We are hard at work putting the finishing touches on our courts for the 8th Midwest Bike Polo Championships in May. We’ve reclaimed enough scrap wood to make brace supports for all three courts. Creating as little waste as possible is important to us and we’re tickled that a tornado damaged barn will supply enough material to create our court’s brace structure.
Jerry our resident engineer and handy man, mocked up these prototype board sections. The prototypes look solid and with thicker plywood will make for three top notch, identical and strong courts. Each court will be 120′ x 62′ with not square but squared off corners. The boards behind the goal will be at least 40″ tall. Check out the photos below.
How can you build up a polo bike? Good question. Its easy.
Look for a frame that you can make into a single speed. A lot of MTB have semi horizontal drops and can be easily singled with proper chain length or through a singleator. If you have a pair of 700c wheels that need a new purpose you could find a track style bike and build that up for cheap.
This coming Saturday April 24th, a boy scout troop in St. Paul is having a huge bike sale. Go check it out. It would be very affordable to get a frame that accepts 26″ wheels and some really cheap wheels.
Next you can take your parts list over to Express Bike Shop, Sunrise Cyclery or any of the other stores with a great used selection and get that new frame dialed in.
I was just at Express yesterday and scored a new stem and bars for under $10. Plus you can feel great knowing that your money will go back into teaching St. Paul youth mechanical skills and work ethic.
The bottom line is building a polo doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of dollars. In fact with a little looking you can easily build something for well under $100.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions about what works and what doesn’t in a hardcourt bike polo. Head on over to The League of Bike Polo /Bikes for some inspiration.
When MPLS Bike Polo put out a call to our network that we were looking for lumber to build boards for MWBPC8, Bob was the first to respond. He had a friend out in the burbs whose barn had fought a tornado and lost. The tornado ripped roofs off the barn and pump house and deposited them in different directions a couple hundred feet away. Marty was lucky that day as Bob put it, “The tornado gently pulled one single line of shingles off his house, like the finger of god tasting the icing on a cupcake.”
One benefit of the tornado was that two goats and a horse that were once mortal enemies became fast friends that windy night in August.
Marty saved this lumber since last August hoping that it would be able to be reused by someone, anyone, rather than burning it. He had burned enough over the past year. Over 25 storm damaged trees piled high in a huge bonfire. All in all we probably scavenged several hundred dollars worth of 2x4s and 2x6s.
We’ll have to do some work before they are ready to convert into bike polo boards, but we’re up to the challenge.