Thursday, August 16, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 81 in Review

Well, that was some good summer fun! Some 250+ riders showed up for the last ride, "Get Lei'd." There were so many people in hawaiian shirts, shorts and leis, you might think we were on some tropical island and not in North Idaho.

Anyway, we did a jaunt through South Sand, then hit the Sagle Bike Path enroute to the Long Bridge Grill. They have also been a special place for FBC Sandpoint. Always, always so welcoming, thoughtful and they just have a damn good venue for all of us to socialize. Big thanks to Dan and the crew for their work.

As usual, we had riders from lots of places outside Sandpoint. Of particular note, were some ride from Bike MS, who just happened to be holding over in Sandpoint for the night on the ride across the country.

For visuals, click HERE.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 81

Ahh summer is finally here...

When: Thur, July 26th @ 8pm
Where: Eich's
Theme: Get Lei’d (Hawaiian Shirts)

And so, we will all again be embarking on the biggest bicycling event to every happen in Sandpoint. Summer FBC.

Here are some interesting tidbits from the Farmer's Almanac. First, this year, a total lunar eclipse will occur with the full Moon on July 27. However, this eclipse won’t be visible from the U.S. or Canada. For sky watch buffs, it may be interesting to know that this is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. From start to finish, the event will last four hours, with the totality lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes. Second, even bigger news is the long-awaited Mars opposition—also on Friday, July 27! The Red Planet is extremely close, bright, and red in the night sky, appearing right near the Full Moon!

But enough science, summer is in full swing here in Sandpoint. So, get out your beach wear, and don't forget your hawaiian shirt and leis, and let's ride!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

We Need Music Again

Remember the trike-a-boom? Well, those were kinda cool days. We would have a rolling DJ along for our rides. But it died. And it was plagued with problems. And so, the brain trust here at FBC Sandpoint hatched an improved version over some beers.

Termed the Rolling Jukebox, this cool bike trailer will quickly and easily attach to any bike. It will have very wide, knobby tires making it usable year round...or at least almost year round. It will also house a marine grade (water proof) bumping stereo system, so we can have tunes on our ride. Stereo will be bluetooth. Trailer will have a speaker tower...kinda like you see on a boat. It will be awesome. However, all said and done it will cost close to $1,000.

So, we are holding a raffle, well not just one but 2 raffles, to raise the monies. First item is a limited edition Belvedere Vodka single speed bike from Pure Fix Cycles. The second item is for a Shotzski. No description needed there, I think you all know what to do with that. Raffle tickets are $2/ticket or 3 tickets for $5 for either item. Raffle will occur on August full moon ride.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 80 in Review

Our last ride was a special one. The theme was "Bark at the Moon." The ride fell on Yappy Hour, which is a fundraiser for the Panhandle Animal Shelter. Many riders prefunked at Yappy Hour down at Greasy Fingers Bikes over some beers, bbq and cute furry animals. When that ended, all riders gathered at Eich's. All spoke card monies went to the animal shelter, we donated $100.

Some 200+ riders pulled out of Eich's through the alley going the back way to the hospital cause of all the construction that was happening on Cedar. That was fun and confusing for some. We did a short tour through West Sand, where we encountered yet more road construction. More fun and confusion. We finally ended at our final destination.

Thanks to the crew at the Eagles. Damn, those gals were slinging drinks like no ones business. And they had smiles and were laughing and joking the whole time. They are really a fine destination for us, and we really appreciate them.

A last word, we unveiled a Shotz Ski and a cool single speed cruiser as 2 FBC Sandpoint raffle items to fund our new Rolling Jukebox. This cool bike trailer will quickly and easily attach to any bike. It will have very wide, knobby tires making it usable year round...or at least almost year round. It will also house a marine grade (water proof) bumping stereo system, so we can have tunes on our ride. Raffle tickets are $2/ticket or 3 tickets for $5 for either item. Raffle will occur on August full moon ride.

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 80

This is gonna be a big one...

When: Thur, June 28th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Bark at the Moon

OK, you probably already know, but we here at FBC Sandpoint HQ really like fuzzy, cute animals. And well, our local animal shelter does some pretty fine work here in our community. We have done rides in the past to raise awareness and funds to help them do their thing. Our next Full Moon Ride happens to fall on Yappy Hour. Never been to a Yappy Hour? Well, first you should get out more. At these fun events you can bring your dog. They can run around and play with other dogs and make new friends...talking about your dog, but you might as well. Oh, and there is live music, beer, snacks. It's a good ol' time, and the monthly events helps out the Panhandle Animal Shelter.

So, swing by Yappy Hour from 4-8pm at Greasy Fingers Bikes. Have a beer and grab a burger. Bring your furry friend, or maybe come check out some of the ones that need forever homes. Then head over to Eich's to socialize from 8-9pm and pick up a limited edition spoke card. Wheels roll at 9pm en route to our destination for the evening. All monies for the evening will go to the Panhandle Animal Shelter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 79 in Review

Last ride we had a great turnout at 175+ riders, who all stuck to our ride theme "Don't be an Assh*le." Wanna know more about that, read the previous post.

The weather was amazing and we rolled North, took popsicle bridge and came back to town via the Sand Creek Bike Path. We went some rather deep water that had flooded a section of the path which was excited for some, and scary for some others. Once back in town, we ended at the 219er. Huge thanks to them for taking on a big ride with some rather short notice. As always, the staff did a great job, and everyone had a lot of fun.

Next month's ride is going to be extra special, so mark your calendar for June 28th. Details coming soon.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 79

Here comes summer...

When: Tue, May 29th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Don't be an Assh*le

As we enter the summer months and rider numbers start to increase, it is a good time to remind people what FBC Sandpoint is all about. If you are a Full Moon veteran this is a refresher. If you are new, consider this an induction.

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 then.