Day Rides

Sat, Apr 28, 2018

Quick Spin Spring Training: Sunken Meadow

Quick Spin Spring Training: #5


75 - 80 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

Stretching our legs this week the Quick Spring Training Series Ride #5 heads out to Sunken Meadow State Park!

Meeting again in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens.  75 miles.  Meet at 8:30 AM and depart at 8:37 AM.  Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.

We head straight out to the town of Smithtown Suffolk Country, Long Island.  We stop in King's Park at our favorite Edelweiss Delicatessen to pick up lunch and head two miles up into Sunken Meadow State Park  where we eat on the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery and... more

Cherry Blossom Ride 2018


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.

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

Red Hook Crit Social

A schmoozy ride to a racy event


16 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

So we're going to the Women's (and Men's) Red Hook Crit, making momentous stops along the way: Rockaway Brewery, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Steve's Key Lime Pie, and IKEA, where vegan Swiss meatballs are the current cause célèbre (and the ultimate paradox: Swiss, vegan, meatballs all in one). We'll then head over to the Red Hook fixed-gear women's Crit at 8:30PM, with the men's challenge following at 9:30. After, we'll take traffic-free greenways to Brooklyn Bridge Park and, for those returning to Manhattan, the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Front and rear lights de rigueur and money... more

Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Stamford via Greenwich



51 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Please contact Ride Leader

A favorite ride with loads of scenic interest and a fair bit of climbing (3100 ft.). We will head out of Manhattan via the Randall's Island connector, make our way through the Bronx including a nice stretch along the Bronx River greenway then up into Westchester for some climbing and lunch before descending into Stamford for the express train back to the city.

Here's the route pioneered by our very own Steve V.

Be sure to bring the necessary tools and tubes and make sure your your bike is in good working order. Don't forget your... more

Legends of Addisleigh Park

Jazz and Sports Heroes Ride


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

The Addisleigh Park Historic District of St. Albans is the home of legends.  The historic district covers 422 houses built between the 1910s and 1930s for white buyers only. That didn't stop Addisleigh Park from becoming a magnet for prominent African-Americans - lawsuits be damned. In 1952, the magazine Our World called Addisleigh Park home to the “richest and most gifted” African-Americans in New York. On one block, you have the home of Babe Ruth [who wanted to be near his favorite golf course], Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, and The Godfather of Soul, James Brown.  As we venture into... more

Sat, May 5, 2018

Quick Spin Spring Training: Stony Point

Quick Spin Spring Training: #6


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

The hilliest ride of the Quick Spring Training Series takes us to Stony Point NY.

Ride #6 meets at the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal is and up and back around Rockland Lake State Park.  We meet just outside the Bus Terminal Entrance and head over the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge, in the bike lane (of course), and up 9W. 

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Blessing to Expo

A short ride to pick up packets or just attend the BNY Expo


< 10 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Join Ed, Liz, and Andrea as we ride to the Bike New York Expo after the Blessing of the Bikes at St. John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue/111th St.  The Blessing of the bikes starts promptly at 9:30 AM.  We leave immediately afterwards

We will meet outside the cathedral right after the ceremony and ride one way to the Expo.  The Ride ends at the Expo. Valet parking is available  at the Expo.



A Post-Expo Waterfront Tour

Starts at 5BBC Bike Expo table


15-20 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

After you've spent a productive morning at the Bike Expo, hop on your bike for a relaxed half-day tour of the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts, including Socrates Sculpture Park, Roosevelt Island and more. If you're visiting from out-of-town, let the 5BBC be your tour guide for some nice parts of the city that you might not get to see otherwise.

Please check in at the 5BBC table at the Expo before 1:00 PM. We'll ask you to sign in for the ride and we'll give you the exact details on when and where to meet after retrieving your bike from valet parking.

No lunch stop is planned... more

Sun, May 6, 2018

Ramapo Mountains Scout


128 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Charles A. Dana Center, Central Park

There are so many untraveled roads that lead up into the middle of the beautiful Ramapo Mountains.  Let's try them all! Return to New York via New Jersey Transit (Suffern station).

