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I Need Your Help. Honestly.


Update: I’ve realized this isn’t quite going to work out, so I’ve reset my sights: I am still in dire need of help, but it’s a little more reasonable for all of us! 

Before I start this, I want you to understand how sincere and humble I am in asking for help from the people who read and enjoy this blog. I get it, I understand that it’s super easy to just enjoy the nonsense I write and feature here without much thought, but I also want you to recognize that I appreciate how important you’ve made me feel in this community, which is part of the reason this is a particularly difficult thing for me to do.

But it comes down to this: as Worlds is almost definitely going to be in France, there’s no way I’ll be able to cover it unless I get some help.

Point in fact, dear readers, I couldn’t make it to Worlds in Florida without the generous help of Urban Velo, who helped cover my costs as their acting reporter on the scene. In exchange for their help, I wrote up an article about the event and Worlds as a whole.

And on top of that, I provided my “reporter’s diary” of the event here on the blog, along with a few other posts pertaining to what I saw there, or expected.

If number of visits is any indication, you folks enjoyed the work I did, and I enjoyed doing it–I’d like to continue to cover Worlds in that same way, if at all possible.

That being said, I can’t do it by myself. A mix of general underemployment, a mortgage, loan payments and medical bills from my heart adventure knock out my budget every month (point in fact I’m currently -25.00 in my banking account, and have been since last Friday).

And so I’m calling on you, dear readers and polokins, for some help.

If you enjoyed my coverage of Worlds in the past and would like to continue to see it in the future, I’ll need you (polo players, equipment makers, sponsors, whatever) to throw me some clams.

Here are the ground rules I’m playing by: Read more

Hate is a Strong Word…


Generally speaking, I’ll share something on Facebook and it’ll get passed around to about 200-300 people, and maybe garter a few likes along the way. If I do really well, I’ll get something that is viewed on Facebook by 700 or so people, and get 50 or so likes.

Well, when I shared the most recent hating on bike polo blog post, my Facebook page went batty with comments, likes, and views. Something like 1200 views in all.

After I stopped crying with the realization that all the work I do can be negated by a younger, more sexier blog, I realized that it must have really struck a chord with you polokins out there.

The chord struck ranged, it seems, from people saying they loved someone was speaking so candidly about the problems of bike polo, and people who were upset that someone was being so rude and negative. Again, I cried a little bit but resisted pointing out my own past articles that dealt with the very same subjects. Fine, I get it, nobody reads this blog I WORK SO HARD FOR ALL OF YOU EVERY–okay, I digress.

I also received lots of messages from people asking me what I thought about the whole thing, and to be honest, I was a little hesitant to dive in here on the blog, but I want to give my opinion on the hope to cash in on the wave of interest  clarify my position as a respected member of the Association of Bike Polo Journalists.

Hate is a strong word. It’s one that can be bandied around pretty heavily without much regard for what it means or how it can strike certain people. I for one don’t hate the author of Hating On Bike Polo, nor do I hate what he is writing. I think his ideas are not altogether groundbreaking or pulling asunder the foundations of the sport. He is, as any of us who write about the sport are, giving his opinions on bike polo. He’s focusing on areas he thinks need the most attention and are the most detrimental. What’s so new about that? Hell, go onto LoBP and you’ll come across dozens of posts that are more inflammatory than his.

Granted, that first post was a bit poke-your-eye-ish, assuming that everyone who plays has money, no jobs, and are all white, middle class males. But even in this I’m willing to not go to the word hate. For goodness sakes, different strokes for different folks, people. Plus I like to think as a fellow huckster that the first post was positioned to make people vitriolic, hence assuring readership.

Likewise, I think it’s odd that people are saying he should just clam up about his opinions. It’s a single blog, with a single guy behind it (I think he’s alone), and  he’s just a bit grumpy/accusatory. For people to get so upset strikes me as insecure, if anything, and I for one am excited to see what he goes after next. I’m hoping he’ll make fun of bike polo bloggers, actually. That’d be fun to respond to.

For what it’s worth, if you feel as though everything he says is wrong or negative, the simple solution is to not visit the site. I’d strongly recommend, however, that you’d be just as well off if not moreso in reading what he posts and taking it with a grain of kosher salt: you don’t have to agree with everything someone says.

Unless that someone is me, in which case you must. It’s in the V4 rule book.


Great Bike Polo Blogs: My Yearly List


I’m no fool. I know you’ve been seeing other blogs behind my back. Don’t deny it–there’s no need. I’m not angry.

How could I be? In the past year there have been some amazing blogs that sprung up/were rejuvenated/kept doing the amazing stuff they always do, and I would be a useless fellow if I didn’t express my gratitude and love for these wonderful bike polo blogs here.

Something people forget (or just never get around to thinking) is that the more good blogs about bike polo that exist, the more likely the entire sport will find new players/new interest. The association of bike polo journalists (yes, I’m serious, damn it) is an important and often under-appreciated group which supports and amplifies bike polo. So this is me saying thank you, and sharing some of my favorites.

Arch Nemesis 321 POLO! 





