Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Full Moon Fasco 98

Last Full Moon ride of 2019...

When: Wed, Dec 11th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus for the Rest of Us

Hard to believe this is the last ride of the year. But it always proves to be a pretty fun one as we celebrate Festivus. Did you know Festivus has been celebrated for 50+ years? True. You could say FBC Sandpoint is trendy.

I know you all don't like change, so nothing will. 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 and gift for exchange). First, decorate your bike and yourself. It is fun. It gets you in the holiday spirit as well.

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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 97 in Review

WOW, nice work FBC! Our annual food drive ride was a huge success. We threw out the challenge of topping our previous high mark for donations, and once again you all came through. Here are some numbers to look at while sipping your coffee...

Last year, we took in 668lbs of food and $72 dollars  cash for the food bank. This year we hauled over 665lbs of food and $350 cash. In case you are wondering what all this boils down to for the food bank and the people they provide for...

The Dept of Agriculture estimates the average person eats 4.7lbs of food per day.  $1 roughly buys you 1lb of food.  So, this year's FBC Sandpoint donations will feed approx 216 people for a 1 day. That is amazing stuff.

We gave out some prizes to those that brought in the most for the ride. FBC Lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie brought the most food for the evening at a whopping 96lbs! Amazing job! They were also the top givers the previous 3 years! Is anyone ever gonna be able to take their title? They got a prize. 2nd most weight was FBC Lifetime Members for Life Frank and Jean with 72lbs. They got a prize as well. A special note, we got our largest cash donation ever from Lifetime Member for Life Christine.

This is one of my favorite rides of the year. Obviously, so many people come into making this night a success every year, and it just feels real good to see people pitch in to help others. Thanks again to John at the food bank for leaving his nice warm house to ride over and check in our donations. Thanks to Laughing Dog Brewing for hosting our ride destination. Thanks to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Doug for taking on the mighty Surly utility trailer this year and biking over a very heavy load of food to the food bank. Finally, thanks to all the FBC riders thrat gave so generously and continue to make these monthly rides such a huge success. I am truly thankful for each and every one of you.

For visuals click, HERE.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 97

Bundle up buttercup...

When: Wed, Nov 13th at 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4Giving 8

This is our annual ride to collect food for the Bonner County Food Bank. Last year we raised 668 lbs of food. 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 top our high mark of 6668 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 when you bring at least 3 food items for donation.
  • Save the money you would have spent on drinks at the ride will get a coupon for 1 FREE drink at our secret ride destination with your food donations (3 or more).
  • Save the money you might have spent on a costume this month, this evening is about giving.
  • 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, baskets, panniers, backpacks or whatever plan accordingly. 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 get that free beer.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 96 in Review

Nice work! We raised $100 on our Ride for Boobies. All monies are going the the Sandpoint Community Cancer Services. Thanks to everyone that contributed.

It was a chilly evening, but some 70+ riders showed up wearing pink for our last ride. It was beautiful and clear, so we did a rather long route for this time of year. After cruising around West Sand, we arrived at the Fat Pig to warm up. Thanks to Brett, Kelly and the rest of the staff for being so gracious. And big thanks for the outdoor firepit, that was rad!

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 96

Now we roll into winter ride times...

When: Fri, Oct 11th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Ride for Boobies

Well, like it or not we are coming into shorter days, and darker times. But never fear as FBC is here.

Our October ride has become somewhat of an annual event to raise awareness for breast cancer. After all October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All monies from spoke cards and, whatever else we collect, will go to Sandpoint Community Cancer Services. Don't know about them? Well, consider yourself lucky. Check them out; they do some good work.

Q: What kind of bees produce milk?
A: Boobies!

Full Moon Fiasco 95 in Review

Ahh, back to school. It means less people on our rides now. It also means a good excuse for us to celebrate, and we did.

150+ riders headed out into the beautiful night before the big storm rolled in. We did a great ride out Boyer and across Popsicle Bridge. We headed back to town via the Sandcreek Bike Path. It was quite the sight looking back down the path as we rounded onto Bridge Street. I think there were still riders crossing under Hwy 95. It was a rather long, impressive string of bike lights.

