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Sat, Aug 2, 2014

Brew at Blue Point

8:30am

75 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Cunningham Park

Ride to the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, LI. No sweat on the ride out ... and if there is, the beer at the brewery will take care of that. Meet at Cunningham Park at 8:30 am - sharp.
Bring mta bike pass, $ for lunch and drinkstuffs as well as lirr train fare from patchogue ($9.75). Trains returning to Jamaica, Brooklyn and Penn Station are at 3:35 pm, 4:23 pm and 5:10 pm.
No point/drop/sweep. However we will travel as a group, compressing as needed.
Note that we will walk back to Patchogue train station after our stop at the brewery.
Note also that riders from Brooklyn are most welcome because the leaders know you will like this one !
Leaders: Wuid Alexandre and Dennis Griffin

Van Cortlandt Park to Brewster

9:00am

50 (1500 feet elev gain) miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

We will ride the entire length of the South County Trail, the North County Trail and the Putnam Trailway from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx all the way to Brewster. Then we'll take the Metro North train back to Grand Central Station in Manhattan.

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NOTICE:
The weather forecast for this weekend isn't looking good right now :( Keep an eye for out for possible cancellation. DO NOT show up for the ride without checking this ride page for cancellation notice! If the ride is cancelled the leaders WILL NOT go to the meeting point. We'd love to ride but riding in rain isn't fun at all.
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The route is around 50 miles long and is mostly traffic-free as it runs along paved trailways with very few connecting sections running on roads. The route is pretty flat. There are no killer climbs. The total elevation gain is only around 1500 feet. The ride is very pleasant with long stretches of woodlands, marshes and farms; with few small, quiet towns along the way. It passes over streams and rivers, along ponds and reservoirs with several cute bridges along the way. Still, this is a moderate ride which means we'll be going at 15mph and all trippers are expected to be able to maintain at least 12mph throughout the most of the ride. A light bike with smooth tires is recommended.

We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at the entrance to Van Cortlandt Park, at the standard 5BBC meeting spot, near the last stop of the #1 Subway. Please note that the station is high above the ground and you will have to carry your bike down long, steep stairway.

http://a-world.net/bikerides/loc/van-cortlandt-park/index.html

We will try to get on the 5:17 p.m. train back from Brewster which will get us to Grand Central around 6:43 p.m. The ticket costs $13.25 if purchased at the station vending machine, $24.00 if purchased from the conductor on board of the train. Seniors pay $8.75 either way.

Lunch will be at mile 25 at Taza Cafe in Millwood.
http://tazzacafeny.com/

Please bring:

- helmet
- lightweight bike lock
- two spare bike tubes
- pump
- two bottles of water or hydration pack
- snacks
- cell phone
- lunch money
- MTA train bike permit

Bike permit costs $5 and is good for life (well, you may eventually have to replace it if it wears out). You can purchase the permit at Grand Central Station. Download the application to save yourself time: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/mnrbikepermit.htm. Then go to the booth #27 to purchase the permit. You can also do this by mail as per instructions on that website.

RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

GPS track;
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4936473/

Cue sheet PDF, GPX and TCX files:
http://a-world.net/bikerides/van-cortlandt-park-to-brewster/

Harlem to Summer Streets

9:30am

Leaders: Ken Williams
15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

The summer streets program is on once again, meaning that Park Ave. from 72nd St to the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to traffic and open to cyclists, joggers, roller bladers, etc.  It's like a big block party that promotes biking and other physical activities.  This would be a great intro ride to group riding in a minimum of traffic.  Newbies are strongly encouraged to join.

The ride will be betwee 15 and 22 miles, with many rest stops to enjoy the activities and giveaways on Park Ave.  The ride will start at Lenox Ave. & 110th St at 9:30, going through Central Park, with one big hill and much smaller rolling  hills.  We will go easy and enjoy the downhills.  A bike with gears is strongly recommended.  We will proceed to lower Manhattan via Park Ave., and will reverse and head north on Park Ave. to our starting point.  Please bring one or two properly sized inner tubes for your tire.

