Let's see what shape we make visiting the bike shops of Queens and The Bronx. Help us sing the praises of the bike club. Check back closer to ride time once we have it mapped out we wills hare the gems along the way and where we plan to stop for food. This ride will be designed to have some straightaways to get the cob webs out and prepare you for spring training.
Sat, Feb 24, 2018
First time ride designed to visit as many bike shops we can and promote 5BBC
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
aka: Start Spring Training Early and Easy, A few Synagogues, a few Hamantashen , a tradition!
HAMANTASHEN Included for those of you who register!! (If you don't know what these are - you really won't regret signing up for this ride).
It is the Jewish holiday of Purim next week so what better way to celebrate the start of spring training (yes, it's just around the corner!) than to run an updated version of the Lost and Found Synagogues ride. We will see only a few at the start and end of this ride - it is being optimized so you can start and have 10, 15, 20 or 25 miles of mostly "Straightaway" riding around the circumference of Manhattan to begin your season and get back... more
Sat, Mar 3, 2018
Need a Sweep!
A ride to Astoria to the infamous Zorba's Souvlaki Restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating but I'm pretty sure we'll choose indoors. There are other choices nearby if you don't like Greek food. Bring your lock, a metro card, spare tube and usual Urban assault gear including lights just in case.
The first training ride
This weekend we start our Spring Training Series. Not in shape yet for a major bike event? Doing a long weekend trip? That's OK, neither are we. Start getting back into shape, sharing fun rides with the friendliest Club. Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money. Lunch at the famous Empire Diner! Bring spare tubes, lock, money for lunch.
Sun, Mar 4, 2018
We'll Ring Around the Hudson
A warm up for the 2018 training season.
A lazy cold early March day, a not too-exerting pace, and our destination? A humble Irish pub with a back dining room and fireplace. What more is there to life, except maybe a warmer pair of gloves.
We'll travel from New York to Hoboken, via the George Washington Bridge, following the proposed Harbor Ring Route, with stops at the Fireman's Park (and bike trail), in Fort Lee, the James Braddock Park lake, and Bull's Ferry Road (an almost vertical descent that only the most skilled will ride; the rest will walk or use an... more
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
This is a pretty simple ride: we go to Stamford and take the train home. Lots and lots of little hills but no killer ones. Due to the hills expect a slow overall pace. Many bailout points available. The planned lunch stop is in Stamford.
We will roughly follow this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19431442
After lunch the more adventurous among us might decide to continue a few more stops up the line before returning home.
Bring the usual: $ for train ticket, MTA bike pass, spare tubes, pump, etc. Lights strongly recommended.
First choice for lunch... more
Eary Spring Training - Get Those Cobwebs Out
Let's neck. Great Neck and Little Neck to be specific. First try at this ride in early February didn't work, let's hope this time is the charm, as we welcome in daylight saving time. This is a close in 35 miles or so scenic ride where we will see where the upper half lives. Lot's of turns and relatively hilly for a short ride that will go slower in winter. Some dead ends, but some incredible views and homes. This is a good ride to help kick out the winter cobwebs. Pace will be winter gentle, but listed as advanced moderate given distance and number of quick hills. Lots of lunch choices... more
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
We will take a scenic ride to the pier in Piermont via River Road and Tallman State Park, then make our way back to The Barn in Closter for lunch/brunch before heading back to the GWB via Walnut.
About 2300ft of climbing over 40 miles - so just the thing to get in a few hills as part of your spring training.
Bring lunch money, spare tubes and a light lock. Please sign up online so we have a good idea of who is coming and so that you don't have to fill in your contact information on the morning of the ride!
Route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26847891
Since we introduced and led this ride two years ago it has been a fun-filled success and we continue to receive multiple requests to schedule it again. It is a good early spring training ride to stretch your miles but with very limited hills. What more could you ask, other than for the weather to cooperate.
So, come join us for a fun, fairly flat 45-50 mile ride that combines two of our non-north shore favorite Long Island locations, Garden City and Hewlett Harbor. This may be a ride of a thousand turns, but you will enjoy most of them, as once we arrive at our various ... more
Sat, Mar 24, 2018
The 5BBC spring training series (moderate version) continues with a ride to the hamlet of Hartsdale located in Westchester County between the better-known municipalities of Scarsdale and White Plains. We meet at Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at 97th Street. Photo op at the High Bridge. Lunch is at the reasonably priced and descriptively named Bagels deli in Hartsdale. Another photo op at the Scarsdale waterfall. Return via the pretty Bronx River Greenway also known for low bridges, so when you hear the leader yell "duck!" it's not about waterfowl.
This weekend we continue our Spring Training Series.We go back to Hicksville. Going on a weekend trip,Not in shape yet for a major bike event? That's OK, neither are we. Start getting back into shape, sharing fun rides with the friendliest Club. Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money.Lunch at the Empire Diner.
Sat, Mar 31, 2018
Deep in the Heart of Central NJ
The first in a series of early spring Get Out of Towners. 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... more
Sea Cliff is a quaint North Shore enclave that was a former retreat. Come join us for a mid spring training ride that gives just the right amount of climbs to get us back in shape. We will ride there using some back roads (including a very short dirt road most will walk) and side streets in Sea Cliff itself, stopping at the cliff park overlooking the Long Island Sound. But as the ride title says, it is Sea Cliff plus, and from Sea Cliff, we will head further and ride by the Welwyn Preserve and by a hidden Glen Cove beach before making our way back the long way eventually on Wheatly and IU... more
Sun, Apr 1, 2018
Up, Up and Away
We ride through Manhattan and cross through the Bronx. Just over the City border is wonderfully named Valentine Lane. This is the beginning of the beautiful neighborhood of Ludlow Park. Old Victorian houses on quiet tree lined streets. We also ride right up to the Hudson River at the Beczak Envorionmental Center. Following lunch, we return through the ritzy Fieldston section of Riverdale before heading back home. There are some short uphills, some long uphills, some really steep uphills, and some downhills that will make you scream "WHEEEEEEEE." There is only one way to get better at... more
Sat, Apr 7, 2018
A Forgotten Borough Romp
When the glaciers receded from Staten Island, they left behind reminders in the form of small ponds. This ride starts with a long climb up Grymes Hill along beautiful St. Paul's Avenue. When we catch our breath at the top, we are greeted by the biggest of the ponds, Silver Lake. This was once the Staten Island Reservoir. The ride has us bobbing and weaving through suburban neighborhoods as we visit, Grasmere Lake, Cameron Lake, Jack's Pond, Kingfisher Pond, Spring Pond, Arbutus Lake and Wolfe's Pond. From Wolfe's Pond, we ride across to the North Shore of the Island for lunch at Club... more
The Jesse F. Brown Training Ride
To celebrate the life of Jesse F. Brown, we do this training ride in his honor -- and memory. A veteran of the Vietnam conflict, a retired NYPD officer, and a cycling enthusiast who was active in numerous bicycling groups -- the League of American Wheelmen, the Yonkers Bicycle Club, the New York Cycle Club, and, of course, our own Five Borough Bicycle Club, to name only a few, he was part teacher, part mechanic, part tour guide, and a knowledgeable dining aficionado. His support and passion for bicycling in general will be sorely missed, along with his unwavering -- and unquestioning --... more