For this year's weekend trips, click here .
You Must Be a 5BBC MemberWe plan and manage our weekend trips with the same expertise that professional bike touring companies do. The only difference is that we budget our trips to break even. That way we can offer professional quality tours at affordable prices to our members. If you are not a 5BBC member or have not yet renewed your membership for this year, you can do so when you register for your weekend trip.
To Register for a TripYou must register for weekend trips online. There is no additional charge for doing so. To register, click on the Weekend Trip icon here or on the web page in which the trips are listed. Online registration closes one week before the trip so we can finalize the appropriate number of reservations. To further encourage you to register early, we offer discounts for Early Bird registrations. See individual trip descriptions for details.
What's Included and What's NotTrip prices include transportation, lodging and meals as described below.
TransportationTransportation is included. On self-contained trips we usually start the weekend by taking a train to an intermediate location where we start riding to our destination. We'll end the weekend by riding to an intermediate location where we'll take a train back to NYC. On these rides we each carry our own gear in panniers or backpacks.
On Van trips one of our van certified ride leaders drives us to and from our destination in a 15-passenger van. If we have enough trippers who have their own cars and if we all agree, we may elect to drive to and from our destination via car pool. Volunteer drivers will receive a rebate based on the distance travelled and the number of passengers carried.
On Bus trips we ride to and from our destination in a private 55-passenger bus or jitney.
LodgingWhen we stay in motels or B&Bs, lodging is double or triple occupancy. When we stay in hostels, trippers share dormitory-style bedrooms, some with bunk beds. Some hostels have curfews and some may require guests to perform simple housecleaning tasks.
MealsMeals include breakfasts and dinners at our destination. Alcoholic beverages are not included. Unless otherwise noted, lunches at our destination, and meals while travelling to and from our destination are not included. Breakfasts and dinners are sit-down affairs in local restaurants and diners. At hostels, we may prepare our own meals.
Trip RatingTrip ratings are as described for individual trips. Like our day trips, our weekend trips are led by trained and experienced 5BBC leaders. Unless otherwise noted, we use the same Point-Drop-Sweep system that we use on our day trips, which allows all riders to ride at their own pace.
Your Contact for the TripYour trip leader will contact you a week or so before the trip to confirm your attendance and to give you the meeting place and time.
Cancellations and RefundsCancellations are subject to non-refundable expenses incurred by the 5BBC. If you cancel more than 30 days before the trip we will refund 100% of your registration fee, minus a $20.00 processing cost. If you cancel between 30 and 14 days before the trip we will refund 50% of your registration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 14 days before the trip. The registration fee for a weekend trip cannot be transferred to another weekend trip.
Got Questions?If you have a question on weekend trips in general, drop an email to Fred Dieckamp and Geoff Cohen , our Weekend Trip Coordinators. If you have a question about a particular weekend trip, drop an email to the trip leader listed under Weekend Trips.