Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Regularly Scheduled Polo

Photo credit: Zach at TopShelfPolo.com


Saint Louis Bike Polo believes in a few things:

- Partying hard.
- The healing power of Mt. Dew.
- The belief that having fun is easy.
- Beer is better when it's < $0.50 for 12oz.

We also believe in shredding polo rinks on a bi-weekly basis.

For the uninformed, we play on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons.

Wednesday night sessions take place in Maplewood at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center. Ideally, we start around 6PM. Come check it out; even if you've never played. We have all the equipment you need to give polo a try.

Sunday afternoon sessions take place at Mt. Pleasant Park. We try to start as close to 2PM as possible. Mt. Pleasant Park is one of St. Louis City's hidden gems. Prepare yourself for motorcycle gangs, full-contact football games, 7v7 girl brawls, a lack of shade, no amenities, and the occasional murder after hours.

Everyone is welcome to join us. Don't be scared. We're nice people.

90 comments:

King said...

Polo is TONIGHT! 6p mapleHOOD!

nick said...

I'm in! Cant wait!

Toph. A. Loaph! said...

me tooooooo.

Eva said...

See y'all there~

Rose said...

Francis and I will be there eventually!

Chovy, if you are coming, will you please bring that back wheel? (if I am too late/you are not coming, no worries, the bike still rolls).

Eva said...

By popular demand:

Wednesday PM (aka, night of):

http://i.imgur.com/gyO19.jpg

Eva said...

Thursday AM. I don't know if it's changed much :http://i.imgur.com/Mf8Jk.jpg

Not pictured -- bruise from Nick, considerably less impressive (but still quite painful) welt on front of other leg from falling.

Anonymous said...

Gnarles!

Jon Rinehart said...

I need a team for the out of the kitchen tournament!

Jon Rinehart said...

I need a team for the out of the kitchen tournament!

Anonymous said...

I think we should invite an ice cream or shaved ice man/ woman to the heat stroke. Anyone know any good truck drivers?

Eva said...

Thursday am/Friday pm combined (I took it at like 2 am): So the swelling has gone down but the color has DEFINITELY gone up. Fun fact: That ring of flesh that's still skin toned? Perfect size and shape of the widest part of a ball.

http://i.imgur.com/QlwqX.jpg

Char said...

I will practice, and get better at this in time. However if anyone can offer up an old crappy mallet on lend (so I can practice), and/or any advice on skill building, or even want to hit a ball around on off days-it would be much appreciated! e-mail me if ya wanna help a rookie out!
getting_closer_2_2005@yahoo.com

Rose said...

Hey Char! Here is a (rather old, but still relevant) post that contains lots and lots of advice for new players:
http://stlbikepolo.blogspot.com/2010/08/newbies.html

Hope it is at least a little helpful!

Anonymous said...

http://www.myspace.com/stlbikepolo

Ben said...

I'm not going to be able to play on Sunday. Havefun without me.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rose! The myspace page hasn't had activity since 2009 HA Sounds like It's a matter of trial/error,observation,inquisition,and practice.
Are there any really good mallet building instructions anywhere?

King said...

Sunday polo is on!!! 2p mtP. Post if u wanna play later so we don't just sit in the sun! Thanks!!! -Jake-

Lee said...

I'm out for sunday
-Lee

-Char said...

Not me today :(

Anonymous said...

Im in today i think 230 -dave

Anonymous said...

i'm out today too

-
trent

nick said...

I'll be there if we play.
Heat stroke training

King said...

Im in if we get 6

Anonymous said...

Me n baby j'll be there. -Eva

Anonymous said...

nick, jake, eva, baby j ,dave....almost 6

Eva said...

There's always like one or two people who show up unannounced, yeah?

Who usually goes on Sundays, anyway?

King said...

Nicks out. Thinks polo is canceled

Jon Rinehart said...

I'm selling my redline urbis if anyone is interested. Will have proper pictures up soon.
http://www.redlinebicycles.com/archives/2010-urbis
250 for you dudes.

Ben said...

Keep an eye out for my friend's bike. It was stolen last night in the Central West End.

http://www.granroyale.com/bikes/lurker

Black with clear grips and pedals. Fixed gear with front brake.

Anonymous said...

I still need a team for heat stroke! Who else is in the same boat?

Brian

Anonymous said...

Tim A and Tim D from CoMo are looking for a third.

Anonymous said...

It would be safe to assume no polo on the fourth- any other rad ideas?

Autonomous Collective said...

bike downtown to see explosions.

King said...

Yo! Bike polo can and should be held at the Admiral Casino spot Iv been ranting about followed by fireworks from wads bridge followed by more polo! -jake-

Eva said...

Dude, Jake. I've been lazy about it, but: http://imgur.com/Y1Xxb

A lot of people admiring your work on the ride tonight. Good chunk thought it was a tattoo at first. Most were mighty impressed when they realized it was a bruise. Someone took a picture.

And it takes up the whole back of my thigh now.

