Tour de Fat Recap, New Volunteer Needs and more!

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Vote for BBP in Boise Weekly Best of 2017!

The nominations are in and YOU selected BBP as one of the top 5 local non-profits and local bike shops! Now, the contest heats up as these top 5 spots are whittled down to your number 1. You can vote for BBP in Boise Weekly’s Best of 2017 contest (for both categories - best local non-profit & best local bike shop) now through August 23.

Thanks for your unending support!

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Tour de Fat - you brought the STOKE!

This year's TdF was unlike any other, and once again YOU showed up strong! Thousands gathered at Ann Morrison Park for the infamous bicycle parade through downtown Boise. This year, for the first time ever, the parade ended at the Capitol steps as we proved how strong our bicycle community can be for Boise's first Bicycle Rally. BBP, TVCA, & SWIMBA created a call to action, to be a voice for the bicycling community. That could mean attending the ACHD Open House tonight or making a commitment to become a bicycle advocate in your community. Lastly, we need more people riding bicycles! There is safety in numbers, and with just one extra person riding in our community, that in turn makes the roads safer for everyone! We need your help to make Boise a safer place to ride!

The bemusement didn't stop there: New Belgium continued the party at the Idaho Botanical Gardens with Blackberry smoke and Boise's thriving bicycle culture kept the party rolling! Thank you for your continued support in raising funds for Boise bike organizations: BBP, SWIMBA, and TVCA. The money raised will support programs that maintain our trails, implement new bike infrastructure on our streets, and make bikes available to kids and those who have no other alternative.

Thank you Boise, for believing in Tour de Fat & the power of a bicycle.


ACHD Open House: State & Glenwood

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Businesses & property owners | 5-7 p.m.- General public, Garden City Council Chambers, City Hall | 6015 N. Glenwood St.

The Glenwood Street and State Street intersection is a critical junction for moving people and goods through the State Street corridor and connecting the cities of Boise and Garden City. This 12-month study will engage local agencies, property owners, businesses, and the community to identify a preferred solution that:

  • Improves intersection functionality for all users, including those with disabilities,
  • Provides enhanced pedestrian and bicycle connectivity,
  • Accommodates the surrounding current and planned land uses, including the proposed redevelopment of State Street as a transit-oriented corridor,
  • Complies with ACHD and ITD standards and supports the transportation vision for State St.

This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion and advocate for improved bike & ped infrastructure! More info HERE


East End Pedal & Poker

Sunday, August 20, RBar, 1pm

Join us for the first ever East End Pedal and Poker event Saturday, August 20! Pedal your way through the Broadway neighborhood and play your way to some great prizes!

Proceeds Benefit BBP, more info (including prize details!) HERE

Volunteer Updates

Big thanks to all our Tour de Fat volunteers, especially those that showed up early Sat. to help with parade registration and marshalling, the parade was a huge success and we couldn't have pulled it off without you!

If you were unable to partake in the festivities we've got plenty more fun ways for you to get involved this week. Along with our usual shop volunteer positions, we'll be looking for a couple mechanics to assist with Mobile Repair at Morley Nelson Community Center on Thursday, August 17th. In addition, this month's Kid's BASH will be this Saturday, the 19th, and help is always appreciated. Seeing children receive (what often is) their first bicycle is something special and leaves everyone feeling satisfied.

Check out our full list of volunteer opportunities and email with any volunteer related questions or comments. See ya soon!

Shop Updates & Member Highlights

Friday Night Members Class: Improving the Way Your Tires Roll: Tires, Tubes, Leaks, and Flats

Friday, August 18th - 6:30-8 PM

Air molecules are pretty small, so it’s normal to need a little top off every month, maybe slightly more if you have really skinny (<25mm) tires. If your bike has been sitting for 6 months, don’t be surprised if they’re really low. If you are experiencing leakage faster than any of the above scenarios, you have a small leak and need to fix it.

In this class you will learn what tire pressure is right for you, how to inspect your tires and tubes, how to fixing a flat in 90 seconds, and tricks to beat the dreaded “goathead.” Everyone will leave with two “air tight” tubes and a couple of tricks to cut your flats in half.

Can’t make it to class?... or looking for a head start? Check out these resources on tubes/tires:

Dial in your Tour de Fat, TdF Volunteer Needs - (still spots left!), and Shop Updates

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour de Fat is THIS WEEKEND and we still need tons of awesome volunteers to pull off this amazing event. We especially need people to act as parade marshals, run the beer booth, and register people for the bike parade the morning of the 12th.

All volunteers will earn a free pass to the evening’s Blackberry Smoke concert at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Sign up for a volunteer shift HERE and email with any questions. We’ll see you out there on Saturday!

Roll with BBP

Have you Registered for the Tour de Fat Parade?

    The past 4 consecutive Boise TdF parades have been record setting - help us show the strength in pedal powered numbers again this year! The parade will depart from Ann Morrison Park at 10am on Saturday, August 12, will roll through downtown Boise and end at the Capitol Steps for Boise’s first Bicycle Rally.

    Registration is FREE to all!

    You can choose to donate $5 (or more) and receive a limited edition 2017 Tour de Fat patch. Proceeds from your donation benefit BBP, TVCA, and SWIMBA.


    PreFat party by Radio Boise

    Friday, August 11 - 4pm - 8th Street & Bannock

    Kick off TdF weekend at PreFat! Live local music, including Lounge on Fire, food, beverages, all around party!


    Tour de Fat Parade After Party at Pollo Rey

    Saturday, August 12, immediately following the parade - 4pm

    BBP will be there with commemorative TdF buttons for all those who rode in the parade!

    Plus, fuel up with a taco and New Belgium Brewing draft beer for $5.
    Live music from Run On Sentence (2pm - 4pm)

    • Costumes encouraged
    • Unicyclists eat free
    • Carnies welcome
    • Bring the kids

    Shop Updates

    Dial in your TdF ride

    It isn’t too late to pick up a crazy clunker and some wild accessories for your parade costume. Come by the shop during our normal Wednesday through Friday hours to fine tune your lowrider, rat bike, or pedal-powered contraption and get ready for Boise’s biggest bike rally!

    The shop will be closed Saturday, August 12 so that BBP staff can enjoy all of the Tour de Fat revelry! We also won’t be hosting a Members Class this Friday so you can enjoy Radio Boise’s PreFat Party.