The 5BBC mourns the loss of David Schlichting

David Schlichting was a long time member of the New York City cycling community and was well know and much loved.

He was killed by a hit and run driver Sunday morning while riding. Details available here.

David started riding with the Bike Committee of AYH (now known as the 5 Boro Bike Club) in the mid 1970's.  By the late 70's he was a leader in the club, leading rides in mostly in Queens and Long Island - he lived in Great Neck.  He also planned and led weekends ( Current leaders led many with him to the Catskills) and one great week long ride to Colorado. He was Chairman (what the president was called back then) of the club back in the 1980's.


He was able to fly cheaply, because of his work with Swissair and took advantage of that by riding in the Alps several times a year for many years sometimes alone and other times with groups of friends. In the last few years he's been bike touring in New Mexico, alone and with friends.


David was also involved with the New York Cycle Club, leading rides and volunteering for their events.


He was one of only 4 people who had volunteered on every 5 Boro bike Tour from 1977 thru 2018.  


The family welcomes any who want to pay their respects to David by joining in a mass to be held at:


9:45AM Wednesday March 20th

St. Aloysius

592 Middle Neck Road

Great Neck,NY


The community of cyclists who knew and loved David will likely be holding memorial ride(s) in his honor and as we become aware of these we will share the information and encourage our members to attend. 


For those who find each and every tragic loss of a cyslist such as this painful and worrisome - as it reminds us how as skilled as we might be, there but for the grace of the driving force in this unverise go we, this news item may provide some solace about the joy we continue to take from such a risky support. And we can be sure that David would want us all to continue riding!


5BBC March Social - With the LI Randonneurs

Come join the 5BBC and the LI Randonneurs for a social mixer at Alewifes in LIC.  

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.  In this social, we will learn about the joys of randonneuring, and meet some folks who do it.

Date, Time and Location Details:

The Social will be on Friday March 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm.  Prior to the program there will be time to schmooze, eat, and order a favorite beverage.

The event will be at Alewife Brewing Company located at 5-14 51st Ave, Long Island City, NY.  This is about five minutes from the Pulaski Bridge.  It is also a five minute walk from the Vernon Blvd - Jackson Ave stop on the #7 train.

5BBC Has a ride posted from Grad Army Plaza to the location. Click this link if you'd like to join

Agenda (about an hour of material presented by LI Randonneurs) between Mixing and Mingling time:

- Mix and Mingle

- Slideshow to cover the basics of randonneuring (less than 7 minutes long)

- Brief Q&A

- 45 minute movie of Paris-Brest-Paris 2011 

- Any additional Q&A during mix and mingle to follow


Spring Training Starts March 2nd - Get in Shape with the Friendliest Bike Club

It’s Spring Training time. Slowly, but surely, the temperatures will start to rise. The days will start to get longer. Daylight Savings will return. And after a winter of either hibernating or doing shorter rides, us cyclists will be back on the road, getting the kinks out and extending our miles.

The 5BBC is here to help. Starting Saturday, March 2nd, with the usual initial ride to Hicksville, we will be offering a diverse menu of spring training rides, of different lengths and speeds. This year we will have a nice variety of old favorites, like those heading over the GWB or starting from Cunningham Park, to new rides on Long Island starting from LIRR stations and going to places like Old Field Lighthouse or Smith Point Park. Build up your mileage week by week, or mix and match, whatever works for you. Want to do that bike event later in the year? Want to ride a metric or regular Century? Start training now and it will be a piece of cake.

Also, this year we will have a number of shorter, often urban rides helping newer riders train either for themselves or for the Five Borough Bike Tour. From quick spinners to newer riders, the 5BBC will be there to lend a hand to train and get you in shape with the friendliest bike club. So, checkout the 5BBC ride calendar at We already have an extensive list of rides listed and more rides will be added every week by our wonderful leaders. So check back often. See you on the road!!!!