Day Rides

Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Ride to Blue Point Brewery

9:30am

75 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Cunningham Park

Ride to the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, LI. No sweat on the ride out ... and if there is, the beer at the brewery will take care of that. Meet at Cunningham Park at 9:30 am - sharp.
Bring MTA bike pass, $ for lunch and drinkstuffs as well as LIRR train fare from Patchogue ($13.25). Trains returning to Jamaica, Brooklyn and Penn Station are at 3:35 pm, 4:23 pm and 5:10 pm.
No point/drop/sweep. However we will travel as a group, compressing as needed. This is a quick spin lite ride, please join if you can ride16-17mph on the flats, this is a more social ride, so a good... more

Sun, Aug 28, 2016

The Old Croton Aquaduct Trail to Tarrytown for lunch

10:15pm

40 miles miles / Moderate / Starting at Woodlawn

We'll meet at 9:00am at the end of the #4 Subway line (The Woodlawn Rd.) station in The Bronx. We'll proceed there from on The Old Croton Aquaduct Trail to Tarrytown for lunch. Caution this ride requires at least 25mm tires on road bikes and excellent bike handling skills all around. This is not a ride for the inexperienced or nervous. We will return via The South County Trail and The O.C.A. You will also discover a previously closed section of The O.C.A. In Tarrytown and a little known section of The O.C.A. In The Bronx, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers. It's a truly wonderful adventure; come... more

Sat, Sep 3, 2016

Hudson Valley Escape: Easy, Steady, CLIMB!

Poughkeepsie to Red Hook Loop

7:30am

63 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This 62.9 miles/ 3,562 ft elevation gain ride provides an escape from NYC’s 5 borough unforgiving heat up to the Hudson Valley's shaded woods. We ride from Poughkeepsie, explore Red Hook via Staatsburgh State Historic Site (http://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/25/details.aspx)  while going over rolling hills to the trendy town of Rhinebeck.

There are several water and snack breaks. The lunch stop is at the Historic Village Diner, http://www.historic-village-diner.com/, a remodelled old railroad car, at 33 miles in Red Hook. 

Don’t forget to bring:

MTA bicycle pass... more

The Newark-Sandy Hook Run III

8:30am

55-60+ miles / Moderate / Starting at Newark Penn Station

55+ miles, moderate 10-12mph pace

Finally rescheduled! Quasi training ride to the tip of the Jersey Shore, from Brick City. Note 10-12mph cycling pace. We’ll start going after intros. Be prepared to endure some busy traffic, several bridges, some hills, some limbo as well as some tongue-tied excitement. Some select NJ Transit bailouts for trains, if needed. We will have at least one mandatory rest stop along the way before lunch bordering Matawan at the 35 mile mark. We will then go on the Henry Hudson Trail, with an option to go through Keansburg. At the town of Atlantic Highlands... more

Brooklyn Perimeter

9:00am

50-55 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Brooklyn Borough Hall

The Brooklyn Perimeter (with a moment in Queens) is back again for our annual trip where we take you along the edges of the borough showing off Brooklyn's diversity from beautiful waterfront, to industrial centers, from hip neighborhoods to old time neighborhoods. And we have a stop in the most surreal of places "the Hole", where one side of the street is Brooklyn and the other Queens. This is a mostly flat ride with one real climb, an excellent ride to prepare for the NYC Century. Bring water, sun screen, a lock, money for lunch and an upbeat inquisitive attitude. The... more

A Bronx History Lesson

10:00am

26 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

The Bronx County Historical Society is presenting a free public lecture series at the Valentine-Varian House, the Museum of Bronx History,  located at 3266 Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx.  We will be attending the lecture "How the Bronx Happened:  An Examination into the Historical Context of Bronx Development"  which begins at 1:00 pm.  We will begin our ride at Columbus Circle and continue North through Manhattan to the High Bridge where we will have lunch and continue North to Norwood where we will attend the lecture.  Following the lecture, we will return to Columbus Circle via Mosholu... more

Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Cos Cob, Conn

Picnic at the Historic Jay House

9:30am

About 40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Ride up to Connecticut with the 5BBC.  This one way ride starts at Columbus Circle and heads north to Cos Cob.  Along the way we will travel on the Hutchinson River Trail through the Bronx and up into Westchester towns of Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont and Mamaroneck.  We will have a picnic lunch at the Historic Peter Augustus Jay House.  This house is currently being restored to its former grandeur.  The back porch makes for a perfect spot for a picnic. 

Following lunch, we will have one of the most scenic rides in the area.   We see how the 1% lives in Rye, visit downtown Port... more

Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Keep on Rolling Up Those Hills

Westport, Weston, Redding, Easton Loop

7:45am

60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Got a hate & love relationship with hills?  The ride makes it all worthwhile with some beautiful scenic routes along the ocean, Hemlock and the Saugatuck Reservoir and it is just 1 hour train ride from Manhattan.  Check out dreamy millionaires summer houses and second residencies and enjoy coasting on well-maintained roads without scary potholes.  Get a  great workout with short quick climbs, and some long nice downhills.  Connecticut knows "what are rolling hills.” (60.6 miles/3,797 elevation gain).

Lunch will be at the Lunch Box at Weston, CT, https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-... more

Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Tod Moore Memorial Ride

9:30am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

We will be honoring our long time leader, cycling buddy and friend Tod Moore with a Memorial Ride.  Avid cyclist, skier, news junkie, teacher, magician, actor, chorale singer and friend. You may have seen in the weekly club email his Bike Friday for sale earlier in the year. He donated it to the club in his will and our own Rudy bought it keeping both the bike and lots of money in the 'family'.

Many of us missed the impromptu memorial service held last year and are looking to honor Tod with what he loved most, riding his bicycle. We will be doing an easy ride around Manhattan (15-... more

Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Old Astoria

A Historic Neighborhood Romp

10:00am

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

The area now known as Astoria was originally called Hallet's Cove, after its first landowner William Hallet, who settled there in 1659.  From there begins a New York tale that has it all - from manufacturing to murder.  Join us as we explore the history of this fascinating Queens Neighborhood.  Among the sites we will be visiting are: Socrates Sculpture Garden, Sohmer Piano Factory, Welling Court, Steinway Factory and Mansion, The Bridge to Riker's Island and the Riker Lent Homestead.  Lunch will also be a tribute to Astoria history, as we will dine in Bohemia Gardens - proudly serving... more

Sun, May 14, 2017

A Ride to the Great Falls

In Paterson, New Jersey

9:30am

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

Sat, Jul 8, 2017

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Point Pleasant!

9:00am

46 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

This is our second attempt at an inaugural two-part 5BBC ride that traverses the length of New Jersey, from the tranquil Delaware River to the roiling Atlantic Ocean!

The ride begins in Trenton, NJ, and travels, via the Delaware tow path to historic Bordentown (home of Tom Paine). From there, we move into the interior -- back roads and old-style country diners and flea markets -- with lunch at Tootie's, a New Egypt institution (along with their spectacular one-of-a-kind ice cream sundaes), before heading out into the uncharted northern fringes of the Pine Barrens (a long stretch on... more