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: