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Saturday, November 2, 2013
NJ SHORE AND FOLIAGE
7:15 AM, World Trade Center PATH, downstairs on the right before turnstiles for 7:27AM train leaving for Newark, arriving 7:47AM Harrison (or at Harrison RR station if you advise leaders in advance). 82 miles, Quik Spin, 18 MPH on the flats. Mostly flat terrain; some steep residential areas
Enjoy near-peak foliage, interesting and varied cycling, neat sights, and mostly flat mileage with minimal stops. Nice route includes rivers, bays, shore, beaches, bike paths, woods, rural, lighthouses, Victorian mansions. Invigorating pace and substantial mileage. Finish in Belmar, NJ (near southern end of NJT RR Shore Line). Optional casual dockside seafood dinner a few blocks from our RR station return. Riders must be capable of independent riding, following a cue sheet, riding at least 25 miles between planned rest stops, and a bit handy in case of bike issues. Please email leaders at email@example.com if interested in joining. Route and cue sheet will be provided in advance to accepted riders, in time for GPS-savants to follow/input. Dress appropriately and layered for the weather. If forecast is really inclement we will cancel and post by 9PM 11/1. Front & rear lights required (see and be seen). Bring safety/reflective gear, adequate hydration, snacks/treats/sports powder for between stops, and the usual tubes, pump, tools, levers, etc. Bring cash for local meals, services (small shops often don't take credit cards). PATH train = $2.50. Return NJT rail to NYPenn from Belmar = $15.50 (less from stations further North) or Seastreak/Highlands Ferry $26+5. Leaders reserve the right and responsibility to "vet" folks interested to make sure it's the correct ride for their abilities and interests and safety of all. Cross-listed with NYCC.
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza (entrance to Prospect Park), Brooklyn, 35 miles, urban touring pace
The Dutch settled Brooklyn and there are still some very old homes, many of Dutch origin, scattered around Brooklyn. We will go by a number of them, some dating from the 1600's or 1700's, some of them are parks/museums and some are still in use with various upgrades. Some of the homes look great, others more than a bit dumpy. We are in Brooklyn, so of course there are some good food stops. Early in the ride pick up a snack or late breakfast at Grimaldi's Bakery. Lunch will be at the ever popular Mill Basin Kosher Deli. Bring lock, hydration, money for food, an inquisitive attitude, and a friend who speaks Dutch. In case of iffy weather check Bulletin Board or follow billm45s on Twitter.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT THE ZOO! (NEW RIDE)
9:30 AM, City Hall (for 10:00 SI Ferry). 15 miles at an easy pace. Modest grades.
This is a Great Destination! Eight acres of outdoor and indoor (good for a chilly day) exhibits. And what exhibits. Two American Bald Eagles. Leopards. Exotic birds, plants & fish, including some in a special bubble out tank that gives the illusion of them swimming in the air in front of you. Alligators (or are they crocs?). Snakes from around the world & more. Bring your own lunch or buy it from their commissary. Eat inside or out. Admission is $8 for adults & $6 for seniors. Want to know more? www.statenislandzoo.org/ Oh yeah. This is also the home of Staten Island Chuck. And there is bike parking. But, bring a lock.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
DANNY MEMORIAL and THE GREATEST TURKEY RIDE: Charlie's Turkey And Open House
10:00 AM, Union Turnpike and Queens Blvd (NE Corner), Kew Gardens (Statue of Civic Virtue former resting place), easy 25-20 miles.
Join Ed and Liz as we do a lap of Queens in Danny's memory. We will stop for a short memorial for Danny. We will eat Charlie's turkey, the best turkey in Queens. I can say that I have been eating it for years. This is an easy 25- 30 mile mostly flat ride. Usual weather conditions apply. Bring $10 for lunch. Ride will end at Ed and Liz's apartment; there will be an open house at our place. If you would like to join us for Lunch and are not riding please call 718-487-4992.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
GET OUTA TOWN: THE OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT FROM THE DAM (New Ride)
7:25 AM, Grand Central Terminal & 7:40 at 125th St. Station
We will take the 7:43 train to Croton. One way Ticket, $9.75, $6.50 Seniors. Then, we'll go to the Croton Dam and take the OCA back to Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx, where the ride will end. There are multiple bailout points via the railroad. Cross bikes and Mountain bikes are okay. Mostly off road. Bring a Metro-North Bike pass, food or money for it. It's an adventure ride going through the last of the Autumn colors.