Harlem Rides - Historic Uptown Sights

9:30am

16 miles / Moderate / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

Starting in Central Park, this ride explores some of the rich architectural history of Harlem and the Upper West Side. Gems from Colonial days include Hamilton Grange and the Jumel Mansion. We ride past the beautiful residences of Astor Row and Strivers Row. We check out the opulence of Grant's Tomb and the Bailey House. And of course, there will be other goodies along the way. The ride ends at the Five Borough Bike Club's table at Summer Streets. Come join us as we explore Harlem.

Bring: Water and Snacks [there will be no lunch stop], SPF, a lock, and a great attitude.
REMEMBER – Helmets are MANDATORY on all 5BBC Rides.

Street Art/Graffiti Ride - Manhattan

10:00am

20 miles / Moderate / Starting at 5BBC Summer Streets Table

A outdoor tour of graffiti and street art in Manhattan. Bring a lock and money for lunch. Helmets mandatory. Experience New York City in a new way!
If it's actively raining at 9am, the ride will be cancelled. Otherwise, we'll ride.

Sun, Aug 3, 2014

Locust Valley Extended Summer Remix

9:00am

52 (1700 elev gain) miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

This is an “extended summer remix” of my favorite Spring training ride to Locust Valley. This version adds few extra miles here and there to make it a 52 mile ride and tries to avoid Union Turnpike on the way back for a while longer. We’ll stop for lunch at the usual Delicious Pizzeria in Glen Cove at mile 30. Hopefully I won’t have to Photoshop our group shots at the beach this time to add summer backgrounds!

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NOTICE:
The weather forecast for this weekend isn't looking good right now :( Keep an eye for out for possible cancellation. DO NOT show up for the ride without checking this ride page for cancellation notice! If the ride is cancelled the leaders WILL NOT go to the meeting point. We'd love to ride but riding in rain isn't fun at all.
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It's a moderate and relaxed 52 mile ride with only 1700 feet of elevation gain. We'll stop frequently to take photos and goof around and remember the time we did this ride and our ears were freezing.

We start at 9:00 am from Cunningham Park in Queens.

Related Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1564902280403888/

Please bring:

- helmet
- lightweight bike lock
- two spare bike tubes
- pump
- two bottles of water or hydration pack
- snacks
- cell phone
- lunch money

RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY

Check the 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Facebook page after 9PM the night before 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 Van Cortlandt Park if the ride is cancelled!
If it’s raining in the morning the ride is also canceled!

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.

MAPS AND CUE SHEETS

Ride With GPS route:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5321386

Cue sheet PDF, GPX and TCX files:
http://a-world.net/bikerides/locust-valley-extended-summer-remix/

Beach Bum Ride

9:00am

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

A 5BBC tradition! Come join us for a fun ride to Neponsit Beach in Rockaway. This is a mostly flat ride. We'll stop along the way and pick up lunch for our picnic on the beach. Bring lots of suntan lotion, swimsuit and money for lunch.
Rain at start cancels.
Leaders: Bob Castro & Andrea Casertano

Let's Go Boogie on the Boulevard

10:00am

Leaders: Leo Cairo
7 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Let's Celebrate the Bronx's 100th anniversary. Grand Concourse center lanes will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun, with free music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. Museum will be open for visitors and lots of fun!
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/boogie-on-the-boulevard-summer-sundays

Sat, Aug 9, 2014

Three States Ride

9:00am

66 (3200 feet elev gain) miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

This is a unique and experimental dayride, in a way that the starting point at the Taconic State Park is only reachable by a car and it is 2.5 hours one way from NYC. Trippers will need to drive up there or carpool. The club does not provide transportation for this ride and, for legal reasons, cannot arrange a carpool. The trippers will need to arrive at the start location on their own but, of course, may organize carpooling among themselves.

Related Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1472144423024365/

THIS RIDE REQUIRES REGISTRATION AND
IT IS OPENED TO CURRENT CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.

We need to have at least 10 riders registered to do this ride. There is no upper limit but the place we’ll be stopping at for lunch is small and may have hard time serving 10+ people quickly. In case of a large turnout we may have to split for lunch, but there are other food establishments in town.

