Day Rides

Sat, Jul 1, 2017

Hicksville with a twist

We never did it in the Spring so lets do it now!


45 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

 9:30 AM          Meet at Starbucks South side of Queens Blvd and Union Tpke Union Tpke on E or F train

OK so we were colded out, snowed out and rained out in the Spring so lets ride out to Hicksville and add some miles. We will eat at the diner or pick up lunch and eat in the park Bring lock  and lunch money.

Extreme heat will cancel

Sun, Jul 2, 2017

East End Training Ride to Long Beach


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

We'll take a scenic ride along the water down through Coney Island, the Rockaways to Long Beach.  We'll see the beach (many of them) but probably won't have time to enjoy it.  We will find a place to grab a quick bite in Long Beach.  There are many.  Bring $$$ for lunch, the usual bike gear, rain gear and a lock.  This is a ride not a trip to lunch.  This is in preparation of our weekend ride to Montauk (East End).          

The Other 911 Memorial Ride

Which one? In Jersey. Oh! Which one?


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Here's a hint. It's two miles off shore. And yes, we're going to ride our bikes to it. After which, we're going to have lunch, unless you want to have breakfast (pancakes).

On this weekend, which marks the beginning of humankind's greatest experiment in our quest to be what humans can be, we're going to visit a tribute to #42, to #16, visit a small town, check on the rebirth of a bridge, visit our former sworn enemy's gift us, what our first ally gave us, a tribute to the Greatest Generation, a residence on a canal, a refurbished railroad a  terminal and brownstone area in Jersey... more

Tue, Jul 4, 2017

Revolutionary War Ride

New York and Those Revolting Americans


Approximately 15 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Revolutionary War Ride – Tuesday July 4 10:00 A.M. Prospect Park

Back by popular demand! THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN.  It started here (August 1776). Still one of the best kept secrets, but not “Fake News.” The biggest battle of the Revolution, and we lost it! Eventually we regained our foothold and the British exited, (yes, the original “Brexit”).  It’s all here… the Old Stone House, The Maryland Memorial, Battle Pass in Prospect Park…The Prison Ships Martyr’s Monument… Bowling Green, and Fraunces Tavern. Join us on this “You Were There” Revolutionary War Ride.  This Happy Face tour is... more

Sat, Jul 15, 2017

On the Trail of the Lenapes: Freehold

Deep in the Heart of Central NJ


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

We'll be doing an easy 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, with some minor climbs, but for the most part we'll travel long stretches of open country back... more

Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The Not Quite Almost to Philly Ride

River Views All Along the Way


41 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

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 it to Philly, since the return is Jersey-side River Line Light Rail to Trenton, a few of us may venture over... more

Bronx River Pedal & Paddle


15 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Carl Schurz Park

5BBC and the Bronx River Alliance have teamed up again for the 2nd annual Bronx River Pedal & Paddle!

Our bicycle ride will start at Carl Schurz Park (87th Street & East End Avenue) and proceed at a happy-face pace across Randall’s Island and on greenways in Bronx parks. We will then lock our bikes, don life jackets, and settle into canoes provided by Bronx River Alliance for a 1-hour paddle on the river. Finally, it’s back on the bikes for a spin on the Mosholu Greenway to Van Cortlandt Park and the #1 subway at 242nd St & Broadway.

... more

Sun, Jul 8, 2018

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Point Pleasant!


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