Day Rides

Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Sagamore Hill


55 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Join the Club in reviving a long-time favorite ride to the newly renovated Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt's home on Long Island. This is a hilly ride on Nassau County's north shore so be prepared to climb, inluding the climb to Sagamore Hill. We will stop to buy lunch in Oyster Bay, but eat it on the Hill.

Beach Bum Jacob Riis/Bungalow Bar Beach Ride


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

A nice long ride mostly on bike paths down to the Rockaways with a short stop at the beach hopefully to cool off if the weather is right then to lunch at the Bungalow Beach Bar with inside/outside seating.  Bring $ for lunch, a lock, a metro card just in case, water, snacks and rain gear.

Heavy rain at the start cancels the ride. 

Sun, Aug 30, 2015

New York Air Show -- Stewart Airport, Newburgh, NY

Featuring Vintage and Modern Aircraft and Parachutists


30 out, 10 back miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

The New York Air Show, originally slated to take place in Coney Island this summer, has moved north to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY, and 5 BBC will follow the "vapor trail" for a great day out!

The show features hundreds of static aircraft and in-flight performances by planes that span the spectrum of aviation history, along with parachute demonstrations.

Travel to Beacon Metro North Railroad Station via the 7:43 AM train from... more

The Wallkill River Trail!

Air Conditioning in the rough


50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal


The Wallkill River Trail! is Air Conditioned! Well, sort of and only in one place. There are deep fissures in the earth that sometimes blasts really cold air out across the path. Very refreshing.

                                               We meet at Grand Central Station in Manhattan at 8:25AM and 8:40 at 125th St.


to start our trip toPoughkeepsie. We'll ride across the Railroad Bridge at 210 feet above the Hudson, continue most of the way via the... more

Keep it UP and UP to go all the way down...

Cold Spring back home to Manhattan via Haverstraw


51.8 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This ride has both rolling hills and some steep climbing, which you can do at your comfort speed.  You rewarded with some exciting downhills on shaded roads. We head on the backroads of Bear Mountains to Concord where we have lunch at the Cornerstone Cafe ( at 25 mile.  One more brief stop to fuel up on sugar, caffeine or H20 before we take lesser travelled backroads (including the Walnut Street Climb) from Piermont into Manhattan.

... more

Send in the Calvary

A Romp Through Queens and Brooklyn


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

Calvary Cemetery in Queens is one of the most underrated places in New York.  It features the moving Civil War Monument and amazing Tiffany stained glass mausuleums.  But this ride has so much more.  We  head to the "Land of the 60's" to visit Metropolitan Oval, a historic soccer field with an amazing view.  We visit Stockholm Street, a/k/a "The Yellow Brick Road."   We cross the Borden Street and Carroll Street retractile bridges [the country only has four bridges of this type].  Lunch is... more

Tue, Sep 1, 2015

Forest Park


Leaders: Wentworth Price
Approx. 20 urban miles miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Fowler Square, Fulton St & Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Another short quick mid-week spin to raise the heart rate and maintain your fitness build for the NYC Century.  No p-d-s.  Front and rear lights required.  Please arrive on-time and ready to ride.

Sat, Sep 5, 2015

The Putnam Trailway

Riding the entire trail from Brewster to the Bronx


50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

We will ride the entire length of the Putnam Trailway and the North and South County trails. We'll take the 7:50AM train from Grand Central and arrive in Brewster at 9:15AM and we'll ride the trail back to the Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. First stop of #1 train is right next to the park or you can ride 2.5 miles to Riverdale and take Metro North Train to Grand Central. The last mile through the park is unpaved!

The ride ends when it ends.

You have to be a 5BBC member to... more

Sun, Sep 6, 2015

The Other 911 Memorial

The Russian Gift to America in Bayonne


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

We know the "Lady in the Harbor", a gift from the people of France. But, what about the other gift from a people who wanted express their sorrow for our tragic event on September 11, 2001. They too have felt the sting of a terrorist attack on their soil. So, on a beautiful clear day, Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin, dedicated a spiring memorial to the lost souls of that tragic day. Like the French gift, it stands two miles off shore. But, don't worry. We can and will ride our bikes there. On... more

Bridges to Balls


Approximately 28 miles / Moderate / Starting at City Hall

Let's earn our lunch at the Meatball Shop by riding not 1 bridge, not 2  bridges, BUT 6 of the NYC bridges! This is a short, but somewhat challenging ride.

The ride begins and ends at Brooklyn Bridge (City Hall Park).

Bring water, lock, and money for lunch.

**Due to size of the restaurant, we are limiting this ride to 20 people**

The Satchmo Shuffle

a visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum (new date)


16 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Engineer's Gate

Come ride with us to Corona, Queens where we will visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.  We will have a tour of the house and eat lunch (which you can bring or purchase nearby) in the garden.

Admission: $6 if you pre-register for the ride before noon on Saturday August 1st; $10 on the day of the ride.

Note: depending on the group pace,  the lunch stop may be before or after the 2:30pm tour, so eat something before you come and/or bring a snack to carry you over if needed. The... more

Sat, Sep 12, 2015

The Elmsford Slow Spin Beer Run

Yes, it's happening yet again


20 miles / Moderate / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

In preparation for TA's Century tomorrow and because we had such a grand time last, we are inaugurating a biannual Elmsford Beer Run.

Required:  21-gears (or better), 28, 32 tires are recommended. There are three technical climbs in increments of severity: Inwood, the least challenging (but still a challenge by any measure), Riverdale, and Yonkers. Once we plateau in Yonkers, that's it for the climbs, until the approach to the brewery in Elmsford. The first leg of the ride we parallel... more

Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Etch-a-Sketch - Inaugural Ride

New date! - Brooklyn Mystery Meander


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

Unfortunately, we need to reschedule this ride.

Introducing a new series that allows riders to “draw” an object on the map simply by following the cue sheet and recording their ride by using apps like ridewithgps, Strava, or mapmyride. The object will be a mystery until the ride is complete and riders view their recorded route. Because of the nature of this ride, expect a lot of twists and turns, some backtracking and point-drop-sweep will be key.

This inaugural ride will take... more

Sat, Sep 26, 2015

Etch-a-Sketch Mystery Ride #2

Attention, date of ride has changed!


23 miles / Moderate / Starting at Please contact Ride Leader

Part of a new series that allows riders to “draw” an object on the map simply by following the cue sheet and recording their ride by using apps like ridewithgps, Strava, or mapmyride. The object will be a mystery until the ride is complete and riders view their recorded route. Because of the nature of this ride, expect a lot of twists and turns and some backtracking.

This second ride of the series starts at arguably the best doughnut spot in the city - DOUGH - and will take us through... more

Newark Outback III


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 (Path-WTC is the most direct line). 30 miles, an easy pace, and very few climbs.

This is our third attempt at the Outback, so fear not! And moved from August to a cooler September venue.

Yes, 5BBC morphs into Newark Rough Riders, a.k.a. Brick City Rogues for the day, taking you on a one-way adventure to Newark's industrial netherland... more

Sat, Oct 3, 2015

On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt

Another Central NJ Backroads Adventure


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Back by popular demand, and with our esteemed co-leader Alfedo Garcia, who will demonstrate the versatility of a fold up on back country roads.

From Trenton, we pick up the Delaware-Raritan Canal tow path heading due SOUTH to Bordentown, a lovely riverfront village, that was a central transit point back in the day between Philadelphia and New York City, via Perth Amboy and the Tottenville ferry. Bordentown, like much of the area south of New York, was settled by Quakers as early as... more