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Queens for a Day

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.

Street Art/Graffiti Ride - Bronx

20 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. Please make sure you are able to keep up with the moderate pace of the group.
Lunch is towards the end of the ride, so eat a good breakfast and bring snacks!

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.

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.

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.


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.

The Helmetless Ghoulish Bike Ride *

Leaders: Josh Gosciak
12 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Chelsea Piers

There are quite a few ghouls riding helmetless, some even headless -- and clueless -- especially around Halloween season. So we'll stay out of the 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 candlelight 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.

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.

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.

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

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!!!*