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Sat, Oct 25, 2014

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 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 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.

Sun, Oct 26, 2014

The Ugly Ride


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

Forget green forests, forget smooth, black roads, forget cute barns, forget majestic views of the Hudson River, leave your skinny carbon at home for your cats to play with and bring out your heavy duty hardware and fat rubber.

For it is time for the UGLY RIDE! Time for dirty, stinky, trash-covered, pothole-ridden streets of industrial Brooklyn and Queens! Dirty and radioactive Newtown Creek instead of the Walkill River, rusty metal draw bridges instead of the picturesque covered bridges of the Ulster County, gritty warehouses instead of cute barns, Manhattan skyline instead of the Hudson Valley. You get the picture...

But make no mistake: this ride is still fun! Bring a camera!

We'll ride these streets early on a Sunday morning when they are eerily empty and quiet. We'll get some nice views of Midtown Manhattan too and witness the rapid metamorphosis of the post-industrial Long Island City East River banks into a modern urban residential waterfront.

The ride starts at 8:00AM at the usual spot at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the Prospect Park. It's 33 miles long at moderate urban pace (NOT a Happy Face Ride!).

Since it's a short ride and starts early and we should be done by 1PM, we won't have a normal, full lunch stop. We'll just stop for some donuts in the morning (mile 8) and at an outdoor cafe on the East River with nice views of Manhattan (mile 25).

Please bring:

- helmet (REQUIRED)
- lightweight bike lock
- pump
- water
- cell phone
- money for lunch

BRING CASH! Credit cards sometimes don't work!


Check this 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Event Facebook page after 9 p.m. the night before to see if the ride is on! A cancellation notice will be posted on both at 9 p.m. on the night before the ride. We will NOT meet if the ride is canceled! If it’s raining in the morning the ride is also canceled! DO NOT SHOW UP FOR THE RIDE without checking the status first! If the ride is cancelled as the leaders WILL NOT go to the meeting point.

If in doubt email 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.


Oh! Oh! Daddy-O's NEW LATER START TIME 8:25 AM (Get Out Of Town Series)


35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

See Green leaves turn to Gold. Legend says that there's rewards at the end of a trail. Well, it's true. At the end of the recently completed Dutchess County Rail Trail, there's a really good restaraunt called Daddy-O's. Jesse's legendary appetite met it's match with a plate of what else, pancakes. He discussed bringing Tupperware for the leftovers.
So, here's the details. We'll train to Poughkeepsie, hop onto the D.C.R.T. to Hopewell Junction and Daddy-O's. After lunch, we hit the trail again to the Walkway Over the Hudson and continue west from there. After a day of spectacular tree color changing, we'll hop the train back to NYC with memories of a day with good nature view and good natured folks.
Be at Grand Central at 8:25 for the 8:43 or at 125th St. at 8:35 for the 8:54 train to Poughkeepsie. Round trip fares are $34(Regular) or $22.50(Seniors).
Leaders: Rodney Millard, Jesse Brown and Ed DeFreitas

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

The Helmetless Ghoulish Bike Ride *


12 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Chelsea Piers

There are quite a few ghouls riding helmetless, some even headless -- and clueless -- especially on Halloween. So tonight we'll stay clear of Manhattan bike lanes, and instead take the boat over to "Satan Island" to one of the scariest and oldest cemeteries around for some good old spirit raising. A torchlight tour begins at 7:30PM, and Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island is asking for a $20 donation, to help maintain the digs of our dearly departed, which is as good a cause as any, since we want to be on the good side of any departed. But before we descend to the lower depths, we'll drop in for a little LIVELY (get it, lively?) Halloween festivities at the West Cork Union Hall, just down the block, for some cider, ale, and eggplant(less) and chicken(hearted) calzones. Just joking. but everything else is seriously dead on. Our route:

Meet at 5:30PM at Chelsea Pier (23 St. and the Greenway), or at South Ferry for the 6PM ferry.

* Note: Only the living are required to wear helmets on 5BBC rides, and, to keep ghoulish motor vehicles at bay, to have front and rear lights on your bicycle.And the front light, if it is a detachable torch light, will come in handy for the tour.

Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Getting to Ganesh


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

In what has become a 5BBC tradition, we are heading to the Ganesh Temple in Flushing. In the Hindu religion, Ganesh is the remover of obstacles - a perfect god for all cyclists. This beautiful temple is dedicated to his honor. You remove your shoes, and enter into another world of incense, bells and gods. Lunch will be at the delicious Temple Canteen, for some absolutely authentic Southern Indian veggie food. All this, and the 2 Minute Bike Check in Hindi.

Bring the standard lock, tube, pump and money for lunch. Bring a sprit of one-ness.

