Day Rides

Fri, Jun 21, 2019

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 22, 2019

West Side - Palisades Park - Nyack - Bear Mountain-scenic return-scout ride

we will stay on west side of Hudson, return home by bike


113 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Chelsea Piers

Join me on a scenic ride through Palisades Park, Nyack, Bear Mountain, & return. We plan to climb Bear Mountain and take in the view. Lunch in Nyack.

Palisades Interstate Park and Bear Mountain region are very hilly. Road bikes only.

Helmets are always required. Gloves and appropriate attire is strongly suggested, along with two spares, pump or CO2, snacks, & 2 full water bottles. .

We don't expect to ride north above 18mph on the flats. There will be plenty of elevation. We will likely meander through Palisades Park and Bear Mountain. We will climb Perkins... more

Staten Island Perimeter, 22nd Anniversary Edition


40 Miles plus miles / Moderate / Starting at South Ferry

Way back when in 1996, a young Alfredo Garcia planned this ride using paper Hagstrom Maps, with trial and error scouting.  He has been doing this ride for the 5BBC ever since 1997.  This year, Alfredo will be joined by Mel, another fan of the Forgotten Boro.  As the title says, we will be going around the outside of the scenic Isle of Staten.  In doing this ride, we travel on some lovely bike paths, and some not so lovely local roads.  Much of the ride is flat, but being Staten Island, you know there will also be a nice sprinkling of hills.  Our last hill climbs up to Ft. Wadsworth for one... more

Five Bridges - At a Leisurely Pace

Happy Face Three Boro Ride


20 ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

Unless you live in the Bronx - if you live in New York, you live on an Island.  And one thing about islands is that there are always bridges to take you there.  This ride goes through three boroughs and crosses five bridges:  Willis Avenue Bridge, Bronx Connector, RFK Triboro Bridge [yuck], Roosevelt Island Bridge and the Queensboro Bridge.  Along the way we will stop at Socrates Sculpture Park and the FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island.  Lunch will be either at a Pye Boat Noodles [Thai] or Arepas Cafe [Venezuelan]

This is a Happy Face ride and we will be rolling at a leisurely pace... more

Sun, Jun 23, 2019

Bike/Hike Bronx River Parkway & Cranberry Lake


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Woodlawn

Visit Westchester County's car-free spaces: part of the Bronx River Parkway will be just for bikes today, and we'll also use nearby paths to make the ride 44% car free. Lunch is at the Cranberry Lake nature preserve in a quiet, forested area, where we take an (optional) short hike around the lake. All paths are paved and suitable for road bikes. Mostly rolling terrain with some steep hills. This route is super-scenic, including waterfalls, forested paths and stunning views from the Kensico Dam. Early return via Metro-North Harlem Line possible anywhere along route, ask leaders at start for... more

The East Bronx Shore Buster

A Lazy Mid-June Meander


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Note: if there are less than three sign ups by Friday afternoon (email if you are not a member or have a fear of registering online), we cancel.

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... more

Babylon/Heckscher - A New Beach Bum on the Flat South Shore

Due to Ongoing Family Matter Date of Ride Will Need to Be Changed to Later in Summer - Will Update Date Shortly



40ish miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

This is a brand new and different Beach Bum ride where we ride (over 40 miles) but also spend time frolicking at the beach/picnic area. It is definitely a ride not to be missed.  We meet at the Babylon LIRR train station and then takes an indirect, scenic, fun meandering route to Heckscher State Park where we will spend a couple of hours with the opportunity to swim in the Great South Bay, spend time on the beach, explore the park, or just hang in the picnic area with your lunch and friends.  The ride back is straighter and on more active roads. Hechscher is a large park with multiple... more

Wed, Jun 26, 2019

New Date June 26. Midweek Long Island Scout - Ronkonkoma to Pine Barrens/Rocky Point

Meets Ronkonkoma LIRR Station Parking Lot - See Below


50ish miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Due to possible thunderstorms, Ride is being moved from June 19th to June 26th  

