Friday, December 21, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco XII

Yes, the holidays are here and it's snowing like crazy, yet we continue to ride...

When: Fri, Dec 28th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Sit N Spin...for Santa

Don your favorite holiday garb, grab your cycle and head on down to Eichardt's.  Once warmed and motivated, we will spin a nice route through town keeping to main arteries as, YES, there will be snow.

Also, for those who didn’t get enough Christmas fun, we’ll do a FBC Gift Exchange at our final destination.  Just bring a wrapped gift ($5 max) if you want to participate.  If you don’t, bah humbug!
Hint: there are some awesome after Christmas sales to take advantage of...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Who cares?

You may have noticed that I haven't posted any details about the next Full Moon Ride on Dec 28th.  That's because I hear the world is ending on the 21st, so who cares?  There is a Ride to the End of the World and End Of Days Party at Laughing Dog.  This may be the last time we get to all ride together, so you may wanna join in on this...

http://www.briansbikebuzz.com/2012/12/ride-to-end-of-world_15.html

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco XI in Review

Thanks4giving was a huge success!!  Thanks to the 25ish people that made their way to Eich's with bags full of food in the downpour.  We weighed in each person's food donation and loaded the food into bike trailers, baskets, cargo bikes and some other interesting bike hauling contraptions.  We had a clear winner, as FBC Lifetime Member for Life Ron personally brought in over 41lbs of food...and in return he got a $50 gift certificate to Larson's.

Once we had all the food loaded we made our way to the Food Bank.  Thanks to John for coming in after hours to meet us and check our food in.  All the food was weighed in for an official total of 273lbs.  We also raised $100 in cash to hand over.

Food dumped, we charged through the rain to our final destination.  In an effort to keep everyone's costs down for the evening, so they could spend as much as possible of food donations, we had the after party at FBC Lifetime Member for Life Dave's house.  Bonfire, free beer, 80s gangster rap, Christmas lights, bike trailer rides, a stripper pole instructional, a turkey and a lost dog were just a few of the highlights I recall.

So, you may be asking how many people 273lbs and $100 may feed and for how long.  Good Question.  Dept of Agriculture estimates the average person eats 4.7lbs of food per day.  $1 roughly buys you 1lbs of food.  So, FBC Sandpoint's donation will feed almost 80 people for a 1 day.  That's some shit to get excited about.

As with most of these things, it takes a biker village to make them happen.  Thanks again to FBCLMFL Fast Eddie and J-Rad, Larson's, 219er, Food Bank (John and Alice) and all the generous FBC riders that braved the rain.

One final note, our sister chapter...or brother chapter...or those like minded bikers in Spokane that ride under the Full Moon like we do, had a total of 20 riders for their ride this month.  That means FBC Sandpoint dominated the rider numbers for November!!  Sorry Jeff.  I only bring this up because it will probably NEVER happen again.  You see they have been doing their rides for over 5 years, typically have some 100-200 riders and generally just do awesome stuff.  

However, just another thing for FBC Sandpoint to be proud of this month...

For visuals, click HERE  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco XI

Attention!  Things are gonna be a little different this month, so pay attention...

When: Wed, Nov 28th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4Giving

Do you like to eat?  I do.  Do you like to indulge around the holidays with family and friends?  I do too.  Some people aren't as fortunate.  The Sandpoint Food Bank is here to help, but needs food donations.  So, I'm asking you FBC Sandpoint members to pitch in and in return you will have an evening of fun, sweet prizes and free beer.  Here's what is gonna happen...

Regarding your money for the evening:
  • Save your dollar donation for a spoke card...you will get one spoke card for FREE this month (and only this once!) with any food donation
  • Save the money you might have spent on a costume for the ride, this evening is about giving
  • Save the money you would have spent on drinks at the ride destination, there will be FREE beer there
  • SPEND all this saved up money on food items for the Food Bank
Regarding the agenda for the evening:
  • You will bring your donated food items with you to Eichardt's at 7pm (you will NOT have to go on the ride with them) so bring as much as you can possible handle
  • You will try and bring food items that are off the following "need" list (although I'm sure they will take others): peanut butter, juice, coffee, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, mayo/mustard, jam, canned meat, canned beans, canned veggies, tuna, canned soup and spaghetti sauce.  Do not bring homemade items/canned products, expired items, unmarked cans or anything opened...duh.   
  • Everyone's food items will be weighed at Eichardt's and an individual weight list will be compiled
  • The person who brings the most food (as weighed on our precision bike weighing device) will receive a sweet prize
  • What's the sweet prize?  How about a $50 Gift Certificate to Larson's!!...among other prizes
Once we have weighed all the food and determined our winner, we will load all this food into bike trailers (if you have a bike trailer and wanna help haul, email me (BikeNerd7B@gmail.com) and then we will all caravan over to the Food Bank.  The Food Bank office will be a little intermittent stop en route to our final destination.  Once we have handed over all the food to the Food Bank rep, who is graciously coming in after hours, then we will head to our final destination.  There we will find good times, warm accommodations and oh, FREE beer.