321 POLO! is, I think, the closest we can get to an arch nemesis to They have the same general style of writing, the same (bigger, really) readership, and THEY EVEN STOLE THE BASIC DESIGN OF MY LOGO OKAY I STOLE THE DESIGN FROM THEM NO TAKEYS BACKSEYS

But just because they are my nemesis doesn’t mean I don’t love them. The articles they have are informative and well researched, their product reviews are helpful and oftentimes (hello malletheadz) very entertaining, and they certainly have their horrible, crooked, evil fingers on the pulse of the sport. It’s a damn good site, and we’re lucky to have it.

The Thunder From Down Under: GOALHOLE




GOALHOLE , by comparison, is closer to’s sister. We have a lovely dovey relationship and at least 400 agreements to get drunk if ever both head editors meet up.

While certainly Australasian focused (and meant to be so), the website just seeps a love for our sport through the page. It’s clear that the people behind it are remarkably interested in their region of the world and the success of the game as much as any of us. They are also relatively new to the web-polo scene, and I fell in love with them right off the bat. Australian polo players are just great to be around, and likewise their website has that same magnetism.

Old-New Kids On The Block: BOSTON BIKE POLO




Boston Bike Polo‘s website existed and then kinda disappeared, but has just recently come back to us in stunning fashion. The past few articles they’ve posted were terrific and entertaining, and I’m expecting quite a bit from the folks behind it.

Point in fact, Charlotte (who was going to become a writer for me) decided to help out with her local club’s blog instead, and while I’m sorry to be losing her, I’m excited that a writer of her caliber will be involved in the effort. If the early signs are any indicator, this blog will become a great resource and work-avoidance device for bike polo players everywhere. Read more

Have a safe, happy Turkeyday


Hello all,

I’m beginning my holiday today and sticking with it until Monday, so with this in mind, I’ll wish you all a very happy and restful time with your own Thanksgiving/








Try to stay groovy.


A bit busy


Hello All,

I’m a bit busy at the moment putting the final touches on my report for Urban Velo on the World Championship. I’ll get back at you Tuesday.

May I recommend reading this gem from a while ago while you wait for my normal drivel:

Three make or brake (har har) dynamics for teams in bike polo


I’m Looking for Women


To write for!

My post yesterday stirred up a lot of discussion among ladies and gents in polo, and that’s just swell. I was relieved that nobody thought I was being a sexist jackass, and excited by how much the article was shared all over Facebookland.

However, Adam Hite brought up a really great point concerning the fact that I was a guy writing about ladies:






I engaged in the conversation a little bit, and recognized that there was certainly a lack of female-centric, female written articles about the sport. I think this is dumb.

To that end, I’m opening up an invitation for any and all female bike polo players to become a contributing writer to this blog. I’m looking for someone who:

  • Can dedicate at least some time every other week to writing an article (about anything, really, but it’s especially good if it’s about women in the sport)
  • of at least 400 words

Alternately, this is a call to female players to create their own bike polo blog that addresses the particular challenges, successes, and experiences of gals in bike polo. If that were to happen, consider me johnny-on-the-spot to help out with getting the ball rolling.

Either way, I’m open for applications, questions or interests: mlkabik(at)gmail(dot)com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Looking Gooooood

well then

Well, This Escalated Quickly

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Lancaster United recently came together to help build up one of our player’s bikes (he was rolling around on his everyday bike, and we didn’t want anything happening to a young man’s bike, you understand).

So everyone got together, got the parts, and assembled the bike.

Well, as it turns out, sometimes instant karma does exist, as evidenced by these photos:

Carter’s lovely mother brought a thank you picnic for the rest of Lancaster United as a thank you, and there was more pizza than any of us could possibly eat, and beverages to boot.

Well, anyway, it was humbling and wonderful, and entirely unexpected. My club is cooler than yours.

When you might not play polo

When you might not play polo on the day specifically set aside, each week, for polo:


BBC Eggheads Wants YOU (or us, but not really)


Hey all,

Well – Horse just got this interesting email:


I’m writing to you from 12 Yard Productions, a TV Production company who produce the BBC2 hit quiz show, Eggheads.
I wanted to get in contact as we are now working on our 15th series(!) and thought it would be absolutely fantastic to get a team of bicycle polo players on the show! It’s a lot of fun to film the show and it would be great to get the word out about this very cool sport!
If you haven’t seen the show check us out on BBC iPlayer but it is essentially a team of 5 of you (this could be teammates, colleagues, friends, family, anything you like) who take on the quizzing brains of our Eggheads. 
I have attached a link below to our contestant page where you can download an application form – if you’re interested and then you can just send this form back to me as soon as possible as we are holding Nationwide auditions over the next few weeks.
I have also attached a flyer with information about how to apply and would be really grateful if you could distribute this amongst people that may be interested in applying for the show… friends, family, anybody!
Thanks so much!
It’s apparent that the good people over at Eggheads think that we are based in Lancaster, UK, not Lancaster, PA. While it is a damned shame that I can’t rise to meteoric glory via this quiz show, I did want to mention the email as it seems as though they’re open for anyone applying – LOOKING AT YOU LONDON BIKE POLO!!!