Anyways, we ended at Beet & Basil. Big thanks to Jeremy and the crew for the hospitality. It was a lot of fun hanging on the back patio watching the storm. Their staff is top notch.

Starting with our next ride we will roll to winter ride times until further notice, social hour starts at 7pm and we ride at 8pm.

For visuals, click HERE.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 95

Summer is winding down...

When: Thur, Sept 12th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Back to School

Town is quieting down as tourist season wanes and kids return to school. The weather continues to be nice as we head to fall. Let's ride!

Grab you favorite school garb for our next ride. This is truly one of my favorite ride themes as so many people always dress up for it! Can't wait to see what you all do. There will be prizes for best dressed male and female, so go all out!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 94 in Review

Some 300+ close friends rallied for our last ride. It was a grand summer evening filled with warm breezes and a gorgeous moon. The moon was so bright, lights were hardly necessary. Oh, as a reminder, no matter how bright the moon may be, lights are required on your bike by law.

Anyways, we did a great little jaunt through South Sand that included a rather long, and challenging, trip down an alley. Some people really liked it. Others did not. Such is life.

Oh, and our ride happened to fall on National Relax Day. So, of course, everyone was encouraged to just relax.

We cruised out the Sagle Bike Path to the Long Bridge Grill. It recently sold. No one knows the future of the LBG or who the new owners are (Are you supposed to end a sentence with a verb?). Dan and the LBG have been great supporters of FBC. He always bends over backwards to make us feel welcome and always does something special just for our ride. We sure are gonna miss him. Good luck with retirement Dan!

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 94

Ahhh summer...

When: Thur, Aug 15th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Relax

I know a lot of you follow along just to learn tantalizing facts that you won't get from CNN. This month we will be celebrating National Relaxation Day. In today's day in age, it is easy to get caught up in a daily routine of hustle and bustle. But this Thursday you are encouraged to take some "me time." Do some things that will help you relax. Here our suggestions for you:

  • get off the damn phone
  • go visit some water, any damn water...we have a lot around here
  • visit the Panhandle Animal Shelter, they have some damn cute animals and you may find yourself a new friend
  • write a note to someone on some damn paper and not on your phone...remember?
  • go visit Panhandle Cone & Coffee for some ice cream and get 2 damn scoops
  • go visit Val at Dish and order the damn Huckleberry Lemonade
  • go ride your damn bike...say 8pm at Eichardt's?
Feeling real damn stressed, I can't wait for Thursday.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 93 in Review

Summer was in full swing for our last ride. It was a beautiful, warm night. We did a little longer route than usual making our way through South Sand. We were able to work in not 1, but 2 roundabouts in our route. Huge thanks to the SPD for blocking major street crossing so we could all get through safely and stay as a group...all 225+ of us. The SPD has always been super supportive of these rides. Your efforts to try and follow the rules of the road, and being courteous to fellow travelers of the roads goes a long way maintaining that good relationship. Please police each other, and continue to do the right thing. As I have said all along, whether these ride continue or not, depends on YOUR behavior and efforts to show respect.

It was national "Be a Dork Day." There were some spirited efforts to dress up. Although it was hard to tell who was going outside what they would normally wear. Either way, it was fun.

We ended our ride at Mickduff's Beer Hall. Always an awesome venue and the staff is always top notch. Huge thanks to Brittany, Rose and Kelsey for staying late with us, and serving up cold brews.

For Visuals, click HERE.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 93

Bring on the heat...

When: Tues, July 16th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Be a Dork

Our next ride happens to be around Be a Dork Day.  If you are a dork, well this day is for you. If you are not currently a dork, this is your day to try it out. Maybe it is for you, and you just don't know it yet. If you are too cool for school, well maybe you should sit this ride out.