One last thing, if you can't make the ride or if you have someone that just wants to donate some food, Eichardt's will have a dedicated table set up inside to collect all the food items for us.  Bottom line, drop off food anytime that day, BUT you have to bring it in and get it weighed at 7 if you wanna compete for prizes and the gift certificate.  Got all that?  I know it is a lot, so read it again... 

Any questions, use that little email address above and hopefully it makes its way through the world wide web to me.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Something to do...


...until the next Full Moon Fiasco.  Not an FBC event, but a bike ride for a cause none the less.

Veteran's Day Cruiser Ride this Sunday at 6pm


Friday, November 2, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco X in Review

A rain forecasted evening with many, many Halloween related parties didn't seem to deter riders.  28ish showed up dressed for our Hunter and the Huntee themed ride under the Hunter's Moon.  The rain did not happen and in fact there were some nice views of the moon throughout the evening.

We kept the route through West Sand relatively short in case there was a downpour.  Our destination was the Eagles.  Only a few had every been there before.  Thanks to Tia for staying open waaaay past their closing time to take care of us.  For those that don't know, the Eagles is a non-profit organization that raises money for community based needs.  Hence, our bartender does not get a paycheck for working there, she volunteers.  FBC members were more than generous to her and the Eagles in return.

Costumes?  There were some good ones.  But FBC Lifetime Member for Life Marty took honors for his bear costume...it was over the top.  His reward?  A bottle of Deer Urine of course, hopefully he was able to attract some nice does later in the evening.  Runners up were FBC Lifetime Members for Life Tom and Bryn who received some limited edition FBC Sandpoint stickers.  

For visuals, click HERE

Friday, October 12, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco X

I know some of you have a hard time with the roman numerals, but this one should be easy for you...

When: Oct 29th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: The Hunter and the Huntee

In a continuing effort to educate the masses about random moon knowledge, we will celebrate the Hunter's Moon this month.  The Hunter's Moon is not brighter, bigger or any different in color than any other Full Moon.  However, the moon rise time is shorter between evenings around the Hunter's Moon (and Harvest Moon from last month).  All this means there is no long periods of darkness between when the sun goes down and the moon rises.  This time of "extra light" each day was used by hunters (and harvesters) to gather their winter food.

Now wake up!  We here at FBC Sandpoint Headquarters are not taking a stand on whether we condone hunting or not...although we do like a good juicy steak.  But we would like to pay a little homage to those that have used this moon cycle to hunt for their winter food in the past.

So, dress as a hunter (ie big game gunner, bird dog, fisherman, etc) or if that image disturbs or is too aggressive for you, come dressed as the huntee (ie bear, rabbit, salmon, etc).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco IX in Review

What time is it?  Full Moon Fiasco recap time....

Last ride featured a Harvest Moon and 40ish riders turned out for the ride.  Great crowd!  We inducted some new members and made some new friends.  Notable, we had some guys visiting from Arizona, some riders from CDA and in a rare timing event some fellow FBCers from Spokane (their ride was Sat night).

For the ride we did had a loop around a round-about, a lap through Larch Park, a spin through Travers and a dash back to the Tamo (Tervan) for some farm time fun.  Thanks Phil for taking care of all of us.

There we had an apple dunking contest, congrats to Life Time Member for Life Marty for being able to hold his breath and find crap with his mouth.  Great participation!

Best dressed was again a tight contest, but Erin took home the prize.

See you next month for some more good times...

For visuals, click HERE

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco IX

And we are back to a non-school night...