Eva said...

On a more polo-related note I don't have shit planned for the 4th, and I don't have work, so I'd be down for polo-ing...

-Char said...

Jake - dig the idea! I would be down for that-let me know!

Eva- YAY-ER!

Anonymous said...

I'm going downtown tonight. I will not be riding my polo bike.

Eads Bridge party.

Char said...

I didn't know anything about Surly bikes (except I love the adj. "surly") so I looked them up- Those are some gnarly cycles! Nice choice :)

Francis said...

CACAW!

Anonymous said...

awesome link! by the way I'm in for polo on sunday
-Patrick

Anonymous said...

Me too!
-Eva

Anonymous said...

Stl bike polo in final day of polo at north American hardcourt polo championships

Kevin said...

I'm back in town and ready to play some sunday polo.

King said...

I'm in

Anonymous said...

I thiiiiiiiiink Baby J is in. I shall re-check tomorrow.

And Francis and Rose, Francis wanted us to play.

Char, I believe, will be in.

-Eva

Anonymous said...

I will be there, closer to 4pm though. Hoping to take myself off the DL.

-Brian

Jon Rinehart said...

Well I think a few are in Milwaukee, and lee and trent might be camping. I'm in if we can get 6.

Anonymous said...

I'll come if we can get 6 as well (not that my skills really make a difference yet haha)- still working on the mallet situation though.I would like to avoid a pointless trot into the city-so let me know if it's 6! :)

-Char

Eva said...

Patrick, me, Jake, Kevin, Brian, Baby J and Char.

That's 7!!

King said...

Ok kids. What time? 2? 3?

Kevin said...

I'm bringing a friend too. Never played polo before. So add a newbie to the count.

Anonymous said...

I'll shoot for close to 2...someone have an extra mallet?

Eva said...

I'll be there whenever y'all say so. It really isn't as far away as I thought it was, so it doesn't take much time.

King said...

Yeah I have a Spare

Phil said...

3 works best for me. I'll bring extra mallets, balls and a 5gallon jug of water.

the girl said...

im headed to the court now

Anonymous said...

I don't know about anybody else, but today ruled hard.

King said...

Shit was rad

Eva said...

Good polo (and beer, and icecream) for sure.

Jake: so, hypothetically speaking, if I were to change out the bars/stem on my bike, they should be...shorter? More upright? Closer?

Char said...

and also TRENT-thank you thank you thank you!!! This mallet feels like it was made for me! You kick high.

King said...

Eva. Closer and narrower. Maybe google surly polo bike and mimic what someone else has done

King said...

also google steering angle on bicycles. It will help you understand why i think its a good idea

nick said...

Do we still want to have this tournament this weekend?

It sounds like we do.

Can any one host people?

Davesnothere said...

I'll be playing.... but with a megaphone and a bugle I think I could get down on hosting as well.

Anonymous said...

How many teams does it look like we have?

King said...

Hell yes we are having it! I can host but only sat night. Werkin friday

Rose said...

If you're willing/able to be a host this weekend, shoot me an email with how many people you can house and your address.

rosemary louise at sbcglobal dot net

Anonymous said...

Phil and I need a third! Would prefer to keep it local, but we just wanna shred.

Rose, I will drop you an email.

-Brian

Eva said...

I know I said I was going to try to at least hit the tournament for a bit before leaving but I have to be in Colorado Sunday evening, so it looks like I'll be driving all day Saturday anyway :(

Jake: Thanks for the advice! I found some ridiculous Kevin-sized kid bmx bars (don't rise as much as real-people-bars) and a shorter stem at bicycle works. I rode out to a parking lot to test 'em last night -- I dig 'em.

I'll see you kids tomorrow?

Char said...

I doubt I'll make it tomorrow night (work) but I'm trying to come cheer on Sat! Has anyone thought of calling the Mt. Pleasant fire dept and asking if they would open a hydrant for awhile? Just crazy enough to work!!

King said...

I'm out for tonight. Have fun y'all!

Kevin said...

Could someone bring their extra mallet head material to Maplehood tonight, I think it was Phil or Brian who said they have a bunch extra. Also I'm down to be on your team if you still need a 3rd.

Phil said...

I'll bring some yellow pipe.

Ben said...

I'm out for tonight.

Eva said...

I'm gonna head to the court, see who-all's there.

Rose said...

We're headed there shortly.

Anonymous said...

Me too. I guess leaving now. Anchovy

Anonymous said...

For Saturday. http://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/3135178957.html

King said...

Bike tire. $15. No size or any other info...
God I love craigslist

Anonymous said...

What time is polo today? -Anchovy

Anonymous said...

Polo is now. Mt P

Anonymous said...

That sucks...so. far.

bNATEd said...

Hey, this is Nathan formally of CoMo Polo. Will there be Polo at Maplewood tonight? 6 or 7?

MB415 said...

You guys playing this Sunday? I'm a college student interested in bike polo, also writing a piece on it and was hoping to stop by

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