Friday, December 14, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 86

Last Full Moon ride of 2018...

When: Fri, Dec 21st @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus for the Rest of Us

Did you know Festivus has been celebrated for 50+ years? No. Well, this little Seinfeld video will bring you up to speed.

So, now everyone is on the same page. If you are new to this ride, here are a few things you should know (if you are a veteran, nothing has changed, so go get a jump on your costume). First, decorate your bike and yourself. It will help you get in the holiday spirit...unless you are already in the spirit, then you will already be excited to decorate. 

Next, go shopping for a gift for our FBC gift exchange ($5 limit) and bring it wrapped and unmarked.

We will leave Eich's and do a shorter route through town while sticking to main arteries if there is foul weather. It is winter, and you may have noticed weather can change quickly around here. We will end our ride somewhere warm and full of glee. We will gather around our durable and strong aluminum pole, flanked by all our presents. In FBC Sandpoint style, there will be NO airing of grievances or feats of strength...well, there may be those things depending on the hour and amount of spiked eggnog.  Anyways, at our destination we will commence with our annual FBC Gift Exchange (if you don't bring a gift, you can sit in the corner like a old miserable scrooge) as we sip holiday cheer... and hopefully someone will have too much, get rowdy and embarrass themselves...hopefully it is not me.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 85 in Review

You know that feeling when your kid would come home after receiving Honor Student or standing up to a bully or doing some amazing craft? What's that, "No?" Oh, well you know that feeling when you first got your cat or dog, and you were potty training them and they went to the door for the first time to go out? What's that, "No?" Have you never had a child or a pet?

Anyways, after our last ride, our annual food drive for the Bonner County Food Bank, I felt really proud of this bike club. Yeah, we have a lot of fun...sometimes too much. But in a small town with a lot of needs, when the call goes out to get involved here at FBC Sandpoint, you'll seem to always come through in impressive ways.

Every year for the Thanks4giving Ride, we set our previous high mark of food donated (in pounds) as the goal to beat. 609 lbs was our mark for this year. And this was year 7 of doing this ride.

We had some 50+ riders gather at Eich's, where we had a scale set up and weighed in each persons donation. We tallied a list of those that brought the most food (weight wise). Once all the food was in, we hit the road. We cruised over to the food bank, where John graciously met us after hours, like he does every year. We unloaded all our food from the bikes and put it on their massive scale. In the end, we recorded 668lbs of food and $72 cash SMASHING our goal! 

After the food bank, we hit the road again and did a pretty direct route back down town ending at the Pend D' Oreille Winery. As a note, we have never ended at the winery before, so that was a huge treat in itself. As promised, every rider who showed up at Eich's with a donation got a token for a free drink at the winery. Thanks to Lindsay and Marsha for the great service, we had a blast! Also, thanks to the winery for also giving us a very generous discount our FBC bar tab. And also, thanks to a very special holiday elf we paid a portion of the FBC bar tab.

What does 668lbs of food and $72 do for the local food bank?  Well, to put this all in perspective, the Dept of Agriculture estimates the average person eats 4.7lbs of food per day.  $1 roughly buys you 1lb of food.  So, FBC Sandpoint's donation will feed approx 157 people for a 1 day.

FBC Lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie brought the most food for the evening at a whopping 88.5lbs! Amazing job! They were also the top givers the last 2 years! They got a prize. 2nd most weight was the Stolz Family with 72lbs. They got a prize as well.

I am tired from all this typing, so I'm gonna go have a beer. Seriously, thanks everyone that made Thanks4giving 7 such a great success. You should be proud of yourselves. I certainly am.

FYI, Festivus is our next ride on Dec 21st.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 85

What are you thankful for?

