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Join the Club: Standardization in Bike Polo Equipment


Dear Abby (by Abby, I mean Polo Companies),
I’m a cynic.  I try and say that I’m a realist, but the reality is that I work in engineering, and I’m constantly fixing things that are broken and shouldn’t be.   So I’m easily frustrated with things that in my mind should just function correctly.   You can criticize me for this if you want, but not being satisfied is how progression happens.   So if you’re of the ‘happy go lucky, everything is fine’ archetype, skip to an article about how polo makes you smile and lowers blood pressure.
But if you’re a company that creates equipment for polo, please read this.   I’ll narrow it down.   Do you make mallets, or shafts, or mounting systems?  Ok.  Then YOU, read on.
After all, I’m a consumer, so I’m always right, right?
This is what I’m begging of you guys.   You need to Skype, or GChat, or chatroulette or something, because currently, it’s obvious that you’re not doing that – you’re not communicating with eachother at all.   And the products are showing exactly why I think that sucks.

I’ve had many a passionate discussion about what mounting system is the best when used with XXXX head or XXXX shaft.   Then, a week later, I’m into a different system.    I love new things.   But there are a few around me who don’t give a damn about new things, and find the old standard wood screw works best for them.   Here’s the kick in the grundle…I can’t come up with a good argument to refute them. Read more

Get the Stank Out: Dealing with smelly polo gloves


Things I can be guaranteed of when I open my polo bag:

  1. A variety of bike parts
  2. A can of Old Bay
  3. balls
  4. Tape that always gets stuck to my hands when I reach in there
  5. half of a tool set
  6. the wafting smell of my own sweaty mitts, preserved in my Enforcer Gloves.

And I can put up with everything but that smell. I mean, even now, in the dead of winter, it’s horrible.

So imagine my happiness when Ken Regehr of Northern Standard  sent me a link explaining a few ways to get the stank out of my gloves. The advice comes from Wikihow, and while aimed at boxing gloves, it’s certainly pertinent to any sort of glove with any sort of horrible, mind altering smells.

Here’s the meat:

  • Put your gloves in the freezer overnight (in a ziploc bag)
  • Dry them completely after use (in the sun or with a fan)
  • Spray them with anti-bacterial spray
  • Avoid keeping them in your bag (this doesn’t seem likely for most polo players, but if you can, throw them in your car and/or just somewhere in your house next to your bag. You’ll forget them, yes

I think you can freeze your gloves and just avoid closing them in your bag as a first step – but if you notice that the smell isn’t leaving, maybe move over to anti-bacterial spray and what not.

So there you have it! Check out the article here and let me know your tips for keeping the smell out.