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2014 Puppy Love Contest Winner!!!

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I’m so happy to announce that out of all the wonderful puppy pictures we saw, this one was just the supercutest:

Winner4Congratulations, Jess & Spokes, on winning the 2014 Puppy Love Contest!

Well done to all entrants and I’m so happy all of you entered. Here’s to hoping all of us spend some quality time with our furry snuggle wuplekins or whatever you say when you’re talking to your pets.

The 2014 Puppy Love Contest

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ENTER THE 2014 PUPPY LOVE CONTEST, PRESENTED BY FIXCRAFT AND LANCASTER POLO! WIN YOUR PET’S FACE ON A MALLET HEAD!

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The rules are pretty straightforward:

1. Take a cute/weird picture of you polo dog/cat/pet doing what polo pets do.

 

2. Head on out to that Instagram that you kids love so much

 

3. Post the picture with the hashtags #Fixcraft #Bikepolo #Lancasterpolo

 

(Fixcraft and Lancaster Polo will review all of those lovely puppy love pictures and choose a winner the week of Valentine’s Day)

The winner will receive a Fixcraft Unibody Head with the winning picture sublimiated directly on the mallet head! 

Like this, but with a picture of your cute widdle pet on it. #FTW

Like this, but with a picture of your cute widdle pet on it. #FTW

 

Rules:

One entry per person.

Contest open to the whole universe EXCEPT FOR YOU JUPITERITES

If you’re unable to use Instagram for any reason, please send your entry to me: mlkabik(at)gmail

We’ll announce our winner and share entries on Valentine’s day

Questions? post below or send an email my way.

 

Good luck!

Review: Fixcraft CORE Series Hubs

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Hubs are pretty basic pieces of equipment in the bicycle lineup. In this I mean they are generally just three components: a hub shell, bearings, and an axle. Sure, there are other elements, but that’s the core of what makes an axle work. When I was trying to gain support from some of the guys in my club to write this review (mostly to make sure that I didn’t sound like a complete buffoon), they all repeated the same thing: there’s really nothing that exciting about a hub.

But I’d beg to differ, and let me explain why:

When I first started playing this sport, I rolled around on whatever was available (I think a lot of us had that same kind of upbringing in bike polo). my first hubs were the ones that came with the ten dollar wheels I bought at a Velo Swap, and they worked. Not well, mind you, but if I turned the wheel on my front fork, it spun around for a few turns before slowing to a stop. That’s what I thought a wheel was supposed to do, and for a long time what I imagined hubs were supposed to do, too.

My first set of fresh-from-the-box hubs came from Fixcraft when Sean allowed me to purchase the HV1 prototype polo bike. It came with a set of the Fixcraft Core Series hubs (in particular, the 100mm 48 hole front disc and 135mm 48 hole rear disc). It was from that point that I realized how hubs/wheels were supposed to feel, and that has made quite a difference to me.

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For Everyone Who Bought the Fixcraft Cleat:

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Fixcraft is providing a page-long explanation, tip sheet, and background history on the Cleat and why you’re going to like it so much:

For those who got the complete mallet kit or the shaft plus connect, you will have the easiest time of anyone putting your mallets together.  It really is as simple as putting the shaft and cleat in place, and tightening it down. Anyone who has had mallet making parties, or screwed up a $15 shaft before will find a real zen quality to having a modular mallet building experience.  We recommend putting the shaft through the mallet head almost to the other side, then insert the cleat as your mallet is head side up.  Once the holes align, insert the bolt and hand tighten it.  Don’t use a drill gun or get all crazy.  As soon as it’s flush, you are done.

Read the whole thing here – feel like a superstar.

Things I’m excited about

There is, occasionally, a very #polowriterproblem when it comes to this blog – there is too much going on and only one of me to talk about it. So, to bring it all together, I’m writing a list of the things I’m excited about right now. Right now, baby.

 

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1. Ladies Army this weekend: no, I couldn’t afford to go, but I’ll be following along on podium and watching live feed action (bikepolo.tv, for the win). That’s just as good, as I can legitimately get drunk in my writer’s aviary and feel like I’m there (in that I’m drunk and considering taking off my shirt).

fixcraft2. Fixcraft’s new line of stuff: the upcoming cleat, the lifeline braking systems/accessories, the new colorful shafts. Sweet God there are just so many things coming out of that place. I’m going to pokemon the hell out of it. I was a touch worried when they missed the “beginning of the season” release of items, but now they are back on their game and showing the world what they can do.

Northern Standard Hourglass (3)3. Shaped Heads: Northern Standard and Modifide are pushing bike polo equipment forward with their new head designs. I’m planning to write up a bit more on this in the future, but what excites me the most is that there is something different. Not better, necessarily, but any experiments in our sport are great–I’m glad they refuse to sit on their haunches.

Mr Do4. Mr. Do: OH MY GOD I JUST LOVE HIM. I’m happy that this site supported him, and I’m happy that you’re now going to go over to his page and donate money to him, to. You can do that right here and right now. 66 hours left. Hop to it.

