Bike Check

Bike Check: Justin’s Belt Drive 650b Old Field Cycles

April 4, 2016
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I saw Old Field Cycles‘ post about this bike on Instagram and I had to learn more about it. It’s not often that you see a 650b bike polo bike, and even more rare is a belt drive bike polo bike, so I felt that I had to share the future of bike polo bikes with the world.

Here are the key features as told by Justin Pogge, the frame’s owner/builder and one-man custom bicycle manufacturer known as Old Field Cycles:

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Editorial

NAH to Forgo NAHBPC, Survey for Winner Instead

March 31, 2016
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Earlier this month, the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association (NAH) released a survey regarding the 2016 NAH tournament season. As any great sports organization should do, they asked the actual participants to give feed back on how the season should be structured. Players helped decide important structural questions like if the 2016 season should be 3v3 or 5v5 and if the final day of the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship (NAHBPC) should be double elimination, single elimination, or even, other.

After nearly a month of gathering data from bike polo players all over North America, the NAH is ready to go public with the results. And unfortunately, the results are inconclusive. In the craziest turn of events, every single result was a tie. WHO COULD IMAGINE?!

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Product

Mosquito Team T-Shirt

March 30, 2016
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I was lucky enough to get my first Mosquito t-shirt at Worlds this year in Timaru. I traded Mosquito team member (and killer ref) the shirt off of his back for one of my Prospectors jerseys. If you’re not lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to get a Mosquito bike polo shirt like I was, then you should head over to the Fixcraft website and snag one of the brand new Mosquito team t-shirts. These athletic fit tees are only $14.99 and are made with 100% cotton. Pick one up HERE!

Culture, Editorial

Jenny Goes To São Paulo

March 29, 2016
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“Saudade” and “chulé”

Two great words in Portuguese that don’t have exact one-word English translations, but both apply to my great experience with the ever-welcoming São Paulo Bike Polo Club.

I went down to visit my sister who lives in São Paulo Brazil last week, and on Saint Patrick’s Day, in one of the world’s largest cities, I was lucky enough to meet up with a second kind of family, one that at first were complete strangers, but through the magic of bike polo, welcomed me and made me feel like I was família.

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Editorial, Player Profile

Feminist On The Court: Women’s History Month

March 22, 2016
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“Feminist on the Court” is a bimonthly column giving voice to a variety of women, trans, and/or femme players (and those that support them) from around the world. This polo herstory is written by one of the longest-playing women on the West Coast, SF polo’s Jacki Rust. If you’d like to tell us your story, email genderinpolo@gmail.com.

The sun was beating down behind the Sound, the smell of fried fish and boggy air swilled in the Seattle evening as we gathered on the rooftop of an adult video store near Fisherman’s Wharf in 2005.  Matt Messenger, the ring leader of this eclectic group, encouraged me to play a game, so on a Frankenbike with homemade mallet (composed of a crutch for the shaft and PVC pipe for the head) I played my first game of bicycle polo.

I was really nervous on the roof of that downtown porn shop, because I wanted to be accepted by this group that I thought, at the time, were the coolest people I had ever met.  Turns out they are a bunch of nerds, but I’ll never forget Matt’s encouraging words, “Oh look, it’s Suzy Natural.”  Those five words kept me coming back for years after, and reminded me to welcome anyone one who is interested in the game, especially women.

Flash forward over a decade later to the World Championships in Timaru, New Zealand.  Participants now play with equipment specific to the sport, mallets cost around $50, bikes are custom made to a player’s specs, the budget for the tournament is $100,000, and professional cameras film the entire event.  There are paid referees (there are actually rules now) calling out fouls and penalties.  People flew in from all over the globe to represent their city, but with less than 10 women out of 108 players, I felt that I was representing women, not San Francisco.

In the first years of playing polo, I would never have dreamed it would evolve into what it is today.  At first only a handful of cities played, but now it has blown up, and there is a club in almost every major city in the world.  This is partly because of the ability to share information in the vast area of the internet, but partly the tone that was set by Messenger: “All are Welcome.”

The men are so accepting in polo, and the majority them do not see us differently in the sport, which in my mind is something as extraordinary and beautiful as electing a black president.