GENERAL INFORMATION

This is a moderate-advanced ride and it’s meant for experienced cyclists as it is 66 miles long, services are scarce and it’s rather hilly with about 3200 feet of total elevation gain with one long killer hill right at the beginning, then with some long and gradual climbs and some nice rollers. Around 15 miles are completely flat though as the route runs along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (HVRT).

The ride starts and ends at the Taconic State Park Copake Falls in Copake, NY. The park has a picnic area, bathrooms, showers and a swimming pond. From there, we will ride through three states: NY, MA, CT and back to NY. A large part of the ride goes through the area where the annual Harlem Valley Rail Trail Ride takes place. The lunch will be at mile 30 in “When Pigs Fly Southern BBQ” in Sharon, Connecticut. It’s a quiet location with outdoor tables and we can keep our bikes within sight.

If we manage to finish the ride early there will be time for a dip in the pond so bring a bathing suit and a towel. You will be able to change at the bathhouse.

We will try to maintain a moderate pace around 12-15 mph on flats, however the ride is categorized as advanced moderate due to the combination of distance and hills. We will use the Point, Drop, Sweep system and we’ll follow all the rules of a regular 5BBC dayride, please see the club website for more information: http://5bbc.org/about-day-rides and http://5bbc.org/what-bring-ride.

The route is very rural with services far apart so bring three bottles of water, or a Camelbak, and some snacks and electrolytes if it’s very hot. There will be no services and no restrooms other than Nature’s Facilities for the first 22 miles.

You must have a helmet, two spare tubes and, if your bike requires any special tool to remove the wheels, you must bring that tool with you as well. Your bike must be in good working order. There is only one bike shop at the very beginning of the ride (i.e. not much help) and there are no good options to bail out during most of the ride.

THE WEATHER

That area is generally somewhat cooler than New York City (5 or more degrees) and the weather conditions can be quite different as well.

Check the weather forecast for Copake Falls, NY. Do not base your decision on NYC weather! We only ride if the weather forecast for Copake Falls is very good.

Significant chances of rain cancel the ride.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

As mentioned earlier, driving is the only option to get to the Taconic State Park. The club does not provide transportation for this ride and, for legal reasons, cannot arrange a carpool. The trippers will need to arrive at the Taconic State Park on their own but may organize carpooling among themselves.

Please note that there are two Taconic State Parks. One is called Taconic State Park Copake Falls Area and it’s located in Copake and the other is called Taconic State Park Rudd Pond Area and it is located near Millerton. We’re going to the one in Copake.

Be on time! We will start riding at 9 a.m. so you are encouraged to leave NYC at 6 a.m. as it takes solid 2h 30m to get there.

1) Take Taconic State Parkway to Rte 23 (Claverack exit). It’s the next exit after the Taghkanic State Park. There is a small diner right there on Rte 23, to the right of the exit if you want to grab some breakfast. Exit to the right onto Rte 23.

2) In Hillsdale (7 miles) turn right onto Rte 22. (IGA supermarket in Hillsdale before Rte 22 on the right)

3) In about 4 miles keep an eye out for the Taconic State Park sign on the left, at Old Rte 22 and turn left onto Old Route 22.

4) In about 0.3 mile you will arrive at a small triangular intersection with Taconic State Park sign in the middle, turn left onto Valley View Road/Rte 344.

5) Park entrance will be on your left in about 0.25 mile.

6) Drive through the entrance, pay the fee and drive straight up towards the parking lot.

Park entrance fee is $7 per car for the entire day. All other facilities are free except for campsites and boat rentals. If you feel adventurous, you can arrive the day before and camp!

Please note that commercial vehicles are not allowed on the Taconic State Parkway!

IF THE RIDE IS CANCELED

The official cancellation or confirmation notice will be posted on 5BBC ride page and on Facebook at 9PM the evening before the ride. Also, a notification email will go out around 9PM.