 

 

Crusher Irish and Ted Lancaster United Bike Polo5. Team Scrimmage: I have a team, and we are Scrimmage, and we are going to Flour City (at the very least). It makes me feel good to have two other guys who love the sport as much as I do (and don’t take competition too seriously).

First Look: Fixcraft Cleat Mounting System

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Over the past few months, Sean from Fixcraft has been teasing me with hints and ambiguous emails about a mounting system he’s been working on (well, actually he just told me he was working on a mounting system. It really wasn’t that ambiguous). Last week I received a package from the good folks at Fixcraft with this little doodler inside :

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So let’s just get right to it: if you know anything about me, you know that I am horrible at putting together mallets (just see a little bit of that here), so I was hesitant to build this one up without help. But, wanting to satisfy my own curiosity, I took to the challenge. It went like this:

  1. remove from packaging
  2. put cleat on cut-to-fit-cleat pole mount
  3. Put on pre-cut head.
  4. put in screw
  5. Tighten screw

Fixcraft Cleat (5)I want to say it took about 4 minutes, with 2 minutes of that time being me trying to not have the cleat fall off the pole when I was pushing the mallet head on (yes, I could have flipped it over and used gravity instead of fighting against it, shut up).

Once I tightened the aluminum screw down the head was solid and didn’t show a bit of movement. I spent the rest of the day carrying it around with me like a child with a new toy, swinging it absent-mindedly at the air and things that I thought would do better if flying through the air.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long to use it. Sunday I traveled down to Richmond to play pickup with a handful of clubs. During the entire day I didn’t find a need to tighten the head even once, and after 5 hours of continuous play the most I can say against the cleat is that the aluminum screw wore some of it’s paint off on one side.

Fixcraft Cleat (6)Clearly one day of play isn’t enough to give this the stamp of approval or disapproval, but I can say this: out of all the other mounting systems I’ve used – wood screw included-this one was the easiest to set up, and certainly one that I had to worry about the least.

Fixcraft has noted that the cleat will be available within the next couple of weeks, and unless they are charging 25 bucks for this little hum-dinger, I’d say you should take note when they are up for sale.

 

Fixcraft’s “New” Store tomorrow, and a revealing pic

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Yes, I know what I said earlier today. I’m a liar and you all should know that by now.

I just had this pop up in my feed from Fixcraft and I gotta say I’m pretty amped:

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Now, to be fair, the “cleat” you see in that picture isn’t going to be up for sale for a few weeks, but it doesn’t take away from yet another entry in the search for the greatest mounting system ever in history. This one appears to be shaped to fit on the inside of the head, with a grippy underside, and a piece that corresponds to a prefab groove in the shaft.

Fixcraft has indicated that new heads and new shafts will be available, however, as soon as tomorrow. So keep an ear to the ground.

 

Ok – signing off again. Srsly.

Fixcraft knows its audience

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Fixcraft cares about your balls

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Fixcraft just came out with a guide on the care and maintenance of their newest ball offering. I think there are a lot of good tips in there, so lemme amplify it a touch:

Fixcraft is proud to be carrying 2 balls styles manufactured by DGEL (one of which is exclusive to us) this season and we wanted to get a jump on  2013 with some simple care instructions.

The first thing you will notice about the DGEL Canadian Orange (+-92a) and brand new NAH Hard Durometer (+-100a) balls is that they are indeed considerably harder than Franklin or even last years nah hot ball options.  The DGEL formula is great for Hardcourt polo because it retains it shape in high heat, and it slides on the ground and against your mallet head better than anything else in our opinion.  To keep the balls handling great on the court, here are some simple care guidelines.

Read all about how to extend the life of your balls here:

http://www.fixcraft.net/?p=441

The Polo Valentine Contest

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I’m super proud of that image up there. Yeah, I didn’t get all of the bow out, but I don’t care. 

Once again I’m teaming up with Fixcraft for another fun contest!

The Polo Valentine contest is simple: send me a picture, poem, story, or bullet point list of why you and your polo valentine are the most sweetest, romance-iest, bromanciest or absolutely truly the most love-birdiest of all polo players. Sean Ingram and I will judge the entrants and decide who deserves to be the Polo Valentines of 2013.

We’ll be judging on:

  • Hilarity
  • Genuine emotion
  • Creepiness

So think of who your polo valentine is and send your entries my way. We’ll be accepting entries from now until February 11th, and we’ll announce the winner on Valentine’s Day!

header-candadianorangePrizes are provided by one of my polo valentines, Fixcraft – and there will be enough prize-action for you to share your winnings with your polo sweetheart. Fixcraft will be providing A bouquet of  Canadian Orange Bike Polo Balls along with some other goodies that even I don’t know about.

So get your entries to me today and let the romance begin!

Send Entries To: mlkabik(at)gmail(dot)com.

GOOD LUCK!