Day Rides

Sat, Dec 10, 2016

NJ Sightseeing: Stay Warm, Climb Hills

Burn Some Serious Calories Before Joining the Donut Massacre

8:15am

48 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at City Hall

Temperature Alert: If it is colder then 35.3 degree Fahrenheit the ride will be canceled

This 47.9 miles/ 2,689ft elevation gain ride meets at City Hall from where we take the Path Train to Newark Penn station, NJ.  The first few miles in Newark are on busier roads lined with houses that reflect the architecture of its hay days.  In Maplewood quiet suburban streets lead us to the South Mountain Reserve, Little Falls, the Great Fall Meadows where we switch back to larger roads to get to Madison where we catch the train home. 

In the first 23 miles we gain most of the... more

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Brooklyn Donut Massacree

A 5BBC Winter Frolic

10:00am

25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Doughnut Plant Brooklyn

So many donuts....so 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

Hey Buddy, got a ten Spot?

Alexander Hamilton-So enduring, his house makes modern history

10:00am

20 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Look at a ten Dollar bill. That's not a Dead President on it. He never could be(probably). He was raised in the West Indies. But, what do you really know about him? He was a founding Father and an important Aide to Washington during the Revolutionary War. Maybe you know that he started New York Post and was the first Treasury Secretary. Oh yeah, and there was duel thing with Aaron Burr. Hamilton's son evened that up. lawyers can that. His house, a 200+ year old frame structure, was moved two times, once to an unbelievable height. Lunch is at Fairways or a "By the Pound" restaurant that... more

Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Starlight - Star Bright

Boogie in the Bronx

10:00am

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

5:15pm

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

Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Oy 2 The World - A Very Jewy X-mas

So Nu - Want to get Chinese?

10:00am

30. miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Way back in the mists of time, the first Jew ate Chinese food on Christmas.   History has revealed that this intrepid Member of the Tribe was Murray Farkas of Hester Street.  Since that day, it has become a tradition as firm as Tevye's.  The unbroken bond of two ancient cultures.  This ride heads out to Flushing, a hot bed of Asian cuisine.  Once there, we will find an open restaurant and eat the traditional holiday meal.  Last year we reveled in the insanity at the New World Mall.  All you goyim out there are invited as well !  Better you should ride with your friends.

In case of... more

Mon, Dec 26, 2016

Jackson Diner - Start Winter on a Warm Note

The St. Stephen's Day Classic

10:30am

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

Given the holiday season and the start of winter, don't let your riding slip into the doldrums.  Spice it up with our classic St. Stephen (or Boxer Day) ride, a late starting ride, out to the famous Jackson Diner, where we will take advantage of their all-you-can-eat Indian buffet. Later start means we have a later lunch, but we still should make it back to GAP before dark.  Still to be safe and bring front and rear lights, along with a lock and money for lunch.  In case of iffy weather, check back here for updates.  

Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Ice Cream Social

A Ride to Eddy's Sweet Shop

10:30am

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

I Get Through The Winter With A Little Help From My Friends (and Bicycle!) ...

11:00am

20ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

This is an impromptu ride around the Bronx via the Bronx Greenways. We will start at 11am from Van Cortland and 242nd Street. This ride will take us, well, we're not 100% sure (it is after all an IMPROMPTU ride). But for those who must have some structure, we will be making a stop at the Bartow-Pell Mansion ($5.00 admission). From there we will continue along the greenway and head back to Riverdale where we will end our ride at the lunch spot: An Beal Bocht.

 

Sat, Jan 14, 2017

Around the world to Filmore's

A fun eating and watering hole

10:00am

25-30 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Saturday January 14,2017

A midwinter’s ride to Fillmore’s

Meet at 10:00A.M. Starbucks Queens Blvd and Union Tpke South side

 

Join Ed & Liz on our Ride to Fillmore’s for lunch.   This will be an easy flat ride of 25-30 miles through the borough of Queens.  We will circle the globe and eat in a pub like atmosphere.

 

Join us on this warm winter journey for a trip and a great lunch at the end of the ride. Bring $10-15, for a real lunch- Bring bike lock, and a good attitude. Restaurant is bike friendly.

 

Leaders Ed Pino Liz Baum

Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Winter Training: Columbus Circle to Piermont

8:30am

49 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Columbus Circle

Come join us on a Quick Spin Lite Morning 49 mile/2,309 feet elevation gain ride to Piermont! We will maintain a 16 mph on flat speed except if there are strong head winds that may slow us down. 

Please, note that this ride will be canceled if it is below 35 degree Fahrenheit at 7am.  Check the 5BBC website for any last minute cancelations.  

We meet at 8:30 am sharp at Columbus Circle, ride over the GW Bridge and via quiet back roads to Piermont and back.  Plan is to be back by 3pm-ish to indulge possible in some warm beverages and a real lunch. There won’t be any... more

Brooklyn Parks - Winter Edition

Lunch at the Polish Slavic Center

10:00am

18 or so. You can do this. miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Calling all Happy Face Riders - and our regular steady Winter crew.  If you have never taken a Winter ride before - this is the ride for you.  The light is different in the Winter,  and there is a stark beauty to many of these parks.  Stating at Grand Army Plaza, we ride to Red Hook to visit Erie Basin Park and the Valentino Pier.  We then ride through the gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge Park for those iconic views of Manhattan and the Bridges.  The ride then heads up to Williamsburg and Greenpoint where we visit Grand Ferry Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Transmitter Park.  Our final park is... more

Sat, Feb 4, 2017

Ramblersville in Winter

A Groundhog Day Ride

10:00am

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

Groundhog Day was only two days before, and by know we will definitely know whether Ol Man Winter will continue to reign.  Which can only mean that it is time for our annual cold weather ramble to Ramblersville.   The last three years had temps in the 20's - perfect for that iconic cold weather ride.  One of the most isolated neighborhoods in New York City, Ramblersville is a one block wide strip of land between Old Howard Beach and JFK.  Houses are built on stilts in this marshy spit of land.  We cross one of the most scenic foot bridges in NYC.  The squawks of the parrots will be the... more

Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Presidents weekend ride to Fillmore's

A mediocore ride for a mediocore President

10:00am

25-30 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

SaturdayFebruary 18,2017

A midwinter’s ride to Fillmore’s

Meet at 10:00A.M. Starbucks Queens Blvd and Union Tpke South side

 

Join Ed & Liz on our Ride to Fillmore’s for lunch.   This will be an easy flat ride of 25-30 miles through the borough of Queens.  We will circle the globe and eat in a pub like atmosphere.

 

Join us on this warm winter journey for a trip and a great lunch at the end of the ride. Bring $10-15, for a real lunch- Bring bike lock, and a good attitude. Restaurant is bike friendly.

 

Leaders Ed Pino Liz Baum

Sun, May 14, 2017

A Ride to the Great Falls

In Paterson, New Jersey

9:30am

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

Sat, Jul 8, 2017

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Point Pleasant!

9:00am

46 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

This is our second attempt at an inaugural two-part 5BBC ride that traverses the length of New Jersey, from the tranquil Delaware River to the roiling Atlantic Ocean!

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 (a long stretch on... more