What's a dork? A dork is defined as a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others. Someone who may be awkward, clumsy, goofy, out of touch, ridiculous or silly. Dork also has a secondary meaning: penis. Yes, it is asserted that the term dork originated from whalers' slang for a whale penis. Fascinating huh?

What a Dork is not: A dork is not a nerd or a geek. Nerds and geeks have a higher IQ, and while quirky, they are held to a higher level of esteem.

That's is your English and history lesson for the day.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 92 in Review

Summer was in full swing for our last ride. A perfect night for a ride as we had some 200+ riders gather at Eich's. The alley was packed, and just as it started to get dark we departed on our ride under the full moon.

We did a great stroll through West Sand and arrived at our destination, the Eagles. The Eagles has always been one of the best supports of FBC. Yeah, they have a large space to handle all of us, but the gals that work there do such an amazing job every time. Always so nice, gracious and fast! 200 people didn't seem to faze them at all. Oh, and they always stay open late for us as well.

All money from spoke cards and donations went to the Panhandle Animal Shelter and their Yappy Hour fundraiser.

For visuals, click HERE.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 92

Bring on summer..

When: Tue, June 18th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Summer Sizzler

Been swimming yet? Just curious. Remember not long ago, it seemed like summer was never gonna come. Spring really clung on. But now this week we will officially enter summer. And so, we should celebrate that change.

Also, last year we donated all our June FBC monies to the Animal Shelter. We will do that again. Because we kinda have a soft spot for furry little critters.

Full Moon Fiasco 91 in Review

May sure seemed to come and go fast. Our last ride happen to fall in the midst of Lost in the 50s. High winds and the threat of rain discourage some from coming out. But those that braved it made the pilgrimage out to Silo. Somehow, there seemed to be a headwind going there and coming back.

Thanks to the Silo staff for having us and staying open late.

For visuals...well, if you were there, you will have to use your memory bank as we didn't get any.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 91

Have you seen the weather forecast?

When: Thur, May 16th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Lost in the Exhaust

Well, the weather has been real, real nice as of late. Finally. But a change is coming. Rain. Rain signals Lost in the 50s. Never seems to fail. This year will be no different.

So, we will go somewhat mainstream this full moon ride and get lost in the 50s rage that will befall our small town over the next several days.

Full Moon Fiasco 90 in Review

On our last ride we celebrated National High Five Day. There were some awkward high fives, some interesting variations, some misses and a whole lot of fun.

I'm running short on times, as our next ride is in a couple days and I still haven't posted that. Welcome to summer.

For visuals, click HERE. Oops, never mind as I can't find my camera. Anyone looking for a secretary position?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 90

Summer hours in order!

When: Fri, April 19th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: National High Five Day

Until further notice, we will we gather at Eich's at 8 and ride at 9pm because that is when it is dark now.

So, did you know that April 19th is National Bicycle Day? No? Well, here is the story:
Bicycle Day celebrates the discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide 25, commonly known as LSD, and takes place on the anniversary of the first planned acid trip. On April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a researcher at Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, purposely ingested .25 milligrams (250 micrograms) of LSD at his lab. He thought this would be the threshold dose—the lowest amount taken where there are still effects—when in reality the threshold dose for LSD is only 20 micrograms. But what does a bicycle have to do with the day? 
Within an hour, Hofmann began to notice changes in his perception and senses. He decided that he should go home, so he hopped on his bicycle and began riding. Because the drug was already greatly affecting him, he had his laboratory assistant help guide him to his house. At times during his bicycle ride, he thought he was going insane, thought his neighbor was a witch and thought the LSD had poisoned him. He later wrote in LSD: My Problem Child, “On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly." Needless to say, his bicycle ride was quite a trip.
A doctor arrived at his home to check up on him and found nothing unordinary with him besides dilated pupils. The doctor reassured Hofmann he would be okay. Upon hearing this, Hofmann's feelings began to change. He began enjoying the colors and shapes he was seeing, which were a kaleidoscope of circles and spirals. His experience showed that the psychoactive drug could shift consciousness at low doses. Hofmann thought that because of its introspective quality it could be used psychiatrically, but he didn't foresee it being used recreationally...
In 1985, Thomas B. Roberts, who was a professor at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois, came up with the term Bicycle Day and had the first celebration of it at his home. 
Interesting tidbit. Of course the legal department at FBC Sandpoint HQ was against any mention of this day. We would never encourage you to drop acid, and certainly not while riding a bike. Although there is this hot modern topic of "microdosing." Anyways, back to our theme...

