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Sat, May 28, 2016

Thimble Island Bike/Cruise III

A Ramble along the Connecticut Shore


35-40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal


Rescheduled from Saturday, May 21. Latest forecast: high 70s; clear.

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend is finally here and what better way to celebrate than to hit the back roads of coastal Connecticut. Our destination: Thimble Islands, one of the majestic wonders of the world, and only a heartbeat away from New Haven, where beforehand we'll breakfast at Clare's Cornercopia, a venerable culinary landmark in its own right feeding generations of hungry Yale undergraduates.  (Those on a leaner diet can simply carb up at the nearby Dunkin' Donuts.) Some of the sights along the way... more

Sunken Meadow


70-75 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

North Shore here we come, as we start off an amazing Memorial Day Weekend of riding options, with a longish 75 miler, to Sunken Meadow State Park.  This is a fun, often scenic and great training ride, which is not offered enough as an advanced moderate pace using point/drop/sweep.  Please be able to keep a 14-15 mph pace on the flats, but do join us and bring the usual, lunch or money to buy lunch, plenty of water, spare tubes, light lock and a great positive inquisitive attitude.  

Sun, May 29, 2016

The Putnam Trail

May 29 - Meet at Grand Central Terminal at 8:15 a.m. for 8:50 train to Brewster


50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This is one of the all time favorite spring rides.  We will board the train at Grand Central Station and ride to Brewster, New York where we will pick up the Putnam Trailway one mile out of Brewster.  This is a scenic mostly car free 50 mile ride that slopes slightly downhill all the way back to Van Cortlandt Park.  We will stop at one of the nice cafes along the way and either eat there or carry our lunch to a picnic location.  Bring money for lunch, two spare tubes, water bottles. Metro North train pass and one way train fare from GCT to Brewster.   Either purchase your ticket in advance... more

The Other 9/11 Memorial

A Special Memorial Day Weekend Ride


25 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

We'll take the PATH to New Jersey. Ride along the west side of of the Bayonne Peninsula, visiting Lincoln Park with it's great fountain and Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne. Then, we'll cross over to the east side near the Bayonne Bridge(It's under a renovation that's really cool. They're lifting it accommodate larger ships. Then, we'll travel two miles off shore by bike to visit the 9/11 Memorial (Gift from the Russian People). Lunch is at the Broadway Diner(pancakes are optional). But, we understand that they have a Red, White and Blue version(... more

Island Dreaming, City Style


40-ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Looking to visit that charming seaside location, to enjoy the view, the salt air, and the sound of gulls clamoring for your food? Wishing for some fresh seafood to complement all of the above? Just can't get away? Then join us for a moderately-paced ride to City Island in the Bronx. We'll ride 40-ish miles, along greenways where possible, ending at the furthermost point on City Island for a freshly-caught seafood lunch. Afterwards, we'll justify those fries that complemented your seafood by making our way back to our starting location. Oh, and did we mention seafood? Bring... more

Sat, Jun 4, 2016

On the Trail of the Lenapes: Freehold

Deep in the Heart of Central NJ


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Back by popular demand, and the halfway point for next week's "Coast to Coast" tour

We'll be doing a 35-miler (more or less) from Princeton Junction to Aberdeen-Matawan, via Freehold, the favored crossroads of the long-gone Lenapes and the site where revolutionary hero Molly Pitcher she-manned a cannon after her husband was gunned down at nearby Monmouth Battlefield. Much of the ride from Freehold to Matawan is on the Henry Hudson Rail Trail, so we'll see lots of greenery and carless countryside. From Princeton Junction into Freehold, it's mostly flat,... more

Jacob Riis Bungalow Bar Beach Ride

Need a sweep.


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

A nice long ride mostly on bike paths down to the Rockaway's with a short stop at Nathans for a water/bathroom stop then to lunch at the Bungalow Beach Bar with inside/outside seating.  Bring $ for lunch, a lock, a metro card just in case, water, snacks and rain gear.

Rain at the start cancels the ride. 

Sun, Jun 5, 2016

Western New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania


70 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

The days are long, so lets make the most of all that sunlight.  This is a long but not very fast ride from Trenton to Philadelphia and back again.


We'll meet at Penn Station (West side, in front of the NJ Transit ticket windows) at 8 in order to take the 8:14 to Trenton.  From Trenton we'll ride through New Jersey to Camden and cross over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia for lunch.  Then we ride back to Trenton.  Overall around 70 miles of riding with plenty of bailouts for those who don't want to do the whole thing.

