Day Rides

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Friday Ride for West Indian Food - Queens Village

Forecast is too unpleasant - look for ride to be rescheduled



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

Well, the best case scenario weather forecast is still way too unpleasant for this ride.  We will reschedule for a different day, hopefully in October. 


After a short hiatus, the 5BBC out-to-lunch bunch is returning with a ride to one of our favorite destinations for West Indian fare in Queens Village.  Based upon our previous escapades, all we can say is yum.  For today's ride we meander around and then make our way to this wonderful but small West Indian place in Queens Village.  In order to make management of the ride a bit easier, we ask that you please register or let... more

Sat, Oct 1, 2016

Millerton Marvel


25 or o miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

 Come join another grand excursion out of the City. You can meet the ride and be on the train at 7:40am or 7:50am at Grand Central Terminal or 125th St. stations of the Metro North Railway enroute to Wassaic N.Y. We will ultimately be having an excellent meal in Millerton N.Y. We will be riding almost entirely traffic free on perhaps one of the most beautiful Rail Trail greenway in easy reach of N.Y.C. The trail is about twelve miles long each way. We've done this ride many times to rave reviews; join us in natures bounty. Your leaders are Rodney Millard and Jesse Brown We expect to return... more

Oktoberfest Happy Face

Easy ride on Brooklyn Bike Paths & Lanes


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

New to Brooklyn or to the 5BBC? Like safe rides with beautiful sites? Enjoy German food & live music?

Whether you are a new member on your first 5BBC ride; or if you consider yourself a hardened NYC bike-pro, you will love this great 17-mile Happy-Face ride around some of Brooklyn's best bike paths and bike lanes. We start in Prospect Park at 10:00 AM and then tour through scenic areas of Gowanus, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy.

95% of the route is on bike lanes, with many protected bike paths, and beautiful waterfront... more

Garden City and Hewlett Harbor - A Reprise of a Long Island Adventure

Second Chance for Those Unable to Make the First Ride


50ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

The first version of this ride was a fun-filled success for all, and we received multiple requests from those unable to make to schedule it again, and schedule it soon.

So, come join us for a new, fun, fairly flat 50 mile ride that combines two of our non-north shore favorite Long Island locations, Garden City and Hewlett Harbor.  This may be a ride of a thousand turns, but you will enjoy most of them, as once we arrive at our various destinations, we meander about getting a flavor for the area.  

In order to help with planning, if possible, please register for the ride.... more

Sun, Oct 2, 2016

Long Beach Quickly


52 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Fowler Square, Fulton St & Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Join us on what may be the last comfortable opportunity to ride out to the boardwalk.  This will be a quick and simple trip so be prepared for a 17 mph cruise in a group without point drop sweep with minimal stops and a short snack break.  You'll be back long before it gets dark.  Please be considerate in your self-assessment.

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

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

Friday Hooky Edition


About 50 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

We may still get to schedule this ride on Saturday or Sunday, but as of now, some regulars on this ride have difficulty with some of the weekends with the leadership course and other issues.  So we are scheduling this classic but on a Friday.  Play hooky, it is worth it.

This is a slightly revised course 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 travel along trails, bike paths, quiet backroads and... more

Sat, Oct 8, 2016

A Little Brooklyn, A Little Baseball

Preparing for the Fall Classic


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

We're back for our own 5BBC fall classic, as the playoffs begin and we head to the World Series. Don't just sit in the bleachers! Take a ride with a number of short stops, as we explore a small slice of Brooklyn's baseball history. where prospects grew and players lived. For the non-baseball fan, we will have interesting Brooklyn streets and sights, a few stories and as always a good food stop. Bring hydration, money for food, an inquisitive attitude and a good sense of humor. Baseball jersey optional.

Sun, Oct 9, 2016

Lambertville Luncheon

Through where our Nation started her path to independence.


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

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 Millard, and Jesse Brown.

Sat, Oct 15, 2016

The Connector Connection

The Bronx Way


30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at East 180th St and Morris Park Ave (2/5 Train Stop)

We meet at 9:00am at E.180th St. Station on The I.R.T. number 2 and 5 trains(Former headquarter of a defunct railroad). We will be introducing you to a new Greenway path and a recently opened Connector Greenway between The Bronx and Randal's Island and a couple of little known Greenway Paths on Long Island Sound. This will definitely be a day of discovery for many. Join us; we'll have a great day. Your Leaders are Rodney Millard and Jesse Brown, mileage should be 30 plus miles; totally flat!

Sun, Oct 16, 2016

Coney Island Pizza Ride


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

Let's ride along the Brooklyn waterfront to our favorite Pizza place - Totonno's.  Bring a lock and money for lunch.  Rain at start cancels.


Sat, Oct 22, 2016

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. The ride will stop at the historic Walnford Estate for a quick tour and a picnic lunch (you bring... more

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

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, 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

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