NAHBPC 2012 – Crazy Canucks

I had some time to hang out with the current Bike Polo World Champions, The Crazy Canucks, while down in Milwaukee at the NAHBPC. Rory, Chris, and Alex are a great bunch of guys and I had a good time talking bikes and polo with them. This year is their first year as an EighthInch sponsored team and their first major tournament on Scramblers. So far the bikes are preforming great for them. They are strong, fast, and handle great. We hope the advantages the Scramblers are offering keeps them at the top of their game!

The guys finished the first two days of Swiss rounds with a record of 5-2-2 giving them the 7th seed for Sunday’s bracket. After shutting out The Royals in the first round the Canucks lost 3-2 to the Crusaders of Love. They got another victory in the losers bracket but eventually lost 5-4 to Manthousand to give them a 13th place finish overall. It wasn’t the finish they were looking for but they still played well. Some poorly timed mechanical issues along with a couple bad bounces didn’t help their cause. With the competition among the best I’ve seen at a major tournament there wasn’t much room for error. I’m sure the team will be able to regroup and come back strong as they prepare to defend their in title as World Champions in Geneva next month.

Stay tuned for more NAHBPC coverage featuring EighthInch teams and riders next week.

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NAHBPC 2012 – Portland United

I got the chance to spend last weekend down in Milwaukee at the NAHBPC. It was great to hang out and have some laughs with the people you normally only talk to through email. The heat was sweltering but there was more than enough water and beer to keep everyone hydrated.

One of the teams I  spent some time with was Portland United. Eric, Jason, and Arlyn have been playing together on Portland United for two years now and it definitely shows when you watch them play.  Their chemistry is great and they all play to their individual strengths. This is their first year together as part of the EighthInch team and they couldn’t be happier to be riding our Scramblers. Eric told me it’s the best polo bike he’s ever owned. The compact geometry makes it easy to maneuver in tight places and the handling is excellent. The splined crank and sprocket is stiff and responsive making it easy to accelerate and get across the court.

The team finished Saturday with a record of 6-2-1 to put them in the 6th seed going into Sunday’s tournament round. After advancing pretty far in tournament play Portland was eventually knocked out by the Guardians and took home 4th place. It was a nice improvement over last years 9th place finish and it puts them in a great spot going into the World Championship in Geneva next month.

Stay tuned for more NAHBPC coverage featuring EighthInch teams and riders next week.

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EighthInch Parts Re-Stock (with coupon code)

A container filled with EighthInch parts just showed up at our door this morning. The order includes track cranks, splined cranks, cogs, bottom brackets, track pedals, plastic pedals, toe clips and straps, and Julian V2 wheelsets. Sadly no frames made it in but we should be receiving them within the next few weeks.

For those of you who were patient in waiting for the re-stock we thought we’d offer you a little reward. Use the coupon code “truckload” on CyclingCloseouts.com and get 10% off  EighthInch parts and accessories. Click on the banner to visit the store.

Fixed Gear Gallery EighthInch Splined Crank Review

Bill Blandford had a nice contribution to Fixed Gear Gallery with a review on our splined crankset. He replaced an old 1×8 drivetrain that had seen its fair share of offroad use and mounted our crank to convert it to a fixed drivetrain. It looks like he was more than happy making the conversion. Check out the full review here!

 

Freestyle Parts Are Up For Sale!

Our freestyle cranks, stems, and bars are all up and listed. Click on the pictures to see them in our store or visit our entire selection here.

For those of you looking for chainrings, they’ll be here soon. They got delayed and will be on the next shipment in. Enjoy!

Photo Friday – The One You’ve All Been Waiting For

Our first round of freestyle parts are finally in! This is as much as I could get my greedy hands on before they were taken away for stocking and photo’s. Stems, 48 spline cranks, riser bars, are all in on this shipment. We’re shooting photo’s and getting them listed as fast as we can. Check back later today to place your order. We post updates and more photos as soon as they’re up for sale!