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Sat, Sep 20, 2014

Beacon to Poughkeepsie Via the Other Side


50 (2200 feet elevation gain) miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This is an Advanced Moderate Ride (15mph) for experienced cyclists only. This is not a beginner ride. A road bike or light hybrid is required, no mountain bikes, no folders, no heavy hybrids, no knobby tires. Your bike has to be in very good shape and you need to be self-reliant and be able to maintain 15 mph pace. There will be no bail-outs along the way. The ride is moderately hilly but with no killer climbs and it is all on roads with traffic. If you've done my other Hudson Valley rides you won't have any problems with this one.

We'll take the usual 7:43am train from Grand Central but this time we get off in Beacon. We cross the Beacon-Newburg Bridge to the West Side of the Hudson Valley and ride up towards the Walkway Over The Hudson and end the ride at the Metro North Station in Poughkeepsie. Lunch will be at mile 30 in Gardiner (Cafe Mio: http://www.miogardiner.com). Short snack stop at mile 17 at Stewart's Shop.

If you're getting on the train at 125th St. or meeting us in Beacon, please let me know ahead of the time, email me at bikerides@a-world.net. Do not be late! Be at the Beacon station at 9:15am! We need to do the intro and the bike check and we're leaving Beacon by 9:30am!

The train arrives in Beacon at 9:14am and we will start rolling promptly by 9:30am. If we make a good time we should be able to catch the 3:54pm from Poughkeepsie which will arrive at Grand Central at 5:42pm. If we miss that one then 4:37pm or 4:54pm.

We meet at Grand Central in the main concourse area, left from the round information booth, by the unused ticket windows. Find us there, don't board the train unless you find us first! Please be at the station no later than 7:20am and buy both tickets from the ticket machines before getting on the train (out Grand Central to Beacon and return Poughkeepsie to Grand Central, both off peak). We get on the train at 7:30am sharp. Also, get some breakfast to eat on the train.


Please bring:

- helmet (REQUIRED)
- MTA Train Bike Permit (REQUIRED)
- two spare bike tubes (REQUIRED)
- lightweight bike lock
- pump
- TWO BOTTLES of water or hydration pack (one bottle is not enough)
- cell phone (fully charged please!)
- lunch money
- bring some cash as credit cards don't always work


Check this 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Facebook page after 9PM the day before the ride to see if the ride is on! A cancellation notice will be posted on both at 9PM on the day before the ride.

We will NOT meet if the ride is canceled!
The leaders will not travel to the start location if the ride is cancelled!

If in doubt email bikerides@a-world.net or call or text Adam DZ at 718-757-4102 in the morning after 6 a.m.

If you have registered for the ride on the 5BBC website you will receive a confirmation or cancellation email around 9 p.m.the day before the ride.


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Near Sagamore Hill via Cove Neck


50 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Cycle the North Shore of Long Island through the Cove Neck peninsula with lunch in Oyster Bay's Theodore Roosevelt Park. This is a hilly ride with a tough climb over Nassau County's Mill Hill Road and over 1900 feet of uphills. Be prepared! Rain cancels

Sun, Sep 21, 2014

The Roosevelt and Vanderbilt homes


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

The timing is perfect. The Roosevelts are filling the Public Television stations with their story. Now take a ride to Eleanor and Franklin's home, Presidential Library and Eleanor's cottage. Then there's the grandeur of a Vanderbilt Mansion with every convenience the technology of the times could buy.
There are admission fees but, we may be able to lessen them as we have in the past.
We'll take the 7:43 from GCT or the 7:54 at 125th St. to Poughkeepsie.
Round trip tickets are $34.00 regular & $22.50 Seniors bought either at the station or on line.

The Guns of August


40 - 45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

August 1, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The United States didn't send troops until late in the war. During the last year of the war, many men and women from Brooklyn and Queens answered their country's call. Their communities commemorated their service, especially that of those who made the supreme sacrifice, through monuments in streets and parks. We'll see monuments in eastern Brooklyn, western Queens, the Rockaways, and the area in and around Prospect Park. We'll also visit a World War I installation of the Army's Coastal Artillery Corps at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways.

Approximately 1/2 mile in the Fort Tilden area will be on a hard dirt surface with fine gravel. Gary has ridden this portion on a road bike, but each rider should use his or her own discretion in selecting a bicycle for the ride. The remainder of the ride is on ordinary paved streets. Time will be provided for those who are using road bikes, but wish to walk on this stretch of the ride.

Bring tube, tools and pump for your bike, and plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen for you. Check the forecast -- a light jacket or arm warmers would be helpful for the Rockaways portion of the ride. Bring lunch, or pick it up at a sandwich shop in Broad Channel, Queens. A lock for your bike is optional.

Sat, Sep 27, 2014

Warm Up with the Family (Store)


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

Are you riding Bike New York's Twin Lights ride on Sunday the 28th, or are you just in the mood for a relaxed 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.

