Posts Tagged 'london'

London Bike Polo League picking up steam

So check out the website and show some interest. The basic premise is that asside from having irreuglar tournaments there would be a constantly running leage open to any teams. The details are still being thrashed out but it all sounds promising!

Hot off the press

If you like media stuff check out Quebec’s La Presse for an  article (in french) on bike polo and fixed-wheel in London. If you’d rather read in English have a look at Cooler magazine for a look at our very own Trixie Chix. Finally if you’re after some cheesy bike smut, check out Bust magazine.

(Saturday race photos from Selim on Flickr)

Photos from Eat My Shorts alleycat last Friday

Some shots from Selim

2008 is the centenary of London bike polo!

Kind of. Cycle polo was featured at as a demonstration sport in the London 1908 Summer Olympics. Ireland won. That;s about as much info as I can dig up, if anyone has any more please let me know!

I went a bit mysteriously quiet, mostly because I haven’t been down to polo in a while due to other things happening. However its still happening and getting even better with the weather warming up towards summer. Check the fixed gear forum for word on improving the polo court with walls.

Work is also ticking over on another polo tournament or two this summer. Watch this space!

(Source: Olympics.org.uk)

Rollapaluza all over again

Rollapaluza have re-branded themselves with a new website and more. They are now a cycling club open to all and in their words “less formal than other London clubs”. Everyone is invited to join whether they want to ride socially or competitively. Find out more…

Incidentally I heard about another new cycling club, recently. Cycling Club Hackney is particularly geared towards young people in the borough but everyone is welcome to get involved.

Support for injured couriers

Two London couriers have been hospitalised by crashes in the last week, read the full story on MT. You can help them out by making a donation. Read more on MT how people have been supporting them through donations and acts of support. More to come!


(Photo: Todd)

Stolen Bike Blog

Check this new blog out – set up to help combat bike theft in London….

Cycle theft is a low risk high reward crime, most people wont bother a thief as they cut a lock, the police will not go out looking for stolen bikes, and you can sell a stolen bike quickly.

We are going to change that. This blog will host a list of stolen bikes, photographs and descriptions of known thieves and sellers of stolen bikes, and ways to protect your bike from theft.

We will also go to places where stolen bikes are sold, to record the activities of thieves, recover bikes, and educate people about cycle theft.

You can help by looking out for any bikes you see on this site. If your bike gets stolen emailing us a detailed description of the bike, its location and a recent photograph at stolenbikelondon@gmail.com and by not buying stolen bikes.

FT article on riding fixed in London

Financial Times had this to say today, no mention of the coolest thing to do in London on a bike though ;)

Given £1,000 ($2,000) to spend on a bicycle, most sensible people would select one with 30 smooth gears, lightweight suspension for the bumps, and disc brakes that stop on a sixpence. Yet a rapidly growing number of urban riders are rejecting a century of innovation and spending large sums of money on bikes without gears, without suspension, with only one brake and not even a freewheel.

The choice of buying a fixed-wheel bike or “track bike” for city use appears to defy common sense, convenience and considerations of personal safety. Non-initiates to the so-called “fixie” consider their owners to have a few screws loose as well as missing a few gears. The disadvantages of fixed-wheel bikes are obvious – you can’t freewheel down hills, you can’t change gear going uphill, you have to time stopping to perfection otherwise you land on your rear and, without mudguards, you get soaked every time it rains.

Full story after the jump. Continue reading ‘FT article on riding fixed in London’

London bike polo in The Guardian

London bike polo in the guardian
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London bike polo was in the national paper – The Guardian today, full story after the jump…
Continue reading ‘London bike polo in The Guardian’



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