Tuesday, September 22, 2009

T-Shirts and Polo, the two loves of my life

Hi friends! Let me take a moment to welcome Autumn, Austin is on board with the seasonal change (for once!). It is raining buckets, gray and mellow outside, and notably cooler outside thanks to the hidden sun. Today is also an international [non]holiday, Car Free Day! I sent all of my coworkers a passionate email about how I commute via bicycle to our lovely downtown spa every day for work and I urged them to do the same. Commute by bike, board, skates, kayak, or their own two legs. I even suggested bus over their own personal vehicle because frankly our city is overrun with motor vehicles. It is loud, dirty and polluted, dangerous, and over crowded and trafficked. The rain definitely thwarted many people who may have been persuaded by my words, but I'll continue to push my point and hopefully eventually people will listen and follow suit. Anyway, I hope that you, wherever you are mark this day on your calendar for next year and make a plan for alternative transportation (and hell, why not give it a go sooner than then!). That's that. On to other business...

Thank you so so soooo much, everyone who has already ordered shirts from us! We feel so overwhelmingly loved! Thanks again! Most of your orders are in the mail. We have had some special requests which have now been ordered and will be sent out ASAP! We are sort of learning these ropes as we go along, colors and fabrics that seem to be the most popular, cotton percentages, weights, etc.
We are moving in to our second and third print designs too! We have a handful of our Guerrilla Tour logos printed and we are making shirts with our team logo/crest however you would like to perceive it. The logo may be a side print (on the side of the trunk of the shirt) so it would wrap around your ribs...kinda like a tattoo or something.

Payment:Paypal! We are so happy all of you out of towners have ordered shirts (Jesse in NY, Adam in CO, Virginia and Donald in Sydney Australia!!!, Keith and Kevin in CA, Vivian, Cathy, and Mary in MO, Maxwell in IL, Andrea in WA)! Thanks a million!

Future paypal orders, we need to tack on a few extra dollars- paypal is not a free service (of course not! I should have known that!), so we need to cover that little charge and postage...we will leave it up to you $3-$5 extra bucks should be sufficient. Sorry and thanks for understanding!

Robert, Daniel, and I all agree that these t-shirts have quickly taken over our lives! We love how they have been received and we have fun getting together and printing them! Good news Austinites, Fast Folks Cyclery will carry our shirts so you can pop in there to get your polo fix along with any fixed gear you need!

Speaking of Austin, TX bike stuff, mark your calendars for the upcoming races: Brian's infamous 6 stage Giro d'Ghetto is BACK! It starts this Sunday Sept 27 and happens throughout the next week. Then the BIKE PROM is Friday Oct 9th, followed by a race on Saturday Oct 10, and Annie P is putting on a race with Bird's Barbershop on Sunday Oct 11! Damn that's gonna be one hell of a weekend! Out of towners, drive on over for these happenings! You will have a place to crash, come have fun with us!

Ok, I think that is all for now!
Thanks for reading. Thanks for buying shirts and supporting our club and our tour.
We love you all!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Social Happenings!

We really are an active bunch of social butterflies here in the Austin, TX bike scene! Always parties, shows, rides, shops to visit, games to play, beers to drink! I know that is why I love it here and find it difficult to think about moving elsewhere....

Anyway, social happenings, we have a laundry list of events starting tomorrow (Thursday 9/17). Polo happens at Eastwoods Park at 5:30pm, then there will be a bridge show that will kick off the Thursday Night Social Ride at around 7:30pm (some of us polo players will be out and around and will have t-shirts for sale to raise funds for our tour, THANKS KEITH! for mentioning that on the event post!),post-social ride happenings at both the Jackelope AND Chupacabre, it's my good friend, Jessi's, BIRTHDAY happening at Lovejoys, then Annie P will be throwing down with her grrrls for her birthday on Saturday! Crazy fun week!
Don't forget the date for the upcoming Bike Prom! Friday Oct 9, 9pm, Beauty Bar, $5. Go to their website and VOTE for Prom KING and QUEEN! I need a date ya'll....and a dress?!

I LOVE Thursdays and can't wait to bounce around all over town and see all you beautiful bikers in full force tomorrow!

*Remember to look for some of us with polo mallets in our bags, we will have t-shirts for sale and would love for you to rep our club!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Polo Tour T-Shirts!

We printed a handful of t-shirts today with our first print. We plan on having a diverse collection of one of a kind hand printed shirts for your polo supporting enjoyment. Feel free to collect them all, as 100 per cent of the proceeds go towards the cost of our trip!

I know a few out of towners have expressed interest in the shirts, even if you live in Austin but find it hard to come out to all of the cycling social excursions and would like to expedite the ordering process, look at the right side of this page a bit and find the "donate" paypal button. Drop a $10 note on there and fill in your shipping address and I will put the shirt(s) in the mail immediately.

We will be receiving an order of colorful shirts on Wednesday and plan to print on Thursday. We are working on an account through Alternative Apparel so stay tuned on that, we currently have fruit of the loom shirts in 100% and 50/50 cotton, men and women's sizes, all crew neck.

Drop me a line with a shirt style request and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Thanks in advance for supporting ATX Bike Polo, and the sport in general! This is a sport that has been in existence for generations but is enjoying a recent burst of popularity and new life! Do a google search or check out bikepolo.ca and see if there is a club in your neck of the woods. Go sit in on their pick-up night and see how long you can hold out before you are totally enthralled in the game and out there playing too!

I hope to send you all a t-shirt and some U.S.Postal Service love very soon!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Nov Polo Tour!

Yes! It's coming together people, the tour (first volume of many) of the century!
We will be printing ATX Bike Polo Social Club t-shirts to raise some funds for our trip, we will also try to do a few things like throw a fundraising shindig, host a spaghetti dinner or two, have a few bake sales (vegan and non-veg items), and maybe some kinda money making booth at bike events, like the Bike Prom hosted by Fast Folks (Friday Oct 9th at Beauty Bar!). Stay tuned for all of those goings on and thanks in advance for supporting us and our passion and crazy excursion!

Rob has put together a rough draft plan of our route. It sounds like it will already be changed a bit to accommodate more play in certain places. Holler at me if you have contacts in any of these cities who would like to hook up with us and play or party, or host us for the night!

Let me know who is interested in t-shirts! Check our polo blog now and again for updates and print options, etc.

Peace and Love,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday play date.

Polo Pick-up at Eastwoods Park at 5:30pm! There is a UT bike auction happening at around the same time (pretty sure it is on top of the parking garage that is at Trinity and 15th. Get yourself a beater, pump up the tubes, and come out and play on that rigg!

Those of us going on our November Polo tour are starting to try to raise money for gas, etc. Rob will be making some fly t-shirts (get yourself one, you know you want to represent your favorite athletic social club!), and I will be making yummy baked goods to sell from time to time.
If any of my loyal readers are interested in donating to our fund (whether that means cold hard cash, goods, or services) please feel free to let me know and we will make something happen, and THANKS in advance!

See ya'll at the park- or maybe at the Liberty afterwards for bike beers with the Thursday Night Social Ride crew. Thursday play date, Life in Austin can be such a blast.