Day Rides

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross

A Scenic Fun Spring Training Ride

9:30am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

You can have your water and drink it too. The spring training ride series continues with one of the club's most popular rides: the Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross. Get your fill of Westchester's Croton Reservoir with three lake crossings: the Putnam Trail Railroad Bridge, the Old Croton Dam (Gate House) Bridge, and the New Croton Dam. Ride also features the car-free Putnam Trail, gorgeous views from a lake shore road, and a visit to the best ice cream north of the Croton River. This is a moderate pace ride; cruising speed will be 12-14 mph. 28 mm (or wider) tires are suggested but road tires... more

Spring Training Series - Bayville

9:30am

53 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Another North Shore training ride, this time to the village of Bayville, often referred to as Pine Island, located on the Long Island Sound facing Greenwich CT. Lunch in Bayville, either by the water, or indoors if chilly. We’ll choose between Shipwreck Tavern, Talentis Deli, Ralph’s Pizza or Solvaki by the Sea, all in close proximity. Moderate pace but listed as advanced moderate as this is not a flat ride; we will climb some hills! Bring $$ for lunch or lunch, two water bottles, or equivalent, of your choice of hydration, couple of snacks, sunscreen, a light lock, and of course, your... more

Sun, Apr 7, 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

Spring Training - Centre island

9:30am

55-60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

One of our favorite rides and destinations, Centre island is a special enclave on the North Shore.  This scenic ride increases the miles, but that won't be an issue if you have joined some prior rides.  Check out the North Shore and build up some endurance at the same time.  Bring lock and money for lunch and an upbeat inquisitive attitude.
 

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

Perimiter Ride of Manhattan

A friendly ride around the edge of this fine borough that also trains you for the 5BBT

9:30am

30-35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

This will be another ride appropriate for Happy Face and Moderate Riders. A motivated point will ride as fast as he can slowed mainly by occasional city street lights. A capable sweep will bring up the rear patiently encoruaging slower riders to finish the circuit!  This ride is perfect for those who are training for the 5 Boro Bike Tour  

1000 Feet of Elevation (up and down) - believe it or not, that's what you get in the 30-35 miles covering the perimeter of Manhattan (we will take bike routes where possible).

There are so many places lunch could be - but as I have learned... 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.

Garden City and Hewlett Harbor - A Spring Training Variation

10:00am

45-50 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Since we introduced and led this ride a few years ago it has been a fun-filled success and we continue to receive multiple requests to schedule it..  It is a good spring training ride to stretch your miles but with very limited hills.  What more could you ask, other than for the weather to cooperate. 

So, come join us for a fun, fairly flat 45-50 mile ride that combines two of our non-north shore favorite Long Island locations, Garden City and Hewlett Harbor.  This may be a ride of a thousand turns, but you will enjoy most of them, as once we arrive at our various destinations, we ... more

Sun, Apr 21, 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 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

Lemon Louis

9:30am

30 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Queens Trumps the other boroughs, especially via a "Trumpeteer" who blew the horn that made him famous.  Add a little gravel to your "Hello Dolly" voice and you have one of the greatest American entertainers of all time, Louis Armstrong. Our ride first takes us to Flushing Cemetery where we will pay our respects at his grave.   Then, we will head to an ethnic restaurant, to dine on some of the food that Louis loved most. Lunch, dessert and then we cycle to Louis's house/museum in Corona. After learning about this American icon and his optimistic look,  we are sure you too will think to... more

Sun, Apr 28, 2019

Smith Point TWA Flight 800 Memorial

A New Spring Training Adventure

10:30am

55ish miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Come join us for a brand new 5BBC ride. We ride from the Ronkonkoma train station south and then east to Smith Point and the location of the TWA Flight 800 Memorial on part of the barrier islands that include Fire Island.  Some scenic new areas on this 55 or so mile, fairly flat ride ride.  This is the ride to perhaps push your distance without too many hills (less than 900 feet of elevation gain on the whole ride).  

The Ride meets by the ticket machines on the south side of the Ronkonkoma train station, at the center of the large parking lot (it is a very, very large parking lot... more

Sat, May 4, 2019

Warm-up with the Family (Store that Is)

Last 5BBT Training Ride

10:00am

25-30 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Are you riding Bike New York's Five Boro Bike Tour tomorrow, Sunday, May 5th, or are you just in the mood for a warm-up type ride. Either way, join us for a 30 mile warm-up on Saturday. We will ride Brooklyn neighborhoods and then make our way to the wonderful Family Store in Bay Ridge http://www.familystorecooks.com/index.html to get take-out for a picnic overlooking the harbor in Owl's Head Park. Fuel yourself for Sunday's ride with Sam's incredible offerings. Please bring plenty of hydration, a lock, money for the wonderful, but not inexpensive Family Store and an upbeat inquisitive... 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

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