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From The Horse’s Mouth: Tech Reviews

I love tech. I like gadgets, and expensive little things that do little tasks, and shiny new bike parts. I spend a lot of time with these types of things and talk about them way too much. So now I’m going to start doing some semi-regular tech reviews for the masses.

A review is pretty worthless without some sort of grading system. After all, you’re probably only going to look at the pictures. I’m going to score each product on a scale from 1 NAH ball, to 5 NAH balls.

 

 

A 5 NAH score means you should probably own/use/swear by this product.

 

 

 

A score of 1 NAH means that this product is all wrong, so unless you’re a true hipster and love the underdog, pass it up.

Mounting mallet heads has been very free-form, and thus far, there has been such a variety of methods that you could probably use a different style each time you build a mallet.  There’s a quest to find the perfect balance between simplicity, strength, and weight, as with all componentry.  I’ll try to touch on all three of these demands as well as some insight into things like durability, and ease of use.

My first review will be a comparison between 4 different unique mallet head mounting systems.  I will compare the following systems:

– Fixcraft ‘Fixnut’
-Fixcraft T-nut
-Beech Connector
-KarlScrew (more commonly known as a screw through the top).

Stay tuned – and let me know if there is anything in particular you’d like me to review in the future.

St. Cago Polo Works for Sale: My World Destroyed.

So I just started using a St. Cago mallet head last night, and I fell in love with it. I imagined myself at the Universe Polo Championship – elegantly gliding past my competition and making amazing shots with the lightweight, well crafted St. Cago as my weapon of choice.
But much like my other childhood dream of growing taller than 5’4″, it was not to be.

A post from the League of Bike Polo (ALL HAIL) announced that the St. Cago Mallet Works operation was for sale:

I am going to make one last huge batch of heads and try to push out more brake levers for y’all this winter. After that, I would like to be done. Other concerns have taken priority. But I would like to see the little polo company I started live on. Ideally, the buyer should be an active player, mechanically able, and design savvy, such that you can keep up with demand for the already developed products and try to add to the catalog as new ideas develop while the game evolves.

While I certainly respect the decision, I’m concerned about the future of this wonderful little operation. My only hope is that someone in the Lancaster United group buys it and gives me all the mallets I could ever want (looking at you, Lumberbach – you already work out of a basement anyway).

As the paragraph above points out, there will be one last big push before he effectively shuts down operation, and I highly recommend you grab a couple of his products before who-knows-what happens.

Do I think I’ll be S.O.L. on a lightweight, pre-capped option for long? No, no I certainly do not. Just the way the sport is right now suggests that someone else will spring up (either by buying St. Cago Polo Works (Lumberbach)) or another company will come up with a similiar mallet head.

At any rate, it’s sad to see St. Cago – as it is currently – going away. Just when I was getting into that jawn piece.

Review: St. Cago Single Capped Mallet Head

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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