Monday, January 17, 2011

24 Hours of Partying!!

I'll be honest, I was not totally convinced that having a 2011 St. Louis Bike Polo Lock-In was a good idea. For me, the first lock in was a life changing experience.  By the end I had completely lost my capacity to speak, and mostly lost my desire to sleep. It was fun overload.

Lucky's idea was brilliantly conceived and flawlessly, while seemingly effortlessly executed. St. Louis Bike Polo showed the rest of the polo-verse what we are about. Having fun, applying energy and being inclusive. The people who showed up fell right in and, I would like to think,  everyone there had an amazing time. For me it was perfect.

So when it came time to think about planing a 2011 Lock-In, I was hesitant. They say lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice. I was afraid that anything less than perfection in 2011 would somehow take away from 2010. Thankfully, the rest of the club didn't share my reservations.

Ben took the reigns and did what St. Louis bike polo does best, started a blog. Then he secured the venue, tiny liquor bottles, pinata, small motorcycles, Mountain Dew, playground balls and tens of thousands of ounces of beer that it takes to make a bike polo lock-in a success. The people came. They played polo. They partied. They danced. They bled. They hit the kicker ramp. They smashed the Pinata. They earned merit badges. And they had a blast. Thanks to everyone involved.









Fuck lightning, We'll make our own.
-Lee


94 comments:

Ben said...

Saint Louis Bike Polo: We're Doing Just Fine, Thank You.

Jon Rinehart said...

It was beyond awesome.

Jon Rinehart said...
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Ben said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kblSKTW7IZM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs9tccEq8VA

Francis said...

I found a great quote about the lock in on the LexRides forum.

"...around 6 AM, with the music, the 50+ person dodgeball game, the mini motos, the guy running/riding around with the shredded remnants of the Andrew W.K. pinata, the lack of sleep, the alcohol consumption, we could of sworn we had slipped into some form of a trip."

NICK K said...

As I was walking out, I lingered to listen to the Jimi Hendrix-esque 'star spangled banner' and to ponder if I was even still alive.

Thanks STL. Imma work on getting me one of them patches.

Ben said...

Like Francis said, here's another gem from the LEX forum:

"The highpoint of my night:

From the broken pinata i retrieved a plain white t-shirt. Across the front in bold font, it simply states 'STL>BST'."

Tim A said...

Here's a link to some iPhone shots I captured.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=621482&id=505085462

zach-bloomington said...

a few pics posted...

http://polo-velo-bloomington.blogspot.com/2011/01/stl-lock-in-2011-recap-2.html

Ben said...

Thursday! Snowboarding? Sledding? Let's have a snow party!

Anonymous said...

http://tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com/2011/01/stl-lock-in-2011.html

Ben said...

Haha:

"they are 24 hours party people!"

Anonymous said...

Polo tonight! The weathermen are lying.

nick said...

Polo tonight?

Jon Rinehart said...

POLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Ben said...

I'm out. I do not believe the weathermen are lying.

Jon Rinehart said...

The weathermen think it's going to start snowing at one....

Rose said...

I'm out. Saving my strength/warmth for the Fiasco.

Also, I can't even begin to describe how great this weekend was. Even the part when I almost threw up. Thanks for being awesome, everybody.

(ps. Did anyone happen to end up with a copper cowbell? I'm short one of the ones I brought. No big deal, just curious.)

Maureen Grady said...

What polo peeps are doing the ride tonight? How long do yall ride? You you end at turtle park or a bar? I'm trying to think logistics for getting myself home (sans car) post-party...

King said...

We ride from turtle park at 11 and ride till ? We leave turtle park and ride to ? Yes a lot ICUs are going and yes YOU should go!

Ben said...

A good portion of polo people will be there. Most of us will stay out as long as we're still having fun (sometimes it's 2:30...4:30...7:30).

I (and others) will eventually be making our way back to the area where Jake, Lee, and Cole live (which isn't that far from your aunt's house, I believe).

Stay close to Francis, Rose, Ben, Jake, Cole, Lee and you'll have fun and make it home safely.

Anchovy said...

I 2nd the above Ben comment. Despite it being way shitty/cold out, you just gotta hop on your bike and trust it. Nobody knows where we are going to end up so its hard to plan an exit strategy.
Wait, i just re-read Bens comment. You will have fun, you will make it home. Safely is another story.

