Day Rides

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Brooklyn Ramblings: IKEA for brunch & back


25 (urban/pathways/bike lanes) miles / Moderate / Starting at City Hall

Enjoy a refreshing morning ride thru interesting historic 'hoods in  Brooklyn, cruise a bit of the Shore Parkway to work up an appetite; then we hit IKEA for "mangia"  and brunch in their yummy and "bon marche"  restaurant/bistrot.

Of course we'll exit via the food store; lots of convenient Scandanavian yummies that are easily transportable. So bring some carrying capacity.

Bike back to City Hall Park via short/easy bike route. OR at your option, return via ferry to Pier 11 Wall St. dock (in the past it's been a free return trip with receipt for $10 IKEA purchase; check the... more

Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Lambertville Luncheon

Through where our Nation started her path to independence.


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

We meet at Penn Station's New Jersey Transit, Main Waiting Room at 7:45pm on 10/09/16; we'll be riding from Trenton N.J. to Lambertville N.J.for a fine meal at an excellent restaurant. We ride along The D&R Canal Path* ( Delaware and Raritan & past Washington Crossing), an excellently maintained hard packed trailway suitable for road bikes. The pace will be comfortable over the 40 miles of traffic free trailway. This ride through our natural environment is special and unique; come join us! Your leaders are Ed DeFreitas, Rodney Millard, and Jesse Brown.

Sight”riding” through the romantic suburban New Jersey


47 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Penn Station

Ride through quiet and secluded Northern Jersey towns of Danville, Booneville, Oakland and Butler.  There are rolling hills, and lots of shade. It is a very scenic route.  We are mainly riding on narrow roads where we are riding single file, and a few major roads where we are carefully riding with traffic.

There is not an official lunch stop.  There are two shorter breaks to refuel and to take a breather: Starbucks (approx. 20 mile) and a Polski Smak, Deli (approx. 40 mile).  

It is a shorter ride for October with only 47 miles/2,200 feet of elevation gain.  We are... more

Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Central New Jersey - Quaint Towns, Historic Estates and the Winery



55-60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Dunkin Donuts 4th Ave & 93rd St, Brooklyn

UPDATE: Well the current forecast for Saturday remains poor, cooler, very windy and rainy in the afternoon, as I said not what you would want for this beautiful ride. So it is now definite, we are moving the ride to Sunday, which is supposed to be warmer with abundant sunshine and less windy. I will send out an updated logistic email to those who have registered or contacted me, as I have a better sense of who is still in and who needs a ride. If you don't have transportation let me know.

This ride has become a 5BBC classic. Join us for a scenic ride through quaint towns,... more

Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Big Alice Brewery

A Friday Night Frolic


10 or so - One Way Ride miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

On a non-descript block off of Vernon Boulevard there is a green door.  Behind the door is one of New York's best kept beer secrets, Big Alice Brewery. Big Alice is a New York State Farm Brewery, which means that their beers are made from locally grown farm ingredients, locally sourced hops and malts.  Big Alice may be a nano-brewery - but they are known for their big flavored beers and creativity.  How about a Jalpeno Rye Beer?  Maybe a Sweet Potato Farmhouse Ale?  The beers all rotate so you never know what is going to be up on the board.  But you do know that it will be delicious.  Join... more

Sat, Oct 29, 2016

Jamaica Bay to Rockaway


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Come join us for a lovely fall ride around Jamaica Bay.  We'll travel on bike paths and greenways over many bridges with great views of the bay and ocean. Lunch will be at the Bungalow Bar in Rockaway.   Bring lock, lunch money and spare tubes.  Rain at start cancels.

Sun, Oct 30, 2016

Monmouth Battlefield Ride - Another October Central Jersey Ride


55-60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

We continue our October Central Jersey rides with this almost Halloween special, another beauty, hopefully with some changing leaves.

The ride is 55-60 miles. It is mostly on lightly traveled roads, and includes some rail trails. It is in Jersey so there are some roads that are a bit busier. It is a scenic fun ride. It is listed as an advanced moderate ride and you should be able to maintain 13-16 mph on flats. I would expect the points will be keeping a 14-17 pace on the flats and compressing periodically. We will use point drop sweep, but there are long stretches between many... more

Sat, Nov 5, 2016

Charlie's Turkey Ride

Maybe the last!


25-30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Kew Gardens

 Meet at Starbucks Queens Blvd and Union Tpke South side

Join Ed and Liz as we do a lap of Queens. 

We will eat Charlie’s turkey, the best turkey in Queens. I can say that I have been eating it for years. This is an easy 25- 30-mile mostly flat ride. Usual   weather conditions apply Bring $15 for lunch. 

Ride will end at Ed and Liz’s Apartment.

There will be an open house at our place

Please call if you would like to join us for Lunch and are not riding 718 487 4992.