When: Sept 28th @ 7pm (note new time)
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Harvest This

Let me make one little comment...you have no choice so sit there and read on.  I have been asked several times over the months, "Aren't these Full Moon rides just booze cruises?"  Or some variation of that question.  The answer is NO!  Well, maybe I guess.  We rides bikes under the Full Moon.  It is meant to be social and celebratory.  Some people choose to participate with adult beverages at the water hole while others do not (I counted at least 6 people on last months ride that did not drink at all).  The point of all this?  Come join in on the fun as there is no expectations or specific agenda.

And now an admin comment, "Yes" I know the Full Moon is actually Saturday, but there is a conflict so we will do this on Friday.  Also, note the time of 7pm, this is the meeting time for the Fall/Winter rides.

OK, and back to your regularly scheduled program.  As Full Moon riders you will learn a few things about the moon along the way.  Like last month was about the Blue Moon which is not really blue at all...like a lot of your fellow citizens believe.  This month you will learn about the Harvest Moon.  I can't really teach you everything though, so Wikipedia it if ya wanna know.

Grab some flannel, overalls, straw hat, pitch fork and some boots for this farm time celebration.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco VIII in Review

50ish riders turned out for what could have been our last warm summer night ride.  What a great turn out for our Hawaiian Luau themed ride.  This was the second moon in August, and therefore a rare Blue Moon.  It did not disappoint!

50 riders going through town was a great scene.  As I looked back over the pack, we covered at least 2 city blocks.  A note on our riders this month, we had riders from Lewiston, CDA, Spokane and even a couple from Canada (we now have international members).  Anyhow, we headed through West Sand and back South to the Dover bikepath.  The bikepath just received a new paving and it didn't even seem like you needed to pedal as we coasted our way to Dover Bay.

Once at Dover, Dish was ready and waiting for us.  Thanks to Gary and his crew for staying open late to accommodate us.  We had a couple birthdays and the birthdays girls got the receiving end of a FBC spanking line.  Happy B Day Jame,s Becky and a blond...whose name I forgot!

There was also an impromptu limbo contest and Lifetime Member for Life Tracy got down REAL low.  Congrats.

Lastly, Best Dressed was very difficult to determine.  Our judges had a heated discussion and we decided that we should let the people decide.  What a mistake.  I lined up our 3 finalists: Liz, Tracy and Becky.  As I had the crowd yell for their favorite, there appeared to be no clear winner.  They all 3 looked great.  Obviously, our judges weren't the only ones having a tough time deciding.  In the end, awards went to Liz.  For those keeping track, Liz has been dominating the Best Dressed.  I'd love to see her closet.

For visuals, click HERE

Monday, August 20, 2012

Stolen Bikes...

So, our sister club...or brother club...or mother club...or whatever the hell you wanna call them, "them" being fellow riders in a nearby city that ride under the Full Moon just like us, had an unfortunate incident.  Bikes were stolen at their last Full Moon Fiasco, here is a link to said bikes and a reward for their return...

http://spokane.craigslist.org/bik/3182970391.html

Keep an open eye.  Not cool!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco VIII

August and it's our 2nd Fiasco of the month, a Blue Moon.

When: Aug 31st @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Hawaiian Luau

Summer is in full swing, so let's celebrate!  We'll take a cruise under the moon and end at a very festive place for our Luau.

A reminder, Idaho law requires a front light and at least a reflector on the back of your bike.  Let's be safe and not draw negative attention to our ride.  Lights are cheap...cheaper than the fine or hospital bill if you land in the ditch.  Enough finger wagging.

As always, there will be awards for Best Dressed...needless to say you have all been putting on your best and our panel of judges are really having to work for their money (or lack there of).

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco VII in Review

Whoa, this will be hard to top...ever!  Full Moon Fiasco VII was off the hook.

We had a record 45+ riders meet at Eichs.  After hitting the round-about at City Beach, we took the new bike path North.  We took the leg to "nowhere," through the open field full of sand (were we lost a couple riders) and ended up riding the shoulder of Hwy 200 for a bit to the Bonner Mall.  As we did laps in the parking lot waiting for everyone to regroup, many wondered where we were going.  The Hideaway Lounge awaited us and Kristan was a really trooper handling the large group and Whiskey Wednesday all at once.

