Culture, Product

Hoser Shirt Sale

July 18, 2013

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If you are unfamiliar with HOSER, you should first read our article praising the company for the work they do for bike polo teams. Setting up the hottest bike polo teams around the world with high quality 100% ring-spun cotton shirts. The profits from the shirts go towards helping the teams travel to tournaments. With the 2013 Bike Polo World Championship just a few months away, HOSER decided to set up a sale to help get their teams some extra travel funds.

If you go to HOSER’s website and add your favorite shirts to your cart,  you will be able to enter the code MIAMI2013 into the promotion code section. This code will allow you to receive 20% off of your entire purchase! The sale ends on July 31st, so you have until the end of the month to help support teams like Edisons, Call Me Daddy, and Hooks.

Your orders help ensure that the Bike Polo World Championship has the best teams from all over the world in attendance, so do your part!

Video

South American Hot Shots

July 17, 2013
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For some of you this video may be old news, but this past weekend I was sent a highlight video of the 2012 South American Championships that was brand new to me. Uploaded eight months ago to Vimeo, this video shows some of the passion, love, and hard work that our South American family puts into polo.

The 2013 South American Championship is being help on September 20 – 22 in São Paulo, Brasil. Here’s to hoping that teams make it to worlds this year in Florida.

Enjoy!

Product

Compacting the Arc

July 16, 2013

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Toronto’s Modifide Bike Polo is an ivy that is growing over all the walls of the bike polo community. Less than a year old, you see their heads all over the North American polo scene. Through innovative design, Modifide is determined to out grow it’s competition.

The newest item in the Modifide Bike Polo cauldron is their 4″ Arc. Just like it’s 5″ predecessor, the 4″ Arc is promising hard hits and unmatched ball control, but only this time in a compact size. Weighing in at 89 grams, the 4″ Arc has an outer diameter of 2.5″ so you will be able to do all the fancy scoop tricks in your recipe book.

Modifide Bike Polo limited the first run of heads to only 4o, so be sure you pick one up before they sell out! Hit up their store HERE to get one for yourself.

Hot Tip

Love It or Hate It, Ya Gotta Joust

July 15, 2013
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Per the latest NAH rule set, bike polo games still start with a joust. Some players look forward to the joust, while others dread it. If you’ve been around the sport awhile, you’ve seen some impressive shots on jousts, hilarious misses and probably some unfortunate crashes. Regardless, the joust remains the official way to start our games.

Since that’s the case, 321 wanted to solicit the opinions of a few players on how they handle the joust. We reached out to a few people who weren’t interested in responding (that included a female player who was tacit in her response after several attempts to get one). So I, Christian, will actually answer this question, too:

“What’s your strategy for success on jousts? What do you look to do with the ball if you win the joust?”

Me (Christrian Losciale) – Seattle: Go hard. If I’m halfway to the ball and it’s clear I’m not going to win it, I still want to be quick to defend. In my head, I’m looking to read my opponent and take the ball away. If it’s clear I’m going to win, then I look for my teammate. I hope he/she is in front of me so I can push the ball forward. Otherwise, I like when my teammate finds space, draws the defenders and gives me room to charge the net against the goalie.

Nick Dellwo – Minneapolis: Learn to track stand and work on those sprints. If you know you won’t reach the ball ball first, don’t give up. Focus on disrupting the other jouster’s control of the ball. Not letting the other team make a play off the joust is more important than controlling the ball yourself.

Cody Riggs – Seattle: I pretty much just try to crank as hard as I can for the first three or four pedal strokes, then look up and assess whether or not I think I’m going to get to the ball before the other guy. If I think I am, I keep going hard and check the far right where Dustin and Julian are probably going to be and will usually dish a pass straight over to them. I’ll maintain my speed moving to the left side of the court and look for a quick pass back from them. Sometimes if I win the joust uncontested I’ll gather the ball and move it myself, but the majority of the time I try to be the first one there, touch it long enough to pass it to someone in a better position to control it, and then keep moving within the play.

There you have it. Readers, what’s your jousting strategy?

Product

The Milwaukee Travel Bag

July 5, 2013

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There are only two major tournaments left this season (actually, only one for most people around the world) but that shouldn’t stop you from finding a convenient way to fly with your bike. One of the newest travel bags on the market comes to us thanks to Ben’s Cycle and Milwaukee Bicycle Company.

For $109.99 (come on, why not just round up to $110) you can purchase the Milwaukee Bicycle Company Polo Travel Bag. It is made out of 18oz heavy duty vinyl and measures at 39″x35.5″. While this is more than the 36 linear inches limit that most airlines mandate, I’m betting that you can fold in the loose corners and the airline staff won’t measure it. Since it is shaped like a tote bag, I’m betting they wouldn’t measure it anyway.

Pick one up, fit your bike and mallets in it, fly to Minneapolis or Fort Lauderdale, and enjoy easy bike travel.

Hit up Ben’s Cycle, go to the Milwaukee Bicycle Co. Section, click the Milwaukee Bags image, and find the newest way to travel with your bike.