So far the weekday rides have been a success with some of them just rides and some of them scouts or partial scouts. This one is a partial scout for the TWA Flight 800 Memorial ride scheduled for April 28th. The weather for Friday looks good with temps going into the low 50s. Lots of this ride is brand new and hence a true scout as we try to to determine the scenic value of the ride, the suitability of roads, potential rest rooms and food stops. I am sure we will make some wrong turns, both accidentally and deliberately as we explore. the ride is 50-55 mostly flat miles (elevation gain... more
Fri, Mar 22, 2019
Back on The Flat South Shore
To Alewifes in LIC
The 5BBC March Social is a mixer with the Long Island Randonneurs. Wondering what a randonneur (rahn doe ner) is? In short, it's a cyclist who enjoys the challenges that come with riding longer distances. Events, known as brevets (bruh vays), build upon one another and offer beginner and veteran cyclists alike new challenges in terms of planning, preparation, performance, perseverance, and of course, mileage. Come and learn about the randonneuring experience - and meet some folks who do these events.
Alewife is a great brew-pub in LIC with a nice list of beverages and decent pub... more
Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Quick Spin Spring Training: #1
Come kick off The Quick Spring Training Series!
Ride #1 is out and back to Locust Valley, Long Island. We meet in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens. 52 miles. Meet at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:07 AM.. Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.
The route takes us to the quaint Nassau County town of Locust Valley along the "gold coast." We ride through Queens, Manhasset, and up through Old Brookville to Locust Valley. We continue up to Lattingtown, East and Dosoris Islands, and then South through Glenn Cove. We... more
This weekend we continue our Spring Training Series. We go back to Hicksville for those who are starting their training a bit later. Ready to shake the winter cobwebs? Going on a weekend trip? Not in shape yet for a major bike event? That's OK, we will get you ready. Start getting back into shape, sharing fun rides with the friendliest Club. Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money. Must be able to maintain a 12mph pace on the flats. Lunch at the Empire Diner.
We will stop along the route for a moment of silence in remembrance of longtime 5bbc member and friend,... more
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
This is a pretty simple ride. The start point is in front of Larry's Freewheeling, on W 110th St between CPW and Manhattan Ave. From there we head up to the Bronx. We will get on the Bronx River Greenway for a little bit. We will pass through Mount Vernon and New Rochelle. In New Rochelle we will pick up the East Coast Greenway which we stay on for most of the way to Stamford. We go to Stamford and take the train home. Lots and lots of little hills but no killer ones. Due to the hills expect a slow overall pace. Many bailout points available. The planned lunch stop is in Stamford... more
Spring Training Version
Sea Cliff is a quaint North Shore enclave that was a former retreat. Come join us for an early spring training ride that gives just the right amount of climbs to get us back in shape. We will ride there using some back roads (including a very short dirt road most will walk) and side streets in Sea Cliff itself, stopping at the cliff park overlooking the Long Island Sound. But as the ride title says, it is Sea Cliff plus, and from Sea Cliff, we will head further and ride by the Welwyn Preserve and by a hidden Glen Cove beach before making our way back the long way eventually on Wheatly and... more
Sat, Mar 30, 2019
Quick Spin Spring Training: #2
Come join the The Quick Spring Training Series!
Ride #2 is one way to Port Jefferson, Long Island. We meet in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens. 55 miles. Meet at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:07 AM.. Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads. We may ride some segments in the low 20s, but will compress if necessary.
This is a one way ride through the rolling hills of the North Fork, ending at the Port Jefferson LIRR Station. Short break in Syosset before heading out through Kings Park, Smithtown, St James and Stony... more
A Spring Training Fun Ride
The 5BBC spring training series continues with a ride to the hamlet of Hartsdale located in Westchester County between the better-known municipalities of Scarsdale and White Plains. We meet at Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at 97th Street. Photo op at the High Bridge. Lunch is at the reasonably priced and descriptively named Bagels deli in Hartsdale. Another photo op at the Scarsdale waterfall. Return via the pretty Bronx River Greenway also known for low bridges, so when you hear the leader yell "duck!" it's not about waterfowl.
