Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What an Awesome time!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made Bruised by Bike a HUGE success. We had tons of fun, got a little dirty, got a little hurt, and danced our asses off. Our mini-bike-friendly-mystery ride was a lot of fun, and a great way for the people from out of town to get to know the new Seattle crew. Battling the mosquitos was made up for with a fun U-District garage bomb.

The mini-cross course proved to be completely brutal. Props to Leslie and Corey for designing an awesome race, and nearly making Felix throw up.

Jimmy's Bowling game creation was a fun challenge for everyone and the Rollo tournament got good and intense too.

Georgia's Seattle-based dance troup got the crowd good and warmed up for the stellar performance by Vancouver's The Brakes. Nice work dancers!

Word on the street is the afterparty dance party carried on until 5 AM. Much thanks to DJ Kelly and Smile Brigade for cranking out the jams all night.

And Props to Ryan and Leslie for whipping up a stellar Sunday brunch while everyone whipped themselves off the ramp and into Greenlake on out lakebike.

There's some conversation about making this an annual event, but nothing concrete yet. Until then here's a quick wrap-up of photos and a list of winners!

1st. - Dan S. (PDX & Zoobomb)
2nd. - Corey (Seattle)
3rd. - Ryan A. (Seattle)

1st. - Leon (Seattle)

1st. - Team "Big Hell on Little Wheels"
-Leon (Seattle)
-Nathanial (Seattle)
-Matt (Seattle)
-Soren (Seattle)

2nd. - Team "Slut Cookies"
-Leslie (Seattle)
-Felix (PDX)
-Hannah (PDX)
-Nano (Seattle)

DFL - Team "The Red Lanterns"
-Kevin (Seattle)
-Morgan (Seattle)
-Brian (Seattle)
-Bradford (Seattle)

Rollo - Top Individual Score
RevPhil - (PDX & Zoobomb)

For anyone wishing to see more photos from Bruised by Bike just click on the links below!

Alex Wetmore
Gabriel Amadeus
J Ryde

Thanks again, and keep riding those minis!

Monday, July 2, 2007


Click on the image below for a larger, handy-dandy, map and schedule of events for this weekend. See you there!

And check out the side-bar on the right for more answers to your questions, copies of flyers, and semi-nude photos of men on their mini-bikes (kidding!)

Friday, June 29, 2007

What's this all about?

What is Rollo?
It's bicycle polo played on children's sized bikes with 16" wheels or smaller (AKA a "16"). Two teams of Players use mallets (similar to croquet mallets) of their own making to hit a ball around a concrete court and attempt to score goals against one another. Games are more playful than physical but can be very competitive. Invention of Rollo is credited to the Zoobombers out of Portland, OR.

What is Mini-Cross?
Well for the purposes of our event it is a cyclocross race wherein riders use the same 16s to pedal their way around a dirt/grass course. A group of riders compete against each other and the first to complete a set number of laps first wins. There are also several obstacles and hazards which riders must navigate every lap around the course. Crashing is a high probablility so pads and helmets are reccomended.

What is SPROING?
SPROING (also known as whiplash) involves two riders on 16s with a length of rope and bungee/inner tubes tied between them. The riders pedal in opposite directions as quickly as they can. The bungee stretches tight and eventually one, or both, of the riders is pulled from their bike. The last rider to put a foot down wins.

What is Jousting?
Are you serious? You want to know what jousting is?!

What is Mini-Bike Bowling?
It's an all-against-all competition where riders on 16s pedal within a set circle and attempt to knock over water bottles by hitting the Rollo ball into them using their Rollo mallet. Water bottles may not be knocked down any other way, and the shot must be made within the circle. The first rider to knock down any three water bottles wins. Only one ball is used however and putting a foot down results in riding in a complete circle outside of the circular playing field. This is a serious game of skill.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Schedule of Events

Here it is, the official Schedule of Events for Bruised By Bike (some times are subject to slight changes. Those of you on Zoobomb Time, please show up early). Maps, directions, and more exact locations to follow.

7-6-07 Friday
8:30 PM - Mystery Ride. Mini-bike friendly. Meet on the hill @ Gasworks Park.

