Day Rides

Sat, Jul 21, 2018

Sandy Hook 20th Anniversary Ride

8:00am

25 miles / Moderate / Starting at Pier 11

 

I (Alfredo) have led this 5BBC ride since 1998, inspired after recovering from a broken thumb on the then-5BBC Montauk Century. Sandy Hook was a former military installation, now a National Recreation Area, a Federal Park on the north tip of the famed Jersey Shore. We’ll leave on the 8:15AM Pier 11 Seastreak ferry. Once on the Hook, the starting miles will be on a nice bike path. We’ll go beyond the park to the town of Sea Bright, then through nice parts of Middletown, climbing to Mt. Mitchill Lookout. We will descend to the town of Atlantic Highlands. From there, we’ll go on the... more

Sat, Jul 28, 2018

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Manasquan!

8:00am

46 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Yes. it's finaly happening.

The ride begins in Trenton, NJ, and travels, via the Delaware tow path to historic Bordentown (home of Tom Paine). From there, we move into the interior -- back roads and old-style country diners and flea markets -- with lunch at Tootie's, a New Egypt institution (along with their spectacular one-of-a-kind ice cream sundaes), before heading out into the uncharted northern fringes of the Pine Barrens, the remote Manasquan Reservoir, Allaire State Park, and, finally, the Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway . . . all the way to the Atlantic coast.

We meet at... more

NYC Civil War Monuments Ride

9:00am

27.4 miles / Moderate / Starting at Dinosaur Playground

NYC Civil War Monuments Ride

The Civil War was a major turning point in American history that still influences our country today.  Cities in the South are in conflict over removing their Confederate monuments. Here in New York City we have many monuments dedicated to the heroes of the Union who fought for freedom for all men and women. Many were designed and sculpted by leading artists of the day.  We’ll take a 27 mile ride to visit nine of these historic monuments in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  At each monument we’ll compress and hear a brief description of the monument and soldiers... more

Rockaway Jacob Riis Beach Ride

9:45am

30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Pier 11

A leisurely ride for a day at the beach with various food options. Well maybe not a day but an hour or so. Bring beach garb and gear, a lock ,rain gear on case, spare tube and plenty of water. A spare tube and metro card are always recommended. This ride is a little different as we will take the ferry from Pier 11 so we get to the beach as quickly as possible but will return to City Hall. Bring $$ for lunch and the ferry ($3.75 w/bike!

Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Triple Beach Bum Ride

When One Beach Is Not Enough!

9:00am

30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

Finally, a beach bum ride to write home about!

Back in the day, we could have boarded a steamer at the Battery, with harpist accompaniment. Instead, we'll catch the 9:01 AM North Jersey Coast train to Matawan. We meet up, a little before, in the Amtrak Waiting Area, in Penn Station, at 31 and 8th Avenue, near the escalators. The NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby.

Once in Matawan, we explore old and forgotten beach resorts your great grandparents would have visited, such as Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, or where an uncle might have garrisoned, such as the firing range... more

Fri, Aug 10, 2018

A bit of Coney Island; A bit of baseball!

We ride to a Cyclones game - and it's SUPERHERO Night!

5:30pm

12-24 (both ways) miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

We leave from City Hall in Lower Manhattan (if you are in Brooklyn along the way - e-mail the leader and we can arrange a meeting point along the way) and make our way to Coney Island.

It is scheduled to be a scorcher so we will enjoy a bit of beach before the 4pm ball game start. Ample tickets still available at $15 each - this ride will be updated with method for purchase once we know how many are coming.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED if you plan to join the ball game.

Ride officially ends at the game but we will probably have groups that ride back together after - subway is... more

Sat, Aug 11, 2018

The Not Quite Almost to Philly Ride

River Views All Along the Way

8:00am

41 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

We ride from Trenton to Camden, through idyllic 19-century waterfront towns and quiet roadways with stops at Bordentown, a major hub of rail-canal industry back in the day, the village of Roebling, named after the suspension-bridge inventor, the hamlet of colonial Burlington (and, curiously, the source for Junior's Cheesecake of Brooklyn), the iconic Victorian gingerbread Riverton Yacht Club, and, finally, Victor's Pub in a (somewhat) revitalized Camden. Although we won't quite make it to Philly, since the return is Jersey-side River Line Light Rail to Trenton, a few of us may venture over... more

Sun, Oct 28, 2018

War of the Worlds

An 80th Anniversary Celebration

9:00am

50 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Eighty years ago, angry citizens of the Red Planet landed on Earth for an attempted war that, for unknown reasons, received little public or government attention... except in the greater NY area, as captured live by Orson Welles and his news crew during what is arguably \he most famous radio broadcast in history. This rarely scheduled ride, first held for the 50th anniversary of those long ago events, will visit the site of the actual Martian landing in Grovers Mill, NJ, where the defeated aliens are secretly laid to rest. Further details including start location to be announced!

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #1 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #2 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #3 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #4 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more