SHAWN'S BIRDTHDAY FEAST CELEBRATION RIDE
9:00 AM Grand Army Plaza Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Appx. 25 miles, moderate feasting pace.
Come join us as we celebrate the birthday of our own amazing leader and Board member, Shawn Carney. We will ride, but we will also feast, as we make our way from Grand Army Plaza to a sweet breakfast stop at Bed Stuy's gourmet donut shop, Dough. From Dough, we will ride a little and burn a few calories, before making our way to more food at a dim-sum stop in Chinatown. After feasting on dim sum, we will be back on our bikes, trying in vain to burn more calories then we have consumed. We will lose that battle, as the ride will eventually come to an end with an opportunity for a drink and a toast (and for the insatiable, more food) at the Park Slope branch of Dinosaur BBQ. We have a limited number of reserved spots for the dim sum lunch and ask that if you are joining us that you pre-register for the ride by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Further, there may be a limited-edition ride jersey or t-shirt. If interested also email email@example.com. Bring bike locks, money for food etc., birthday good cheer and an empty stomach.
WHEELS TO REELS
9:30 AM, Grand Central Terminal, 20 miles
Where did it happen? Visit the locations of some of New York City's most famous movie shoots, including a knife fight, an assassination, a trial and a pastrami on rye. Rain at start cancels. Bring lock and money for lunch.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
WHAT THE HILL! IT'S STATEN ISLAND [CANCELED]
8:15 AM, South Ferry Bike Waiting Area, 45 miles, Quick Spin Pace, No Point/Drop/Sweep
We'll travel through the center of the city's highest borough so expect to climb for a good part of the day. Grymes Hill, Emerson Hill, Todt Hill, Lighthouse Hill all offer great views and climbs. Bring a couple of spare tubes, money for a deli lunch.
ZORBA THE GREEK RIDE [NOTE TIME CHANGE]
10:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, 30 Miles, a few moderate hills, 12-15 mph moderate pace
A 30 mile semi-urban ride through Long Island City to Zorba the Greek (4 star rating) In Astoria. There are many other restaurants within a stone's throw if Greek is not your cup of tea, such as Bareburger, also highly rated. Bring the usual Urban assault gear such as a spare tube, lock, metro card and money for lunch. The first bathroom stop will be about 5 miles into the ride so plan accordingly.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
BIKE HORSE BIKE
9:00 AM, RING Garden, (Broadway at Dyckman St), Manhattan, 25 miles, advance registration required (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Explore the wilderness of Pelham Bay Park while mounted on a different saddle. The Bronx Equestrian Center offers guided trail rides for people with all riding abilities. Even if you've never been on a horse you will learn to sit properly in the saddle, hold the reins, make turns, and bring your horse to a safe stop. We ride our bikes on the Mosholu-Pelham Greenway, switch mounts for a 1 hour trail ride, and enjoy lunch at an elegant and historic golf clubhouse. Long pants are recommended for horseback riding. Bring $40 for the trail ride ($35 plus $5 tip for your guide) and $ for lunch.
BROOKLYN'S LOWER LEFT CORNER
9:30 AM, Prospect Park (Grand Army Plaza), 30 miles, up to 16 mph pace, flat terrain
30 miles through and around neighborhoods including Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Kings Highway,Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park and Kensington. Lunch midway at the Mirage Diner on Kings Highway or choice of nearby kosher eateries. Bring lock and $ for lunch.
RIDE TO THE KENSICO DAM (FALL LEAVES SPECIAL)
10:00 AM, East 241st St & White Plains Rd, Bronx (Wakefield/Last stop on 2 line), 35 miles, 10-15 mph pace, moderately hilly
An "Off Road" Vista bike journey for a regular bike. In the depths of the "Great Depression", the government did a lot of projects to "make work". This one is a jewel. Flowing water, small dams and bridges, ducks, geese and swans make for a most pleasant rolling ride. We'll follow the Bronx River Parkway bike path up to the dam and back. Paved path with some flowing traffic. Bring MTA Bike Permit, just in case.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
SEND IN THE CALVARY!
