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Old 01-29-07, 08:42 AM   #1
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the ultimate in bike polo mallets

I'm looking for an edge over my competition

"the ***** that will destroy them"

basically, I need the scoopability of a saddle-stick with the carrying abilities of the classic push broom

something not too hard in case I vent anger on a teammate

CAN IT BE DONE?
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I'm looking for an edge over my competition
get better at bike polo. then you won't need a special mallet to have an edge over your competition.
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Old 01-29-07, 09:07 AM   #4
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Bamboo, and some JB weld.
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Perhaps the ultimate polo mallet would also be the ultimate bike polo mallet?
http://www.woodmallets.com/polo/selecting.htm

THE FIBRECANE POLO MALLET!
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that just about looks like what i use.

(and invisible components.)
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i dunno, i feel like people who ARE good at bike polo are the ones looking for a better mallet. ...just as long as you're not gonna jam it in someone's front tire and rip out a dozen of their spokes.
i was kinda hoping my gangly long arms would give me an edge in this game, but no, as of now i'm a horrible bike polo player.
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I use a croquet mallet. I need a proper polo mallet by the spring. But people here use PVC pipe, brooms, etc., so I am already ahead of the game in terms of equipment with my fancy croquet gear.
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Old 01-29-07, 02:23 PM   #9
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Golf club shaft plus GREY PVC pipe cut to length. drill hole... wedge in shaft... enjoi
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we made a set here in town with golf irons and blocks of wood; works fine and light enough to not wear down your right hand. this girl is also designing polo-gear for us as her project for the fashion school, so we'll be decked out in nice garb soon enough; pics when we get it.
-we play either in abandoned parking lots or basketball courts with a large wiffle ball. works well enough
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Old ski poles work good too.
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I think the ones in boston were aluminum table legs taken from the trash with blocks of wood jammed into the tapered end. One was a putter with the end part replaced with a block of wood.
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we made a set here in town with golf irons and blocks of wood; works fine and light enough to not wear down your right hand. this girl is also designing polo-gear for us as her project for the fashion school, so we'll be decked out in nice garb soon enough; pics when we get it.
-we play either in abandoned parking lots or basketball courts with a large wiffle ball. works well enough
Oh damn! I already own knickers. Let's play today!
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In DC we play every Thursday night in a roller hockey rink.
And we have real mallets.
And sometimes we play real rules.

Soon we will be moving to the grass and trying to play real bike polo against other teams.

Oh, and I'm leaving DC and this has me super bummed, because I love me some polo and don't want to leave the DC team.
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i dunno, i feel like people who ARE good at bike polo are the ones looking for a better mallet. ...just as long as you're not gonna jam it in someone's front tire and rip out a dozen of their spokes.
i was kinda hoping my gangly long arms would give me an edge in this game, but no, as of now i'm a horrible bike polo player.
nah, the good ones just slide into the ball with their back wheel

giant b-ball court here, and more often than not we just have our 12 packs to cheer us on from the sidelines

no access to golf irons or pvc pipe (not looking to take anyone out, either)

I am liking the idea of double-sided bamboo, and I might experiment with old cut-up shoes
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search us bike polo and get an official mallet
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tally bike polo RULZ!

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we use 1" pvc pipe witha a tee for a head and plugs out here I have a monster made of 1" handle and a 2" head but the thing is indestructable I wish i could find that pic
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I use my willy wonka.
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we use 1" pvc pipe witha a tee for a head and plugs out here I have a monster made of 1" handle and a 2" head but the thing is indestructable I wish i could find that pic
tallahassee hereby challenges any city that plays with pvc mallets to a polo match.
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we used to play with pvc, but decided they suck terribly.

we also have enough mallets that any team that wants to challenge us to a game using good mallets can borrow some of ours.
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Bikes being not usually as tall a horses I would think a 30" practice mallet might be better suited to bike polo they've got em for $30 here http://www.argentinapolo.com/
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actually, 36" is good. 34" has a little less ball control. 30" seems like you'd be reaching a lot.\
(i use a 36")
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boxwood has em for 25bones

here is my home brew since regular mallets don't hold up well on asphalt

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i got a broken carbon fibre hockey stick from a buddy and chopped to right length, mitered a rectangular hole in a wooden head and glued it on. Light and very strong
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