The draft route (subject to change until the night before the ride) is linked here:

As this is a quick spin, there will be no point-drop sweep.  We will ride as a group, maintain an approximate 19 MPH pace on the flats (of which there are few), and pause to regroup at the top of the climbs. There are no bails after 24 miles.  

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Sat, May 12, 2018

Quick Spin Spring Training: Eaton's Neck

Quick Spin Spring Training: #7


85 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

The Quick Spring Training Series Ride #7 series Finale!

Meeting again in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens.  75 miles.  Meet at 8:00 AM and depart at 8:07 AM.  Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.

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Sat, May 19, 2018

Montauk Half Century


50ish miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Let's head out east for an early 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... more

Sat, May 26, 2018

Thimble Island Bike/Cruise IV

A Ramble along the Connecticut Shore


35-40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend is finally here and what better way to celebrate than to hit the back roads of coastal Connecticut. Our destination: Thimble Islands, one of the majestic wonders of the world, and only a heartbeat away from New Haven, where beforehand we'll breakfast at Clare's Cornercopia, a venerable culinary landmark in its own right feeding generations of hungry Yale undergraduates.  (Those on a leaner diet can simply carb up at the nearby Dunkin' Donuts.) Some of the sights along the way include: the West Haven Lighthouse, a Victorian carousel, a defunct trolley rail trail... more

Sat, Jun 9, 2018

Newark Outback III

The Jesse F. Brown Outback Training Ride


30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Newark Penn Station


10:00 AM Newark Penn Station (Ferry Street side),You can take Path or NJ Transit from 34 Street. 30 miles, easy pace

Newark Rough Riders, a.k.a. Brick City Rogues, takes you on a one-way adventure to Newark's industrial outback, that strip of no-man's land between the Arthur Kill and the airport, dotted with refineries, trucks, containers, and small isolated villages, remote and pristine. The rough part is the fear we need to work out: the miles of desolate roads, with huge simmering refineries with nary a soul in sight and the... more

Sat, Jun 16, 2018

A Festival, a Canal, a Pizza, and a Beer

A ride for all schleppers


30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This is all new terrain for many of us 5bbcers, so we'll be doing a little bit of everything on this ride: First, we'll briefly tour some of the older Italian neighborhoods of New Haven and a bit of old Yale (founded in 1704), tossed in, before we head north along the majestic Farmington Canal for a 20-mile meander into rural New England. After, some of us will return to New York on the 5:25PM, but others will stay for the “Free Concerts on the Green,” courtesy of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and then dinner, a la New Haven-style pizza and locally brewed IPAs.... more

Sat, Jun 30, 2018

Escape the Heat! 7 days trip from New York City to Burlington over the July 4 Weekend.

7-Days/365 miles/18,215 ft of elevation gain through New York State, Massachusetts and Vermont.



365 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Ready for Summer challenge but don’t want to pack up your bike? Join us for a 7-day trip from New York City (the Bronx) North to Burlington, VT. Celebrate America's 242nd year of independence with a week long bike trip exploring some of the most beautiful scenery of the USA.

This advanced-moderate to advanced ride is not for the faint of heart.

It traverses three New England states, with a solid elevation gain over the 6 riding days.

Our final destination is the gorgeous Burlington, Vermont, where we will explore for a full 24+ hours before returning to the city.... more

Sat, Jul 7, 2018

The Staten Island Coastal Bike 'n' Hike

Did someone mention portaging?


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

Yes, we'll portage this pond!

This ride looks at – and anticipates – some of the new coastal infrastructures, bike and hurricane mitigation post-Sandy, along the bay side of Staten Island, from the ferry terminal at the Lighthouse Museum to Sequine Avenue at Wolfe's Pond. We'll explore newly opened parklands and bike paths, reclaimed wetlands with near-abandoned roads (pictured above), and some rugged but hikeable (and bikeable) areas where bike trails can be envisioned but are not quite there yet. Expect mostly asphalt bike paths though, mixed in with packed dirt, a few gravel, and... more