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Anyone who is actively involved in Bike Polo can tell you it has its roots deep in the ‘Do It Yourself’ movement. Perhaps this is because of the complete lack of commercial equipment found in any home grown sport, but the fact remained that if you wanted a mallet or wheel cover, you had to pretty much know how to do it or find someone local who did.
Because of this need to rely on your own (or at the very least another polo player’s) know how, Polo became more than a past-time for players. It became a lifestyle shift. Speaking for myself, I almost never look at a gas station cigarette sign or a length of plastic pipe without wondering how well it would work for polo. Read more
Let’s just get this out of the way right early in the post: I will not make any jokes about male anatomy. I am discussing bike polo mallets and that’s that. If you’re looking for a bunch of cheap suggestive innuendo, read a Better Homes and Gardens article.
There has been some discussion in the past about the regulation of length in polo mallets. The consensus, as far as my myopic eyes have seen, is that polo mallet length won’t be standardized anytime soon (unlike lacrosse mallets which are a regulation size, for instance).
So it comes down to personal preference – which is true of most things in this sport. Granted, you don’t see tricycles being used in the sport, but I think it would take at least a few games before anyone told little Timmy Trike that his ride wasn’t kosher. Far removed is the length of the mallet you use: Trace, for instance, uses a mallet that is probably up to my chest (I know, not saying much there, but all the same). I’ve started using longer mallets, whereas Kyle uses a shorter build.
While this does all come down to what you find works best for your game, I think there are some inherent qualities between short and long mallets: Read more
Post by Horse
I, like most, began my polo days with homemade mallets from abandoned ski poles and pieces of gas pipe that had mysteriously fallen off of the gas utility truck. There is no doubt that there is something fantastic about creating your own mallet from random scraps, nor is there anything wrong with it, evidenced by how many tournament players still make their own mallets of these same materials. However, my curiosity eventually got the best of me and I wanted to experiment with something a bit more purpose built, or at least specifically repurposed. My first venture into the world of fabricated mallets came in the way of the Fixcraft mallet shaft, now the LT shaft. More recently, after capping one side of my mallet, I came across the St. Cago single cap mallet head and figured, for $14 i’d give it a try.
The single capped mallet offering from St. Cago is made of 3400 series HDPE DR17 pipe, is 1/8″ thick and has a 2 3/8″ outside diameter. In other words, its nothing special in terms of size. They ship at about 6.5″ in length, so you can cut yours down to whatever you’d like. I typically run a 4.5″ mallet head.
What I like about this mallet is its cap and its weight. Unlike the UHMV cap that I have on my secondary mallet, this cap is fused to the head, so no excess bolts, screws or epoxy is needed. The cap is also thickest around the edge where you would contact the ground the most, lengthening its life. Read more
Here at LCBP, we all use a pretty similar style of bike polo mallet: 4-6 inches across on the head, pole dead center, even straight across.
oh the joys of monotony!
In fact I thought that was pretty much the only style going, and that the real difference merely came from the length of the mallet head. As it turns out, I was wrong, which by this point shouldn’t surprise a single man-jack of you.
For your consideration (and stolen direct from the League of Bike Polo), I present to you the offset mallet head: Read more
Take a look at the write up for EIGHTHINCH mallet heads:
$5 replacement plan: New or old, our mallet heads are covered by a $5 replacement plan. Send your damaged or worn out EighthInch mallet head back to us along with $5 to cover outgoing shipping and we’ll send you a new mallet head for free. International customers can warranty their mallet heads through their local EighthInch dealer.
Is everyone reading that correctly? Buy a mallet head – about ten bucks for the older model- and when it wears out, send it back with 5 bucks. They’ll replace it.
Forever. What do we think of this? Personally, I think it’s not that great a deal – given the shipping cost and what not – but it’s pretty cool that a company is thinking long term about polo, yes?
Just recently it was Horse’s 35th birthday, and as any good chum who hadn’t thought about getting a birthday present, I decided on the old fallback of mallet head material. His favorite type, even – the UHMW variety (click on the picture to get to the site which sells it if you want to experience the raw power).
I think the future is going to lean on this type of pipe, but I don’t mean the poloverse going out and buying heaps of it to make mallets with (sorry US Plastics). I think that mallets are going to become manufactured – standardized even, like so many other pieces of sports equipment (read: soccer cleats or stretchers for the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Competition. Ok. I watched all 3 minutes and 17 seconds of that clip. Read more
I might also add, dear reader, that writing a blog post after a few beers seems like a great idea, and I recommend it for anyone who wishes to make themselves look like an ass.
I decided to share the variations on polo mallets I’ve seen in the past year or so, and what I think about them. Strap in!