7-7-07 Saturday
All Events @ Judkins Park
11:00 AM - Mini-Cross Registration & course opens.
11:30 AM - Mini-Cross Race
12:00 PM - BBQ! BYOB/M/V (should continue through the day)
1:00 PM - Bowling (have your mallets ready)
2:00 PM - Rollo Tournament Team Registration
2:30 PM - Rollo Tournament
6:00 PM - Jousting and SPROING (no tourney, but challenge your friend!)
7:00 PM - Performance by The Brakes, and a very Special Guest
7:30 PM - FINAL Rollo Match (awards ceremony for all events to follow)
Onwards to the After Party at the Mapleleaf Underground

7-8-07 Sunday
10:00 AM - Brunch and Minibike Dock Jumping @ Greenlake (exact location TBD)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Just an update on prizes to wet your appetite a little. We'll have custom-made medals for 1st. and 2nd place teams in the Rollo tournament (yes, they're awesome, and yes, you'll want one), plus a brand new mini-bike for the top individual scorer. There will also be prizes for the winners of mini-bike bowling plus a brand new mini bike for 1st place. And we have trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Mini cross and a brand new mini-bike for 1st place!

That's 8 medals, 6 trophies, 3 brand new minibikes, and grips of other prizes including bicycle parts, custom stem pads, and tons more. Plus I haven't even mentioned the extra special bonus prizes to be revealed on game day. If the three minibikes that are up for grabs aren't motivation enough, then we'll just have to keep collecting prizes!

Mini-Cross Flyer!

Check out the all new mini-cross flyer! I test rode the course earlier this week. It's going to be brutal! Get some good riding legs under you, 'cause you're going to need them!

Larger Flyer Here.
And here's a link to a black and white flyer if anyone likes making photocopies.
Black and white

The Brakes!

Get ready for a very special performance by The Brakes at Bruised By Bike. Vancouver's own all-male mini-bike dance team. Why is it that Canadians kick so much ass?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

We've got less than one month left until Bruised By Bike explodes all over Seattle!

A couple of important announcements:

1. We will have a very special performance by The Brakes straight outta Vancouver, BC. Ladies, hold on to your panties.

2. If you're traveling to Seattle from somewhere else and need a place to stay, please let me know by posting a comment to this blog. We've got several houses offering people floor space and couches!

3. A location for the main events has been selected! Stay tuned for directions and maps, and schedule.

4. There are going to be some SWEET prizes and awards up for grabs! We've got mini-bike parts, stem pads, trophies, spoke cards, medals, at least one whole pimp-ass mini-bike, and the pile o' prizes keeps growing...

The biggest emphasis will be on the Rollo Tournament, the Mini-Cross Race, and Bowling. So form your teams, hone your skills, and get ready...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Official Seattle Rollo Rules!

For many bike polo players and Rollo players these rules go without saying. We're not posting them to be a nag about it. We just want everyone to be on the same page for the Rollo tournament. People will be coming in from different cities, hell they'll be coming in from different countries, and we want to make sure everyone knows what they're getting into before they show up. The intent, as always, it to make sure everyone has fun. And yes, these are pretty damn similar to the Seattle Bike Polo rules. You know, in case you were wondering...

The General Stuff
~How We Play: We play to have fun. Games are competitive, and physical contact varies depending on the game and the skill level of players involved.

~Where We Play: Tennis courts, playgrounds, and parking lots/garages are our playing fields. These venues tend to lend natural boundaries as well, so we have no specified length or width of Rollo court.

~Goal Size: We use bicycle water bottles filled with rocks for weight, spaced roughly 4.5 feet apart, and 5-6 feet from the end of the court (if there is one).

~Teams: Four person teams. Players are decided by the first 8 mallets placed into the center of the Rollo Court prior to the start of the game. Teams are then randomly decided by mixing up the mallets and dividing them evenly. Teams are always random unless in tournament play.

~Start Game: Teams line up behind their goal, place the ball in center court and have someone shout out "3-2-1 Rollo!"