When: Tue, Nov 20th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4Giving

This is our annual ride to collect food for the Bonner County Food Bank. Last year the weather was super shitty for our ride. Surprising, we had a good turn out but it did hurt our total food weight for the evening. We raised 392 lbs of food last year. As a comparison, we had 609 lbs of food the year before that. Our goal every year is to BEAT THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TOTALS! I would think we should be able to take it one step further this year, and reach our high mark of 609 lbs. So, here is how the evening will go down.

Regarding your money for the evening:

  • Save your dollar donation for a spoke will get 1 spoke card for FREE this month with any food donation
  • Save the money you might have spent on a costume this month, this evening is about giving
  • Save the money you would have spent on drinks at the ride destination--if you bring a food donation to Eich's you will get a coupon for 1 FREE drink at our secret destination
  • 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 take them on the ride with you unless you want to) so bring as much as you can possibly handle.
  • You will try and bring food items that are on 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, pasta, 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 FBCers who bring the most food (as weighed on our precision weighing device) will receive sweet prizes.

Once we have weighed all the food and determined our weight winners, we will load all this food into bike trailers, if you got a trailer or bike baskets bring them, and then we will all caravan over to the Food Bank. Once we have handed over all the food to the Food Bank rep (John), who is graciously coming in after hours to check all our food in, then we will head to our final destination. There we will find more good times, warm accommodations and oh, that FREE beer.

Don't wanna go shopping or haul food around? Then just bring a cash donation. However, you have to bring food in and get it weighed at 7pm if you wanna compete for prizes and the free beer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 84 in Review

Well, that was special. Some 70+ riders, mostly all wearing some sort of pink either on their body or bike, came out for our last ride. This annual ride was for boobies in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All monies for spoke cards and general donations went to the Sandpoint Community Cancer Services. We raised $100 for the evening. Big thanks to everyone for their support.

We did a great ride through South Sandpoint and ended at Beet & Basil. It was a grand night under the Full Moon. Huge thanks to Jeremy and the rest of the staff for staying open later for us. We had a great time warming up, playing games and socializing.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 84

Ahh, fall you have been sooooo good to us...

When: Wed, Oct 24th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Boobies are Important

October is breast cancer awareness month. Anymore, it is hard to say you don't know someone that has been affected by this or cancer of some sort. This year in particular has been a tough year for some local folks, and has really hit many I know hard.

So, we will ride for boobies. Because boobies are important. And really, cancer in general just sucks. Enough said.

These rides are fun, however this is a serious issue. And so, we will donate ALL spoke card monies and whatever other monies you all wanna donate that evening to Community Cancer Services here in Sandpoint.

Thanks and wear pink...and maybe bring a few extra dollars to donate.

Full Moon Fiasco 83 in Review

Our last ride featured a clear, rather warm fall evening for a ride. Some 130+ people showed up for our annual "Back to School" ride. Many dressed up as usual. This is one of my favorite rides of the year. We departed Eich's, and made our way up north to Silo.

The staff was amazing as usual, and we had a great time hanging out both in and outside.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 83

Winter ride times...

When: Tues, Sept 25 @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Back to School

Note as days have gotten shorter, we are moving to winter hours. Gather at 7pm for social hour, and ride at 8pm.

September Full Moon Ride means one thing, Back to School. We've been doing this long enough, you know what to do. See ya then.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 82 in Review

Some 140+ riders dressed up for our music themed ride. Many people dressed up in concert tees. Rick James made an appearance. ZZ Top was on hand. Even Cher was spotted. It was the first night free of smoke we'd seen in a long time. That was awesome. Our ride involved a roundabout, a nice tour of South Sand and then we wound our way back downtown to our friends at Utara Brewing.

We drew names for the fundraiser to get our new rolling jukebox. Wendy won the bike and Randi won the shotzki. Congrats to them.

Special thanks to Dave, Kristina, Jason and Adina for keeping Utara open late for the festivities, and being great hosts.

For visuals, click HERE.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Full Moon Fasco 82

Summer is winding down...

