Day Rides

Sat, May 27, 2017

On The Waterfront - Brooklyn Shores

Calling All New Members


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

Once the Brooklyn Shore Line was the realm of industry.  Teamsters, Longshoreman and hard working men.  You know  -  Marlon Brando fighting Johnny Friendly for control of the docks.  But times have changed.  The places where industry thrived have been converted into amazing urban parks and landscapes.  In this ride, we will visit Ikea Park, Valentino Pier, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Grand Ferry Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Transmitter Park.  We end up at the one of a kind "Nature Walk."   Lunch will be at the always fabulous Polish Slavic Center.

This ride will be a great opportunity... more

Sun, May 28, 2017

Roosevelt-Valkill-Vanderbilt Homes

Memorial Weekend & The Roosevelt Home


15 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Okay, so we get up early. But, there's a train ride along the Magnificent Hudson to Poughkeepsie. Then, we hop off the Iron Horse and jump on our Steel, Aluminum, Carbon, or Titanium Steed and ride to Val-kill, Roosevelt Library (Lunch & Tour) and the Vanderbilt Mansion. Then, back to Poughkeepsie to take the return train to NYC.

We start at either Grand Central Terminal  7:43 train. Be there by 7:25 to buy ticket & board train or 125th St./Harlem. 7:54 train. Be there by 7:40 to buy ticket & board train.

Bring a Metro-North pass & money for tickets and lunch... more

200K Scout to Raritan


129 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

Help scout some new roads across the beautiful middle of New Jersey on a hilly 200K route from the GW Bridge to Raritan!  9,000 feet of ascent.  We will visit Picatinny Arsenal, Jenny Jump State Forest, and Point Mountain Reservation, with a return via NJ Transit (Raritan) to Penn Station (or PATH to WTC). 

Ride with GPS file here: (draft; expect changes).  Cue sheet provided at start.

This is a Quick Spin; we will ride together and will not use point-drop sweep unless something unexpected requires it.  To finish comfortably before dark... more

Sat, Jun 3, 2017


Love cycling? Love chocolate? This ride's for you!


22 or so miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park


Have a sweet tooth? Follow the idiom "if it is chocolate, eat it?" Here is your chance to combine cycling and some of New York City's best chocolatieries! We visit Aigner Chocolates in Forest Hills; Raaka Virgin Chocolate in Red Hook; and Li-Lac in Industry City. Together they have over 200 years experience tantalizing New Yorker's tastebuds. Now you can enjoy their wares in one afternoon and possibly, receive discounts on your purchases. Lunch at Roberta's; bring a lock, water, money for lunch and to buy delights, a bag to haul your goodies home, and of course a helmet... more

Sun, Jun 4, 2017

Daddy-O's in Hopewell Junction

And the Lunch is as High an Elephant's Eye!


35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Okay. Not really. But the portions are good. And the ride brings us along the comfortable, paved Dutchess County Rail Trail to the resurrected Hopewell Junction Depot with an "N" Gauge model of the Junction & the newly built Signal Tower reproduction.

This is one of the best built and mostly flat rail trail ever. On our way back, we'll check out the view of the Hudson from the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Then back to Poughkeepsie to take the return train to NYC.

We start at either Grand Central Terminal 7:43 train. Be there by 7:25 to buy ticket & board train or... more

Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Springville Greenway at Freshkills

A Rags-to-Riches Environmental Tale


30 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. Not anymore though.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.

And we'll be test driving yet another addition to what looks to be extensive bike trails throughout the parkland -- the brand new Springville Greenway -- where we'll have a guided tour by... more

Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Brooklyn Sojourn

Do you really know Brooklyn?


30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Brooklyn Borough Hall

This is a test. Where is Weeksville? What was/is it? Why is a Brooklyn bay called Sheepshead? Is there anything left of a Brooklyn Dodger ball field? Did Brooklynites ever take a train ride on a 5th Ave. El out to Long Island? And what was the plan for an Ebbets Field replacement? Let's find out together. We'll start on the park side of Brooklyn Borough Hall, ride east to Pennsylvania Ave. (the one in Brooklyn.) Then south to the Land Fill that's now a great park and along the shore to Sheepshead Bay and lunch. Then, it's off to Coney Island, Bath Beach, along the shore, under the VZ... more

2017 Riverdale Riverfest

Support the Proposed Bronx Greenway


28 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Please join us on a ride to the eighth annual Riverdale Riverfest, a free festival celebrating the Hudson River and supporting the proposed Bronx Greenway link.  The ride is approximately 12-15 miles each way and has some hills, which we will take gently so don’t worry about them.  The Festival is scheduled to take place from 12 to 6:00 p.m., on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale (of course!).  There will be free valet bicycle parking so the bikes will be guarded as we enjoy the afternoon.

The historic sailing ships – Clearwater, A.J. Meerwald, Pioneer --... more

Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Westwood Ho!


45 miles / Moderate / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

This will be a steady-pace 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 retreat from New York. We'll lunch in Westwood, where some of us can dine at the Rolling Pin Cafe (usually crowded), or Pompilio's for family-style pizza or It's Greek to Me, for a Greco-Feta version. Plan for a fairly long and relaxing lunch (this is no quick spin), so eat hearty: Our return to NYC is via Old Piermont Highway and a finale across the dreaded Palisades. (Get those... more

Sun, Jul 2, 2017

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

Sat, Jul 8, 2017

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