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20 miles, moderate pace
Calvary Cemetery is one of the most beautiful memorial parks in New York City. Not as well known as Green-Wood or Woodlawn, yet it has its own charms that should be seen. Its most famous burial - that of Don Vito Corleone in the Godfather. We then head to the Polish Slavic Center for some delicious rib-sticking Polish food at a 5BBC favorite stop. Bring: Lock, Spare Tube, Money for Lunch and a friend.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
10:00 AM, City Hall, Manhattan, 25 miles, easy pace
Three Museums/Mansions/Homes. All in the Borough of Manhattan. All here before the Civil War. One in a different place from where it was built. Two before there was a United States. Two wrapped up deeply in American history. Minor to zero entry fees. The city is four hundred years old. You think that it doesn't have history? In one place, a Founding Father fulfills his dream for his family. In another, his son revenges his death. While in another, nature shows us how to really live, simply and beautifully. Come find out what astounding things we Americans can do when we decide to.
11:00 AM, Central Park North at Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave), approx. 20 urban miles, easy pace
Thursday, November 28, 2013
10:00 AM, City Hall, Manhattan, 15 miles, moderate pace
Stretch your stuff and see the City from the top of the oldest, large bridges that she built. A harbor city built on a set of islands is seen at her best from four tall bridges. We're not out to set records, just get some exercise and connect with our town. At the end, we'll lunch at an appropriate spot.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
THE BRONX SHOREBUSTERS WINTER RIDE
9:00 AM, Union Sq North (at Park Ave South); 10:00 AM entrance to the RFK Bridge bike Path, 20 miles
This will be a leisurely winter-paced ride along the easternmost shore of the Bronx and Long Island Sound, from Ward's Island, Soundview Park, Pugsley Creek, Throgs Neck Bridge and Locust Point, where we'll dine Italiano at the world famous Ice House, and return to Manhattan via the #6 train at Westchester Square. Note: The views from the Ice House as well as along the way are incredible, so bring a camera. Also Note: In some parts we'll be traveling on newly opened parkland and will need to occasionally portage over a few muddy fields and transverse a gravel bike path; we'll also ride through a cemetery, but on an asphalt roadway. (No railroad crossings, we promise!) 20 miles in all, unless you want to bike back to Manhattan.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
FROSTBITE SERIES #1 - THE PANCAKE RIDE (THE WORLD'S GREATEST PANCAKES).
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles. NOTE: CHANGES DUE TO BAYONNE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
This is the traditional start to our club's answer to the pending winter blahs. The "Frost Bites" series asks the question, if winter is too cold to bike, how come it's not too cold for skiing? We start at City Hall, take the PATH to N.J., follow the west coast through a couple parks, pass the home of the 39¢ coffee, cross over to the east for those deelicious pancakes. On our way back, we'll give our respects to the Lady in the Harbor, the site of the biggest explosion ever, a railroad terminal that's now a museum and end up in Hoboken for the trip across the Hudson and home. NOTE: We have an alternate plan if the weather is bad.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
GETTING TO GANESH
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza. 28 Miles. Moderate Pace
Come ride with us to the Ganesh Temple in Flushing, Queens. In the Hindu tradition, Ganesh is the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of New Beginnings. We ride through Brooklyn and Queens seeking both enlightenment and good dosas. Lunch will be in the Temple Canteen for authentic and delicious South Indian vegetarian food. After lunch, we spend some time in the beautiful Temple itself. Namaste. Bring: Lock, $ for food, spare tube, and a great attitude.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
FLEA-BITTEN NEW YORK - Three Flea Markets in Three Boroughs
9:00 AM, City Hall, 22 miles, relaxed pace
Who needs Black Friday? We hit three flea markets in three boroughs: Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, Ridgewood Market, and the mother of them all - The Brooklyn Flea. Food is available at the Fleas. Make sure to bring your shopping list and panniers. BRING: Extra tube, lock, $$ for food and purchases, and a great attitude. In case of inclement weather, check the Facebook event or 5BBC Bulletin Board for updates. NOTE: This is a relaxed-pace ride with a substantial stop at each flea. Ride begins at City Hall and ends at Grand Army Plaza.
