Day Rides

Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Hot Town - Summer in the City

A Bike and Swim Social

6:00pm

10 Ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Hot town, summer in the city.  Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.
All around, people looking half dead.  Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.

Well, there IS a cure for the Summertime Blues!   Come to the 5BBC Bike, Swim, Social.  We are leaving from City Hall Park and heading up to Riverbank State Park for a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool with Sunset over the Hudson.  And, following the ride, head right next door to Sofritos for refreshments and socializing.  What more can you ask for on a hot summer night.  Join us for the fun on this Happy Face... more

Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Columbus Circle to Union Square via Four Boroughs, Randall's Island and Seven Bridges

9:30am

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

Our ride begins at Columbus Circle. We ride North through Central Park to Harlem and then into the Bronx to Crotona Park.  We circle back to the South Bronx and enter Randall's Island via the Randall's Island Connector pedestrian/bike path to ride along the waterfront for most of our trip as we circumnavigate Randall's Island crossing several bridges along the East River and connecting waterways. The ride continues along the East River Esplanade in Manhattan hugging the waterfront on bike paths/lanes and into Long Island City Queens. We will stop for lunch at LIC Flea & Food (www.... more

Bike Repair Class

Summer Tune-Up (PLEASE REGISTER IF YOU MIGHT ATTEND!)

10:00am

0-5 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Please contact Ride Leader

Refresh and improve your basic bike repair skills in preparation for the upcoming 5BBC free bike repair table at Summer Streets.

This class is aimed at:

volunteers who want to help fix bikes at the Summer Streets festival on Saturdays 8/5, 8/12, and 8/19 anyone who wants to improve their bike repair skills so they can help themselves and others fix the common things that go wrong on the road.  

If you're interested in being a 5BBC leader, or volunteering for a local ride like Bike NY or the NYC Century, this class will be a great way to get more comfortable with bike... more

Bronx River Pedal & Paddle

10:00am

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.

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Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Ride-along with the Empire State Ride

5BBC welcome for those riding 500+ miles cross-state

9:15am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

Back at Bike Expo I met the organizers of the Empire State Ride which supports the Buffalo Cancer Center as a fundraiser that take cyclists 500+ miles from NYC cross-state to Buffalo.

They are looking for a 2-3 Marshalls in Manhattan and this ride will start where they do. Details are on facebook.

This ride will welcome, tail and cheer them on along the west side bike path and then up and over the GWB. It will end at the bus terminal for those who want a ride of 15-20 miles and I may add on a meander in Manhttan for those who want more and perhaps find a place to fine... more

Ghost Bikes 2017 Memorial Ride

9:30am

CANCELED

About 40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

I've been volunteering to help build ghost bikes for cyclists killed in New York City since 2013. This year, after building the bikes on June 3, I thought it would be great to put together a ride to visit all the sites where cyclists were killed in the past year. That's a pottery big space in New York City, so I created this ride in three parts. One group starts on Claremont Park in the Bronx, visits a ghost bike in Pelham, then rides to Elmhurst to meet the Queens group. That group starts in Cunningham Park, visits a ghost bike in Bayside then rides to Elmhurst to meet the Bronx group... more

Ice Cream Social

Historic Eddie's Sweet Shop

11:00am

20 ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Since 1909, Eddie's Sweet Shop has held down the same corner of Metropolitan Avenue.  Not a lot has changed since then.  Virtually everything is made on the premises—including the hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, strawberry syrup, coffee syrup, and whipped cream—all with only fresh ingredients. They offer around 20 flavors, all names you'd recognize on a menu from a half century ago: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, coffee, and rum raisin (real rum is used!).  Their milk shakes and malteds are spectacular.  The decor was last updated in the 20's or 30's, and a visit is a step back in time... more

Sat, Aug 5, 2017

The Summer Streets Happy Face ride

10:00am

22 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

The summer streets program is here again, running from Park Ave. & 72nd St to the Brooklyn Bridge.  Park Avenue will be closed to traffic, and open to cyclists, joggers, roller bladers, etc.  It is a big moving block party.  

The ride will be approximately 22 miles, w/ many rest stops to enjoy the activities and giveaways on Park Avenue.  We will ride start @ Lenox Ave. & 110th St, @ 10:00, going down Central Park’s Westside car free drive.  The ride consists of 1 semi-big hill, & much smaller rolling hills in the park.  We will go easy, with pointers on climbing hills... more

Bike Shop Brigade Rides Again

Promoting 5BBC to Bike Shops in Manhattan and Queens

1:00pm

10-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Summer Streets Table

We will be leaving from the Bike Repair class and heading north to hit as many bike shops as we can with Business Cards and encourage them to sign up as affliliated bike shops with 5BBC by offering our members discounts at their stores. Join this meander through the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx as we show our friendly faces to our local bike shops and raise awareness and hopefully membership in our club! Please register so we know to look out for you at the start of our ride.

Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Brewster Quick Spin Light to NYC

10:15am

55 miles / Quick Spin Light / Start Location TBD

A revisit to an old favorite, as we travel north to south, from rural surroundings to urban surroundings.

A nearly traffic-free country to city quick spin pace light w/o the point drop system, unnecessary as we will ride together as a group w/o gapping.  Good cycling abilities, instincts, etiquette, and self-sufficiency are required. However, if you have been training and are ready for a little challenge, you are welcome, as we try to maximize our time in the saddle.  We will try to maintain a consistent 16 to 17 mph, depending on conditions.  Please note, that approx. 36 traffic... more

Bike Shop Brigade Rides Agan

Promote the 5BBC to Bike Shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn

1:00pm

10-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Summer Streets Table

We will be leaving from the Bike Repair class and heading north to hit as many bike shops as we can with Business Cards and encourage them to sign up as affliliated bike shops with 5BBC by offering our members discounts at their stores. Join this meander through the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx as we show our friendly faces to our local bike shops and raise awareness and hopefully membership in our club! Please register so we know to look out for you at the start of our ride.

Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Bike Shop Brigade Rides Again

Promote the 5BBC to Bike Shops in Manhattan and Staten Island

1:00pm

10-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Summer Streets Table

We will be leaving from the Bike Repair class and heading north to hit as many bike shops as we can with Business Cards and encourage them to sign up as affliliated bike shops with 5BBC by offering our members discounts at their stores. Join this meander through the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx as we show our friendly faces to our local bike shops and raise awareness and hopefully membership in our club! Please register so we know to look out for you at the start of our ride.

Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Triple Beach Bum Ride

When One Beach Is Not Enough!

9:00am

30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

Finally, a beach bum Happy Face ride to write home about -- and a triple header to boot.

Back in the day, we could have boarded a steamer at the Battery, with harpist accompaniment. Instead, we'll catch the 9:01 AM North Jersey Coast train to Matawan. We meet up, a little before, in the Amtrak Waiting Area, in Penn Station, at 31 and 8th Avenue, near the escalators. The NJ Transit ticket machines are nearby.

Once in Matawan, we explore old and forgotten beach resorts your great grandparents would have visited, such as Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, or where an uncle might... more

Sun, Jul 8, 2018

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Point Pleasant!

9:00am

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