Once we had refueled from our ride, we headed out back for some FBC Sandpoint Olympics.  First event was mini bike races on two 12" wheeled kid's bikes.  Riders had to negotiate 3 cones, a u-turn and race back to the finish.  The sight of 40ish people cheering and the two riders racing on mini bikes around the cones under the full moon sky will not soon leave my mind.  Although the sight of Fast Eddie "showing everyone how to run the course" and in the processes skidding out and getting a big strawberry on his leg was also pretty memorable.

After mini bike races, it was on to our second event...the classic Huffy toss.  We had some solid long throws and we also had some Huffy tossers bodies go farther than the actual Huffy bike did.  In the end it came down to a couple cavemen showing off their brute strength.  Needless to say, the Huffy was less than rideable after the event.

After all the games, we piled back inside for some awards.  Best Dressed went to FBC Sandpoint Founding Lifetime Member for Life Jace.  Gold Medal in Mini Bikes was Jen.  Gold Medal for the Huffy Toss went to Jeff.

Thanks to the Hideaway Lounge and the super fun crowd that attended and made the night such a blast.  Remember that August is a Blue Moon and hence we will be doing this again at the end of the month.  Well, not the same thing of course, as there will be a new route, destination and there may or may not be a theme or activity...stay tuned.

For visuals, click HERE

Friday, July 20, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco VII

Here we go, Blue Moon and 2, yes 2, Full Moons in August.

When: Aug 1st @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Your Favorite Summer Olympic Event

Summer Olympics are here and FBC Sandpoint will hold its own sort of summer olymics.  Here is the dealio, dress up in your favorite summer olympic event garb.  I see you scratching your head, so here are some examples: bicyclist (duh), track and field, boxing, equestrian, judo, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, etc...got it?  There will be a sweet prize for Best Dressed Olympian!

Second, weather will be great and we will do a nice ride with a little intermittent stop for some FBC Sandpoint Games.  And more prizes and fun.  I know how thirsty you all get, so don't worry all this will not take long and we will be back on the road to our final destination.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco VI in Review

Summer in Sandpoint is awesome!  We had 30+ riders show up for this Full Moon Fiasco.  Our Tour de Sandpoint paid homage to the "real" tour and it was a blast.  Before I go into detail, a little housekeeping...these rides are NOT critical masses.  Don't know what that means?  Wikipedia it.  OK, now are you up to speed?  We will not ride like that.  We will obey traffic laws (like not running through lights or riding in opposing traffic lanes) and try to stay in somewhat of an organized group.  While riding in an organized group, we hope to draw attention to the large number of cyclists in Sandpoint and our need to have good ways to bike around.  We don't wanna piss anyone off.  Enough said.

Heading out of Eich's at 8:50ish and it was still light outside.  We headed directly to the Sagle bikepath and made our way over to Memorial Field.  By the time we got there it was dark and the rather large, bright moon was just coming over the Gold Hill area.  It was very picturesque, and hence, we all took pics.

Once we all had documented the moon, we continued on downtown making a parade like crawl down First Avenue to the Loading Dock.  Jeff, Kingston and the crew were ready for us and it was great to all be able to sit out on the deck.

We capped off the evening by presenting Tour de Sandpoint jerseys.  Yellow jersey (overall leader): Jeff.  Green jersey (sprinter): Mickey.  White with red polka dots jersey (king of the mountains): Tawnee.  White jersey (fastest young rider): Amy...who was also our birthday girl and said she wanted nothing more than to do the Full Moon Fiasco ride for her birthday.  Awesome!

For visuals, click HERE

Brace yourselves because there are TWO Full Moons in August!




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco VI

In case you didn't know, our next Full Moon Fiasco will be happening right smack dab in the middle of a little bike race in France.  It's somewhat of a big deal in the bike world, and so, we will recognize it.

When: July 3rd @8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Tour de Sandpoint

OK, so details are somewhat loose at this point.  What I can tell you is we will ride, there will be some "stages" along with a rest stop and a finish.  I hear there might be some FBC Sandpoint Tour jerseys awarded (a yellow, green, polka dot and white)...don't get all worked up as these will not be some fancy wicking, high-tech jerseys intended to keep you cool and make you ride all fast.  Don't know what the colors mean?  You better look it up and start training.  Seriously, this will be fun and no harder than any of the other rides.  However, if you have some gear that will make you faster, and by that I mean "make you look faster," than by all means wear it (you know we like to give awards for Best Dressed).

