Day Rides

Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Big Alice Brewery

A Friday Night Frolic


10 or so - One Way Ride miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

On a non-descript block off of Vernon Boulevard there is a green door.  Behind the door is one of New York's best kept beer secrets, Big Alice Brewery. Big Alice is a New York State Farm Brewery, which means that their beers are made from locally grown farm ingredients, locally sourced hops and malts.  Big Alice may be a nano-brewery - but they are known for their big flavored beers and creativity.  How about a Jalpeno Rye Beer?  Maybe a Sweet Potato Farmhouse Ale?  The beers all rotate so you never know what is going to be up on the board.  But you do know that it will be delicious.  Join... more

Sat, Oct 29, 2016

Lambertville Luncheon

Rescheduld to October 29th


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

New ride date is Saturday, October 29th. 

We meet at Penn Station's New Jersey Transit, Main Waiting Room at 7:45pm on 10/09/16; we'll be riding from Trenton N.J. to Lambertville N.J.for a fine meal at an excellent restaurant. We ride along The D&R Canal Path* ( Delaware and Raritan & past Washington Crossing), an excellently maintained hard packed trailway suitable for road bikes. The pace will be comfortable over the 40 miles of traffic free trailway. This ride through our natural environment is special and unique; come join us! Your leaders are Ed DeFreitas, Rodney... more

Jamaica Bay to Rockaway


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

Come join us for a lovely fall ride around Jamaica Bay.  We'll travel on bike paths and greenways over many bridges with great views of the bay and ocean. Lunch will be at the Bungalow Bar in Rockaway.   Bring lock, lunch money and spare tubes.  Rain at start cancels.

Sun, Oct 30, 2016

Monmouth Battlefield Ride - Another October Central Jersey Ride


55-60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

We continue our October Central Jersey rides with this almost Halloween special, another beauty, hopefully with some changing leaves.

The ride is 55-60 miles. It is mostly on lightly traveled roads, and includes some rail trails. It is in Jersey so there are some roads that are a bit busier. It is a scenic fun ride. It is listed as an advanced moderate ride and you should be able to maintain 13-16 mph on flats. I would expect the points will be keeping a 14-17 pace on the flats and compressing periodically. We will use point drop sweep, but there are long stretches between many... more

Sat, Nov 5, 2016

Charlie's Turkey Ride

Maybe the last!


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

 Meet at Starbucks Queens Blvd and Union Tpke South side

Join Ed and Liz as we do a lap of Queens. 

We will eat Charlie’s turkey, the best turkey in Queens. I can say that I have been eating it for years. This is an easy 25- 30-mile mostly flat ride. Usual   weather conditions apply Bring $15 for lunch. 

Ride will end at Ed and Liz’s Apartment.

There will be an open house at our place

Please call if you would like to join us for Lunch and are not riding 718 487 4992.


Ed Pino and Liz Baum

Sun, Nov 6, 2016

Cho-Choo - - Late Fall Season Rail Trail Cruising

This ride requires pre-registration see below


50 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This ride requires pre-registration, as the number of spaces available is limited. Please contact the ride leader at the email address provided to receive confirmation.

Steady paced, fun, no-frills cruise south-bound along the paved North & South County, and the Old Putman, Trailways (rail trails). This is a great route for handling colder temps, and avoiding the hot-cold-sweat-shiver routine which hilly routes can create. We start cycling in Brewster over to the rail trail, and except for a few on-road sections, will be on paved trails with nice views and possible wildlife.... more

Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Hook Creek Boogie

Where? You gotta be kidding.


40ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Ready for a great Autumn ride?  On the far side of JFK there are the tiny Queens neighborhoods, if you can call them that, of Warnerville [two streets] and Meadowmere [a booming four streets].  We also cross a tiny footbridge to an island in Jamaica Bay that is the Nassau County hamlet of Meadowmere Park.  This area of the City feels cut off from the world - and yet is just minutes from the bustling Rockaway Turnpike.  Our lunch stop is the delicious Bay House.  On a good day the planes fly right overhead, so close that you can read the pilot's name tag.  This ride is for experienced urban... more

Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Brooklyn Waterfront Spin and Kosher BBQ


15 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Let's take a short ride combining two of my favorite things- riding on the Brooklyn Waterfront and amazing new Kosher BBQ. We'll ride at a relaxed pace to see the sites like the newish- Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Navy Yard (if open), the new pocket park along the Kent Ave Hipster Highway, and the hipsters of Williamsburg/Greenpoint. We save the best for last though - a trip to the newish Crown Heights Kosher BBQ phenomen Izzy's Smoke House (runner up for 2016 Brisket King of NYC ( All the water front riding without leaving your home borough. All the bbq ... more

Sat, Nov 19, 2016

Getting To Ganesh

गणेश लिए हो रही है


28 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

In what has become a 5BBC Autumn tradition, we ride through Brooklyn and Queens to the Ganesh Temple in Flushing.  We are seeking not only enlightenment, but also the company of our fellow riders and great warming South Indian vegetarian food in the Temple's canteen.  After lunch, we will remove our shoes and spend some time in the magnificent Temple itself. In the Hindu tradition, Ganesh is the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of New Beginnings.  May he remove all obstacles from the ride.  हम बहुत अच्छी तरह से खा जाएगा.

