Day Rides

Sat, Aug 1, 2015

On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt

Another Central NJ Backroads Adventure

9:00am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

UPDATE, 7/29: It'll be hot hot hot on Saturday, in the 90s, and when out in and around New Egypt, little tree cover. We'll have plenty of water stops, and we'll make a pit stop at the Chesterfield General Store for Philly Italian Ices on the way out, and at Tootie's Ice Cream Bar for the energy-boosting Stewart's Root Beer Float, to get us back to Bordentown. (Tootie's had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich lunch special when we were there last.) The Delaware-Raritan trail, which we'll be on for... more

Tour de public pool!- Mccarren and Astoria, Shmorgasburg

A New Type of Beach Bum?

10:30am

Leaders: Abe Greene
15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Have you ever been on a group ride, dying of thirst, sweating like crazy, when you ride past a beautiful public pool only to be told move along, nothing to see here, you can't go in the pool?! Well on this ride you can! Join us on a short trip to NYC's two biggest public pools- Mccarren Park Pool and Astoria Park Pool. Check them out here: Time Out New York's Top Ten NYC public pools.  From Bloomberg's crowning pool achievement the refurbished "Mclarren Pool" to the Olympic sized Astoria... more

Sun, Aug 2, 2015

Train in some shade, a fresh breeze in the Huguenots Country Side

Poughkeepsie to New Paltz Loop

7:30am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Enjoy the spectacular views when crossing the Hudson River to New Palz.  Upstate roads with little traffic and stop signs, shaded roads and small inclines.  Get a fresh breeze cycling down the very small inclines (1,400 elevation gain on 40miles).

We have lunch at P&Gs (http://www.pandgs.com/) in New Palz, which started as a small settlement by French Huguenots. If we have time we can stop the historic settlement that preserved the buildings and history. Fun fact: One of the... more

Sandy Hook: Boat-Bike-Beach

7:30am

12-25 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Pier 11

Let’s take a high speed boat to Sandy Hook, the nearest destination to the renowned Jersey Shore, at a relaxed pace. We’ll ride around the Hook, maybe going to the nearby town of Highlands and see a portion of the Henry Hudson Trail, etc. Get something  to eat locally or bring your own lunch. Then return back to the Hook and go to North Beach, for beach bum time, where the ride ends. Please note details:  arrive at Pier 11 by 7:50 AM to purchase round trip ticket using the facebook discount... more

Farmington Rail Trail Conn.

8:45am

20+ miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

The Farmington Rail Trail is extra ordinary for it's history, beauty, and potential. We'll be exploring just 20+ miles of it's 80 mile total length. However, those miles will introduce you to a wealth of interesting facts.
We'll be having a meal at a true country kitchen! We'll be keeping a slow pace and enjoying the views. We expect to return to the city from Yaletown(New Haven)about 6:00PM.

We'll board the 9:04 A.M through train from GCT or 9:14 from 125th St.

 

Rockaway Beach Bum RIde

9:30am

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

Meet at GAP at 9:30Am, approximately 30 flat miles.

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 before heading to the beach.  Bring sun block, money for lunch and a bike lock.

 

Ride from Coop City to Boogie on the Blvd.

10:30am

Leaders: Holly Malone
Approximately 8 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

I'm volunteering at this year's Boogie on the Blvd., a large block party in the Bronx! I have been asked to lead a ride from Coop City to the venue. This will be a casual ride, with no sweep and without drops. There will be bike valet, so no worries about where to lock your bike up!

This is a short 8 mile ride to (what I think) is the Bronx's largest block party!

Bring water and money.

Meeting location: Dragon City Chinese Restaurant, 2102 Bartow Ave, 10475

We... more

The Satchmo Shuffle

a visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum

11:30am

16 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Engineer's Gate

Come ride with us to Corona, Queens where we will visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.  We will have a tour of the house and eat lunch (which you can bring or purchase nearby) in the garden.

Admission: $6 if you pre-register for the ride before noon on Saturday August 1st; $10 on the day of the ride.

Note: depending on the group pace,  the lunch stop may be before or after the 2:30pm tour, so eat something before you come and/or bring a snack to carry you over if needed. The... more

Sat, Aug 8, 2015

Hudson Valley Summer Escape: Easy, Steady, CLIMB! 