When: Mon, Aug 27th @8pm
Where: Eich's
Theme: Rock Your Bike

You should have heard by now, we have been holding a fundraiser to get a new apparatus to provide tunes on our monthly rides. If not, you can read about it HERE. We will be selling raffle tickets (and taking general donations) for the bike and Shotz Ski before the ride at Eich's. Then we will draw winners at our ride destination.

So, in honor of all this musicness, our theme is Rock Your Bike. Now before you get pissed and punch your computer wondering what kinda theme that is supposed to be, let me talk ya down. You know how you have a favorite band? And if you don't like music, well, you should check your pulse and make sure you are alive. Anyways, we all have have that band or music that speaks to us, whatever it may be. So, represent that on the ride. Concert shirts, KISS makeup, band patches, MC Hammer pants, big hair...would be some ideas. We will celebrate music as we roll the last ride of the summer months.

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.

Lastly, on our 81st ride, we managed to log some "firsts." The first "first" was a train blowing its horn at the riders as we rode along next to him on the Sagle Bike Path. You could tell he was muffling the horn and giving us a kind train conductor approval. That was pretty cool. The second "first" was...damn, I don't remember now. There were 2 more "firsts" if memory serves. But that is all she is serving right now. Oh well, maybe it will come later.

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.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 78 in Review

You know how sometimes you come up with a plan, and you think it is just a damn good plan? You think it is creative, and everyone will just get it? That was our last Full Moon ride, themed "Tattoos and Zippers." Our ride happened to fall on these 2 nation holidays. Clearly a motorcycle inspired evening, right? Why would we do that? For one special FBC Sandpoint Lifetime Member for Life Dave. Dave loves motorcycles, beer and bikes. Dave serves beer and always seems to have to work on our ride nights. Several of our rides have ended at the fine establishment he works at, and he has served us with a smile. All the while sad inside as he missed another ride. Not this night though. He had the night off from work, and was determined to attend. And so the grand plan was hatched.

However, Dave did not show up for the ride. Bummer. Since Dave did not show up, people did not quite understand the theme. Bummer as well.

But 75+ riders still had an awesome night as the rain filled afternoon parted to a clear sky and beautiful moon.

Great to see so many old FBC Sandpoint Members for Life on this ride that we have not seen in a last summer.

Thanks to Roxy's and staff for having us.

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 78

Here we come year 7...

When: Mon, Apr 30th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: National Zipper and Tattoos Day

What kinda creativity do you expect after 6 years? It is hard to come up with new and fresh ideas every month.  It is National Zipper Day, so where something with a zipper. It is also National Tattoo Day, so if you don't have any ink, better hurry and go rush into some bad decision you will regret after the ride.

Just so you know, all this is really is being done for Dave. Dave always has to work during the FBC rides. On many such rides he has served us beers, all with a smile on his face. Never being able to actually go on the ride. Not this Monday though, he has the night off and he is riding. And well, this ride theme is in honor of him.

See you there Dave...and everyone else.

Full Moon Fiasco 77 in Review

Last ride was our Birthday ride, as we celebrated 6 years of riding under the full moon. The weather was really, really nice. It did not rain. It was not freezing cold. The roads were clear. Oh, and the sky was clear as well, so we could actually see the full moon. Non of those things happened in February when we planned to do our Birthday ride. Hence, the brave souls that did show up made a pack to postpone the birthday ride to March...and I am sure glad we did.

Thanks to the 100+ riders that joined in the celebration. Thanks to Brit, Dave and the MickDuff's Beer Halls for hosting our ride party. The fire pit was awesome! And a special thanks to the following businesses for the swag and for supporting this bike club for yet another year:

Eichardt's Pub Grill & Coffee House
Long Bridge Grill
Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair
219 Lounge
MickDuff's Brewing Co.
Joel's Mexican Restaurant

For visuals, click HERE...oh, nevermind someone forgot the camera. But here is one.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 77

OK, let's try this Birthday Ride thing again...