We will be celebrating National High Five Day. If you are unsure about how to give a proper high five, or looking for a new approach to a high five, here is a short video to help you.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 89 in Review

Our last ride was our birthday celebration as FBC turned 7yo. 90+ riders joined in the festivities.

The weather was great! We did a longer route through South Sand and took a group photo. We also sang Happy Birthday. Then we continued on and ended the evening at the 219er.

First, thanks to Mel at the 219er for organizing music and having them play a little longer for us FBCers.

Also, big thanks to the rest of the 219er crew: Smitty, Josh, and Erin for slinging drinks and getting a raging firing going in the back.

At some point, someone got on stage and mumbled some awkward words about how great all you FBCers are and how proud they were of how far this little club has come in 7 years.

Then there were some awards...and thanks FBC Lifetime Member for Life Liz for her assistance on the stage.

Most Valuable Member 2018 - FBC Lifetime Member for Life Michael. Michael (aka "The Enforcer") rarely misses a ride, always brings a positive and festive vibe and helps maintain order and assembly. His presence and ride contributions are greatly appreciated.

Best Dressed for Evening - FBC Lifetime Member for Life Bernie and Matt.

Thanks to our annual sponsors for their support and for the fine items for our raffle:
MickDuff's Brewing Company
Long Bridge Grill
Utara Brewing Company
Eichardt's Pub
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair
Growler Grabber

Finally, a BIG thank you to all your FBC Lifetime Members for Life, whether you made the ride or not, you are greatly appreciated. Here is to another amazing year of riding under the moon!

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 89

Let's try this birthday thing again...

When: Wed, Mar 20th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Birthday Attire

The roads were less than ideal for our last ride, so we postponed our annual birthday celebration of this little bike club until this ride. Weather will be better. I promise. Either way, there will be no postponing again.

Feeling lazy, so here is a "Copy & Paste" of the creative words penned for last months ride...which now happen to apply to this month's ride as well...

"FBC Sandpoint is turning 7!! I know, hard to believe. None of you look that old.

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 Sandpoint'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)."

Full Moon Fiasco 88 in Review

As most of you know, February can by iffy around here when it comes to weather. FBC Sandpoint had it's very first ride way back in February 2012. Hence, we always try and celebrate the birth of this fine club on our February ride every year. Well, some years weather is good and we have lots of riders, other years (like this year) the weather is not so grand.

Of course, when planning a celebration you want to have lots of people. So, birthday festivities were postponed from our February ride to our next ride on March 20th.

Back to this ride, some 30+ riders braved the rather slick street and gathered at Eich's. It was a clear, beautiful night. We tried to stick to the more "clear" streets around town, but it didn't seem to matter. All the downtown streets were slick. Amazingly there were no casualties on the ride.

We ended our ride at the Hydra. It has been quite awhile since we have been to the Hydra, but they were stoked to have us. FBC Sandpoint Lifetime Member for Life Steve happened to be having a birthday, and a rather long spank train ensued. Unfortunately, there were some causalities involved. Thanks to Hailey and the rest of the staff for their hospitality and staying open late just for us.

For visuals, click HERE.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 88


Another year in the books...

When: Thur, Feb 21st @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Birthday Attire

FBC Sandpoint is turning 7!! I know, hard to believe. None of you look that old.

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!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 87 in Review

Our first ride of 2019 was off the I think the kids would say. It started innocent enough at Eich's. 20+ socializing and eventually we mounted our bikes and strolled into the night. While we were inside, a nice blanket of snow had collected on the streets. Huge snowflakes continued to fall from the sky as we did a loop through West Sand. The night was quiet and you could hear the snow compressing under your bike tires. Some people laid some skids, and we reminisced how this was one of the best conditions for a full moon ride.

