I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while, but I’m lazy and what not.
A while back (somewhere between the birth of Lumberjack and three months ago) I came across Big Shot Bikes, a lovely company which makes bikes-to-fit in all their hipster glory. (Does one capitalize hipster, or was the word around like, way before capitalization existed – ee cummings didn’t capitalize, after all). While I am not going to speak to the main sell of the site, as I’m sure the fixies are just the bees knees, I do want to talk about this little item:
At some point, Big Shot Bikes got into the Bike Polo business, which makes a lot of sense given the market they are in. But from the first time I saw this bike, I had my questions/doubts/concerns/guffaws.
1. Those are some tiny wheels. I roll on 26 and still feel like I need to get a trophy wife and a Hummer in order to compete with those 700 fellas. It might just be me, but I think I play tire defense a bit too much to reduce my blocking surface by whatever impressive calculation you’d believe…let’s go with 21.4% centigrade.
2. The gap under the down tube is huge. I know every bike has a big ol’ space there, but that one seems crazy.
3. For a custom made polo bike, I’d expect a few things more, like tighter bars. If you look in the above picture, those are straights (or ‘streights’, if you visit their site and have a keen eye for misspelling) and that’s not the greatest (again, my opinion) for polo. Furthermore that gear (46 tooth) looks like madness (madness? this is Sparta – there I did it for you) and wouldn’t suit a good amount of players out of the box.
4. The Price: at the time of this posting, the cost for one of these puppies is $319.oo USD. I mean…for a mini polo bike…eh?
Now I don’t like pushing down a brother without giving a fair chance, so I do want to mention what I see as good about this bike.
1. It would have lighting fast turning – with such a compact frame you could pretty much rock the socks when it came to cleaning up any messy plays.
2. The sharpness factor is high: while I don’t really care much about how my polo bike looks (you’re gonna destroy it anyway), this is a slick machine. If you want to get all the empty framed, eyeglass wearing girls to turn their disinterested heads, this would be a way to do it.
3. It does advertise that one size fits all, and being from the Shire, I can appreciate that.
Please click on that link. Your life will be better for it.
Now, keep in mind I wrote all of this without ever getting on the blasted thing. I can’t possibly afford to buy it as a test, and I have yet to see one grace the field. However, if Big Shot Bikes wants to send me one, I’ll be happy to give an informed review. But none of you come here for the truth, do you?
Go ahead and give me your thoughts on these – I’m interested in your ever valuable dribble.