Bike polo has been a cult phenomenon in the fixed gear community in the States for a few years now with tournaments sprouting up in hipster zones like Brooklyn and Portland on both sides of the country. With the increase in popularity in fixed gear bikes, bike polo is making its way through Asia now.
It’s interesting how the trend has remained quite the same since its roots in Brooklyn a few years back in the bike messenger culture. Bike polo is fast becoming a recognized sport with leagues and tournaments in public parks with grass roots organization. You won’t find a bike polo game at the YMCA yet, but you might find one in the parking lot at night. It will be interesting to see if bike polo can move beyond the fixie culture and into mainstream sports, with the obvious barriers to entry of being a capable cyclist and having a group to play with.
Normal bicycles are not prime for bike polo. The reason the fixed gear community started the trend is because of the superior control riding fixed gives the cyclist. The ability to perform a trackstand, ride in reverse and have complete control of your wheel’s motion, not to mention the absolute simplicity of the bike itself, make brakeless fixed gear bikes the ideal instrument for bike polo.