Check your email, check the 5BBC ride page and the Facebook page before leaving! The leaders will not travel to the start point if the ride is canceled. If in doubt email bikerides@a-world.net or call or message Adam DZ at (718) 757-4102.

MAPS AND CUE SHEETS

Links to Ride With GPS map:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4100717

Cue sheets will be posted here few days before the ride. For now you can download a ride brochure here:

http://a-world.net/bikerides/three-state-bike-ride/Three-State-Bike-Ride...

Bicycle Beach Bums of Staten Island

10:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at 5BBC Summer Streets Table

Start location: 5BBC Bicycle Repair Table at Summer Streets, Park Avenue South at 24th Street
Looking for something to do after riding Summer Streets? Let's go to the beach! Staten Island's beaches are just a short bike ride from the ferry terminal. Bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, and beach towel. Changing areas are available. Leaders: Jim Zisfein and Andrea Casertano.

Sun, Aug 10, 2014

Brooklyn Perimeter and TA NYC Century Training Ride

9:00am

50-55 miles / Moderate / Starting at Brooklyn Borough Hall

The Brooklyn Perimeter (with a moment in Queens) is back again this year to take you along the edges of the borough showing off Brooklyn's diversity from beautiful waterfront, to industrial centers, from HIP neighborhoods to old time neighborhoods. And we have a stop in the most surreal of places "the Hole", where one side of the street is Brooklyn and the other Queens. It is a mostly flat ride with one real climb. Bring water, sun screen, a lock and money for lunch. The ride is listed as moderate, but will maintain a steady urban pace over the 50-55 miles of the ride. Start point is Brooklyn Borough Hall by the fountains in front of the courthouse.

Let's Go Boogie on the Boulevard #2

10:00am

Leaders: Leo Cairo
7 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Let's Celebrate the Bronx's 100th anniversary. Grand Concourse center lanes will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun, with free music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. Museum will be open for visitors and lots of fun!
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/boogie-on-the-boulevard-summer-sundays

Sat, Aug 16, 2014

NJ Beach Bums

7:45am

TBD miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Beach Bums in New Jersey? Well, for starters, it's called the Jersey Shore over here in these parts, and the handle by which we travel is the NJ Shore Slackers. So, yeah, whether you enjoy bumming on beaches or slithering along the shore, you can still join us as we head due south on the 7:52AM North Jersey Coast from New York Penn Station to Bay Head, with bikes, for some Jersey-style carney, Surf Tacos, long, long stretches of barrier tar-top two-lane roads and equally longish boardwalks. All that slacking and eating, though, doesn't mean we'll be whistling Dixie as this'll be moderate pace and limited to 12 riders, so RSVP and sign up online. Round trip $30; senior $14. Mileage to be determined. (Or as one of our ride leaders says, it's all good.)

Oh, and there's an entire Casino Pier for those who want to press their luck and gamble on their ride home.

Sun, Aug 17, 2014

Garden City - TA NYC Century Training Ride

9:00am

60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Spend a pleasant Sunday, whether or not you are training for the TA NYC Century, and join us for a round trip ride through Brooklyn, Queens and Western Nassau to the sedate and scenic streets of Garden City. Lunch will likely be at Grimaldi's in Garden City. Bring water, lock, sun screen, money for lunch and a wide smile.

Beach Bum Ride to Neponsit

9:30am

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

A 5BBC tradition! Come join us for a fun ride to Neponsit Beach in the Rockaways. Neponsit has dunes now, built to 'shore up' the beach since Sandy. This a mostly flat ride with a small gradual climb over the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. We'll stop along the way to pick up lunch at Brighton Bazaar, a fabulous Russian supermarket (with prepared food like you've never seen!) for our picnic on the beach. Bring suntan lotion, towel, swimsuit to change into, inflatable sea horse, $$ for lunch and bike lock.

Let's Go Boogie on the Boulevard #3

10:00am

Leaders: Leo Cairo
7 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Let's Celebrate the Bronx's 100th anniversary. Grand Concourse center lanes will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun, with free music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. Museum will be open for visitors and lots of fun!
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/boogie-on-the-boulevard-summer-sundays

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