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Day trips are free rides in and around New York City. Rides are open to responsible cyclists, both 5BBC members and non-members. No advance sign-up is required. Rides are led by trained, experienced 5BBC leaders. Unless noted, the Point-Drop-Sweep system is used, in which leaders ride at the front and rear of the group, keeping cyclists together. This system accommodates a wide range of paces within one ride. Riders generally receive a map or cue sheet of the route. Rest and lunch stops are planned. Unless otherwise stated, day trips return to the starting point at the end of the ride.
Riders are required to wear a helmet approved by either CPSC or Snell, and are required to have a legally equipped bicycle, including working brakes, a bell or horn, and front and rear lights for night rides. Bicycle gear should include at least one water bottle, a pump, spare tube or patch kit, basic tools, and a lock. Dress for the season, including temperature variations of 15-20 degrees in either direction from the temperature at the starting time. Bring lunch or money for it, plus money for admission fees and railroad tickets as needed; snacks and an area map are also suggested. Motorized vehicles and headphones are not permitted.
At the discretion of the leaders, rides may be cancelled due to bad weather. To check the status of a ride, look at the 5BBC Bulletin Board.
Participants under Age 18
Young cyclists are welcome on our day rides provided the parent/guardian signs a waiver of liability at the start of the ride and accompanies the youngster on the ride or designates another adult to do so.
For cyclists age 14-17 who are responsible enough to ride without a chaperone, we offer an addtional option: the parent/guardian can print and sign this waiver for the teenager to bring to the start point.
Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Looking to get into or return to cycling? It's not too late. The Five Borough Bicycle Club offers a variety of rides led by trained 5BBC leaders. We're eager to share the joys of cycling with newcomers, returnees as well as active trippers. How about you?
Some of our rides are suited for beginners. See the Day Trips listings with a happy face symbol. Rides range from 20 to 30 miles, go at a leisurely pace and attract cyclists like you. Make sure your bike is in good working order, has adequate tire pressure and brakes that work well. Carry at least one spare tube, tire irons, a pump, a patch kit and a lock. Most important: wear a helmet approved by either ANSI or SNELL. Ride smart, and have an adventurous spirit.
Bike Access on Trains
Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Bike Permits
New Jersey Transit (NJT)
Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH)
Page updated 10/30/09