Day Rides

Sun, Jul 24, 2016

Cos Cob, Conn

Picnic at the Historic Jay House

9:30am

CANCELED

About 40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Ride up to Connecticut with the 5BBC.  This one way ride starts at Columbus Circle and heads north to Cos Cob.  Along the way we will travel on the Hutchinson River Trail through the Bronx and up into Westchester towns of Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont and Mamaroneck.  We will have a picnic lunch at the Historic Peter Augustus Jay House.  This house is currently being restored to its former grandeur.  The back porch makes for a perfect spot for a picnic. 

Following lunch, we will have one of the most scenic rides in the area.   We see how the 1% lives in Rye, visit downtown Port... more

Belle Harbor Beach Bums

Too Hot for Cos Cob

10:00am

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

Some days are just too hot and humid for a long ride. Cos Cob will have to wait - WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH. So... put on your Hawaiian shirts, grab a bathing suit and towel, and join us as we head to Belle Harbor for a refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean.  We will stop at Riis Park to change, so no need to wear your bathing suit.  We will likely stop at Rolling Roaster on he way back for some Old Timey Brooklyn fast food.  Let's get wet.

Bring:  Bathing suit [no skinny dipping] and towel, lock, lots of hydration, beach snacks, SPF 3,000, a hat for the sun, and a great attitude... 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 2-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

Allan and Steve's Tour De Manhattan

Pied Piper Early Bird Circle Tour - Join along the way to end at Member's Forum

10:00am

30 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

We will start where we will end - at River Bank State Park. The location of our 5BBC Member's Forum. 

Meeting at 10am at Sofrito's we'll make various stops along the way and include places to pick up food and have a picnic lunch along the river. So please bring money for food and something to carry it in as well as a lock in case it is needed.

We will make our way down Riverside Drive, our first pause will be at Riverside and 72nd Street to pick up any additional Upper West Side cyclists. We will then continue south and pause at the edge of Chambers Street to pick up anyone... more

HIstoric Harlem

Ending at 5BBC Membership Meeting

11:30am

15 ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

This ride celebrates the stunning architectural diversity of Central Harlem and Sugar Hill.  Gems from Colonial days include Hamilton Grange and the Jumel Mansion. We ride past the beautiful residences of Astor Row and Strivers Row. We check out the opulence of Grant's Tomb and the Bailey House.  Other historically significant places include the Loth Ribbon Factory and the Hotel Theresa.  And of course, would any trip to Harlem be complete without cookies from the Sweet Chef on Hamilton Place?  Come discover the Harlem that you never knew existed.

The ride concludes at a modern... more

Sun, Jul 31, 2016

East End Ride

7:30am

75-100 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Come join us for a cycling jaunt on the east end of Long Island from Westhampton to Greenport . Part of the ride is scouting, but no fear as your leader  knows the roads having grown up in the area. We will modify the ride as needed to be less or more mileage depending on the group consensus.  A few of us will be doing a century the day before.

The ride requires you to get to the start location at the Westhampton train station. You can get there on your own or via the LIRR To Westhampton.  This trip costs about $20.50 one way.  Trippers will be responsible for getting on the train... more

The Farmington Bicycle Trail

(it's part of The East Coast Greenway)

7:45am

40 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

The Farmington Bicycle Trail runs from New Haven Conn. into Mass. We'll meet respectively at 7:45am, 8:00am, and 8:10am at Grand Central Terminal, Harlem 125th St., or Fordham Rd in The Bronx on the Metro North New Haven Line. We'll be traveling through some extraordinarily beautiful countryside. There are numerous small towns along the trailway; lots to see and experience. Great country eateries and the joy of truly being in the country. We'll be keeping a comfortable pace (12-14 mph) and your leaders are Rodney Millard, Jesse Brown, and Ed DeFreitas. Come join us on a lovely journey in... more

Sun, Aug 7, 2016

Triple Beach Bum Ride I

When One Beach Is Not Enough!

9:00am

40 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

Back in the day, we could have boarded a steamer at the Battery, with harpist accompaniment. Instead, we'll catch the 9:01 AM North Jersey Coast train to Matawan. We meet up, a little before, in the Amtrak Waiting Area, in Penn Station, at 31 and 8th Avenue, near the escalators. The NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby.

Once in Matawan, we explore old and forgotten beach resorts your great grandparents would have visited, such as Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, or where an uncle might have garrisoned, such as the firing range of the U.S. military at Sandy Hook. Ride is almost... more

Sat, Aug 13, 2016

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast I

Princeton Juncton to Manasquan!

9:00am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Rescheduled from July 9.

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  Prineton 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... more

Bathe in Bayville

9:00am

55 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Follow the 5BBC on its annual ride to the Beach in Bayville. Bring lunch or the money to buy it; bring your bathing suit because we will swim and splash in the water at Centre Island Beach. Optional 6-mile ride to Centre Island available. 

Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Rockaway Beach Bum RIde

9:30am

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

Meet at GAP at 9:30AM

Enjoy a scenic summer ride to the beach.   This leisurely paced ride will go from Brooklyn to the Neponsit along quiet streets and bike lanes. 

We'll stop to pick up lunch, then a quick stop to change into our bathing suits before heading to the beach.  Bring sunblock, money for lunch and a bike lock.

Note:  Rain at start cancels

Sat, Aug 20, 2016

Ride to Blue Point Brewery

9:30am

75 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Cunningham Park

Ride to the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, LI. No sweat on the ride out ... and if there is, the beer at the brewery will take care of that. Meet at Cunningham Park at 9:30 am - sharp.
Bring MTA bike pass, $ for lunch and drinkstuffs as well as LIRR train fare from Patchogue ($13.25). Trains returning to Jamaica, Brooklyn and Penn Station are at 3:35 pm, 4:23 pm and 5:10 pm.
No point/drop/sweep. However we will travel as a group, compressing as needed. This is a quick spin lite ride, please join if you can ride16-17mph on the flats, this is a more social ride, so a good... more

Sun, Aug 21, 2016

Triple Beach Bum Ride II

When One Beach Is Not Enough!

9:00am

40 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

This is Part II of the continuing odyssey in quest of the perfect North Jersey Shore beach.

We'll be catching the 9:01 AM North Jersey Coast train to Matawan. We meet up, a little before, in the Amtrak Waiting Area, in Penn Station, at 31 and 8th Avenue, near the escalators. The NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby.

Once in Matawan, we explore old and forgotten beach resorts your great grandparents would have visited, such as Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, or where an uncle might have garrisoned, such as the firing range of the U.S. military at Sandy Hook. Ride is almost... more

The Rockaway Boardwalk: An Appreciation

10:00am

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

On October 29, 2012, the Rockaway Boardwalk was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Now, nearly 4 years and $140 million later, the iconic boardwalk has been rebuilt from Beach 126th St. to Beach 9th St. Most of the wooden boards have been replaced with concrete planks, raising the semantic question whether it can still be called a boardwalk, but its historic name will remain. There is also an aesthetic question whether the new construction is as attractive as the boardwalk it replaced, but there is no question that it is more resilient and it will also serve as a protective barrier against... more

Sun, May 14, 2017

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

Sat, Jul 8, 2017

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