Legit Bike Polo

how to make it

How-to Videos and Repair Advice

Make it quick’n dirty.

Make it legit style.  More tools and time required, but it’s worth it if you like having a darn near perfect mallet in your hand.

For another angle, check out Doug’s photo walk-through


  • Mallet gets bent – hit the bent part against something hard, such as a tree trunk or fence post, repeatedly until it straightens out.  Do not try to bend the pole back over your knee, as it’s much more likely to break that way.  This advice was originally given to me by an alpine ski coach and has consistently worked for me.
  • Head gets loose – take it off and wrap some hockey tape around the shaft.  It’s best to spiral the tape on so that only one layer of tape has to make it through the hole initially, and the head can then be twisted on further to tighten it up. The idea is to pad the hole so the fit is tight again.  Throw the bolt back in and it’ll feel like new.

Wheelcovers.  I’ve demolished many unprotected wheels since I started playing.  While covers won’t prevent catastrohpic wheel damage as a result of t-boning, they do work wonders in preventing hard shots and mallets from breaking spokes.


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Hey Gus,

Thanks for the tutorial, these mallets rock. I’ve made 4 out of golf clubs instead of ski poles, and love them dearly.

The site is great, keep it up!

Comment by eon

Made a few of these on Friday night. I like the paper hole marking idea. That helped a lot.

They turned out solid as hell.

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nice works, I put the videos on my blog

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a fixing screw in this style is simpler, and safer, as it can’t cause injuries

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Hey gus, the item you use is corrugated plastic rite?

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yo gus, i was wondering what kinda plastic or material you used to make it. thanks

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