Jon Rinehart said...

I'll be there. Fucking sled club.

Anonymous said...

Jon is on to something

nick said...

I missed the sledding party last night. Anyone want to have a sledding party tonight?

the girl said...

i'm in! today, tonight, whenever. it's awesome outside.

Lee said...

Sled Training tonight! 7pm back side of reservoir park. BE THERE!!

Jon Rinehart said...

Hey all my stl bike polo biddies. I just got the ok to give you guys deals on wheel builds. Let me know if you need anything.

King said...

Fuck snow let's play some god damn polo.
Seriously I'm bored. Let's play

Anonymous said...

is the parking garage going to be empty tomorrow?

King said...

Who knows if there will be cars...
WE WILL BE THERE TO PLAY!
Forest Park CC parking garage!
Say 12:00 noon?!?
Please respond if you intend to play!

Anonymous said...

I'm in. And that's fosho
-jon

nick said...

I'll be there...

Ben said...

More snow training.

Anonymous said...

http://vimeo.com/19137136

Mtn Dew! said...

Mountain Dew!

It'll tickle yore innards!

King said...

Okay... That last post was odd...

POLO TOMORROW OR DIE!!!
//////MAPLEWOOD\\\\\\\

6PM!!!!
If the rink sucks we will take over a garage!
LETS PLAY ALREADY!!!

Ben said...

I expect Maplewood to be a snowy, slushy mess. Expect to play at the garage.

nick said...

Ben is pretty much correct. Unless we get a warm spell tomorrow during the day, I think a garage is our best option.

See the link below for how Maplewood looked this evening.

http://flic.kr/p/9dc5qe

http://flic.kr/p/9dc688

Anonymous said...

My vest is done. Is yours?

Jon Rinehart said...

Hey! I went to maplewood tonight too! my footprints are in that picture! awesome! One side is a pond and the other side is icy. Garage for sure tomorrow.

Rose said...

Francis and I can be there whenever he gets off of work, which might not be until fairly late. Someone text me if you kids leave before we get there?

King said...

Garage polo tonight!
Forest park community college. There's only one garage there. Find it were on the bottom floor
6 pm
Be there!

Ben said...

I'm out.

Jeremiah said...

Does STL Bike Polo have a booth at the expo on Sunday?

Anonymous said...

sort of. two of us will be there.

Anonymous said...

It's not an official STL Bike Polo booth. Two dudes that play polo will have a boot.

Anonymous said...

is any polo happening during the day on Saturday or Sunday? are any of the courts dry enough?
-Patrick

Anonymous said...

PARTY PICS!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrn0/sets/72157625915803534/with/5392031055/

Trent said...

hey - it is my bday today dudes. come to handlebar nowish if you wanna hang out!

King said...

I'm down to play Saturday or Sunday. Mount p. Or lindenwood are probably out best bets.

Francis said...

I made this gif of Lucky trying to cuddle Nick Kruse. http://www.makeagif.com/i/DEVSGJ

Jon Rinehart said...

I'm in for tommorow. I'm bringing my boss...

Ben said...

Maplewood is your best bet. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

Polo at maplewood tmrw at 12?

King said...

Hey I'll be at the bike swap meet all day. I'll get to polo around 4 if you are all playing.

Ben said...

Most of us will be at the Collinsville Bike Swap til mid-afternoon.

Andrew W.K. said...

PARTY TIP: Tell the important people in your life that you love them. Even if it feels awkward. It really matters.

King said...

I love you guys and girls. You are StL bike polo

Anonymous said...

How did ya'll make out at the swap? I picked up a few goodies, but still need a 30.4 seatpost in black to finish off my 29r!

Sean

Anonymous said...

food training. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xc5wIpUenQ&feature=player_embedded

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eah23WvLYsQ&feature=player_embedded


Even better

Ben said...

I just realized that I think I forgot my iPod at the Lock-In.

Did anyone grab a spare iPod before leaving?

No biggie if it's gone forever...I'll consider it a sacrifice to the party gods.

King said...

Poop! See u dudes in a month or two.

Andrew WK said...

PARTY TIP: There's no such thing as a guilty pleasure. There's just pleasure. Never apologize or feel bad about it.

Andrew WK said...

PARTY MINDSET: Today is going to be fucking amazing.

STL BIKE POLO said...