We are once again doing a midweek Long Island scout of a potential furure ride.  This is a totally new ride and hence a true scout as we try to determine the scenic value of the ride, the suitability of roads, potential rest rooms and food stops. I am sure we will make some wrong turns, both accidentally and deliberately as we explore the area and find the Noah Hallock historic homestead.  Ride will meet at a little after 10:30 AM by the ticket machine in the south side large parking lot at the... more

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

Club Social: A Night At The Museum

Thursday 6/27 - come early to see Exhibit then attend Panel


0 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Thanks to Wendy Frank for working with The Museum of The City of New York and getting us discounted access to their Exhibit 200 Years of Cycling in NYC. There is also a panel discussion and afterwards, stay tuned for details, we will have a club social across the park on the UWS at a Kosher bar/restaurant where leader Gary Katz will be visiting from Israel. Details to follow. 


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Sat, Jun 29, 2019

The New Bayonne Bridge Ride (reversed)


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

Taking me back to my first major ride with 5BBC back in 2012 but backwards. We'll ride over the GWB down to Bayonne through Staten Island and over to Manhattan on the Ferry. We'll stop in Bayonne for lunch at my favorite outdoor restaurant. Bring the usual urban assault gear. Rain gear, spare tube, water and sun screen.

Rain at the start cancels or greater then 50% chance of rain before 5 PM.

Rockaway Beach Bum RIde


28 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

Sun, Jun 30, 2019

"Discovery Day" at Fresh Kills

Yes, it's time for our annual Rubbish Fetish Ride


30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

On a really warm day, you'll see methane belching from stacks placed ominously around the landfill-now-park, and along nicely manicured roadways -- devoid of cars -- rust-colored ooze from the wire mesh holding back the debris. But there is a deep tranquility here, as we connect to our past.

So, we love visiting Fresh Kills. It brings us back to those bad old days when the site was a notorious, noxious landfill, periodically catching fire, and visible from satellite. Now it is thoroughly top-soiled, manicured, tamed, and importantly, for us, bikable. At nearly three times the... more

Thu, Jul 4, 2019

An Historic Triangle, Hamilton, Burr and Jumel

Think our Country has problems now? We were born in trouble.


25ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

What better way to celebrate the Birth of Our Nation than with a political triangle. Back in the early times of our Country(and City), way out in the suburbs, the rich and powerful built their estates. The Hamilton's lived a stone's throw from Madam Jumel. And, Aaron Burr, he...... Well, you’re going to have to come meet us at City Hall at 9:00 to "hear the rest of the story" And yes, there will be lunch along the beautiful and broad Hudson. Scratch the surface and history will tell you that things were much the same as today....or maybe worse. "God protects drunks and The United States of... more

July Fourth Fireworks -- Jersey Side

With Manhattan as Backdrop


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Chelsea Piers

We'll be ringing around the Hudson, over hills and dales, up along the Manhattan side of the greenway to the GW, and then down backside, to Jersey City's July Fourth waterfront extravaganza concert and fireworks at Exchange Place.

The itinerary: Following part of the "Harbor Ring Route," we'll make stops at the Fireman's Park (and bike trail), in Fort Lee, the James Braddock Park lake, and Bull's Ferry Road (an almost vertical descent that only the most skilled will ride; the rest will walk or use an alternate route), the Hudson Waterfront Bike... more

Sat, Jul 6, 2019

On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt

The Annual Jesse F. Brown Outback Memorial Ride


45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

When we last rode this, Jesse Brown, bike leader extraordinaire, reminisced about his time in training at Fort Dix before being 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 (who is a fantastic hostess), which we all loved for it's home cooking and down home appeal. So join us as we honor Jesse and other bicycle comrades who have fallen along the asphalt trail.

From... more

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Coney Island Fireworks to Celebrate The Weekend of Bastille Day

And continue our Friday Night Ride Series


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

It is time once again for a favorite Friday night summer ride. Join us for a ride to the Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks. 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 Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Kensington. Bring a lock, snacks and a smiling face. BIKES MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH FRONT AND REAR LIGHTS. Ride ends when we return to Prospect Park.