, the paint job. I have a color coordinated top tube and stem pad in the works, and really want some two side printed, watermelon cross-section Fixcraft HDPE wheel covers made, but they are prohibitively expensive for me right now

Frame & forkPeacock Groove of Minneapolis, MN. Oversized headtube and steerer (1.5”). Stainless on all raw surfaces, disk and cantilever brake mounts front and back, internal cable routing for rear. Multilayer watermelon paint job by Brad Galvin of Dirt Designs.

Drivetrain: EighthInch freestyle splined crankset (170) (arms painted to match), 30T Tree chainwheel, 18T White Industries trials freewheel, Time ATAC carbon pedals.

Wheelset: Fixcraft 48 hole disk hubs, Velocity NoBs 48 hole rims (26”), Bontrager Hardcase 1.5 x 26”.

Brakes:  Deore MTB (long) lever (I am missing half my left index finger, so I use longer levers so I can get  my middle and sometimes ring finger to it), Avid BB7, Avid clean sweep rotor. I will be replacing this with an Avid XX Hydraulic setup I picked up at a swap.

Stem/Bars/Headset:  New Transition Bikes Temple Lite Stem 1.5 x 50mm/Fleetvelo bars with Ergon grips/Cane Creek 1.5”.

Seatpost/Saddle: Thomson/Salsa lip lock/Brooks Colt.

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Editorial

There’s No Room for Cheaters

February 18, 2014

Means-Journeymen.Still002-590x331There is a reason they call him Dirty Dodi…

Hey cheaters! Hey lazy polo players! Hey malicious revenge seekers! I’m sorry but it’s important for me to call you out since the progression of this sport rests on your shoulders.  Now that the rules are in place and the ref’s test is nearly finished (assuming that Joe Rstom did an amazing job on it), you are the ones standing in the way of allowing refs to feel comfortable doing their jobs and it’s up to you to truly allow us to see the potential of the new rules.

I too often hear “I’m just going to keep playing the way I do and let them call me out on things if I’m doing them wrong.” That is the dangerous kind of rhetoric that is detrimental to the development of the hardcourt bike polo. It’s metaphorically the equivalent of walking up to Nick Kruse, flipping him off, and giving him the Stone Cold Stunner. Even if you’ve been playing for years and know what’s right and wrong in general, you need to learn the ruleset. It’s important for everyone that is looking to compete in a qualifier this year to sit down and read the rules. Not only read the rules, but truly study them. Memorize the rules so that you can apply them to situations at pick-up. Once you’ve done this, you should do it all over again.

Dustin Rigg’s of The Guardians fame said it best in a recent Facebook post regarding the Call Me Daddy v True Danger game posted by Mr. Do: “We can ask what the NAH can do to make this game better and more exciting all we want. Eventually though, players have to realize that it’s largely on us, right now, to move the game forward. There’s just no room for shit like this.” I know when we’re in the heat of the moment it can be easy to lose all inhibition, but there is no room in this sport for blatantly extending your arm to open-handedly push someone off of their bike, recklessly checking someone in their ribs, grabbing an opponent’s handlebars, etc., just to take advantage of an inexperienced ref or a well-trained ref that is looking the other direction. I’m sorry but your momentary advantage in one single game is not more important than the growth of this sport.

Ref’s are going to miss calls, it’s the natural state of any and all major sports; you see it happen in the NFL, MLB, FIFA, the Olympics, everywhere. What you don’t see in these major sports is players drop-kick each other when the refs head is turned. Taking advantage of ref’s will only lead to instances in bike polo that are equivalent to diving in soccer and flopping in basketball. I know that is the last thing that we want, but it’s where the lazy, cheating, revenge seekers are taking the sport. So I encourage you to truly read the rules, not because you want to take advantage of the grey areas, but to actually allow the refs to become more confident and allow us, as a whole, to see just how amazing this ruleset is.