Day Rides

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Let's go watch men in funny hats cross a river

9:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

December 25 marks an important anniversary: the day George Washington and the Continental Army stopped losing and started winning.  Ever since the British invaded New York they dealt Washington one defeat after another as they chased him up the Hudson and across New Jersey.  The revolutionaries and their French supporters had begun to doubt that the Continental Army could ever win a fight, but on December 25 1776 Washington turned that all around by crossing the Delaware at night and marching his army through a blizzard to attack the garrison at Trenton.

The citizens of Bucks County... more

The Great Pancake Ride FB#1

A Warm Place(Friends) on a Winters Day(Almost)

10:00am

25ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Holiday seasons are all about traditions. And one of the most enduring one is the Pancake Ride. Okay, so maybe you don't have pancakes. The diner is full of everything that's good for your soul if not for your waistline. The pies and the layer cakes are fantastic. That's if you have room. It's an easy ride. We let the PATH train do the hilly parts.Ride our bikes to the Broadway Diner in Bayonne. Eat lunch and wend our way back along the shore to Jersey City. Then, we'll take the PATH back to the WTC. So, grab your bike, hold tight to your friends and your memories and make some new ones.... more

Sat, Dec 15, 2018

Holiday Party

Join us for our annual gathering

6:00pm

0 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

We are once again holding our annual holiday party at Golden Unicorn Chinese Buffet in Lower Manhattan

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Sun, Dec 16, 2018

THE PASSAIC UPRIVER RIDE

THE LAST OF THE LENAPIS (for the 2018 season)

9:00am

18-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

Who needs roadways when we have a river to follow? And one with such fame – at one end, the industrial port city of Newark, and at the other, Paterson and the Great Falls. Our tour begins at Harrison, though, at the Path station platform, near the juncture where the Passaic, further down, merges with the Hackensack to spill into Newark Bay and from there out into the Arthur Kill. But we'll be moving upriver, instead, against the stream, as those salmon do, but not before we first grub up at Tops Diner, an “East Newark” landmark, just off the rusted banks of the Passaic. From there, we'll... more

Brooklyn Holiday Lights

(a.k.a. NOT Dyker Heights)

3:00pm

10-18 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Casual ride to enjoy the holiday lights and cheer of NYC's most populous, and 2nd largest, borough. And let's bedeck ourselves and bikes with lights and holiday trimmings, as well (safe for cycling, of course)

We'll follow a route through a variety of neighborhoods, with a stop at the end for light repast if desired. Of course we'll visit the borough's largest tree, plus the locale with the most longevity.of an annual XMAS tree.

All types of bikes welcomed, just be aware we will be on a wide variety and quality of street paving, and in city traffic at times, so choose your... more

Sat, Dec 22, 2018

A Fireside Chat . . . and Ride

We'll Ring Around the Mistletoe

10:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Chelsea Piers

Actually we'll be ringing around the Hudson, instead, on this lazy cold day. And maintaining, as well, a not too-exerting pace. And our destination? Why, given the circumstances, a wintry Irish pub with a back dining room and . . . a festive fireside hearth! What better amenities, at this chilly time of year, except maybe a warmer pair of gloves for xmas?

To get there, though, we'll travel the so-called "Harbor Ring Route," from New York to Hoboken, via the George Washington Bridge, with stops at the Fireman's Park (and bike trail), in Fort Lee, the James... more

Wed, Dec 26, 2018

Hollydays Lights Ride - Post Christmas Version

6:45pm

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Named one of Bicycle Magazine’s Eight Great Holiday Day Rides, the Hollydays’ Lights ride is back again this year.  This is the post-Christmas version.  Layer up and come join us for a Christmas week ride through parts of western Brooklyn to check out the holiday lights. We will ride at a leisurely pace to lighting displays in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. Midway we'll stop in Bay Ridge for a chance to get a holiday treat, hot chocolate or perhaps a slice from Nino's. Bring lock and money for food. Helmets are required and all bikes must have both front and rear lights.  Also,... more

Tue, Jan 1, 2019

Polar Bear Ride

10:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

The first ride of 2019!

Only runners and cyclists appreciate the peaceful uninebriated yawn of an early New Year's morning: Desolate streets, no gridlock, as quiet as a pin drop, and complete and utter tranquility. But, of course, the ruckus begins at 1PM with the Polar Bears bringing in the new year, on the beach at Coney Island. And we'll be joining them! And after, to warm us up, we'll make a sprint up to Brighton, with a visit to the St. Peterburg's Global Trade House, for some Russian Xmas shopping (which is still to come, a week after), and some new year's Russian broth (free-... more

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Columbus Day from Columbus Circle to NRNY

NRNY is the new campaign for New Rochelle New York - come see what's New AND OLD in New Rochelle

9:00am

20-30-40-50-60 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Columbus Circle

How could we not have a ride from Columbus Circle on Columbus Day? But where to go?

New Rochelle has some amazing history - too vast to cover in one ride.

I have stumbled upon a treasure trove of history and will share it with you on this and future rides I plan to lead that explore this great town (where I happen to live these days) - one of the original "suburbs". So original, in fact, that while Carl Reiner lived here writing and performing on Sid Caesar's show of shows in the 50's, it became the prototype for The Dick Van Dyke show, which Carl wrote, and where Rob and... more

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #1 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Cherry Blossom Ride #2 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

The East Bronx Shore Buster

A Mid-April Meander

9:30am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

An urban-adventure ride through the peaceful calm and tranquil parklands of the East Bronx: Randalls and Ward islands, Port Morris, Soundview Park, Pugsley Creek, St. Raymonds Cemetery (an appropriate rest stop), Ferry Point Park, Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, and Locust Point, where we'll dine al fresco under the Throgs Neck Bridge (superb Italian, at the Ice House). After lunch, some of us can take the subway or Soundview ferry on the return; the rest will backtrack to the city.

Cherry Blossom Ride #3 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

On the Trail of the Lenapes: Freehold

Deep in the Heart of Central NJ

9:00am

35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

The first in a series of early spring Get Out of Towners. We'll be doing an easy 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 countryside. From Princeton Junction into Freehold, it's mostly flat, with some minor climbs, but for the most... more

Cherry Blossom Ride #4 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!

9:30am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more

Sat, May 25, 2019

Thimble Island Bike/Cruise V

A Ramble along the Connecticut Shore

7:00am

35-40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend is finally here and what better way to celebrate than to hit the back roads of coastal Connecticut. Our destination: Thimble Islands, one of the majestic wonders of the world, and only a heartbeat away from New Haven, where beforehand we'll breakfast at Clare's Cornercopia, a venerable culinary landmark in its own right feeding generations of hungry Yale undergraduates.  (Those on a leaner diet can simply carb up at the nearby Dunkin' Donuts.) Some of the sights along the way include: the West Haven Lighthouse, a Victorian carousel, a defunct trolley rail trail... more