Day Rides

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Gun Hill Brewery

A Thursday Night Social Ride


16- one way miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

The days are getting hotter and warmer - as Summer seems to have FINALLY taken hold.  On Thursdays, you begin to smell those long Summer Weekends.  What a better way to kick off the Weekend with a nice easy ride to Gun Hill Brewery in The Bronx.   This 14 mile one way ride starts from Columbus Circle, crosses over scenic Randall's Island, and then heads up through the Bronx.  Gun Hill Brewery is one of the finest craft brewers out there.  They always have a creative selection of great beer - but I usually seem to end up with a Void of Light.  Join us on this mellow ride.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Coney Island Fireworks to Celebrate Start of Summer

And the Start of Our Friday Night Rides


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

It is time once again for our Friday night summer rides. We hope to once again have a few of those wonderful rides before fall returns. We start with our traditional opener. Celebrate the longest days of the year and almost the beginning of summer, and join us for a ride to opening night of the Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks series. We will leave GAP by no later than 7:00 so be on time for an evening ride around Brooklyn, arriving in Coney Island in time to hopefully get a snack and then watch the fireworks. Afterwards, we will take a quiet ride back to Prospect Park through... more

Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Minnewaska and More



50-80 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

We'll take the early 6:45AM train from Grand Central and head up Poughkeepsie to see what the day has in store! We'll head bright and early straight to the Walk Over the Hudson and then, depending on group size and weather, we'll choose the route. It will either be up to the top of Minnewaska state park and over to Rosendale for lunch or if we're feeling ambitious up to the lower Catskills for a dip in a beautiful natural swimming hole known as the Blue Hole. Please bring a sense of adventure and an open schedule for the day/night; and great riding/hill climbing skills. Either way, this... more

Civil War Monuments Ride


27.4 miles / Moderate / Starting at Dinosaur Playground

Civil War Monuments Ride

The Civil War was a major turning point in American history that still influences our country today.  Cities in the South are in conflict over removing Confederate monuments. Here in New York City we have many monuments dedicated to the heroes of the Union who fought for freedom for all men and women. Many were designed and/or sculpted by leading artists of the day.  We’ll take a 27 mile ride to visit nine of these Civil War monuments in Manhattan and Brooklyn of which all New Yorkers can be proud.  At each monument we’ll compress and I’ll give a brief... more

Coney Island Grimaldi Pizza Ride


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

A ride to Coney Island to the infamous Grimaldi's Pizza Restaurant.  Indoor and outdoor seating but I'm pretty sure we'll choose outdoors;There are other choices nearby if you don't like Pizza or its crowded.  Bring your lock, a metro card, spare tube and usual Urban assault gear including lights just in case.    

John Brown's Revenge

A tour of Abolitionist Brooklyn sites followed by a trip to John Brown Smoke House


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

We'll take a short tour of Abolitionist sites in Brooklyn, such as Henry Ward Beecher's famous Plymouth Church, the Beecher Statue, a stop on the Underground Railroad on Abolitionist Place and the Weeksville Heritage Center. Then we'll ride over the newly free and more open (to bikes) Pulaski Bridge to the borough of Queens to partake in some great smoked meats at John Brown Smoke House.  This will be the end of the ride as there will be beer at John Brown. The ride leader will then point out various subway options to get home. Bring money for BBQ, spare tube, lock, and as always a go with... more

Sun, Jun 24, 2018

New Rochelle Parks

A Westchester Jaunt


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

Wanderlust is in the air,  as Summer has arrived.  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. 

Join us as we explore this interesting area of Westchester County.  We will ride back to Central Park, but the train is also... more

Zorba the Greek

Sweep needed!


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

A ride to Astoria to the infamous Zorba's Souvlaki Restaurant.  Indoor and outdoor seating but I'm pretty sure we'll choose indoors.  There are other choices nearby if you don't like Greek food.  Bring your lock, a metro card, spare tube and usual Urban assault gear including lights just in case.    

Who Shot Alexander Hamilton?

And yes, a woman was involved.


