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Sat, Jun 4, 2016

On the Trail of the Lenapes: Freehold

Deep in the Heart of Central NJ

9:00am

35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Back by popular demand, and the halfway point for next week's "Coast to Coast" tour

We'll be doing a 35-miler (more or less) from Princeton Junction to Aberdeen-Matawan, via Freehold, the favored crossroads of the long-gone Lenapes and the site where revolutionary hero Molly Pitcher she-manned a cannon after her husband was gunned down at nearby Monmouth Battlefield. Much of the ride from Freehold to Matawan is on the Henry Hudson Rail Trail, so we'll see lots of greenery and carless countryside. From Princeton Junction into Freehold, it's mostly flat,... more

Jacob Riis Bungalow Bar Beach Ride

Need a sweep.

9:30am

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

A nice long ride mostly on bike paths down to the Rockaway's with a short stop at Nathans for a water/bathroom stop then to lunch at the Bungalow Beach Bar with inside/outside seating.  Bring $ for lunch, a lock, a metro card just in case, water, snacks and rain gear.

Heavy Rain at the start cancels the ride with ltitle possibilty of clearing.

Sun, Jun 5, 2016

Western New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

8:00am

70 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

The days are long, so lets make the most of all that sunlight.  This is a long but not very fast ride from Trenton to Philadelphia and back again.

 

We'll meet at Penn Station (West side, in front of the NJ Transit ticket windows) at 8 in order to take the 8:14 to Trenton.  From Trenton we'll ride through New Jersey to Camden and cross over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia for lunch.  Then we ride back to Trenton.  Overall around 70 miles of riding with plenty of bailouts for those who don't want to do the whole thing.

Sunset is at 8:25, so there should be... more

Bike Jersey City

9:00am

16 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

First sign up, and then join up with the leaders at City Hall in Jersey City (at Grove and Montgomery Street, a short hop from the Katyn Memorial and Path at Exchange Place). Registration is free (a mere $5 donation is suggested), but do not wait until the last moment, like, the night before! Of course this begs the question: why Bike JC's sister organization in New York City charges $92 not including a $22 "processing fee." We'll not ponder the "too big to fail" logic previously applied to our banking system during our most recent economic crisis, but, instead, we'll groove on the... more

2016 Riverdale Riverfest

Celebrate the Hudson River and Support the Hudson River Greenway

10:15am

28 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

Please join us for the 7th annual Riverdale Riverfest celebrating the Hudson River and the project to extend the Hudson River Greenway through the Bronx. This free festival on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent features stage performances, lots of interesting food options, and loads of environmental, river-oriented, and just-plain-fun activities and exhibits. Visit the festival website to make an optional tax-deductible contribution to help sustain this event.

 

The renowned sailing vessels Mystic Whaler and Schooner Pioneer will be available at the festival... more

Sat, Jun 11, 2016

Return to Calvary

10:00am

25-30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

What ride features Tiffany Glass, the Yellow Brick Road, and not one, but two Retractile Bridges?  If you guessed "Return to Calvary" - you win!  For film buffs, Calvary was the final resting place for Don Corleone in the Godfather.  It is an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of industrial Queens.  We also venture into the vortex of "Land of the 60's".  Along the way, there are other wonders to behold.  And of course, it would not be a 5BBC ride without a great lunch stop - Bohemia Gardens.  Hope you can join us.

 

Bring: Tube/Pump, Lock, Snacks, a Good Joke

Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Return of the Triple Crown

Our Own Triple Crown Ride on Belmont Weekend

10:00am

25-30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Kew Gardens

 

 

Come join  Ed Pino and Liz Baum on the Sunday of Belmont weekend, as we bring back our own 5BBC triple crown.

We will be starting at 10:00 am at the Starbucks on the South side of Queens Blvd and Union Tpke and galloping through Brooklyn

and Queens to visit three carousels.  Bring your Steed with a 

spare shoe.  Bring money for lunch and to ride the Carousels. Bring a Lock.