Poughkeepsie to Red Hook Loop

7:30am

62.9 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

It’s hot!  And you cannot stop riding your bicycle?

This ride takes you outside the unforgiving heat of the 5 borough to the cooler East Side of the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Red Hook over to Rhinebeck.  Enjoy rolling hills, open fields, and shaded riding areas.  

There are several water and snack breaks. The lunch stop is in an old railroad car at the Historic Village Diner, http://www.historic-village-diner.com/, at 33 miles in Red Hook.

We are leaving early... more

Four Reservations

8:30am

60 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at World Trade Center

Straddling New Jersey's Watchung Mountains are a ring of reservations--undeveloped parklands--that make for some great riding with plenty of rolling hills. We'll take the PATH to Newark and visit four of those reservations: Eagle Rock, Hilltop, South Mountain, and Watchung. Approximately 60 miles/3,200 feet of climbs, with a possible side trip to the abandoned 18th c. village of Feltville.

Please be prepared to maintain 16 MPH on the flats; hills are at your own pace, regroup at the... more

Batman Ride

9:30am

45 miles / Moderate / Starting at City Hall

Ride up the Hudson River Greenway over the George Washington Bridge and down to the Bayonne Bridge then back up to Exchange Place via Liberty State Park.  We'll take the Ferry or Path back to World Trade Center.  Our lunch stop is at the Gotham Diner.  We'll visit some parks in Bayonne on the way down from the bridge.  Bring water, snacks, a lock, $ for lunch and the Path/Ferry and your metro card.  Rain gear in case we get caught in an afternoon shower.  I don't care if the forecast calls... more

Sun, Aug 9, 2015

Beach Bumming in Staten Island

9:30am

30 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

In the early days of Beach Bum Rides, City Hall was part of the Start Point. Well, to almost use a well worn movie quote, "We're Back!!". But, we're going to a different place(Another quote?", South Beach. It's different. It's red sand? There's a fishing pier, real toilets nearby and fantastic views of......... well, everything. Including a view of Coney Island. Lunch pick up? The best. We have a whole supermarket full of stuff including a bakery and a delli. The ferry ride is free and... more

Ride from Coop City to Boogie on the Blvd.

10:30am

Leaders: Holly Malone
Approximately 8 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

I'm volunteering at this year's Boogie on the Blvd., a large block party in the Bronx! I have been asked to lead a ride from Coop City to the venue. This will be a casual ride, with no sweep and without drops. There will be bike valet, so no worries about where to lock your bike up!

This is a short 8 mile ride to (what I think) is the Bronx's largest block party!

Bring water and money.

Meeting location: Dragon City Chinese Restaurant, 2102 Bartow Ave, 10475

We... more

Sat, Aug 15, 2015

Freehold Township: Flatter than Flat

Little Silver Freehold Loop

7:45am

60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Nothing beats riding on flat!  We are exploring New Jersey via the modified Flatland Ride Route.  

Cycle from one small little town to another via country roads along the Manasquan River Linear Park, the Charleston Golf Course and Manalapan Recreation Area in the larger Freehold Township Area.  Enjoy long stretches where you can get into your cruising mode and just watch your cadence. No major hills or lots of 4-wheeled objects (they are on the road but not in masses) to worry about... more

Newark Outback III

10:00am

30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Newark Penn Station

THE INDUSTRIAL OUTBACK, THAT IS

10:00 AM Newark Penn Station (Ferry Street side),You can take Path or NJ Transit from 34 Street (Path-WTC is the most direct line). 30 miles, an easy pace, and very few climbs.

This is our third attempt at the Outback, so fear not!

Yes, 5BBC morphs into Newark Rough Riders, a.k.a. Brick City Rogues for the day, taking you on a one-way adventure to Newark's industrial netherland -- that strip of misery and sorrow between the Arthur... more

Sun, Aug 16, 2015

Brooklyn Perimeter

9:00am

50-55 miles / Moderate / Starting at Brooklyn Borough Hall

The Brooklyn Perimeter (with a moment in Queens) is back again this year to take you along the edges of the borough showing off Brooklyn's diversity from beautiful waterfront, to industrial centers, from HIP neighborhoods to old time neighborhoods. And we have a stop in the most surreal of places "the Hole", where one side of the street is Brooklyn and the other Queens. It is a mostly flat ride with one real climb. Bring water, sun screen, a lock and money for lunch. The... more

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