Ed Pino and Liz Baum

Sun, Nov 6, 2016

Cho-Choo - - Late Fall Season Rail Trail Cruising

This ride requires pre-registration see below


50 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This ride requires pre-registration, as the number of spaces available is limited. Please contact the ride leader at the email address provided to receive confirmation.

Steady paced, fun, no-frills cruise south-bound along the paved North & South County, and the Old Putman, Trailways (rail trails). This is a great route for handling colder temps, and avoiding the hot-cold-sweat-shiver routine which hilly routes can create. We start cycling in Brewster over to the rail trail, and except for a few on-road sections, will be on paved trails with nice views and possible wildlife.... more

Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Hook Creek Boogie

Where? You gotta be kidding.


40ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Ready for a great Autumn ride?  On the far side of JFK there are the tiny Queens neighborhoods, if you can call them that, of Warnerville [two streets] and Meadowmere [a booming four streets].  We also cross a tiny footbridge to an island in Jamaica Bay that is the Nassau County hamlet of Meadowmere Park.  This area of the City feels cut off from the world - and yet is just minutes from the bustling Rockaway Turnpike.  Our lunch stop is the delicious Bay House.  On a good day the planes fly right overhead, so close that you can read the pilot's name tag.  This ride is for experienced urban... more

Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Brooklyn Waterfront Spin and Kosher BBQ


15 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Let's take a short ride combining two of my favorite things- riding on the Brooklyn Waterfront and amazing new Kosher BBQ. We'll ride at a relaxed pace to see the sites like the newish- Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Navy Yard (if open), the new pocket park along the Kent Ave Hipster Highway, and the hipsters of Williamsburg/Greenpoint. We save the best for last though - a trip to the newish Crown Heights Kosher BBQ phenomen Izzy's Smoke House (runner up for 2016 Brisket King of NYC ( All the water front riding without leaving your home borough. All the bbq ... more

Sat, Nov 19, 2016

Getting To Ganesh

गणेश लिए हो रही है


28 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

In what has become a 5BBC Autumn tradition, we ride through Brooklyn and Queens to the Ganesh Temple in Flushing.  We are seeking not only enlightenment, but also the company of our fellow riders and great warming South Indian vegetarian food in the Temple's canteen.  After lunch, we will remove our shoes and spend some time in the magnificent Temple itself. In the Hindu tradition, Ganesh is the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of New Beginnings.  May he remove all obstacles from the ride.  हम बहुत अच्छी तरह से खा जाएगा.

Bring - Lock, spare tube, lunch money, and a readiness for a... more

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Brooklyn Donut Massacree

A 5BBC Winter Frolic


25 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

So many little time.   Once again, the 5BBC goes on a quest to determine the best donut in Brooklyn.   Here are this years' challengers:  Donut Plant [a transplant from across the river, now in Park Slope], Mike's Donuts [old school in Bay Ridge],  DOUGH [We Fry in Bed Stuy} and Dun Well [delicious vegan donuts in Bushwick] .  And, no donut ride would ever dream of leaving out Tina Fey's favorite, Greenpoint's Peter Pan.   No need to do all five.  No judgments if you do.  

The ride starts at the newly opened Donut Plant in Park Slope - located at Flatbush and 6th Avenue... more

Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Starlight - Star Bright

Boogie in the Bronx


20 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

From Central Park, head to Randall's Island and the Connector to the Bronx.  We then visit two great parks along the shores of the Bronx River - Concrete Plant Park and Starlight Park.  Built on the site of a former Worlds Fair and Amusement Park - Starlight Park has reopened after more than a decade and a stunning 18 Million Dollar overhaul.  Just a great new park in the Bronx.  After Starlight - we then ride through the West Farms Area and then through Crotona Park.  

Lunch is at a favorite Bronx Restaurant - Landin Mac & Cheese in the Melrose Section.  If you are a mac n... more

Hollydays Lights Ride - Pre-Christmas Version

The Classic


15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Named one of Bicycle Magazine’s Eight Great Holiday Day Rides, the Hollydays’ Lights ride is back again this year and we hope to once again hold this classic ride on two different dates, pre- and post-Christmas.  This is the pre-Christmas version.  Layer up and come join us for a Christmas ride through parts of western Brooklyn to check out the holiday lights. We will ride at a leisurely pace to lighting displays in Greenwood Heights, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Midway we'll stop in Bay Ridge for a chance to get a holiday treat, hot chocolate or perhaps a slice from Nino's.... more

Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Ice Cream Social

A Ride to Eddy's Sweet Shop


18 ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Happy New Year.   Let's put those pesky resolutions to bed and go eat ice cream.  Yeah, we know its the middle of the winter, but for the true ice cream lover there is no right season to indulge our desires. Eddies Sweet Shop has been part of the Forest Hills community since 1909 - and the store is unchanged since the 1920's or 1930's.  They make their own ice cream, and generally do things the old fashioned way.  And, their malteds are just amazing.  

Layer up, and join us as we ride to this Icon in Queens.  There will be no lunch stop on this ride - we are just gonna eat desert... more