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WHBPC 2011 Highlights

Plenty of goals, crashes and rough stuff…


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Cult x Vans

Here’s the story of how the Cult x Vans waffle grip actually became…

Awesome to see these two brands come together… both can’t do much wrong at the moment.

Love to make a cosmic grip one day!

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Here are two items that will be on my new polo bike.  I think I enjoy getting the parts together for new bikes more than riding them.

The Vans X Cult waffle grips are such a great idea.  Since I got my first pair of Vans Chukkas I have been a fan of the gum soled shoe for every discipline.  Now I can look at them on my bars too!  I go through grips very quickly, especially on the mallet side, so I’ll be back with a little update on these.

I looked for a quality 104bcd chainring for a while, the best I could find was a Salsa chainring that I could import from the US.  I love Salsa, I will have Salsa elsewhere on this new bike, but I found that I could get an even higher quality chainring made here in the UK by Goldtec!  I’m impressed with the quality machining, great finish and looks to be dead round.

Head over to Source for the grips, support the independent stores, and BETD for the chainring.


Bike Polo Face Protection

Faces cages. So there’s a few out there. But what cage? What helmet? I’ve had a good few face injuries from polo. Mallet to temple, tooth (so pleased my mouth was open), cheeks, jaw, and the worst being a back swing which almost took my nose off. It did rip my top lip away from my gum which was nice.

I’ve found it difficult sorting myself out with face protection. I’ve spent hours trawling through the internet in the hope of finding something. But I’m awkward. Hockey helmets don’t work for me. Hurling, baseball, cricket, kayak polo etc all no good. That’s mainly because of the helmets. I can’t stand them. They’re hot and heavy. Kayak polo seemed the best solution though. But I wasn’t too sure of the cage. I certainly preferred the way they were attached without needing a chin cup! I have a beard to think about…

I’ve continued to use my Ekoi cycling helmet and love the lightness and air flow. I used to use a Bern but found it too heavy and bulky. The Fixcraft (baseball) cage fits it well but the bars are thick and like I said, the helmet is heavy. So all I could think of was modifying a cycling helmet. I’ve seen it done before but I wanted some of my own specifics. I needed lightness, comfort, visibility, air flow, and good protection of mouth and upper face. I can handle my chin being loose. The most important thing for me is eyes, nose, mouth. I also wanted the cage to sit close to my face with just enough space to take a hit without feeling the vibration.

After way too much consideration, here’s what I did:

Titanium cricket cage. This is a Masuri which I got cheap off eBay. I wanted this one for it’s bar positioning and lightness. I know a few players with cricket grills attached to BMX lids. They look good but I wasn’t planning to fit this the ‘proper’ way.

I sawed a few bits off. Including the ‘attachment’ areas. They weren’t needed as I planned to attach the grill upside down! This would alter the way the cage fits over my face.

1 x Hockey cage mount fitted to center front. To stop cage falling down.

The inside was carefully dug out and a washer fitted for strength. Then the mount bolted on with original fittings.

Couple of holes carefully planned for cable ties to hold grill sturdy and in place. Some tape around the hockey mount to keep cage in position. It’s not moving anywhere that’s for sure. Looks good huh? Photo filter effects also added to “keep it Cosmic”. The whole thing is pretty damn light and ways a lot less than my old Bern with no cage.

Job’s a good ‘un. Really pleased with it.

Because this helmet is on it’s last legs, I’m gonna repeat the process on a nice old road helmet with super air flow in a few months time. I held the cage over my nice Giro helmet and it would fit something like that really well.


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Brooks Hell’s Belles

Here’s a promo vid directed by our good friend Brendan McNamee (Blunt films, Dead Rappers Polo) of the Brooks sponsored ladies majority tourney Hells Belles to be held in London next month.

Wow…never seen bike polo look so sexy!

Our very own Toddy will be playing and showing the girls how to properly dress up, so come down to Newington Court to show your support.

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WHBPC 2011 Final

Last weekend it was the world hardcourt bike polo championships in Seattle – the mother land of bike polo.

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out there despite qualifying…but some of our Euro friends did and hell they showed the rest of the world what Europe’s got.

With 3 EU teams finishing in the top 5 and an absolute epic performance by French champions Call Me Daddy to take 2nd, making all those at home watching the live stream feel ever so proud – although the results  also made us wished we’d gone out there even more.

The polo world order is definately changing. Polo has only been played seriously in Europe for the past 3 years, yet already it’s  taking a place at the top. This is only going to improve in the years to come and with the Worlds in Europe next year I’m predicting a home win!

Big pat on the back to East Van for taking this years crown, but massive congrats to Call Me Daddy, Iron Ponies, L’Equipe, DTGP, Polosynthese and Money Punch for repping EU hard.

East Van vs Europe – commentary by Machine: