Friday, September 1, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 70

Get back to school...

When: Wed, Sept 6th @ 7pm (note switch to winter meet time)
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Back to School

Ahh yes, join in on what has become one of the most popular FBC rides of the year.

Remember back when the first day of school was approaching? You may of thought some of the following:

What will I wear? Do I cut holes in my jeans or not? Acid washed or plain denim? Sandals and tennis shoes? Tee shirt or button down? Skirt of shorts? Belt or no belt?

What groups will I hang with? The jocks, the emos, the stoners or the nerds? Or maybe I will be a loner? Or maybe I will be a free spirited "floater?"

What will I do for lunch? Do I brown bag it (socially risky)? Maybe hit the cafeteria...but then I have to decide at what table I will eat at. Maybe leave school grounds for Dairy Depot?

Do I ride the bus? Do I drive to school, wait do I even have a car? Maybe I can ride with a friend?

Feeling any anxiety thinking about all this? Well, don't you fret because on the FBC Sandpoint Back to School ride you don't have to worry about any of these things. Come as you are...although we really recommend you dress up. Ride what you got, make sure is a sound ride (with lights), but really ride whatever bike. We welcome all bikes and their riders. There will be no time worry as we ride under the full moon as one unified group of bicyclists.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 69 in Review

Some 275+ riders showed up for our 69th FBC Sandpoint ride. The Tour de France just finished, and so it was time for Le Tour de Sandpoint. Lots of people dressed up. We saw a lot of old FBCers and inducted many new members. The club continues to grow. Thanks to Eich's for having the alley open again with a separate outdoor bar.

We did a nice residential route through South Sand and wound our way back to the back door of the 219er. The staff there was great. We had an amazing night and you really can't ask for a better summer destination than the back patio of the 219er.

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 69

Hee, hee it's ride #69...

When: Mon, Aug 7th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Le Tour de Sandpoint

Ever heard the joke about a guy who asks for a "68?" Hear this and other of life's riddles on our next ride.

So, there is this bike race that just happened called the Tour de France. Now, before you yawn and tune out, let me say a few brief words: Peter Sagan. I, like a lot of people, was really looking forward to watching Sagan in this year's Tour. Early on he got disqualified. The call was debatable...like most calls. But it eliminated one of the most colorful and exciting bike racers in our current era from competing. Personally, I lost interest in this year's Tour after that race day.

How does this related to our next ride? I have no idea, kinda lost my train of thought on tying this into the theme.

Anyways, we've done it before, we're doing it again. Le Tour de Sandpoint

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 68 in Review

Well, 275 riders showed up for our last ride entiled "Unasshole the FBC." I would say it went off fabulously! We had a great group and ride turned out amazing...except for that one guy who ran into the traffic sign while using his cell phone).

As we left Eich's, we swung down toward City Beach and took the Sandcreek Bike Path. We rode across Popsicle Bridge, which is always an adventure, and then headed down Boyer back toward town.

We ended at Mickduff's Brew Hall. It is another great location for a summer FBC. People were inside, outside by the fir pit, hanging out on the grass, mingling in the parking lot, playing corn hole...it was a damn fine time. Big, big thanks to Mack and the rest of the crew for being such fine hosts.

Don't let your positive spirit and attention to the #1 rule of FBC Sandpoint stay with the last ride, let's continue in that that vein for the rest of the year.

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 68

Mid summer's dream...

When: Mon, July 10th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Unasshole the FBC

I was listening to the radio the other day, and this song by Prophets of Rage came on. The song got me thinking, and I've noticed that there are a lot of new faces on the rides recently...and I mean a lot. Not uncommon for this time of year. But it reminds me that theses new riders probably don't know the rule of FBC Sandpoint or the goal of these Full Moon rides.

First, if you have not read the FAQs Page on the FBC Sandpoint website, take a few minutes now and get up to speed. Done? If not, I will give you the cliff notes. The #1 rule of FBC rides is don't be an asshole.  This strong language effectively summarizes how you should be behaving when riding in this group, under the Full Moon. The goal of these rides is to gather riders to have fun each month, and to display a positive image of cyclists to our community. Therefore, we ask the following:
  • Respect fellow riders.
  • Respect motorists we are sharing the road with.
  • Respect traffic laws. Specifically, don't ride in opposing traffic lanes, don't ride down sidewalks and stay behind the front riders in OUR traffic lane.
  • Have lights on your bike.
  • These rides are R rated, meaning it is not recommended or safe for children
If you show up each month and follow these request, continue to do so...and thanks.  If you bring a new rider, tell them what is expected of them before hand, that is your responsibility as their sponsor.  And lastly, if you see someone acting ill, kindly remind them that you like the Full Moon rides, you want them to continue and their actions could jeopardize that.  Ultimately, the nature and future of the Full Moon rides rest in your hands...we here at FBC Sandpoint HQ cannot police 400 something riders.

If you cannot abide by the requests of this group, then don't come on the rides. Rider numbers and whether we have 50 or 400 riders doesn't matter one bit to me. What matters is that riders on FBC have a fun, safe ride and not be a assholes. Thanks for your time. See you Monday.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 67 in Review

Last month's ride theme was Best Friend. Some 300+ riders came down to Eich's...or I guess you could say 150+ riders and their BFFs came down to Eich's.

Once it got dark enough, we left Eich's. The SPD was nice enough to once again be on hand to hold up traffic so all the riders could leave Eich's and the downtown corridor safely and as a group. Huge thanks to them for their continued support for these little rides.

We did a super quick spin through South Sand, then hit the Sagle Bike Path. We cruised on out to the Long Bridge Grill for our final destination. The LBG has always been super good to us, and this night was no different. It is a great venue for these rides. A large parking lot party ensued. Thanks Dan and crew! Oh, and the special reader board message was pretty sweet too.

After 67 of these rides, you would think new faces would become less and less. Not the case. I am always amazed and the new riders that show up every month.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 67

Soooo been waiting for June to get here...

When: Fri, June 9th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Best Friend

June has arrived. You would think weather would be all sunshine and warm temps. Well, think again. Looks like a 30 degree temp change this week, and we will be exchanging clear blue skies for thunderstorms. Maybe spring is really not done yet.

Anyway, back to why you are really here. Riding your bike. We will ride regardless of the weather.

Our next ride is on National Best Friend Day. So, bring your best friend on the ride. Maybe dress alike. Or don't. Or maybe wear one of those "I am with stupid" tee shirts with the arrow. No wait, that's not appropriate.

Just bring your best friend, cause it is always better to ride in the rain when with your bestie.