Last week we had a great turnout for Bike Polo. In addition to all the new players, we had quite a few that just showed up to watch. It was a night full of action, cool old bikes, beers, squealing brakes, and a few endos.
Kristy joined the game this week and brought her recently acquired polo bike. My friend Ryan was staying up at Truckee, and he noticed an old Sears Free-Spirit ladies bike set out for the trash. He rescued it and brought it to me, thinking I might know someone that could start using it for bike commuting or something. I was racking my brain trying to think of who needed a bike, when it dawned on me that this bike should live out its second life on the polo court. All I did to get it ready was remove a bent rack off the rear of the bike, inflated the tires, and washed it. Good to go. As one friend put it, another bike rescued from the land of misfit transportation!
Typically we have kid matches, so the young ones can get a crack at playing without getting run over. This time though, there were enough new people that the kids just joined in on the real matches. They did surprisingly well, and those sneaky little guys even scored a couple goals.
There were more crashes last week than I think I’ve ever seen! Riding with one hand and stretching out the mallet hand to get the ball seemed to be a culprit in the endos and face plants. You need to be able to hold the bars steady while the body is doing all sorts of things it’s not used to on the bike. Other crashes happened down court away from the action. Someone would just be riding along and then Crash! You’d wonder to yourself, how the heck did that happen? The tap-out cone, the cone on the side of the court you need touch if you put a foot down, was taking a severe beating that night.
We played until it got dark. We still had more games in us, but the daylight was fading fast. I imagine we’ll still play on Thursday night next week, but it won’t be long before we have to switch to weekend games. Until then, see you next Thursday!