Day Rides

Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Central New Jersey - Quaint Towns, Historic Estates and the Winery


55-60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Dunkin Donuts 4th Ave & 93rd St, Brooklyn

This ride has become a 5BBC classic. Join us for a scenic ride through quaint towns, preserved farmlands and beautiful back roads in Central New Jersey. THIS RIDE REQUIRES PRE-REGISTRATION AND WILL BE LIMITED BASED UPON AVAILABLE CAR POOL SPOTS - YOU MUST EMAIL THE LEADER NOT ONLY REGISTER ONLINE.

We will meet early in the morning in Bay Ridge near the last stop of the R train and carpool to the Cranbury New Jersey area. Options exist to meet the ride at the start in New Jersey... more

Harbor Ring Ride

Ride to the Rally for a Verrezano Bike Path!


30 miles / Moderate / Starting at AYH (a.k.a. "The Hostel")

Ride in support of the Harbor Ring--the proposed 45 mile waterfront bike path around Upper New York Harbor that centers on the yet-to-built Verrazaon Narrows Bridge bike path. We'll start uptown and pick up riders at Columbus Circle (eta 9:30) and Prospect Park (eta 11:00 a.m.) en route to a rally underneath the Verrezano Bridge at noon where Brooklyn BP Eric Adams, SI BP Oddo, and your humble ride leader will speak in favor of a Verrazano bike path. Then on to Brighton Beach for a picnic... more

Sun, Oct 11, 2015

The D&R Canal Path Ride

Ride the tow path used to haul goods to Trenton and the rest of the world.


35 miles miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

We meet at Pennsylvania Station in New York at 8:45AM and depart for The Trenton Transportation Center just after 9:00AM aboard The New Jersey Transit train to Trenton. Our pace is relaxed (12 to 14mph) on our way to Lambertville for a special country kitchen luncheon.
One of the places we pass is Washingtons Crossing, a little noted mile marker along the way. But here something happened that changed human history for the good. General Washington crossed the Deleware with 5,400 troops... more

Mon, Oct 12, 2015

An Autumn Journey to the Five Towns

Columbus Day Special


55 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Let's enjoy a Monday holiday with a ride from Brooklyn through Queens out to the swanky Five Towns in southwest Nassau. This is a mostly flat ride that will take us through diverse neighborhoods and then down by the waterfront mansions and country clubs. We return through the Rockaways and of course some Brooklyn back roads. Late lunch stop so be sure to eat breakfast and bring some snacks. Bring lock, hydration and dollars for food.  

Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Mid-Week Ride to Jackson Diner

5BBC Weekday Out to Lunch Bunch


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

We are looking at starting an occasional weekday series called the 5BBC Out to Lunch Bunch. These would be local rides that would be held on a weekday, usually, but not always on Thursday, and not every week.  The rides would be centered around a lunch stop, which may be one of our classics (e.g. Panini Rustico, Jackson Diner, Family Store, Mill Basin Deli, etc) or a new destination (we have a good Turkish place on Coney Island Avenue waiting in the wings). Length of ride and destinations... more

Sat, Oct 17, 2015

Brooklyn Beer Geeks III

There Used to be a Brewery...


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

From the cobblestone streets of Red Hook to the Beer Barons of Bushwick, Brooklyn has had a significant impact on the American beer industry. And the beer industry has had a significant impact on the borough of Brooklyn.  One brewery we will visit actually had its own subway stop.  Brooklyn, especially Bushwick, was the brewing capital of America.  And then - Prohibition.   This ride takes us through various neighborhoods as we visit sites of historic breweries: Federal,... more

Sun, Oct 18, 2015

On the Trail of the Lenapes: Freehold

Deep in the Heart of Central NJ


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Back by popular demand! But now we are on the trail for fall foliage.