When: Fri, Mar 30th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Birthday Attire

FBC Sandpoint is turning 6!! I know, hard to believe it's been 6 years huh? Anyways, this is our annual birthday ride.

This evening will be a pretty big deal.  There will be some live music (or at least a good chance).  There will be some embarrassing stories of FBC's younger days (highly good chance).  There will be awards for Best Dressed male/female (highly, highly good chance).  There will be a bike ride (most def).  There will be the crowning of the highly coveted FBC Sandpoint Member of the Year (for sure).  There will be some random goodies given away (hot damn).

See you then!

Full Moon Fiasco 76 in Review

Our last ride was supposed to be our Birthday ride as we celebrate 6 years of FBC Sandpoint. But, as you can imagine, weather sucked again. So, we did ride as planned, but did not hold birthday festivities. We are postponing them for our next ride on Fri, Mar 30th. Stay tuned...

Friday, February 9, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 76

Another year in the books...

When: Wed, Feb 28th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Birthday Attire

FBC Sandpoint is turning 6!! I know, hard to believe it's been 6 years huh? Anyways, this is our annual birthday ride.

This evening will be a pretty big deal.  There will be some live music (or at least a good chance).  There will be some embarrassing stories of FBC's younger days (highly good chance).  There will be awards for Best Dressed male/female (highly, highly good chance).  There will be a bike ride (most def).  There will be the crowning of the highly coveted FBC Sandpoint Member of the Year (for sure).  There will be some random goodies given away (hot damn).

See you then!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 75 in Review

20ish riders collected at Eich's for our last ride. You can see by the spoke card it happened to be National Work Naked Day. The thought of riding naked in the winter was less than exciting. Also, some people really just shouldn't be naked. And so we we all wore clothes for the ride.

Our ride also happened to fall on the eve of Groundhog Day. So, our ride took on a Bill Murray type feel as we rode a short loop and came right back to Eich's. There Doug and staff had our drinks sitting right where we left them. We hung for a while. Some riders started to get restless. So, we mounted up again and did the same short loop ending back guessed it. Eich's. Again, our drinks were right where we had left them. We rewarmed ourselves, and decided to call it a night. It was a wet, cold evening but relatively warm for February.

Thanks to Doug and staff for playing along in our stupid game. Thanks to Jeff for the motivation.

Our next ride will be Feb 28th, and we will celebrate 6 glorious years of FBC Sandpoint. Stay tuned...

For visuals, well we only got one lousy picture, so here ya go.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 75

February here we come...

When: Thur Feb 1st @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Not Working Naked

It has been said several times already, but obviously it is gonna be stated again. We started January with technically 2 full moons (Jan 1st and 31st). February has no full moons and March has 2 as well (1st and 31st).

Sometimes, for various reasons, some within our control and some out of our control cause us here at FBC Sandpoint to change the full moon ride to a day earlier or later than the actual full moon. The next couple rides will be examples.

You may not know, but February 1st is National Work Naked Day. That's right. We are NOT gonna do that. We are not gonna have any theme as we all prepare for our next ride on Feb 28th which will be our annual FBC Sandpoint Birthday Ride (celebrating 6 years).

Friday, January 26, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 74 in Review

2018 and FBC Sandpoint HQ is off to a slow start.

On another note, we started January with technically 2 full moons (Jan 1st and 31st). February has no full moons and March has 2 as well (1st and 31st). Weird huh?

And finally, we rang in the new year with a ride on January 2nd. We had 20ish riders for the cold, icy night. We even had a group from New England here visiting family that decided to come on the ride and partake in the fun. New England should not be confused with England by the way. Just as New Mexico and Mexico are very, very different. This point and some others was lost on a couple FBC members.

Well, the brave souls from "New" England had some loaner bikes that made navigating our slick streets even more challenging than it needed to be. They ended up doing an abridged version of the route. We all rejoined at A&P's for drinks and tall tales. The night ended with some Deep Eddie, and I don't remember much after that.

For visuals, click HERE.