Monday, January 21, 2013

The 2013 St. Louis Bike Polo Lock-in

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dave Harper
Sunglass exchange
Satisfied participants
Wheeler Welding builds a high quality pinata every single time!
Phil was in the running for Most Valuable Partier
Designated party area
A good overview. Check out the serious polo being played in spite of all the partying!
Kicking the can
Just like an Italian football star who is also a prince!
Party Stars!
While Battlement shreds
Gettin' weird by the men's room
My party shades look good on everyone
The annual pinata bust
The King is in the building!
I think the muppet came with the ska band
Sunrise on the formerly Mighty Mississippi
Fashion models
Good work boys and girls
Gummy bear sling shot William Tell

Unofficial 2013 Lock-in MVP
Till the bitter end

Another perfect lock-in! I wish I had a picture of battlement shredding, instead I have this joy in my soul. Thanks for being amazing everybody!!


A few from my phone...

Scrilla. Paper. Fetti. Chedda.

Pure STL.

Handling it! No clips!

Turn around.

Goal party.

My name tag was struggling.


PBR button chainmail.

"Lady and the Tramp" Shotgun (STL original)

24oz Mountain Dew

Travis from Bloomington and Lee from STL

Another one.

Under the stage.


You're wasting valuable time for partying.

Four sleepers. One hockey bench.

Precarious sleeping spot.

He was only at the Lock-In for an hour!

This happened Friday night!

So did this:
R.I.P. Stan "The Man" Musial

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fill'er Up...

Image from Brad at UrbanVelo.

A lot of you are repeat attendees. You've been here before, and you know what to expect. Those of you that have graced the Skatium in the past know the ins and outs of the event, so sorry if this is a little repetitive.


If you intend to play polo at the Lock-In (it's cool if you don't), you will need at least one mallet in your possession. You are welcome to bring extras, and those will be helpful when we have grudge matches and special games throughout the night.

But know this:  You are only allowed to have one mallet in the next game rack. We'll have a rack organizing the next game piles, and we are trusting you to be honest and patient and to not put more than one mallet in that rack. If you are caught stacking mallets in order to get more time on the court, you will be caught, and you will be excommunicated form the Lock-In. 

It's harsh but it's true. 

Your time is not any more important than anyone else's at the Lock-In. Line cutting and mallet stacking are dick moves, and what was the original rule of polo (long before NAH Ruleset 2 version 3.5)?*

At a 24-hour polo party, you will have plenty of time to play polo. Make new friends and party with them between your time on the court.

*The answer is "Don't be a dick."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Skirting Drinking Laws...

Inside the Skatium, rules are more like guidelines. Almost nothing is black and white. Pretty much everything is grey, and almost anything goes.

But there are some rules that the establishment that we are renting for 24-hours has to pretend to follow.

Basically, around 1AM the Skatium has to pretend to stop serving alcoholic beverages for a couple hours. Don't be sad. This has happened every year of the Lock-In's existence. Technically, no alcohol is supposed to be distributed after 1AM, but as most of you know, that didn't stop beer from quietly exchanging hands at the bar.

If you want to continue ingesting beer throughout the night, consider bringing a case of beer or two with you to the Skatium. This will help your desire to drink for two reasons:

A). The "stop serving at 1AM" rule won't interrupt your fun if you have your own stash.

B). We have a couple of kegs being donated to our little party. Those may last an hour or 10. After that, we'll probably go on our yearly beer run. If you want to drink without any interruptions, having a personal stash would be wise.

Now you know.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Friday Night - The Party Before the Party

For three years, on the Friday before the Lock-In we'd meet at a bar and then head out into the St. Louis night looking for a place to party. In the attempt to try something new, we've arranged to meet at a new bar...A unique bar.

Imagine a rundown McDonald's. Imagine turning that McDonald's into a Chinese restaurant. Imagine ripping all of the tables out of said McDonald's/Chinese restaurant. Imagine using the old McDonald's counter for a bar. Imagine turning that shell of a former McDonald's into a great dive bar where our group is welcome to party until our hearts are content.

That vision is actually a reality.

This year, we're gathering to party at a bar called CUZ.

A number of us have been going to this bar for a few months now. The owners are laid back and love it when a herd of us show up on bikes. The place is usually dead until the 1am bars close in Soulard, so we'll have plenty of time and space to put the saying "Having fun is easy" into practice. When the 1am crowd gets there, who knows what fun with commence?

CUZ is located at the corner of 7th Street (Broadway) and Marion Street.

1530 South 7th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63104

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Party Supplies pt. 1

Partying is awesome.

Partying with sunglasses on is even better.

We insist that you bring a pair of sunglasses to the 2013 Lock-In. Bring a pair that you won't mind losing. We're doing a massive sunglasses swap, and you should participate.

She knows.

Party Playlist...

This time next weekend, we'll be in the depths of a 24-hour party. Soak in that fact.

Okay. We've arranged for a handful of DJs to spin records for us throughout a good section of the Lock-In. But there will still be a few hours without any set musical selections. In order to remedy that situation, we need a little help from you.

If you're so inclined, please make a mixed CD full of hot licks and slow jams for your fellow partiers to enjoy. Anything goes. But just because you can doesn't mean you should.

We'll collect your mixes at the door when you check in. After we've collected all of the mixes, we'll preview them to make sure they're worthwhile. If you're mix is properly put together, it'll probably be an integral part of our upcoming party.

The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.  -  Hi Fidelity