Sunset is at 8:25, so there should be... more

Bike Jersey City


16 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

First sign up, and then join up with the leaders at City Hall in Jersey City (at Grove and Montgomery Street, a short hop from the Katyn Memorial and Path at Exchange Place). Registration is free (a mere $5 donation is suggested), but do not wait until the last moment, like, the night before! Of course this begs the question: why Bike JC's sister organization in New York City charges $92 not including a $22 "processing fee." We'll not ponder the "too big to fail" logic previously applied to our banking system during our most recent economic crisis, but, instead, we'll groove on the... more

2016 Riverdale Riverfest

Celebrate the Hudson River and Support the Hudson River Greenway


28 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

Please join us for the 7th annual Riverdale Riverfest celebrating the Hudson River and the project to extend the Hudson River Greenway through the Bronx. This free festival on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent features stage performances, lots of interesting food options, and loads of environmental, river-oriented, and just-plain-fun activities and exhibits. Visit the festival website to make an optional tax-deductible contribution to help sustain this event.


The renowned sailing vessels Mystic Whaler and Schooner Pioneer will be available at the festival... more

Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Return of the Triple Crown

Our Own Triple Crown Ride on Belmont Weekend


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



Come join  Ed Pino and Liz Baum on the Sunday of Belmont weekend, as we bring back our own 5BBC triple crown.

We will be starting at 10:00 am at the Starbucks on the South side of Queens Blvd and Union Tpke and galloping through Brooklyn

and Queens to visit three carousels.  Bring your Steed with a 

spare shoe.  Bring money for lunch and to ride the Carousels. Bring a Lock.

Must be able to ride in traffic and do 10 miles per hour.  Many bail out 

places in the route. As a special treat we will stop by the Lemon Ice King  at the end as... more

Sat, Jun 18, 2016

The Newark-Sandy Hook Run III


55-60+ miles / Moderate / Starting at Newark Penn Station

55+ miles, moderate 10-12mph pace

Quasi training ride to the tip of the Jersey Shore, from Brick City. Note 10-12mph cycling pace. We’ll start going after intros. Be prepared to endure some busy traffic, several bridges, some hills, some limbo as well as some tongue-tied excitement. Some select NJ Transit bailouts for trains, if needed. We will have at least one mandatory rest stop along the way before lunch bordering Matawan at the 35 mile mark. We will then go on the Henry Hudson Trail, with an option to go through Keansburg. At the town of Atlantic Highlands, we can choose the... more

Antique Furniture Restoration Ride


15 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

You'll see the pride behind every piece Jorge restores. He'll even show you some new pieces he creates using a painting technique that few people would ever believe possible. Learn what makes Jorge the furniture dealer's choice when it comes to restoration...whether it be a piece that is nearly 200 years old or a scratch that happened yesterday. Join us for this unique ride. Bring money for lunch at a local ethnic restaurant in Gowanus Brooklyn.  

QueensWay Greenway Byways

Feeders from Union Sq., LIC and Prospect Park


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Union Square North (17th St) and Park Avenue South

Alliteration is not the only thing we have rolling today.

Join Friends of The QueensWay, 5BBC, and TA Queens Committee members in a ride from Rego Park to Ozone Park to explore the future route of the QueensWay, the proposed bikeway, linear park, and rail trail atop the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch railroad. We will make several stops, and brief hikes onto the rail line before officially ending outside the Aqueduct Race Track and Casino. Riders wishing to take the A train back to Manhattan can continue to Aqueduct Station. Peter Beadle of Friends of The Queens Way will accompany... more

Sat, Jun 25, 2016

A Ride to the Great Falls

In Paterson, New Jersey


35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

Join us for our annual springtime semi-training scenic adventure to one of the --  truly -- East Coast wonders of the world, The Paterson Falls, and a tour of labor history at the turn of the century in this old "Silk City" mill town that was the inspiration for the American epic, Paterson, by poet W.C. Williams, and many many labor strikes. Today, as then, the Silk City is a town of immigrants, and after touring the falls and museums, we'll lunch at an authentic Peruvian family restaurant where the indigenous drink, chicha morada, flows from pitchers as red as wine.

Note: Although... more

Sun, Jun 26, 2016

"Discovery Day" at Fresh Kills


22 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

We love Fresh Kills. It brings us back to those bad old days when the site was a notorious, noxious landfill, periodically catching fire, and visible from satellite. Now it is thoroughly top-soiled, manicured, tamed, and importantly, for us, bikable. At nearly three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years, we'll bike car-free roadways, scan the hills, the views and sites (at one of the highest points, a 360 view never seen before!), and kayak in and around the Arthur Kill's tidal waterways.

Going out, we'... more