Fixie for polo?
So, I just picked up a Trek Antelope 830 at St. Vinnie's for five bucks, with no front brake or any sort of cables, rattlecan matte black with a Bad Religion head tube "badge". I want to convert it to a fixed-gear for a polo team a buddy is starting up soon. I've never ridden fixed or played polo: is this a nutty idea? Does anyone here play polo, and if so, would you do it on a fixie?
I have a polo bike. As much as I love fixed gear riding a coaster brake works much better for bike games. You don't have to worry about pedal strike when making tight turns and its just plain easier to coordinate chasing down a ball, using a mallet etc. if you are able to coast.
Also I don't know what a Trek Antelope looks like but your you probably want to put the biggest tires you can on the bike, flat bars work best and no cages...just platform pedals.
So it goes.
I love fixed for polo. Once you get used to it, you can set track stand picks. I suspect you put your foot down less in tight situations as well.