We'll be doing a 35-miler (more or less) from Princeton Junction to Aberdeen-Matawan, via Freehold, the favored crossroads of the long-gone Lenapes and the site where revolutionary hero Molly Pitcher she-manned a cannon after her husband was gunned down at nearby Monmouth Battlefield. Much of the ride from Freehold to Matawan is on the Henry Hudson Rail Trail, so we'll see lots of greenery and carless... 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 a picnic or  The Wharf in Rockaway.  Bring lock, lunch money and spare tubes.  Rain at start cancels.

The Oyster Festival


44 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

We ride to the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay!  Guess where the lunch stop is?

This is a moderate ride (15mph), about 44 miles long and not very hilly similiar to the Locust Valley ride. We will stay at the festival for couple of hours. There will be plenty of great food. The Food Court is the heart of the festival with over 60 food choices.

We meet in the large parking lot in the Cunningham Park at 9:00AM. We aim to start rolling no... more

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Central New Jersey Reprise – Trails, Paths, Parks, Backroads, Horses and Assunpink

Friday Leaf Changing Edition


About 50 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Well the ride on October 4th was incredible, but unfortunately a number of folks were unable to attend when we changed the date due to the weather on October 3rd.  So we are having a quick reprise, but on a Friday.  Play hooky, it is worth it.

This is a new and a relatively easier 50 mile Central Jersey ride with only 1,100 feet of climbing.  Join us for a ride that takes us from suburbia, to Assunpink, to a horse park, to community parks and back to suburbia.  On the way we will... more

Sat, Oct 24, 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 Alfredo Garcia, who will demonstrate the versatility of a fold up on back country roads. (Note: Happyfacers are welcomed on this ride.)

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... more

Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Iron and Chocolate


25 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

We'll start the day by meeting at 8:15 at Grand Central Terminal in order to catch the 8:43 train to Cold Spring (8:54 at Harlem 125th St).  There we will spend some time exploring the remains of the West Point Foundry which manufactured arms for the Union during the Civil War.  After that we'll tackle some gently rolling hills in order to earn our... chocolate!  We'll be crossing the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on our way to a chocolate show in Newburgh.  The price of a show ticket includes... more

Sat, Nov 7, 2015

Street Art/Graffiti Ride - Brooklyn/Queens Updated!

New date: November 7!


20 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

An outdoor tour of graffiti and street art in Brooklyn/Queens. Bring a lock, a subway card in case you need to bail out, and money for lunch. Helmets are mandatory due to the club's insurance policy. 

Some additional info:

Groundswell NYC: Proof that collaborative art-making can combine the sanctity of personal expression with the strength of community activism to produce unique and powerful outcomes.


And Open House - Rain or Shine


Leaders: Ed Pino, Liz Baum
25-30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Kew Gardens

Meet Union Tpke and  South Side Queens Blvd  at Starbucks note. (Across the Street from where the Statue was) 10 A.M.


Saturday November 7 2015


 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... more

Sun, Nov 8, 2015

New Rochelle Parks Ride

Glen Island, Five Islands and Hudson Parks


40 ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

On the New Rochelle shore of Long Island Sound, there are three scenic waterfront parks - Glen Island, Five Islands and Hudson.  From the photogenic mini castle at Glen Island to the small bridges connecting the Five Islands, there are lots of great things to see on this ride.  We also ride through the historic Sutton Manor section of New Rochelle.  Several Blocks of houses you would love to live in.  Lunch is at the tasty Tailgate Smokehouse Grill.  Join us as we explore this interesting... more

Sat, Nov 14, 2015

On the Trail of the Lenapes: 5 Bridges

A North Jersey Coast Off-Season Slow Spin


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

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 coffee stop at My Kitchen Witch Cafe in Monmouth Beach,  then onto the Highlands, for a spectacular view of the coastline. This is a short 25-mile ride and off-season, so expect brisk ocean breezes and low traffic. Lunch is at the rustic eatery, the Navasink Country Store.


Cue sheet at map can be found here.


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