Party Tip: Go To Brian's Art Show
Tonight (in about 2 hours) at the Luminary (at KingShinREBER)

Ben said...

http://video.adultswim.com/aqua-teen-hunger-force/grim-reaper-gutters.html

Ben said...

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

http://makeagif.com/i/DvVHQS

Liz said...

i miss you all something terrible.
also, it was super wicked awesome i didn't come to the lock-in, because my appendix decided to have a party of its own and escape from my body.

more importantly, this reminded me of all of you: http://explosm.net/comics/2317/#

Anonymous said...

SICK!

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2201183397.html

Andrew W.K. said...

PARTY TIP: Don't waste your life - spend it wisely. What's the point of all the work we do, if it doesn't allow us to party?

King said...

It's gong to be 52f! On Sunday. If you don't play polo your an idiot (or you have a social life). So I'm calling it. Polo. Sunday @ wherever the fuck we want. Noonish. Deal?

the girl said...

bout damn time!
by the way, it's my last sunday with ya'll before i move to korea. for real this time. let's play some polo.

nick said...

I'm there.

Girl - have fun with Jong-Un. I hear he likes fur hats.

Andrew WK said...

PARTY TIP: Double kick drum pedals, please.

King said...

Best WK quote ever. I just made my ears bleed with some good ol' thrash and the double pedal was rocking the shit!


PLAY POLO! I HAVE CABIN FEVER!!!

Anonymous said...

Rinks need to be shoveled.

King said...

It's going to start warming up tomorrow. If we clear any rink tomorrow or Saturday I have no doubt it will be playable on Sunday. So... Where ya wanna play?
My vote is
1: Mt.P
2: Maplewood
3: lindenwood/tilles/willamore.

Andrew W.K. said...

PARTY TIP: Imagine the most awesome thing in the world. Now take that thing and give it a mental high five.

Anonymous said...

I vote maplewood, since we will want the court to be cleared anyway if we play Wednesday night, if not, i'd play at lindenwood or willmore, but i'll stop by maplwood in a bit and see what it looks like.
-Patrick

Anonymous said...

maplewood and willmore are covered in snow ice and huge puddles, lindenwood has a substantial dry spot but is pretty bad too -Patrick

Evannn said...

This sentence happened at polo today 'Evan be careful, you can be pretty destructive with that bike' and it made my day...

STL Bike Polo born and raised.

Anonymous said...

Polo today? Will there be polo tomorrow?
Sean

Anonymous said...

On the polo court is where I spent most of my days
Chillin out, maxin', relaxin' all cool,
And all playin' some polo outside of the school
When a couple of hockey players, who were up to no good,
Started makin' trouble in my neighborhood,
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
She said 'You're movin with your auntie and uncle in Den-Air!'

I begged and pleeded with day after day
But she packed my polo bike and sent me away
She gave me a kiss
And then she gave me my ticket
I put my Hood Kicks on and said 'Might as well kick it!'

First class
Yo this is bad
Drinkin King Dewys out of a champaine glass
Is this what the people in Den-Air livin like?
Hmm...this might be alright

Well I,
The plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude,looked like a cop,
standin there with my name out
I ain't tryin to get arrested yet
I just got here
I rode with the quickness
and like lazers dissappeared

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said 'Fresh'
And had mallets in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought 'Nah, forget it - Yo, Court to Den-Air!'

I pulled up to the polo court about Three one Four,
I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo home, smell ya later!'
I looked at my kingdom,
I was finally there!
To ride around on my throne as the prince of Denver!

Anonymous said...

Killer!

nick said...

Polo today? Yes!?

Anonymous said...

Location?

Anonymous said...

WHere is polo?

Anonymous said...

There's no dry courts. Were planning on playing at the STLCC parking garage when it empties out at 3-4. Any other ideas? Please share.
-Jake-

Anonymous said...

Too late for me, I would have recommended cleaning up whichever court was in the best shape this morning, but I don't know how bad they are/were.. Patricks analysis was cryptic, and without punctuation I might add.

Maybe next Sunday.

Someone start a new post, those bloody socks are starting to smell!

Sean

Ben said...

http://vimeo.com/19441151

Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone who made it out on Sunday. I had a lot of fun. It was good to see everyone!
-Jake-

Anonymous said...

Tip: Wear a face mask

http://vimeo.com/19957929