Pedal Republik is Cleveland’s bike polo force. It mainly consists of dudes in their mid-twenties, but there are a few that are older and there is less than a handful of girls (that I have seen anyways) that actually play. This is most likely due to the fact that bike collisions are not uncommon, nor are collisions with the spray painted wooden wall constructed around the periphery of the old tennis courts on S. Marginal Rd.
So I have taken it upon myself to represent… a couple of times. Here is some footage of their motherland:
Read more to find out why Mayor Jackson loves Pedal Republik.
Ok, so I’m not exactly sure why Mayor Jackson has claimed to be a fan of Pedal Republik, especially since we’ve never seen him come out to the courts, but I can take a guess.
Pedal Republik has taken an otherwise underutilized space in Cleveland – specifically decrepit tennis courts – and transformed them into a lakefront kingdom of joust-like competition and back-slapping comraderie for pre-adult Clevelanders. They have demonstrated that biking with an altered ski pole in hand is the cool thing to do.
So if you see one of these guys around – they can often be identified by the cardboard signs wrapped around their wheel spokes – thank them for making Cleveland the bike polo boss.