I won't comment on the weather this time, but I'm guessing it will be better than our last ride...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You might...

wanna do this!  Grab your bike, some buds and join in on the 5th Annual Roundabout Downhill.  The only thing that could make this better is if it fell on a Full moon.  Full dets:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco V in Review

OK, so I am no weather man.  I called for nice weather for this ride and instead we had a forecast for damaging winds, torrential rain, floods and hail.  A reminder that we do live in North Idaho.

I showed up to Eich's in my 80s garb not expecting too many, if any, other riders.  Boy was I wrong!  FBCers poured in to Eich's dressed to the tee in a flashback to the time of Skid Row and Joan Jet.  20ish riders in all gathered inside for the ride.

What started as a light rain soon turned to a downpour as we made our way across town to the Long Bridge, with the LBG being our ultimate destination.  In some sort of wet trifecta, the rain was coming down in copious amounts, there was major amounts of freestanding water on the bridge and then an unusual amount of truck traffic crossing the bridge and throwing even more water our way.  Did I mention it was wet?  The good news, it was warm and we actually had a good time laughing and forging our way.

Once at the LBG, we were able to dry out with some LBG Amber beer specials.  The owner, Dan, also had some 80s music spinning (not literally) and the staff (his wife) took great care of all the riders.  Thanks to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Dave for setting this up.

We had a huge number of people dress up for the event and our team of crack judges had a hard time deciding Best Dressed.  We let democracy play out as everyone voted for FBC Lifetime Member for Life Liz.  I had hastily grabbed a Disco Bell as the prize and was "gently" reminded that represented the wrong decade.  Just be happy I had something.  Thanks to all that participated, it was a lot of fun.

I'd also like to give some major props to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Ron who NEVER misses a ride and in fact usually arranges his travel schedule so he can be in town.  For this Full Moon Fiasco he wasn't so lucky and found himself in Seattle.  Not to be deterred, he did his own route there and at the same time we were out...a sort of satellite ride.  Nice work!

One last note, I'm glad everyone came out to the LBG, but shame on those that drove to the Full Moon Fiasco destination...remember "bike" is in the club name.

For visuals, click HERE

Monday, May 21, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco V

Well, we had a good run, but now it's back to a school night.

When: Mon, June 4th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: 80s Rule

As I sit and write this, it is pouring down rain.  However, I assure you the weather will be an awesome summer night for this ride (for whatever my prediction is worth).

Break out your 80s crap, I know you have some still sitting in the back of your closet.  Our route will again be a little longer than last as we enjoy the nice weather.

If I could make one request, please bring lights on these rides.  Not only do lights look cool, they also make the group safer.

Still just a buck to get your commemorative spoke card...plan accordingly.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ride on...

Bikes are always fun and sometimes serious.  Tonight is the Ride of Silence, one of the many events of Sandpoint Bike Week.  This is a great ride and I do it every year.  Come show your support for the cause.

When: Wed, May 16th @ 5:30pm
Where: City Beach



Monday, May 7, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco IV in Review

Fiasco impresionante luna llena Cuatro, gracias FBCers y nuestra luna mega super!

25ish riders assembled at Eich's for a special Full Moon Fiasco that fell on a Saturday, Cinco de Mayo and featured a super, mega moon.  Weather held and conditions couldn't have been better.

In addition, we had a superb collection of bikes on the ride: classic cruisers, home-made jobers, a  tandem, a  recumbent, a fixie, road bikes and mtn bikes.  Adding to that the mix, we had some special guest from our FBC Spokane chapter come over for the ride...highlighting the fact that all bikes and their riders are welcome.

We also inducted some new members into FBC Sandpoint, this group is really blossoming!

We had a nice route through West Sand that dropped through the South side and to our ultimate destination of Trinity at City Beach.  Before I forget, there was a little know round-about that we worked into the route (always awesome).  Anyway, Trinity had a big Cinco de Mayo party going on and some drink specials for all our FBC riders!  In addition, they were doing a fundraiser for Leadership Sandpoint with some great raffle prizes.  Trinity is heavily involved in our community...particularly when it comes to helping bikers.  Big thanks to Justin and the crew for a great night!

