So you you remember when I had that caption contest a while back? No? Well then…awkward…Anyway – Evan Cromer won the caption contest and as such had the great fortune of being interviewed by me (stop laughing).
Tell me a little about Indiana bike polo – how was it organized, how long have you played?
Indianapolis Bike Polo began in 2008, originally playing under Highway bridges downtown, and randomly using tennis courts around the city as well. I began playing in 2009 after hearing about it from a friend of mine, Keith Cruz, who started Indy’s club. Kieth and I have worked with the Indianapolis Parks department over the past few years to secure a permanent location for our club: an underused set of tennis courts just north of downtown Indy. The courts were resurfaced and painted specifically for bike polo, and we have since built 4ft walls this year.
This is Indiana’s first permanent polo court but not our last. I think it is also important to note that we have also formed the Indiana Bicycle Polo Cooperative, founded in 2010. We have five cities that are currently included in the CO-OP, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Muncie, and Bloomington. The purpose for the CO-OP is to ensure that each city has the resources and insurance to approach their own parks departments, to inquire about securing their own places to play. By using each city as part of the same club, we are able to use the same insurance policy, which helps keep costs low, and legitimizes our cause.
What’s your current bike polo setup (bike, equipment, etc).
Headset: Chris King
Wheels: Surly polo hubs laced to Salsa Gordo’s, panracer ribmos 1.5″
Brakes: TRP M920 Linear Pulls with a custom Avid dual pull lever
Stem and bar: TruVativ T30 alloy stem with a TruVativ T40 carbon straight bar
Gearing: 35X22 MKE polo chainring mated to a cheap ACS freewheel
Pedals: XTR clipless
Mallet: MKE pole(43″ long) to a UHMW head (4 1/2″ in length)
Protective gear: LAS road Helmet and lacrosse gloves