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    Fat Polo anyone?

    has anyone tried playing bicycle polo on a fatbike yet?

    I have never played, but I do see how a big heavy bike might not work very well. It sure could intimidate some of the other players though.

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    But those big fat tires sure could provide more blocking capacity when you're defending.

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    Fat Polo anyone?

    I haven't played either, but the stability I would think gives it an advantage.

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    Yep. Played New Years Day with about 6" of snow on the ground. Definitely had the advantage until it packed down. From there, the acceleration just isn't there with the big tires.

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    I play a bit of hard court, but not on the fatty. The thought crossed my mind as a joke, but there simply is no good reason. First I'd get laughed at, but then they'd prolly try to ram me for bringing my best bike out Plus I'd have to tweak my setup, and its perfect so I don't want to do that. Even with slick fatties, the acceleration of smaller wheels is way faster.

    Wheel covers provide more blocking capacity than fat tires ever will.
    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | bikecentric | ssoft

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    Do most polo riders use the little wheels like a folding bike(20x1 1/8-1 3/8", 453mmISO)?

    the guys that play in the park near me are using mostly 700C or 26" skinny tires and ghetto corregated plastic wheel covers often made from advertising signs. I only see one polo specific bike there with the large frame and little wheels with screwed on hard plastic wheel covers.

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    If you're talking about bikes like these:
    Big Shot Bikes - Mini Polo Bicycles

    I have never seen anyone using them, not even in pictures (that weren't ads). The only "normal" looking bike polo-specific bike I know of is the FleetVelo Joust, and I've seen that a couple of times at a local tourney (but nobody in DC uses one, that I know of.) More common in my area are old 26" mountain bikes or less expensive fixie/singlespeed frames (set up as freewheel with front brake only) such as Eighth Inch Scramblers.

    I've experimented with different bikes for bike polo, and my setups have been (from latest to oldest):
    1. Redline Monocog 29er
    2. Surly Steamroller
    3. Giant XTC 26"
    4. On-One Inbred 29er (sometimes w/ 26" front wheel)
    5. Specialized Hard Rock from the mid-80s


    I did play a few grass bike polo games w/ a fat front when I went out to Durango for the SSWC '09. Not optimal, but no big deal.
    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | bikecentric | ssoft

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    Bike polo wheel covers were on my Moonlander for Forth FAT UK Gathering


    FORTH FAT Gathering 011 by coastkid71, on Flickr


    FORTH FAT Gathering 183 by coastkid71, on Flickr
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    Actually, it was seeing photos of that that inspired my question.

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