Day Rides

Sat, Nov 28, 2015

Manhattan, the beach not the borough


23 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Work off that turkey and stuffing! Join us for a quick 23 mile loop from Grand Army Plaza to Manhattan Beach. Bring a lock and money for lunch at Roll-N-Roaster.

Garden City - Late Fall Edition


35ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Spend a pleasant late fall Saturday and join us for a round trip ride from Cunningham Park to the sedate and scenic streets of Garden City. This is a new 35 or so miles variation of the ride covering some different roads, so some of the ride will be a scout, but who minds a wrong turn when the destination is so good. Lunch will likely be at Grimaldi's in Garden City. Bring water, lock, money for lunch and a wide smile. 

Sun, Nov 29, 2015

New Rochelle Parks Ride

Glen Island, Five Islands and Hudson Parks


40 ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

On the New Rochelle shore of Long Island Sound, there are three scenic waterfront parks - Glen Island, Five Islands and Hudson.  From the photogenic mini castle at Glen Island to the small bridges connecting the Five Islands, there are lots of great things to see on this ride.  We also ride through the historic Sutton Manor section of New Rochelle.  Several Blocks of houses you would love to live in.  Lunch is at the tasty Tailgate Smokehouse Grill.  Join us as we explore this interesting... more

A ride through the past to build a future- REDUX

What the B&O hath wrought, we can use for a path.


20 MILES miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

This is so important, We Want People to have another chance to see a possible New Green Way!!

One of the best raw material for a bike trail is an abandoned railroad. Now, as a railroader & a cyclist, I'm often torn as to what should be built. New York City is full of abandoned right of ways. In Staten Island, not so much. Geologically it's a big rock. Trains don't do well climbing steep grades. But, the trade off is that the B & O Railroad built it's Lines in the only place it... more

Sat, Dec 5, 2015

Getting To Ganesh

गणेश लिए हो रही है


Leaders: David Meltzer
28 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

In what has become a 5BBC Winter tradition, we ride through Brooklyn and Queens to the Ganesh Temple in Flushing.  We are seeking not only enlightenment, but also the company of our fellow riders and great warming South Indian vegetarian food in the Temple's canteen.  After lunch, we will remove our shoes and spend some time in the magnificent Temple itself. In the Hindu tradition, Ganesh is the Remover of Obtacles and the Lord of New Beginnings.  May he remove all obstacles from the ride. ... more

Sun, Dec 6, 2015

Ride to Bayone for the World's Greatest Pacakes.

Frostbite #1


20 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

This is the traditional start to our clubs 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 New Jersey, follow the west coast of Jersey City and Bayonne for those deelicious pancakes. We'll give our respects to the Lady in the Harbor and end up in Hoboken for the trip across the Hudson and home. NOTE: We have an alternate plan if the weather is bad. Led... more

Sat, Dec 12, 2015

On the Waterfront

Brooklyn Parks and Industry


20ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

The gritty Brooklyn waterfront of the 1950's was well illustrated by Marlon Brando in the classic "On the Waterfront."  Teamsters, Longshoreman and other tough guys working in the hard industrial edges of New York.  Over the years, the edges have softened.  Where industry once thrived - there are now parks.  The cries of the Longshoreman have been replaced by the joyful shouts of playing children.  In this ride we explore the juxtaposition of parks and industry as we ride from Red Hook [Erie... more

Sun, Dec 13, 2015


A Long Time Comin!


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Finally, a bikeway crossing into the South Bronx at grade! And we'll be celebrating this along with a leisurely pre-Xmas Party ride through the peaceful calm and tranquil parklands of the East Bronx: Randalls and Ward islands, Port Morris, Soundview Park, Pugsley Creek, St. Raymonds Cemetery (an appropriate rest stop), Ferry Point Park, Maritme Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, and Locust Point, where we'll dine al fresco under the Throgs Neck Bridge (superb Italian, at the Ice House). After... more

Sat, Dec 19, 2015

Hollydays Lights Ride - Pre-Christmas Version


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 the ride on two different dates, pre- and post-Christmas.  This is the pre-Christmas version.  Layer up and come join us for a Christmas week 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... more

Sun, Dec 20, 2015

T'was The Night Before Xmas, Clement Clarke Moore and more

Frostbite # 3 And Ed Koch too!


20 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

"T'was 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 high up where a monastery and the view(The Palisades) was donated by John D.. It sits atop Ft. Tryon Park. Bring money for lunch. Led by Ed DeFreitas & TBA.

Sun, Dec 27, 2015

XmasLites in Dyker Hts. and Dim Sum

FB #4


20 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Brooklyn's China Town is no longer a secret. But, it's still a great destination when Dim Sum is desired. We'll check out the Xmas lights atop Dyker Hts. But first, it's Sixty fifth St. for lunch. On the way back, we'll take in the Manhattan skyline from Sunset Park. MAKE SURE TO BRING LIGHTS! HOPEFULLY FRONT AND BACK! Led by Ed DeFreitas & TBA.

Fri, Jan 1, 2016

Polar Bear Ride


Leaders: Josh Gosciak
20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

The first ride of 2016!

Only runners and cyclists appreciate the peaceful uninebriated yawn of an early New Year's morning: Desolate streets, no gridlock, as quiet as a pin drop, and complete and utter tranquility. But, of course, the ruckus begins at 1PM with the Polar Bears bringing in the new year, on the beach at Coney Island. And we'll be joining them! And after, to warm us up, we'll make a sprint up to Brighton, with a visit to the St. Peterburg's Global Trade House, for some... more

Sat, Jan 9, 2016

Ramblersville in Winter


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

HAPPY NEW YEAR RIDERS !  It's January - which can only mean that it is time for our annual cold weather ramble to Ramblersville.   The last two years had temps in the 20's - perfect for that iconic Jamaica Bay Beach Photo.  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.  The squawks of the parrots will be the soundtrack for the adventure.  Lunch... more

Sat, Mar 5, 2016

Westwood Ho!

Via New Bridge Landing


45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

We'll meet up at 9 AM at 72 & Riverside, at the Eleanor Roosevelt statue, then ride to 177 & Fort Washington (arriving at 9:45-10AM) to meet anyone who wants to take the A train uptown to 175 (first car, take elevator to the street; wait for us there at 177 and Fort Washington). This will be an intermediate ride with a stop at our favorite halfway point,  New Bridge Landing, a Revolutionary-era swing bridge across the tidal Hackensack River where George Washington slept after a hasty... more

Sat, Jun 11, 2016

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast

In the Heartland of the Garden State


52 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

An inaugural 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... more