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Look at a ten Dollar bill. That's not a Dead President on it. He never could be(probably). He was raised in the West Indies. But, what do you really know about him? He was a founding Father and an important Aide to Washington during the Revolutionary War. Maybe you know that he started the New York Post and was the first Treasury Secretary. Oh yeah, and there was duel thing with Aaron Burr. Hamilton's son evened that up. lawyers can that. His house, a 200+ year old frame structure, was moved two times, once to an unbelievable height. Lunch is at Fairways or a "By the Pound" restaurant that... more

Sun, Jul 1, 2018

Rockaway Beach Bum RIde


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

Meet at GAP at 9:30AM

Enjoy a scenic summer ride to the beach.   This leisurely paced ride will go from Brooklyn to the Neponsit along quiet streets and bike lanes. 

We'll stop to pick up lunch, then a quick stop to change into our bathing suits before heading to the beach.  Bring sunblock, money for lunch and a bike lock.

Note:  Rain at start cancels

Wed, Jul 4, 2018

Revolutionary War Ride

The British Are Coming...Again?


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

Revolutionary War Ride – Tuesday July 4 10:00 A.M. Prospect Park

Back by ***extra*** popular demand it’s THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN.  It started here (August 1776). Still one of the best kept secrets, the biggest battle of the Revolution, and we lost it! Eventually we regained our foothold and the British exited (allowing Ft Greene and Clinton Hill to become “hip” neighborhoods).  It’s all here… the Old Stone House, The Maryland Memorial, Battle Pass in Prospect Park…The Prison Ships Martyr’s Monument… Bowling Green, and Fraunces Tavern. Join us on this “You Were There” Revolutionary... more

Sat, Jul 7, 2018

The Staten Island Coastal Bike 'n' Hike

Did someone mention portaging?


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

Yes, we'll portage this pond!

This ride looks at – and anticipates – some of the new coastal infrastructures, bike and hurricane mitigation post-Sandy, along the bay side of Staten Island, from the ferry terminal at the Lighthouse Museum to Sequine Avenue at Wolfe's Pond. We'll explore newly opened parklands and bike paths, reclaimed wetlands with near-abandoned roads (pictured above), and some rugged but hikeable (and bikeable) areas where bike trails can be envisioned but are not quite there yet. Expect mostly asphalt bike paths though, mixed in with packed dirt, a few gravel, and... more

Sun, Jul 8, 2018

Greater Flushing Bike Tour


10 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

With a name like Flushing it's got to be ... Oh well!

Join us and Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce guests for a short happy face loop around Flushing's eastern suburbs.

There ride will end within walking distance of Downtown Flushing's culinary delights.

Secure bike parking has been obtained so together we can all enjoy a worry free, leisurely lunch at a place selected by the locals.

Sat, Jul 14, 2018

On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt

A Jesse F. Brown Outback Meander Ride


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

When we last rode this, Jesse reminisced about his time in training at Fort Dix before beng sent to Nam. We'll cover similar terrain, as we skirt the training base, and head further outback to the wee limits of the northern edge of the Pine Barrens, home to New Egypt, and its mainstay -- and only -- diner, referred to affectionately by locals as Tootsie's, which we all loved for it's home cooking and down home appeal. So join us as we honor Jesse one last time.

From Trenton, we pick up the Delaware-Raritan Canal tow path heading due SOUTH to Bordentown, a lovely riverfront village,... more

Sat, Jul 28, 2018

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Manasquan!


46 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

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, the remote Manasquan Reservoir, Allaire State Park, and, finally, the Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway all the way to the coast.

We meet at Penn Station-Amtrak Waiting Area (31 & 8th... more

Sat, Aug 11, 2018

The Not Quite Almost to Philly Ride

River Views All Along the Way


41 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

We ride from Trenton to Camden, through idyllic 19-century waterfront towns and quiet roadways with stops at Bordentown, a major hub of rail-canal industry back in the day, the village of Roebling, named after the suspension-bridge inventor, the hamlet of colonial Burlington (and, curiously, the source for Junior's Cheesecake of Brooklyn), the iconic Victorian gingerbread Riverton Yacht Club, and, finally, Victor's Pub in a (somewhat) revitalized Camden. Although we won't quite make it to Philly, since the return is Jersey-side River Line Light Rail to Trenton, a few of us may venture over... more