Day Rides

Sat, Sep 3, 2016

Hudson Valley Escape: Easy, Steady, CLIMB!

Poughkeepsie to Red Hook Loop


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 (  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,, 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


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


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

TIP: For those joining us, the lunch stop occurs somewhat late into the ride, so please have breakfast and bring some snacks to hold you until lunch.

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... more

A Bronx History Lesson


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

Sun, Sep 4, 2016

"C'ing" The Hudson Part Two


30 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Meet at Grand Central Terminal, 125th St., Tarrytown or Croton-On-Hudson and take the train to Beacon. We deboard there and cross the Newburg-Beacon Bridge, follow country roads through rolling hills to college town of New Paltz for lunch. Afterwards, we'll find the once mighty railroad right-of-way downhill to the Poughkeepsie Bridge and to the train back home. By then, we will have made a "C" shaped ride and had a great day on a bike with good friends. We're taking the 8:43 AM at GCT, 8:54 at 125th St. & 9:22 AM at Tarrytown to arrive at Beacon at 10:16 AM .

Ride to Lobster on Long Beach

Optional stops at beaches along the way (back)


25 (50 if you ride back) miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

I scouted a longer version of this from Manhattan last Sunday and the place for lobster was amazing and REASONABLE! (As long as you like smallish ones, larger ones are a bit pricier).

We will start at GAP and pass through the Rockaways (new boardwalk) Atlantic Beach and Long Beach, ending at Long Beach LIRR (officially).

This is a one-way ride, but some of the group may ride back so it's 25 miles if you do it one way and 50 back.

We want to give people the flexibility to enjoy as much time as they may want at the beach they liked the most on their way back.

We... more

Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Cos Cob, Conn

Picnic at the Historic Jay House


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

Sun, Sep 11, 2016

The Other 911 Memorial-A Gift from the Russians

Fifteen Years after that Tuesday Morning


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

We'll take the PATH to New Jersey & say Hi to Jackie Robinson, well, his statue. Ride along the west side of of the Bayonne Peninsula, visiting Lincoln Park with a thoughtful seated Abe and it's great fountain. Then, onto Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne. Next, we'll cross over to the east side near the Bayonne Bridge(It's under a renovation that's really cool. They're lifting it accommodate larger ships. Then, we'll travel two miles off shore by bike to visit the 9/11 Memorial (Gift from the Russian People). Lunch is at the Broadway Diner(pancakes are optional). But, we understand... more

Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Keep on Rolling Up Those Hills

Westport, Weston, Redding, Easton Loop


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, more

Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Tod Moore Memorial Ride


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

Bronx River Pedal & Paddle



20 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Carl Schurz Park

HAPPY FACE RIDE - This is a rescheduled ride due to a previous cancelation due to weather.  Riders who were previously registered and paid via the Bronx River Alliance link are not required to register/pay again (it would be helpful if we knew you were coming).    This will require any new people to register to assure adequate seats.   The Bronx River Alliance will be escorting us on a canoe ride on the Bronx River.  We will be cycling from the UES in Manhattan to Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx where the Bronx River Alliance will be waiting for us to board the canoes.   From there we'll... more

Old Astoria

A Historic Neighborhood Romp


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, Sep 25, 2016

Bike your own apples!

Peekskill to the Bronx


50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

We'll take a 7:43 train from Grand Central to the river-side town of Peekskill, NY, then pedal up the hill away from the Hudson to pick your own apples at Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm- conveniently located right next to the North County Rail Trail.  After stuffing our panniers with apples, donuts, pie, etc. (better for getting speed going down hill) we'll roll 35 miles on the car free North County, South County, and Old Putnam Trails to the Bronx and jump on the subway home.  

Bring Metro-North bike pass, money/packed lunch, panniers or other bike bags for apples, cider, pie, donuts,... more

Fri, Oct 7, 2016

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

Friday 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 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