Must be able to ride in traffic and do 10 miles per hour.  Many bail out 

places in the route. As a special treat we will stop by the Lemon Ice King  at the end as... more

Sat, Jun 18, 2016

The Newark-Sandy Hook Run III

8:30am

55-60+ miles / Moderate / Starting at Newark Penn Station

55+ miles, moderate 10-12mph pace

Quasi training ride to the tip of the Jersey Shore, from Brick City. Note 10-12mph cycling pace. We’ll start going after intros. Be prepared to endure some busy traffic, several bridges, some hills, some limbo as well as some tongue-tied excitement. Some select NJ Transit bailouts for trains, if needed. We will have at least one mandatory rest stop along the way before lunch bordering Matawan at the 35 mile mark. We will then go on the Henry Hudson Trail, with an option to go through Keansburg. At the town of Atlantic Highlands, we can choose the... more

Antique Furniture Restoration Ride

9:15am

15 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

You'll see the pride behind every piece Jorge restores. He'll even show you some new pieces he creates using a painting technique that few people would ever believe possible. Learn what makes Jorge the furniture dealer's choice when it comes to restoration...whether it be a piece that is nearly 200 years old or a scratch that happened yesterday. Join us for this unique ride. Bring lock and money for lunch at a local ethnic restaurant in Gowanus Brooklyn. Rain at start cancels.   

QueensWay Greenway Byways

Feeders from Union Sq., LIC and Prospect Park

9:30am

25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Union Square North (17th St) and Park Avenue South

Alliteration is not the only thing we have rolling today.

Join Friends of The QueensWay, 5BBC, and TA Queens Committee members in a ride from Rego Park to Ozone Park to explore the future route of the QueensWay, the proposed bikeway, linear park, and rail trail atop the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch railroad. We will make several stops, and brief hikes onto the rail line before officially ending outside the Aqueduct Race Track and Casino. Riders wishing to take the A train back to Manhattan can continue to Aqueduct Station. Peter Beadle of Friends of The Queens Way will accompany... more

Sat, Jun 25, 2016

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

Sun, Jun 26, 2016

"Discovery Day" at Fresh Kills

9:15am

22 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

We love Fresh Kills. It brings us back to those bad old days when the site was a notorious, noxious landfill, periodically catching fire, and visible from satellite. Now it is thoroughly top-soiled, manicured, tamed, and importantly, for us, bikable. At nearly three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years, we'll bike car-free roadways, scan the hills, the views and sites (at one of the highest points, a 360 view never seen before!), and kayak in and around the Arthur Kill's tidal waterways.

Going out, we'... more

Sat, Jul 9, 2016

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast I

Princeton Juncton to Manasquan!

9:00am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

An inaugural two-part 5BBC ride that traverses the length of New Jersey, from the tranquil Delaware River to the roiling Atlantic Ocean! Join us and make history!

This ride begins in  Princeton Junction, not quite the Delaware, but close enough, and travels through tranquil back roads and farmlands. toward Freehold, New Jersey. But unlike previous rides to Freehold that then pick up the Henry Hudson north to Matawan, we'll keep a steady southeastly course to Manasquan, with the last third of the ride on the traffic-free Freehold-Jamesburg Rail Trail that eventually becomes the Edgar... more

Sat, Jul 16, 2016

The Not Quite Almost to Philly Ride

River Views All Along the Way

8:00am

41 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

What, Camden isn't good enough? We don't think so. And Walt Whitman, who is buried here, would agree.

We ride from Trenton to Camden, through idyllic 19-century waterfront towns and quiet roadways with stops at Bordentown, a major hub of rail-canal industry back in the day, the village of Roebling, named after the suspension-bridge inventor, the hamlet of colonial Burlington (and, curiously, the source for Junior's Cheesecake of Brooklyn), the iconic Victorian gingerbread Riverton Yacht Club, and, finally, Victor's Pub in a (somewhat) revitalized Camden. Although we won't quite make... more

Sat, Jul 30, 2016

Bronx River Pedal Paddle Pedal

8:30am

20 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Start location: Carl Schurz Park, 87th Street & East End Avenue

The Bronx River has undergone an amazing recovery as a healthy ecological, recreational, educational, and economic resource thanks in large part to the work of the Bronx River Alliance. Today, the Alliance is our host for an up-close appreciation of the restoration of this precious river. We will be escorted on a 1-hour canoe trip and will learn about the river's history.

We do ask that all participants in today's event become members of the Bronx River Alliance. A year's... more

Sat, Aug 13, 2016

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