Sat, Oct 4, 2014

Queens for a Day


Leaders: Bill Mastro
40 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

We are off from Grand Army Plaza to the streets of Queens, traveling both some common and some very less common streets and byways, including the upper reaches of College Point and Malba. There is a breakfast stop at Grimaldi's bakery on the way out and lunch in Whitestone. We will be doing the 40 mile variation of this ride at a moderate but crisp urban pace of 12-15 mph. Bring a great and inquisitive attitude, hydration, a lock and money for food.

Sun, Oct 5, 2014

Street Art/Graffiti Ride - Bronx


25+ miles / Moderate / Starting at United Spokes Bicycles

An outdoor tour of graffiti and street art in the Bronx. Bring a lock appropriate for the Bronx, a subway card in case you need to bail out, and money for lunch at the Arthur Avenue Market. Helmets are mandatory due to the club's insurance policy. Experience New York City in a new way!
Please be aware that there will be hills and for the enjoyment and safety of everyone on the ride, we need to keep a minimum pace of 12mph on the flats. If you are not 100% confident that you can do that consistently, you should not join this ride. We intend to limit drops as much as possible and ride as a group for this tour, so you must be able to keep up with the moderate pace of the group.

Sat, Oct 11, 2014

Lourdes of the Bronx


35-ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Stories regarding the renowned healing waters of Lourdes, France have been around for centuries, but for the 5BBC Lourdes is just a bike ride away. Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at the corner of Bronxwood and Mace Avenues in the Bronx was built in 1939 as a replica of the French shrine, and has been a source of inspiration and solace for the faithful during New York City’s toughest times. From prayers of safety for the armed forces in World War II to the events of September 11th, 2001, the grotto has played an important role in the spiritual lives of thousands of New Yorkers, as well as becoming a site of pilgrimage for believers in the grotto’s healing waters. Come and experience this unique site in the Bronx. Lunch will be at Full Moon Pizza and the Palumbo Pastry Shop in NYC's real Little Italy on Arthur Ave.

BRING: Spare tube/pump, lock, $$ for lunch, snacks [lunch is later in the ride], and a friend.

Sat, Oct 18, 2014

Stone Barns Center the Long Way: Brewster to the Bronx


55 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a leading proponent of healthy eating and sustainable agriculture, operates an 80-acre farm 25 miles north of Manhattan. We'll visit the center for a brief tour and tasty lunch, mid-way through a moderate-pace ride from Brewster to Van Cortland Park via the North County Trail, South County Trail, and Putnam Trail. The trails offer a mostly paved, mostly traffic-free route through woods, over bridges, and past backyards. Some steep hills, though the ride grades slowly downward. The final few miles are on dirt roads; the ride will officially end at the 1 train at 242 Street. Meet at Grand Central Station and purchase a one-way off-peak ticket for the 7:47 a.m. train to Brewster Station. Join the ride group by the information kiosk by 7:15 a.m. for a two-minute bike check before we proceed to the train. Required: 2 tubes, 2 water bottles, an MTA bike permit, $13.25 for metro north and $10-15 for lunch. Please dress for the weather!

Wards/Randalls Islands


Leaders: Manny Sanudo
30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Queens College Library Clocktower

Join the students, faculty and staff of Queens College for a spin through Wards and Randalls Islands as we pass the spot where Gene Hackman as Detective Popeye Doyle thwarted the evil French Connection. Our return trip takes us through Central Park and Long Island City. Rain cancels.

Sun, Oct 19, 2014

Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

You can have your water and drink it too. 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. Bring $ for lunch, $9.75 fare for return train ride from Croton-Harmon, and MTA bike permit. 28 mm (or wider) tires are recommended but not required.


Sat, Oct 25, 2014

Central New Jersey - Quaint Towns, Historic Estates and the Winery


Leaders: Bill Mastro
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 lunch with you, there is no food for sale at the Estate). Afterwards, on the way back we make a brief stop at a beautiful winery. The terrain ranges from flat, to small hills to really fun rollers. Mostly we avoid roads with heavy traffic, but there are a few - it is New Jersey. This year we may end the ride by a really good ice cream parlor I found in Cranbury.

This is an advanced moderate ride. We keep a good steady (but not a quick spin) pace in order to be back before dark. There are no bail out options.

The ride meets at 7:00 AM in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot on 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge by 93rd Street - we aim to leave by 7:15.

If interested in the ride, please contact Bill Mastro at billm45s@verizon.net and let me know if you need a ride or if you have a car and bike rack and would be willing to take some riders with you. There is a required contribution for those not driving, to help offset the cost of gas and tolls.

Sat, Nov 8, 2014

The Greatest Turkey Ride


Leaders: Ed Pino, Liz Baum
25-30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Kew Gardens

And Open House
Meet Union Tpke and Queens Blvd Starbucks note. (Across the Street from where the Statue was) 10 A.M.

Saturday November 8, 2014

Join Ed and Liz as we do a lap of Queens.
We will eat Charlie’s turkey, the best turkey in Queens. I can say that I have been eating it for years. This is an easy 25- 30-mile mostly flat ride. Usual weather conditions apply Bring $15 for lunch.
Ride will end at Ed and Liz’s Apartment.
There will be an open house at our place
Please call if you would like to join us for Lunch and are not riding 718 487 4992.
Ed Pino and Liz Baum