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Bike polo for beginners rolls out at PSU

Posted by on May 21st, 2007 at 11:38 am


Polo action comes to
Portland State University.
Photo: Ian Stude

Are you bike polo curious, but not quite ready to mix mallets with the Axles of Evil? If so, than you’ll want to check out Portland’s only bike polo for beginners.

It happens every Tuesday night from 6-8:00pm on the tennis courts just north of Shattuck Hall at SW Broadway and SW College streets.

Here’s the word from polo coordinator and PSU Bike Co-op manager Ian Stude:

“We play every week, unless it’s really raining. Bikes, Mallets, and Instruction are all provided. Participants only need to bring close-toed shoes and some moxie. Everyone is welcome, especially beginners!”

Local mechanic and polo veteran Tori Bortman is taking a break from her beginner polo sessions and she has donated a substantial amount of equipment to the PSU polo program.

Bike polo brings the best of team sports and strategy (it reminds me of soccer) to cycling and it favors technique and balance over fitness. I highly recommend giving it a shot!

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  • tonyt May 21, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Danielle! Look at you, front page!

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  • P Finn May 21, 2007 at 1:17 pm


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  • Phil May 21, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    You know, the soda from the 50s. They want you to bring old soda.


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  • Paul May 21, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    This looks like fun! I’ll have to give a try sometime

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  • Anonymous May 21, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    1. moxie:

    sass, courage, spunk, determination, attitude

    “That girl’s got moxie.”

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  • Paul Hanrahan May 22, 2007 at 3:42 am

    Helmets not required??!!

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  • ME May 22, 2007 at 7:33 am

    the mallet should be used as a weapon too…that would make it less boring.

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  • Dabby May 22, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Helmets at polo are maybe not a good idea actually…..

    Is easier to play without one, and isn’t in the way when you have to rip someones jersey over their head during a fight…..

    Oh wait, polo, not hockey…………My bad…..

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  • SKiDmark May 22, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I have a feeling that wearing a helmet is a PERSONAL CHOICE when playing bike polo. If you want to wear a helmet while playing nobody will stop you.

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  • Dabby May 22, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Of course Skid, but there are many actual good reasons to NOT wear a helmet during bike polo…….

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