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Old 03-16-11, 01:38 AM   #1
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Bike polo wheel discs... any interest?

Eighth Inch has had a "coming soon" graphic up for their wheel covers for ages now, and they seem to be the only people even entertaining the idea. If I were able to have these manufactured, would there be a market for it?

I'm thinking a blank disc, in black or white, with a removable vinyl decal, for 26" or 700c wheels. What do you think you'd be willing to pay for such a thing?
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Why pay when I can find disposable coroplast street signs just about anywhere. It doesn't seem that polo players care much how their covers look

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Old 03-16-11, 02:02 AM   #3
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^ Pretty much.
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What if they could be easily removed and installed? Like, 15 seconds?
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Old 03-16-11, 07:36 AM   #5
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Why would you want to take it off? :S
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What if they could be easily removed and installed? Like, 15 seconds?
A) I don't usually take mine off of my polo bike.
B) Mine's only zip-tied on there. No great shake to take it on or off
C) I use some eco-friendly plastic weatherproof "siding" from Menard's. $15 for an 8' x 4' sheet, which can make 3 sets of 700c discs. Paintable and customizable because it's meant to be so. Durable,light, easy to cut into shape, and holds a nice "dome" around the wheel.

Cool idea, but A + B + C = 0 market/interest.
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It doesn't seem that polo players care much how their covers look
not so fast.



the polo beauty queens are here.
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There are people selling disc covers, but they're small shops, like fixcraft. A good reusable system other than zipties (which you have to destroy to remove) would be welcome, but as mentioned, I really doubt there's not much market for them.

Taking off the discs is helpful, like when you've got 3 polo bikes on a car rack and want people to see your taillights.
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like when you've got 3 polo bikes on a car rack and want people to see your taillights.
Car Why???

oh btw way why pay when big cardboard boxes or coroplast is free when scavenged
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not so fast.



the polo beauty queens are here.
This bike is not the norm. Most polo bikes are frankenbikes made to be abused. Rarely do you see custom Geekhouse bikes on the polo court. The only people that I think would be interested in custom wheel covers would be teams, people with more disposable income than brains and those who are using bikes as fashion accessories. The rest of the people that actually play just wants something that works for a low price point. Function>looks on the court.
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Car Why???
Travel. Most people drive to tournaments.
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If people don't care about how their polo bike looks, why does everyone paint or decorate their wheel covers?

My reasoning behind a quick-release system is that there are some people who play polo but don't have a dedicated polo bike. When I first got into it, I was riding my only bike to the spot, playing, and riding home. It didn't take long before my front wheel was trashed. It also makes it easier to service a wheel without screwing with zip ties for 20 minutes.

Coroplast is too easy to punch through. I believe I can make a disc that's highly impact-resistant and won't deflect when struck with a mallet or ball. It also wouldn't have any mounting holes or seams, unlike the fixcraft discs.

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Car Why???
Guessing 50 to 1000+ mile round trips to tourneys.
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Coroplast is too easy to punch through.
Because you're stabbing it with a knife on the court?
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Maybe he was knifed, I dunno the guy. I clearly see a hole on the left side.
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I mean, if there was a customizer thingy for wheel covers, that would be pretty sweet. Like, upload your graphics, get them silkscreened on, pay for as many as you want printed.

Could be sweet, and if you could keep it boutiquey, then why not?
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Old 07-28-11, 05:17 PM   #18
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I mean, if there was a customizer thingy for wheel covers, that would be pretty sweet. Like, upload your graphics, get them silkscreened on, pay for as many as you want printed.
Already exists.

And yeah, Fixcraft has been making the coroplast for awhile. Sean Ingram, Fixcraft founder, is entertaining the idea of HDPE covers. They're thinner and far more resilient. He has them on his bike and they make a goofy snare drum sound when struck by a ball. Coroplast can be punctured, though it seems to take some serious force. Some shooters can do it with a ball, but hard-swung mallets do the trick more easily.

As for that Geekhouse bike, I'm pretty sure it's rocking the Burro wheel cover. While these are easy to get off and on, they won't protect spokes as well. But they still keep obstructions from getting caught in the wheel.

When we've traveled on road trips, we either take off our wheels or wheel covers. The latter have a tendency to cause a parachute effect. Our bikes almost take off and I'm sure it's not ideal for gas mileage. To reduce ziptie trash and increase ease of removal, I think I'm going to use thin Velcro strips in the near future.

I'd agree that most polo bikes are frankenbikes, but Jousts, Bruisers and even custom frames aren't hard to find at tourneys.
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no one got the portlandia reference..
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I don't play polo but I wouldn't mind picking one up to play around on the track with.
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why would I buy one when I can just make my own for free/very cheap? I do agree maybe something that allows for quick removal/attachment might be kinda cool but it's not really that big of a deal
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Any one wanting a quick removal device just pick up some of these. http://cableorganizer.com/cable-ties-releasable/
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Yeah, making your own is virtually free. But some cities don't have as many coroplast signs as others. Here in Columbia, it's not easy to come by. I'd imagine some of those Montana teams have trouble, too.

Also, I know the Milwaukee crew dislikes wheel covers because they think wheel covers look trashy. They just rock 48 spokes. That's not to say they won't break, but whatever.
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IIRC there was a really good DIY polo disc thread late this spring. It seemed so easy to make it yourself that most wouldn't want to buy a prefab one.
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Jinxy has the market for now. I find scavaging and decorating the covers the fun with them.
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