We eventually arrived at Mitzy's Lounge. There we found heat, a lot of it. It actually was kinda like a sauna, it must have been close to 85 degrees in there. As we all peeled off layers, we ordered drink to try and cool down. We took a nice group photo. We quickly got the feeling that the 2 young gals keeping the bar were not into staying anywhere past closing; they must have been anxious to head home to shovel snow. A few riders bid us a farewell for the evening, while the bulk of us decided to head out to Popsicle Bridge and do a long loop back to town to A&Ps. The conditions were even better as we left Mitzy's. We did a stroll through the CX course on Boyer and stopped at Popsicle Bridge. There a family of beavers put on a show, slapping their tails and doing laps along the bridge. There was a little snowball fight. Finally, we said goodbye to the beavers and made our way back to town.

A&Ps was a lot less hot. The drinks were just as good. We told more stories and wrapped up the evening. It was an amazing double full moon ride, and set the bar high for the rest of the year.

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 87

Here we come 2019...

When: Tue, Jan 22nd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Celebration of Life (or Bike)

Well, we made it another year. This winter has been rather mild down here in town compared to last year. Hence, our rides have been much less challenging.

Our next ride happens to fall on 2 major holidays: National Answer Your Cat's Question Day and National Celebration of Life Day. Now, cats are evil. Even if they were able to pose you a question, they would have little interest in your answer. While they're sitting there with their little fuzzy head half cocked and looking intently at you blabbing at them, they are secretly thinking of ways to torment you in the wee hours. We are not going to play into their fantasies.

So, on to the Nation Holiday, "Celebration of Life." This holiday is much like you think, and probably a little of what you don't. You can read about it HERE. Or I can summarize. First, make a list of good things in your life worth celebrating (ie: cool bikes, good friends, beer, living in Sandpoint, health, the fact you don't have a cat, etc.). Make it your ideal day, and well,  since your part of this bike club I'm guessing that means you like riding bikes, full moons, friends. Lastly, do things you enjoyed as a kid. Now from what I've seen before, this will not be hard for some of you, myself included. But, you know, cut loose a bit.

If you wanna dress up, wear something that makes you happy. Otherwise, just show up with the above in mind. See ya there!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 86 in Review

We wrapped up this year with our annual Festivus ride. Some 50+ riders rolled into Eich's, many donning holiday attire. There were many ugly holiday sweaters, some Santa garb, some elves and some outfits I really don't know what they were. Jeff must have been feeling all sentimental cause he bought all us full moon riders a round at Eich's before we headed out.

A few words on Eich's -- we have started all our rides there since the very beginning. I really cannot imagine doing it anywhere else. The location is great, it usually has enough room to accommodate our group, and well, Eich's really is a pub with personality and uniquely Sandpoint. So, it is a lot like this little bike club. And Jeff and the staff do an amazing job of accommodating us once a month, which is not always an easy task when it means a large group of riders compounding an already busy venue. Lastly, there is a fair amount of red tape, paperwork, logistics, planning, fees and organizing that goes into making these rides happen. Jeff shoulders a fair amount of those responsibilities. So, continue to frequent Eich's and maybe tell them you appreciate all their support.

Back to the last ride, it was a beautiful evening as we made a stroll through West Sand. We eventually landed at Connie's for the evening. There we found out FBC Sandpoint festivus tree sitting by the fireplace. Everyone placed their finely wrapped presents around the pole for our gift exchange. We drank holiday cheer, played tunes on the jute box, made some new friends and eventually opened gifts. It was a spirited night. Many thanks to the staff at Connie's: Lindsay, Kim and Candy. And thanks to the FBC Sandpoint elves who helped pass out gifts: Jane, Bryn and Melissa.

As far as I remember, no one had to much cheer and made a fool of themselves...again as far as I remember...

For visuals, click HERE.