Bring - Lock, spare tube, lunch money, and a readiness for a... more

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Brooklyn Donut Massacree

A 5BBC Winter Frolic


25 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

So many little time.   Once again, the 5BBC goes on a quest to determine the best donut in Brooklyn.   Here are this years' challengers:  Donut Plant [a transplant from across the river, now in Park Slope], Mike's Donuts [old school in Bay Ridge],  DOUGH [We Fry in Bed Stuy} and Dun Well [delicious vegan donuts in Bushwick] .  And, no donut ride would ever dream of leaving out Tina Fey's favorite, Greenpoint's Peter Pan.   No need to do all five.  No judgments if you do.  

The ride starts at the newly opened Donut Plant in Park Slope - located at Flatbush and 6th Avenue... more

Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Starlight - Star Bright

Boogie in the Bronx


20 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

From Central Park, head to Randall's Island and the Connector to the Bronx.  We then visit two great parks along the shores of the Bronx River - Concrete Plant Park and Starlight Park.  Built on the site of a former Worlds Fair and Amusement Park - Starlight Park has reopened after more than a decade and a stunning 18 Million Dollar overhaul.  Just a great new park in the Bronx.  After Starlight - we then ride through the West Farms Area and then through Crotona Park.  

Lunch is at a favorite Bronx Restaurant - Landin Mac & Cheese in the Melrose Section.  If you are a mac n... more

Hollydays Lights Ride - Pre-Christmas Version

The Classic


15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Named one of Bicycle Magazine’s Eight Great Holiday Day Rides, the Hollydays’ Lights ride is back again this year and we hope to once again hold this classic ride on two different dates, pre- and post-Christmas.  This is the pre-Christmas version.  Layer up and come join us for a Christmas ride through parts of western Brooklyn to check out the holiday lights. We will ride at a leisurely pace to lighting displays in Greenwood Heights, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Midway we'll stop in Bay Ridge for a chance to get a holiday treat, hot chocolate or perhaps a slice from Nino's.... more

Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Ice Cream Social

A Ride to Eddy's Sweet Shop


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

Happy New Year.   Let's put those pesky resolutions to bed and go eat ice cream.  Yeah, we know its the middle of the winter, but for the true ice cream lover there is no right season to indulge our desires. Eddies Sweet Shop has been part of the Forest Hills community since 1909 - and the store is unchanged since the 1920's or 1930's.  They make their own ice cream, and generally do things the old fashioned way.  And, their malteds are just amazing.  

Layer up, and join us as we ride to this Icon in Queens.  There will be no lunch stop on this ride - we are just gonna eat desert... more

Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Brooklyn Parks - Winter Edition

Lunch at the Polish Slavic Center


18 or so. You can do this. miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Calling all Happy Face Riders - and our regular steady Winter crew.  If you have never taken a Winter ride before - this is the ride for you.  The light is different in the Winter,  and there is a stark beauty to many of these parks.  Stating at Grand Army Plaza, we ride to Red Hook to visit Erie Basin Park and the Valentino Pier.  We then ride through the gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge Park for those iconic views of Manhattan and the Bridges.  The ride then heads up to Williamsburg and Greenpoint where we visit Grand Ferry Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Transmitter Park.  Our final park is... more

Sat, Feb 4, 2017

Ramblersville in Winter

A Groundhog Day Ride


32 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Groundhog Day was only two days before, and by know we will definitely know whether Ol Man Winter will continue to reign.  Which can only mean that it is time for our annual cold weather ramble to Ramblersville.   The last three years had temps in the 20's - perfect for that iconic cold weather ride.  One of the most isolated neighborhoods in New York City, Ramblersville is a one block wide strip of land between Old Howard Beach and JFK.  Houses are built on stilts in this marshy spit of land.  We cross one of the most scenic foot bridges in NYC.  The squawks of the parrots will be the... more

Sun, May 14, 2017

A Ride to the Great Falls

In Paterson, New Jersey


35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

Join us for our annual springtime semi-training scenic adventure to one of the --  truly -- East Coast wonders of the world, The Paterson Falls, and a tour of labor history at the turn of the century in this old "Silk City" mill town that was the inspiration for the American epic, Paterson, by poet W.C. Williams, and many many labor strikes. Today, as then, the Silk City is a town of immigrants, and after touring the falls and museums, we'll lunch at an authentic Peruvian family restaurant where the indigenous drink, chicha morada, flows from pitchers as red as wine.

Note: Although... more