Milwaukee Bicycle Co UHMW Bike Polo Mallet Heads and Caps
Up until recently, the material of choice for bike polo mallet heads has been HDPE (high-density polyethylene), aka gas pipe. With a little research and plenty of field testing, Ben’s Cycle has brought upped the ante by bringing UHMW (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) mallet heads to the masses.
According to Wikipedia, UHMW has “the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made.” And according to Ben’s Cycle, the UHMW heads will outlast HDPE heads and weigh about 10g less on average.
Milwaukee Bicycle Co is taking 2.5″ OD/.25″ thick UHMW and machining it in-house down to .15″ thick, except at the ends. The heads come with pre-drilled starter holes to help you get your shaft lined up perfectly straight.The optional UHMW cap is machined to fit snug inside the end of the UHMW head, and comes with three grub screws to hold it in place.
As far as performance, I can’t say I’ve been happier with any other mallet head. My shots feel solid as ever and the material seems to be wearing slowly, even though this is the only mallet I’ve been using for months. You can see in the photos below, the capped end is still almost perfectly round, indicating very little wear. The non-capped end has deformed over time, but it should be noted that I used a Dremel Tool to chamfer the inside of the open end to make it easier to scoop the ball.
The UHMW head retails for $15.99 and the cap for $4.99. Buy them together and save $1. Visit www.benscycle.net for more info.