~After a Goal is scored: After a goal is scored, each team will return to their side of the court. The team who has just been scored-on has possession of the ball and will drive it. The team who made the goal must wait for the opposing team to drive on them before advancing from their goal.

~Points/Winning: The first team to score five points wins. There is a variable 10 minute time limit. The time limit must be decided upon by all players prior to the start of the game. Busy nights might invoke a 10 minute time limit, as does tournament play. When the time limit rule is invoked the games are ten minutes so either the first team with five points wins (game ends) or the team with the most points scored after ten minutes wins. Games without a time limit that are running exceptionally long may have a 3 minute warning called to speed up the play.

~Bikes: Children’s sized bicycles (mini bikes) with wheels 16” or smaller (Actual wheel size NOT average wheel size). Be prepared to beat the crap/have the crap beaten out of it (wheels in particular). Minis may be modified to a player’s taste and fashion sense, but not in any way that they might become exceptionally harmful to other players or their minis (i.e. No sharp protrusions, BMX pegs, chainsaws, etc.). Mini-talls and the like will not be allowed during tournament play.

~Mallets: Any style, just not with a head made from metal that could potentially kill or core sample someone. Hockey blades are also not allowed for use as a mallet head.

~Ball: Street Hockey balls.

~No Foot Down: Player’s feet cannot touch the ground. Off pedal is okay but, as soon as a player puts a foot down they must cease play and ride in a full circle before returning to play (the smaller the better). A player who has put a foot down may not in any way interfere with game play until they have ridden in a full circle. A player who is retrieving the ball from a particularly difficult or distant location (WAY outside of the Rollo court) does not have to ride in a circle if they put their foot down.

~No Mallet Throwing: It’s too dangerous and a lot of us are pretty bad throwers.

~Keep it clean: Pick up your trash, please. Because we don’t have official Rollo courts it’s important we be good neighbors and make sure no one minds it if we come back.

~No matter what, drunken blueberries will always be allowed.

Rule Classes
The Rule Class must be decided upon by all players prior to the start of the game. All rules above still apply

“Master Class” Rules
This class is the most often class for our Rollo Games (it is mandatory for all tournaments unless otherwise decided)

~No Sliding: When shooting on goal the player must strike the ball with the end of the mallet head. Player’s cannot “slide” the ball with the side of the mallet head when shooting a goal. A shot may bounce off of another player’s mini or mallet and still count.

~ No passing back through the goal: When shooting on goal, no player may pass the ball through the goal to themselves or another teammate and then take a shot.

~Stay in control shots: Players must be in control of themselves and their bikes when shooting on goal. If a player puts a foot down or wrecks on their own accord before their shot passes through the goal, their shot does not count. (The exception being if the player is forced to put a foot down or wreck by another player. Use good judgment when calling this one out)

“Family Class” Rules
This class is intended for entry-level games, and for more relaxed and social play. It gives beginners a chance to learn the game and get used to their minis.

~Sliding is allowed: Goals may be scored any which way with a mallet.

~Passing back is allowed: Players may pass the ball back through the goal to themselves or another player before taking a shot.

~The ”Stay in control” rule is more relaxed. Game play is intended to be more fun and less strict. Do your best. We know that you’re trying.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

We're comin to your town!

After a brief visit to Portland, we're coming to Victoria to spread the word! Maybe Vancouver next? I know we're still a few months out, but the masses must know. Hope everyone is starting to look at their summer schedule and is setting that date aside.

Events officially planned so far:

-Rollo Championship

-Mini-Cross Race



-Bowling (or at least a few pick-up games for people with ultimate mini-bike and mallet skills)

-And there will be jousting lances available for people challenged to a duel! Or is it Duvel? Mmmm, tasty!

Rules for the Rollo championship coming soon... We want to make sure everyone is on the same page and that there aren't any surprizes for anyone used to playing their particular version of mini-bike polo.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Bruised by Bike: 7-7-07!

Get ready for Bruised by Bike! A huge-ass Seattle mini-bike event! Tons of fun and insanity. The greatest Rollo Championship ever! Along with a bad-ass mini-cross race, sproing, derby, bowling, and more. Start spreading the word! Details coming soon...