Day Rides

Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Scenic ride to Piermont & Nyack

Rain at 8AM will result in cancellation. If unsure, call or text the leaders

8:30am

65 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Chelsea Piers

Join us on scenic ride through the Palisades Interstate Park as we travel to the Pier on the Hudson in Piermont, followed by Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack. There will be time to eat in Piermont or Nyack, as well as see the superb bike shops there. 

Palisades Interstate Park is very hilly. ROAD BIKES ONLY.

Helmets are always required. Gloves are suggested, along with two spares, pump or CO2, snacks, & a full water bottle.

We don't expect to ride north above 14mph, but we may return at that pace. We will likely meander through Palisades Park. If you are unable or... more

Perimiter Ride of Manhattan

A friendly ride around the edge of this fine borough

9:00am

30-35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

This will be another ride appropriate for Happy Face and Moderate Riders. A motivated point will ride as fast as he can slowed mainly by occasional city street lights. A capable sweep will bring up the rear patiently encoruaging slower riders to finish the circuit!

1000 Feet of Elevation (up and down) - believe it or not, that's what you get in the 30-35 miles covering the perimeter of Manhattan (we will take bike routes where the route is closed for renovation).

Hope to see you on what may be my last ride until November (though I may post one for 10/7 and 10/8 before I leave... more

Pupusas in The Bronx

A Boogiedown Adventure

10:00am

25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

What's the sense of living in NYC if you do not sample food from different cultures?  Tucked under the El on Westchester Avenue is the amazing Pupuseria Salvadoreña, which we stumbled upon during a night ride in The Bronx.  After delicious food and horchata we knew that this was destined for a ride.  This ride takes us from Central Park, through Randall's Island and then onto the mainland as we visit scenic Concrete Plant Park, Soundview Park, Classon Point and Pugsley Creek Park.  After 16 miles of riding, we are rewarded with delicious fresh pupusas.  On the way back, we stop at The... more

Liberty State Park

10:00am

20 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Some of the best views of New York are from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. This easy and slow-paced bicycle ride features camera-ready views of Lower Manhattan, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. We will also visit the Empty Sky Memorial for New Jersey victims of 9/11, the Liberation Holocaust memorial statue, Black Tom Island where there was a big bang in 1916, and the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal where immigrants after leaving Ellis Island caught trains for America's heartland and new jobs, homes, and lives.

Bring $5.50 for round-trip PATH fare (use MetroCard... more

Sat, Sep 29, 2018

A Little Brooklyn, A Little Baseball

The Return of a Classic

9:45am

30-35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

We have not done this ride for a few years and we keep getting requests. So, as the season winds down, we are back for our own 5BBC fall classic, as we await the playoffs begin and the World Series. Don't just sit in the bleachers! Take a ride with a number of short stops, as we explore a small slice of Brooklyn's baseball history. where prospects grew and players lived. For the non-baseball fan, we will have interesting Brooklyn streets and sights, stories to make you smile and as always a good food stop. Bring hydration, money for food, an inquisitive attitude and a good... more

Sun, Sep 30, 2018

On the Trail of the Lenapes: 5 Bridges

A North Jersey Coast Slightly Off-Season Slow Spin

9:00am

25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

A last-chance Jersey Shore ride as we hunker down for the fall-winter.

A slow spin is a steady pace that doesn't bust it for you. We'll be riding some lovely flat coastal routes, across five bridges (or causeways) with a breakfast stop at My Kitchen Witch Cafe in Monmouth Beach (the french toast and pancakes are fantastic!), another (quick) stop at Booskerdoo Roastery for their signature Black and Tan coffee, then onto the Highlands, for a spectacular view of the coastline (if we decide to climb). This is a short 25-mile ride and slightly off-season, so expect cool ocean breezes and... more

Sun, Oct 7, 2018

WE CRUISE THE HACKENSACK

Meadowlands Fall Foliage

9:45am

15 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

A ferry across the Hudson, an elevator to the Palisades, a scenic view of the meadowlands, and an eco cruise along the Hackensack River. The cruise is compliments of Hackensack Riverkeeper, and is by donation. There are also kayaks to rent ($25 per paddle per kayak) as well as trails in the newly refurbished Laurel Hill Park (the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit station is nearby for those wanting to meet up with us at the park or to leave early). And for those looking to climb, there is Snake Hill nearby (check out the video of the climb), which will offer you a rewarding 360 view of the... more

Mon, Oct 8, 2018

Welwyn Preserve

Traffic Haters' Ride to the north shore of Long Island

9:30am

45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Visit the Gold Coast of Long Island's north shore and the site of the former Pratt Mansion and the current location of the Nassau County Hlocaust Museum. Rain at start cancels.

Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Montauk Half Century

10:00am

50ish miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Let's head out east for a late season ride to Montauk, a Montauk Half Century.  The ride will meet at 10:00 or so (final time to be communicated to those who register) at a LIRR station parking lot along the Montauk branch.  The start will time allow folks time to get out there by car and carpools or via the LIRR, and will be coordinated to the LIRR train schedule. 

The ride is around 50, mostly scenic, miles, including some beautiful areas by East Hampton and the fun rolling hills on Old Montauk Highway with some great views towards the ocean.  Ride is advanced moderate as we will... more

Sun, Oct 28, 2018

Tour de Bronx

Ride the event with 5BBC compadres

7:00am

25 miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

This is a terrific, FREE, annual event celebrating a less traveled borough of The Big Apple, and we're forming a small group to ride the 25 mile distance.  The route is fun and diverse over bike lanes, bike trails, NYC streets, and the myriad of settings those bring up.  Plus it's pretty durn FLAT with only 600'ish altitude gain over our entire course.  And there's a neat finish line festival in Bronx Botanical Gardens.

It's an easy peddling ride with at times lots of other cyclists around us, so definitely, good riding and bike handling skills are required.  Pace will be as... more

War of the Worlds

An 80th Anniversary Celebration

8:30am

50 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Meet 8:30 AM, near corner of Varick and Vandam Streets, Manhattan (across from City Winery), or approx 9:45 am, Gateway/Old Bridge Shopping Center, South Amboy NJ (Garden State Parkway Exit 123, then Route 9 south about 1 mile to Ernston Road exit; ahead at light for shopping center entrance). 45-50 miles, mostly flat. Special Note: we will try to arrange car pooling to and from NJ start point; if you need a ride or have a car and can transport other bikers and bikes, please contact Ted at folkpro@aol.com.

Eighty years ago, angry citizens of the Red Planet landed on Earth for an... more

Sat, Nov 10, 2018

Charlie's Turkey Ride

Another one that could be the last

9:30am

25-30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Kew Gardens - New

November 10,2018 9:30 AM Starbucks South side of Queens Blvd and Union Tpke.

Join Liz and I for a fun ride around Queens and a Turkey dinner at our place after. Charlie makes the best turkey. I should know I have been eating it for over 40 years!

Bring a fun attitude and $15 dollars for lunch which I give to Charlie.

Ride ends at our apartment 68-20 Burns St A4 718 487 4992

RAIN AT START CANCELS RIDE BUT NOT LUNCH! there will still be an open house starting at 1 P.M.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #1 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #2 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #3 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #4 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more