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Forum > Barrier ideas for our bike polo courts

So we have two ideas, 4'x6"x3/4" plywood walls that stand up on triangle jacks on hinges that fold out on both ends, (also cut from a 3/4" sheet of plywood). Three sheets of plywood would be enough for 112' of wall including one sheet to make the jacks, plus 4 hinges for each 4'x6" wall. A court size is about 100'x50'. So we'd need 300' of wall to cover an entire court. While this an ideal solution for walls, it requires transport and storage.

The other alternative is netting or some sort of canvas fabric that can be stretched tight around a court by poles in the ground, maybe every 10' or so. This would be ideal for storage and transport, but would only work around courts like Jose Marti has... a court surrounded by loose ground.


April 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterEric Madrid

Check out Andrew's plans for the portable barriers.

Portable Barriers PDF

We'll be updating the plans with more detail as far as materials needed, etc. but this will give you the idea. With these collapsable barrier, one person can carry 32 ft. of wall at a time.

May 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterEric Madrid

I like the plans. As I understand it, one person can carry 16' at a time, 8' in the left hand and 8' on the right. No?
What kind of hinges would this take? Maybe we can put together a few and try them.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdario

Yes, one person can carry 16', maybe even 32'. Andrew has the type of hinges in mind. We'll have a materials list for one barrier, and then we can just make enough to cover the goal ends of the court to see how it'll work and take it from there.

May 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterEric Madrid

I'll post the materials list either tomorrow or Wednsday. It depends on how work goes tomorrow and if I'll have time to do it during the afternoon. I'd love to make one or two to test before we commit to the whole thing. The hinges I'd like are just standard flat 3" and for the handles I'd love to use leather but some thick rope will do as well. I'll give you the full breakdown ASAP. Thanks!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Feher

Don't worry about the ASAP. I've enough to approach Shell Lumber for trial barriers. Right now I'm thinking end zone barriers.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdario

isnt plywood kinda heavy if you plan to transport it by hand?

maybe you can use reinforced foam board or honeycomb panels with a folding/locking "L"bracket in back to stand it up.
they can then interconnect as well if you need it.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFelipe

Yeah, but we need it to be strong. We expect bikes to crash into them and on them. I don't know of any reasonable material that would endure bike polo games and is lighter than plywood.

May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterEric Madrid

@Dario: I ended up making a prototype this weekend so Shell Lumber didn't have to cut down a whole sheet of ply for just two barriers. I ended up using a plank of 1x6 pine. It's not quite 6" high but it will do for a test. I posted pics on FB.

@Felipe: I think the foam board will be to flimsy. Can you link a pic of the honeycomb panels you mentioned?

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