FROSTBITE RIDE #2 - Flat Rock Nature Preserve
10:00 AM, City Hall, Manhattan, 30 miles
Aah Naturale in Joisey! This privately owned natural preserve lets us bike to their Nature Center but, only hike their trails. Lunch at a pond. Clothing is not optional.
GROTTA AZZURA PIZZA RIDE
10:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20 flat miles, 12-15 mph pace
A short flat ride down to Coney Island and back. Stopping at the highly rated Grotta Azzurra Pizzeria for lunch. Bring a lock, $$ for lunch, a spare tube, cold weather gear and a metro card just in case. Snow or rain at the start cancels.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
DIM...DIM SUM BUMM
10:00 AM, City Hall, 13-15 mph pace
We love the NYC Chinatowns for the cheap food, unknown smells, Chinese operas on the weekends, and the fake Gucci bags for a bit more than a dime. But what about the hidden sweat shops, the tearooms, and how they emerged? Explore the history of the different Chinese immigrants and enjoy some delicious bubble tea and dim sum. We conquer two bridges at a medium pace of 13 to 15 miles per hour. Bring snacks, since we have a late lunch. Bring $$ for Dim Sum in cash ($20) and if you need a fake Gucci, make sure you bring $$$$$.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
FROSTBITE RIDE #3 - Xmas in the Cloisters with Clement Clarke Moore (A Visit From St. Nick)
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles
"'Twas the night before Christmas and All Through the House, Not a Creature was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse." Stop where Clement Clarke Moore was and now is buried. (HINT: It's near Ed Koch.) You don't have to be as rich as Rockefeller to enjoy the view of the Palisades atop Ft. Tryon Park, where the monastery and its view were donated by John D. Bring money for lunch.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
FILLMORE'S FOR LUNCH
10:00 AM, former site of the Statue of Civic Virtue, Queens Blvd and Union Turnpike
Join Ed & Liz on our Ride to Fillmore's for lunch. This will be an easy flat ride of 25-30 miles through the borough of Queens. We will circle the globe and eat in a pub-like atmosphere. Join us on this warm winter journey for a trip and a great lunch at the end of the ride. Bring $10-15, for a real lunch. Bring bike lock and a good attitude. Restaurant is bike friendly.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
RIVER LOVERS' RIDE
10:00 AM, Chelsea Piers, Moderate Pace (12-15 miles/per hour)
Do you love to walk and pace along the Hudson and East River and explore some of the more hidden parks in the city? The River Lovers' Ride goes on the Manhattan and Queens side along our beloved rivers, with some shorts stints along Harlem Parks with some stunning views over the city and Astoria. And if not all ways lead to Rome, they at least lead to Astoria, where we indulge in some very tasty Greek food. We have an early lunch on this ride. Bring enough $$ for lunch. Greeks ain't cheap but they are tasty. The ride goes along the river and it will most likely be windy.
FROSTBITE RIDE #4 - Xmas Lites in Dyker Heights, and Dim Sum
12:30 PM, City Hall, 20 miles
Brooklyn's Chinatown is no longer a secret, but it's still a great destination when Dim Sum is desired. First, it's Eighth Ave. for lunch. Then we'll check out the Xmas lights atop Dyker Hts. On the way back, we'll take in the Manhattan skyline from Sunset Park. MAKE SURE TO BRING LIGHTS! FRONT AND BACK!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
A CHRISTMAS-WEEK BROOKLYN HOLLYDAY LIGHTS RIDE
6:00 PM, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 15-20 leisurely miles
Come join us for a Christmas week ride through parts of western Brooklyn to once again 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. Bring lock and money for food. All bikes must have lights and you should wear bright or reflective clothing. Rain, snow or extremely cold temperatures will cancel. Check bulletin board the day of ride or follow billm45s on Twitter for an update.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
FROSTBITE RIDE #5 - New York Botanical Garden
10:00 AM, Grand Army Plaza (59th St.& 5th Ave.) MANHATTAN, 30 miles
Elly Spangenberg's perennial ride. Smell fresh roses at one of the foremost American public gardens. Take a look at the Holiday Train Show. Go to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory for "A World of Plants" in a warm environment. See www.nybg.org for internet info. Bring a digital camera, lock, $ for lunch and admission.
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