Day Rides

Sat, Nov 17, 2018

Garden City and Hewlett Harbor - A Reprise of a Long Island Adventure

9:45am

45ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

The prior versions of this ride were fun-filled successes for all, and we received multiple requests to schedule it again.

So, come join us for a fun, fairly flat 45 mile or so ride that combines two of our non-north shore favorite Long Island locations, Garden City and Hewlett Harbor.  This may be a ride of a thousand turns, but you will enjoy most of them, as once we arrive at our various destinations, we meander about getting a flavor for the area (though because it gets dark early, this ride will have less go in circles in Garden City than some versions).

In order to help... more

Sun, Nov 18, 2018

Boat + Bike Fun Cruisin'

Ferry out; bike back

7:45am

14 miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Early start and early back for a fun ride cruising the East River/harbor to the NE of Manhattan. Whatever kind of bikes you'd like!

We hop onto the East River Ferry at 90th St. and it's a short but very scenic and enjoyable  ride to that route's northern terminus at Classon Point Park. From there we wend our way back on bikes mostly via trails/lanes (Soundview, Classson, and Concrete Parks) and then onto Randall's and Ward Islands, crossing over the pedestrian bridge back to end at Carl Schurz Park (ETA 11:30AM).

Short on mileage but long on views and pleasure. Snack and bev... more

Dead Horse Bay and Bottle Beach

Sorry gang - knee injured again

10:00am

CANCELED

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

Bring your sturdy bike, thick soled shoes, and a spirit of adventure.  We are heading to Dead Horse Bay, the home of the infamous Bottle Beach.  Dead Horse Bay’s name was coined in the  the mid-19th century when the area was was home to dozens of horse-rendering plants, which used the harbor as a dumping ground for horse bones.  Located on the southwest shore of what was then Barren Island, the isolated area was infamous for its lack of water and sewage lines, and for the odor perpetually wafting in from the nearby factories, which later included fish oil plants, waste refineries, and a... more

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Ride Up the Putnam

9:30am

40 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Need some miles before the food piles? Not into the :"Big Game" ? Need to destress from the family? Well then this ride is for you! 

We will be riding on a crisp fall day up the Putnum Trail at  advanced  moderate pace and stop for coffee and snacks 20 miles up then back in time for you be ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

 

What to bring?

Spare tube, cash for snacks and coffee

Meeting point: Van Cortlandt Mansion inside park.

Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Post-Turkey Ride to Jamaica Estates

9:45am

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

Get a little blood flowing post turkey day, avoid the Black Friday crowds, give thanks for the 5BBC and join us for a fun urban tour from Brooklyn through Central Queens to the somewhat isolated enclave of Jamaica Estates. See diverse, ever-changing and unique neighborhoods along the way. This is the shorter, 35ish miles version of this ride with a lunch stop TBD on the way back. Bring a lock, snacks, sufficient hydration, and money for lunch. moderate pace with urban hills in places.

Sat, Nov 24, 2018

The East/West Border Ride

10:00am

30-35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

That's eastern Brooklyn and western Queens, as we make our way from Grand Army Plaza through some less-seen neighborhoods and then skirt our way back and forth between the boroughs.  It has been awhile since I listed this ride. This is the basic version of the ride and it does go through the strangest neighborhood in NYC, "the Hole" - don't know "the Hole" come join us, or read the late Maggie Estep's Ruby Murphy novels.  We will be contrasting "the Hole" with one of NYC's prettiest neighborhoods later in the ride.

We are starting at 10:00 to get as much warmth as the day allows, so... more

Sun, Nov 25, 2018

THE PASSAIC UPRIVER RIDE

THE LAST OF THE LENAPIS (for the 2018 season)

9:00am

18-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

Note: We gather at 9:45 AM at the Harrison PATH station: Be sure to catch the 9:15 from WTC or the 8:55 from 33 Street.

Who needs roadways when we have a river to follow? And one with such fame – at one end, the industrial port city of Newark, and at the other, Paterson and the Great Falls. Our tour begins at Harrison, though, at the Path station platform, near the juncture where the Passaic, further down, merges with the Hackensack to spill into Newark Bay and from there out into the Arthur Kill. But we'll be moving upriver, instead, against the stream, as those salmon do, but not... more

Sun, Dec 2, 2018

The Great Pancake Ride FB#1

A Warm Place(Friends) on a Winters Day(Almost)

10:00am

25ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Holiday seasons are all about traditions. And one of the most enduring one is the Pancake Ride. Okay, so maybe you don't have pancakes. The diner is full of everything that's good for your soul if not for your waistline. The pies and the layer cakes are fantastic. That's if you have room. It's an easy ride. We let the PATH train do the hilly parts.Ride our bikes to the Broadway Diner in Bayonne. Eat lunch and wend our way back along the shore to Jersey City. Then, we'll take the PATH back to the WTC. So, grab your bike, hold tight to your friends and your memories and make some new ones.... more

Sat, Dec 8, 2018

Bronx Holiday Lights Ride

Transportation Alternatives Bronx Committee

4:00pm

25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Concourse House

Join members of the Transportation Alternatives Bronx Activist Committe for their annual Holiday Lights Ride in the Bronx! 

We will be meeting up after their annual toy drive and Christmas Party for Concourse House on the Grand Concourse. Dressing up festive and lighting your bicycle up festively is highly encouraged. We will visit Bronx's Real Little italy on Arthur Ave for coffee, a slice or pastry after visiting the Christmas tree at Ciicarone Square before heading to the Parkchester Oval. We wall also visit the infamous Bronx Christmas house a site you have to see to believe!... more

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Let's go watch men in funny hats cross a river

9:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

December 25 marks an important anniversary: the day George Washington and the Continental Army stopped losing and started winning.  Ever since the British invaded New York they dealt Washington one defeat after another as they chased him up the Hudson and across New Jersey.  The revolutionaries and their French supporters had begun to doubt that the Continental Army could ever win a fight, but on December 25 1776 Washington turned that all around by crossing the Delaware at night and marching his army through a blizzard to attack the garrison at Trenton.

The citizens of Bucks County... more

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Columbus Day from Columbus Circle to NRNY

NRNY is the new campaign for New Rochelle New York - come see what's New AND OLD in New Rochelle

9:00am

20-30-40-50-60 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

How could we not have a ride from Columbus Circle on Columbus Day? But where to go?

New Rochelle has some amazing history - 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 The Dick Van Dyke show, which Carl wrote, and where Rob and... more

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