Start: Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at... more
Train for the 5BBT
Let's ride along the Brooklyn waterfront to our favorite Pizza place - Totonno's.
This is a great ride for new members and those of you who wish to begin your training for the 5BBT.
After lunch we meander through Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach before heading back.
Bring a lock and money for lunch.
Rain at start cancels.
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
rain will result in cancellation. If unsure, call or text the leaders
Join us on scenic ride through the Palisades Interstate Park as we travel to the Pier on the Hudson in Piermont, followed by Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack. There will be time to eat in Piermont or Nyack, as well as visit Piermont Bicycle.
Palisades Interstate Park is very hilly. Road bikes are strongly suggested.
Helmets are always required. Gloves are strongly suggested, along with two spares, pump or CO2, snacks, & a full water bottle.
We don't expect to ride north above 17mph on flats, but we may return at that pace. We will likely meander through Palisades... more
NRNY is the new campaign for New Rochelle New York - come see what's New AND OLD in New Rochelle
NOTE NEW DATE, NEW START TIME AND NEW START LOCATION (Top of the Park) - Check back closer to ride date for final details!
New Rochelle has some amazing history and some wonderful Art - too vast to cover in one ride.
I have stumbled upon a treasure trove of history and will share it with you on this and future rides I plan to lead that explore this great town (where I happen to live these days) - one of the original "suburbs". So original, in fact, that while Carl Reiner lived here writing and performing on Sid Caesar's show of shows in the 50's, it became the prototype for... more
A New Spring Training Ride
This is a new ride (second offering) and a ride not to be missed. We meet in the large main parking lot at the Ronkonkoma LIRR on the south side, near the ticket machines. We have listed a 10:30 start, but will update this once the LIRR finalizes schedule for when trains leave from the City.
The ride makes its way from Ronkonkoma north by Stony Brook, to the historic Setaukic area and up around scenic Strong’s Neck. From there we head over and then up to Old Field Lighthouse and then down to some real hills by Head of the Harbor and then south before making our way back to the... more
Sat, Apr 6, 2019
Lets go see the Scenic NJ Shore! an easy-going 32 mile loop with Amazing Scenery and Historic Sights.... And SEAFOOD!
Sandy Hook is a spit of land that juts out into the Atlantic, and anyone wanting to get into the Hudson Bay needs to pass by it. This makes it a natural place to set up a Fort to defend NYC from the ocean. well, the days of protecting our shores with massive gun fortifications is well past us, but that doesn't mean that we can't still see and explore these places, and imagine what it must have been like to see this fort full of activity and commotion. for this trip, we will head out from Penn Station, and take the NJ Transit train to Middletown. From there we will head east, along the... more
Quick Spin Spring Training: #3
It is not too late join the The Quick Spring Training Series before mileage etc. starts to ramp up!
Ride #3 is out and back to Centre Island, Long Island. We meet in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens. 52 miles. Meet at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:07 AM.. Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.
Centre Island is a claw-shaped peninsula bordered by Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay Harbor and The Long Island Sound. It is one of the smallest of the 64 villages in Nassau County. There is only one road in and out through... more
A Scenic Fun Spring Training Ride
You can have your water and drink it too. The spring training ride series continues with one of the club's most popular rides: the Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross. Get your fill of Westchester's Croton Reservoir with three lake crossings: the Putnam Trail Railroad Bridge, the Old Croton Dam (Gate House) Bridge, and the New Croton Dam. Ride also features the car-free Putnam Trail, gorgeous views from a lake shore road, and a visit to the best ice cream north of the Croton River. This is a moderate pace ride; cruising speed will be 12-14 mph. 28 mm (or wider) tires are suggested but road tires... more
Traffic Haters' Ride to the North Shore of Long Island
Cycle the back roads of Nassau County as we visit one of the most scenic spots on Long Island's North Shore. The outbound route takes us through Roslyn while the inbound through Port Washington. Bring lock and lunch or money for lunch. Rain at start cancels.