As usual, we had an award for Best Dressed.  It was tight among the voters, but in the end the award went to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Tom.  The Clint Eastwood vibe complete with large, smoking stogie was a shoe in.

For visuals, click HERE

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco IV

Tome algunos pesos y su bicicleta.  Es hora de que otro Fiasco de Luna Llena...Cino de Mayo de estilo!

When: Sat, May 5th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Guess?

In some stroke of good fortune, Full Moon Fiasco IV falls on Cinco de Mayo and on a Saturday night.  This should be epic.

There will be a slightly longer route around town than last time.  Our final destination promises some fine margaritas and the opportunity to discuss yet again why the French suck.

Don't forget 100 pesos for your commemorative spoke card for the evening.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco III in Review

As our fellow FBCers in Chicago say, "Whether snow, sleet, rain, flood, or just cold as shit...though sometimes late, we never cancel a ride."


As our 20ish riders headed out of Eich's for our ride, the weather was a big question as it had been pouring down rain/hail earlier.  No worries though as we didn't encounter any rain on the ride, the air seemed warmer than normal and the Full Moon even peaked out of the clouds a few times.  

Our route went through West Sand and included a trip through the round-about which is quite the site!  We had it full of bikers as onlookers cheered us on.  Down the road we rendezvoused with one of our FBC Sandpoint Founding Lifetime Members for Life at the Centennial Park.  Apparently the FBC bunny had spread a bunch of eggs in the field.  They contained some treats, bike parts (small) and a gift certificate to Eich's.  Congrats Shawn(sp?)!  The FBC bunny is rather thoughtful as the eggs had reflective tape making it easier for our challenged bunch to gather them all.

After the egg hunt, it was back downtown to MickDuff's Brewing.  They were thrilled to have the club come down and offered us beer and pitcher specials.  Amber, Matt and the crew took great care of the riders...as usual.  Thanks guys!

Many riders choose to wear some Easter related gear for the ride.  But ONE FBC Lifetime Member for Life went above and beyond...if you dawn a full bunny suit you are a shoe in for Best Dressed.  Congrats LMFL Lindz!

For visuals, click HERE

Friday, March 16, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco III

I hope by now people are starting to get the hang of this.  We post a ride, you show up, ride and have fun and then we post a recap.  Easy.

Everyone has liked the spoke cards and design work done for FBC Sandpoint...I agree.  Many, many thanks to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Al for all his creativity and time.  Don't forget to budget a dollar for the night to get your commemorative spoke card.

Next ride is NOT on a school night!

When: Fri, Apr 6th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's

I hear the Easter Bunny will be paying a visit and spreading some special FBC Sandpoint eggs.  So, maybe a little egg hunt during the ride...bring your basket.

We have another cool route through town planned.  As the weather gets nicer, we'll make the routes a little longer.  But I've heard all the crying about not being in bike shape yet.  Blah, blah...these rides are social and easy cruises.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco II in Review

The stars were in alignment as this Full Moon Fiasco coincided with dollar beers and live music at Eich's.  Sounds good on paper.  And it was.  But it was packed with barely standing room.  The dollar beer keg was flushed in 40min and the FBC left 5min later. 
In all the chaos it was hard to determine who was there for dollar beers, love of live music, just cause they enjoy Eich's or because they wanted to join in the Full Moon Fiasco.  Hopefully, we didn't leave many behind.  Founding FBC Sandpoint Lifetime Member for Life Chris was one such causality however...he did catch up with us at La Rosa.

I also noted that some were rather antsy to hit the road and kept asking when we could leave.  Reminder: this a casual event, but if your mind revolves around strict rules let's say all future rides will leave around 46ish minutes after the meet time (for the time challenged that's around 8:46ish pm).

More importantly, the moon and the ride were awesome.  Our group of 20ish riders did a nice route through South Sand that included a stroll along the lake with some great views.  We stopped at Grandpa L's house midride as someone had left a case of PBRs for us thirsty riders.  Beers on the patio looking at the moon on full display were had.  Awesome!

Mounting our bikes to head to our final destination, La Rosa, I noticed I had a flat front tire.  Guess I didn't quite clear the curb.  Not to be deterred from our goal, I charged the group on regardless.  La Rosa was waiting with drink specials and Rob took great care of everyone.