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

Sun, Nov 9, 2014

Go Dutch


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

The Dutch were the Europeans who settled Brooklyn and there are still some very old homes, many of them of Dutch farmhouse origin scattered throughout the Borough. We will go by a number of them, dating from the 1600's or 1700's or 1800's. Some of them are parks or museums, but many are still in use with various "upgrades" (if you can call bad siding an upgrade). Some of the homes look great, and some, well they look dumpy. Ride includes some cool Brooklyn neighborhoods. And since we are in Brooklyn, we also have the opportunity for some good food stops. Early in the ride you will have an opportunity to pick up a quick snack/late breakfast at the wonderful Grimalid's bakery (ah those blueberry crumb things). Lunch is likely at the ever popular Mill Basin Kosher Deli. Bring lock, hydration, money for food or snacks, an upbeat and inquisitive attitude and a friend who speaks Dutch - though we will ask Mel to perform his translation services :). The ride will be at a steady, but moderate, urban touring pace.

Sat, Nov 15, 2014

On the Trail of the Lenapes


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

While many of us ride the perimeters of New Jersey, we rarely venture into that great void of Central NJ. Well, that taboo has been debunked. We'll be doing a 40-miler from Princeton Junction to 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 foliage and carless countryside. But getting there from Princeton Junction, well, there's the rub: It's mostly flat, but there will be some climbs and some stretches of busy roadways. Lunch is at Ibby's Falafel. (Some may want to train it back from Freehold after lunch; the rest of us will go on to Matawan via the Henry Hudson Trail.)

Meet up at 8 AM Penn Station NJ Transit Waiting Area for the 8:15 Northeast Corridor to Princeton Junction.

And here is our route and cue sheet:

Sat, Nov 22, 2014

SIAC (Staten Island Atlantic Coastline) Ride


20+ miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

Let’s take a short journey to Staten Island, to check out its north & central eastern waterfront, from Murray Hilbert Ave. to Great Kills Park. There will be quiet greenways and as well as some rough & busy roads. This will be done at a 10-12mph pace, with occasional stops. We’ll climb a road at Ft. Wadsworth to a hill overlooking New York Harbor. Possible visits to the Ft. Wadsworth Visitor Center and/or local bike shop. We’ll have a nice Sri Lankan lunch before heading back to the ferry. We’ll strive to finish before dark. Bring $ for lunch, a camera, lock and dress warmly for the cold elements. Rain, Snow and/or Ice plus temperatures at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (which is 0 <zero> degrees Celsius) and below cancels. NOTE: at the ferry terminal, we will be subject to canine security screening – please cooperate. PLUS: there is FREE Wi Fi in the terminals and the boats, for your “smart” phone, camera & tablet pleasure.

Sat, Nov 29, 2014

The Ring Ride (Giving Thanks)


20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Chelsea Piers

In honor of the Harbor Ring Project, which has been gaining some traction of late in rallying for Verrazano access, we'll travel from New York to Hoboken, via the George Washington Bridge, along part of their proposed route, for a very social, post-Thanksgiving ride, with a stop at The Fireman's Park (and bike trail), in Fort Lee, a loop around the James Braddock Park lake, then down the treacherous Bull's Ferry Road (an almost vertical descent that only the most skilled will ride; the rest will walk or use an alternate route). From here we'll hug the waterline, and the Hudson Waterfront Bike Path, with stops at Weehawken Waterfront Park, a Japanese supermarket, and the little-known Hoboken Museum. Lunch is either at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten or our old standby, Carpe Diem, in Hoboken. Return is via Water Taxi to 34 Street, Manhattan. This is an appropriate post-Thanksgiving social ride to enjoy the holiday festivities of family and friends, which stays close to Manhattan without venturing too far into the wilds of the outer boroughs– so join us.

For a map of the route, turns, elevation, and distance, visit:

Sat, Dec 13, 2014

Sustainability Ride


25 ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Please contact Ride Leader

Wondering what happens to the stuff you throw (or flush) away? So were we! Let's find out together on this tour of various sustainability and recycling locations in NYC.
First we'll head over to the SIMS recycling plant. The building is at the heart of the city's curbside recyling program and was designed sustainably with features like recycled steel components, solar power, on-site stormwater management, and the implementation of three reefs that provide new habitats for local aquatic life.
From there, it's on to the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility. The recipient of two awards for excellence in design, this updated plant processes as much as 1.5 million gallons of sludge a day.
After that, we'll visit Build it Green in LIC and see some composting in action! 
This ride is a partnership with Bike NYC and highlights their ongoing sustainability initiative.
*Please note that we are still developing this ride, so the start location and time may change, but the date is confirmed!!!*

Sat, Oct 31, 2015

TEST please ignore


Leaders: TBD
55 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD