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 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 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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 66 in Review

Last ride we celebrated National Lost Sock Memorial Day. So, there were a lot of mismatched socks on the 175+ riders that gathered at Eichardt's. The alley was open and it was a nice night. But ride we must.

We did a nice stroll into West Sand and down Boyer. We crossed Popsicle Bridge and took the Ponderay Bike Path until we eventually ended at Laughing Dog Brewery's new location. Thanks to Fred, Johnny, Lou and Michelle for taking great care of us. They opened after hours just for us. We had an amazing parking lot party.

Thanks to the Sandpoint PD for holding up traffic so we could all stay together and safely cross 5th Avenue. With hundreds of people showing up for these summer rides, expect to see police cars near Eich's as we depart on the ride. They are not there to crack down on the rides. They are merely there to ensure that we can all stay as a group and safely navigate the main arteries as we leave downtown.

On another note, we got a msg a while back from some motivated riders down in Lewiston that wanted to start their own FBC Chapter. They were up for the ride. We chatted about what it takes to start and run this club. They were all in. So, we gave them our blessing. If you are ever in the area on a full moon, you should look them up and join them. They are good peeps.

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 66

Can you believe it is May?

When: Wed, May 10th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: National Lost Sock Memorial Day

Yup, there really is such a day.  Ever wonder what happens to those socks from the hamper, to the washer, to the drier and out?  I certainly do.  I like socks.  I have lots.  And I have lost many a good sock mates to the phenomenon.  I don't throw them away.  I always keep them in hopes that their mate will turn up one day.  Amazing, I have had times where a few wash loads later, miraculously, a lost sock will turn up.  But I often wonder, when has the waiting gone long enough?  When should the remaining sock be put to rest?

Enter National Lost Sock Memorial Day, a day to honor those socks that have disappeared.  A day to bring closure to the mysterious loss.

We here at FBC Sandpoint HQ ask that you wear your single left over socks for the last time.  We will have a moment of silence for these lone socks sometime during the evening.  When you return home after the ride, you will not hold on to these socks looking for their mate any longer.  You will burn them, or better yet, re-purpose them as a dust cloth, or a place to dry your garlic, or a sock monkey, or a place to keep your marbles...the possibilities are endless.

As a fleeting thought, are you aware that your feet have about 250,000 sweat glands that are capable of producing about 1 cup of sweat a day?  Hence, socks are important.