"Best Dressed" was easy as Lifetime Member for Life Naomi went all out for the St. Paddy's day theme!  She received what else?  A pair of green socks from Sock Guy.

For visuals, click HERE

Saturday, March 3, 2012

FBC Flyer

Thanks to one of our FBC Lifetime Members for Life, we now have a cool little hand flyer for you to print and distribute.  See you Thursday...



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco II

March Full Moon Fiasco II is right around the corner.


When: Thurs, Mar 8th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's

I struggled with this start time for 2 reasons.  First, Thursdays are a special night at Eich's...dollar beers!  Now this fun within the fun doesn't start until 8pm.  Second, daylight savings starts 3 days after our ride and with summer comes longer days and later sunsets.  So, our Fiasco start times would have to be moved later anyways (remember these are Full Moon rides).

What I'm saying is ALL FIASCO RIDES WILL START AT 8PM UNTIL DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS.

Theme?  St Patty's Day.  Normally I consider this "amateur night," but nonetheless a fitting theme for a FBC ride.  So, break out your green.

There will be a round-about in the route, some green beer, a "stop" and a kick ass prize for best dressed....remember bike decorations earn you extra points.

Addition: Don't forget to budget $1 for a spoke card to show the kids...


Friday, February 10, 2012

Full Moon Fiasco I in Review

Hell ya FBC Sandpoint!!  We had 20 riders hit the streets for our first Full Moon Fiasco.  The theme was Party Gras.  After fueling at Eichs, we hit the road about 7:45.  The ground was white and big flakes were floating all around.  The weather was awesome for a winter ride...although the moon never made an appearance.

We did a route through the city of Sandpoint that included a sweet round about loop.  We had a couple cars stop and ask what we were doing.  I guess 20 people bundled up and riding in the snow at night is not a common occurrence.

Then we crashed the Eureka Annex.  They were having a dodge ball night.  FBCers took on some serious ballers.  After 3 sets, it was clear that FBC Lifetime Member for Life Matt was some sort of ninja.  He was flying around and no one could hit him with a ball.  Playing makes you thirsty though, so we mounted up one last time and headed to Connie's Lounge, the final destination. 

Awards for best dressed were given and the Connie's staff ensured we were properly refueled.

A couple of highlight pics... 
spoke card

Ed n Tracy took home awards for best dressed

dodge ball...and no it is not snowing inside
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No doubt the bar has been set high for the next ride.  Check back for details about the next Full Moon Fiasco or just enter your email address in that little box in the upper left hand corner to receive automatic updates.

As our fellow FBCers in Chicago say, "Whether snow, sleet, rain, flood, or just cold as shit...though sometimes late, we never cancel a ride."

Monday, January 9, 2012

1st Full Moon Fiasco

Here we go, 1st Full Moon Fiasco for FBC Sandpoint.

When: Wednesday, Feb 8th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's

Bring a buck and we will have a limited edition, 1st Full Moon Fiasco, FBC Sandpoint (that's a mouth full) spoke card!

Theme?  Mardi Gras!  So grab some beads and party clothes...there will be a prize for best dressed.

Once we are fueled at Eichs, we will hit the roads for a little ride to our destination for a little more fun!

Dress for a little cool weather!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Dream come true

This is the start of FBC Sandpoint. We already have 3 Lifetime Members for Life and we are super stoked to get things going. I'd like to give some props to Chris and Jace who have been leading some Sandpoint "full moon rides" for awhile, but wanna now make it official. Jeff at FBC Spokane for his help, advice and blessing in starting a FBC chapter here in Sandpoint. Lifetime Members for Life are a friendly and generous bunch and I'm honored to be a small cog in the larger bike cluster. Thanks to those that had the initial idea and motivation to make it happen in St. Louis: Bussmann and the Todorovich Bros.

I think it is only appropriate now to relay the first ever FBC post to appear online:

"The FBC is a global bike club dedicated to bicycles, beer, and mayhem. The only membership requirements are the participation in one of the rides, and not being an asshole. The full moon fiasco is our flagship ride. It happens every full moon. We meet at 10:30, drink, then ride at 11:30 or 12:00. The route changes every month, and it (the route) is determined the night of the event."

Each club has their own particulars, but the format and goals are the same.

Keep up on when the next ride is by either checking back here or signing up for email notifications at top, left. After each ride we'll also post a recap and some pics to remind you of what you did.