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Sat, Aug 30, 2014

Poughkeepsie-Kingston Loop

7:15am

50 (2600 feet elevation gain) miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This is an Advanced Moderate Ride 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 15-17 mph pace for 25 miles with only few quick rest stops. There will be no bailouts along the way. The ride is pretty hilly at times with two long climbs and one killer hill. The ride is all on roads with traffic.

Bring at least two bottles of water and enough snacks to survive 25 mile stretch with no services.

For those who did my other recent rides from Poughkeepsie, you know what to expect :) This will be just like the other rides but a bit more hilly, however, shorter than the Gunks ride. Please email me if you have questions: bikerides@a-world.net. I'll be happy to answer them! If you're prepared properly, this ride is a blast! It's very scenic and rural.

We take the 7:43 am train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie. We meet in the main concourse area, in the vicinity of the round information booth, by the unused ticket windows. Please be at the station no later than 7:15 am and buy a round trip ticket to Poughkeepsie from the ticket machines before getting on the train. We get on the train at 7:30 sharp. Also, get breakfast to eat on the train, we will only stop for lunch around 12:30 - 1:00 pm.

NO CREDIT CARDS ON THE TRAIN! Buy the ticket at the station!

The train arrives in Poughkeepsie at 9:39 am and we start rolling promptly at 10:00 am. We ride the 25 miles to Kingston with only one or two very brief rest and photo stops. Beautiful views of Hudson River not to be missed! If all goes well we should be in Kingston by 1:00 maybe even 12:30. Lunch at Italian restaurant and quick ride back to Poughkeepsie. Couple of photo stops but quicker overall pace to try to catch the 5:39 pm express back to NYC (arrives at GC at 7:14). If we miss that then 5:54 pm.

Do not be late! The days are getting shorter and we want to return to NYC before dark.

Please bring:

- helmet (REQUIRED)
- MTA Train Bike Permit (REQUIRED)
- lightweight bike lock
- two spare bike tubes
- pump
- two bottles of water or hydration pack
- FOOD
- cell phone
- lunch money

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 tracks and PDF cue sheet:
http://a-world.net/bikerides/poughkeepsie-kingston-loop/

Ride With GPS Route:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5787749

A Sunday Kinda Ride (on Saturday)

10:00am

less than 20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Roll out of bed and over to Grand Army Plaza for the start of a leisurely day of riding to places meant for week-end visits. First, enjoy a snack at Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg (www.brooklynflea.com/markets/smorgasburg) before we head over to Long Island City to catch a ferry across the East River to midtown. After a few miles down the East Side bike path, we'll ferry to Governors Island, which Is hosting the NYC Unicycle Festival (http://nycunifest.com). Lunch will be at the Island’s food court, which offers many different cuisines and al fresco dining. Afterwards, explore the many exhibits and activities the Island has to offer (ready to attempt a one-wheeler?). The ride ends on GI, with the option of taking the Brooklyn or Manhattan-bound ferries to return home. Bring water, stuff to fix a flat (just in case) and $$ for food and the ferries [$7 + $2 (seniors $1)]. Rain at start cancels.

Sun, Aug 31, 2014

TA Century Training Ride - The Putnam Trail

8:00am

92 miles miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Let's train for the NYC Century by riding the Putnam Trail to and from the Bronx to Carmel in a scenic, nearly car free, almost-100-mile route from Bronx to Carmel and back. We will ride up the Putnam trail, have lunch in Carmel, and turn around and ride back to Van Cortlandt Park. For those who want to roll that 100 on the cyclometer, optional leg back to Manhattan if time permits and there is sufficient remaining daylight upon our return to the Bronx. We will keep a 14-15 mph pace (we have alot of miles to cover and days are shorter at the end of August). Bring water, snacks, lunch or money for it, plus $ for train fare and an MTA Bike Permit in case we need to bail early. Meet at Van Cortlandt Park, last stop #1 train. We will leave promptly at 8 a.m. so please arrive 15 minutes prior for check in.

The Guns of August -- Brooklyn and Queens

9:00am

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. Bring lunch, or pick it up at a sandwich shop in Broad Channel, Queens. A lock for your bike is optional.

Island Dreaming, City Style

9:30am

40-ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Looking to visit that charming seaside location, to enjoy the view, the salt air, and the sound of gulls clamoring for your food? Wishing for some fresh seafood to complement all of the above? Just can't get away? Then join us for a moderately-paced ride to City Island in the Bronx. We'll ride 40-ish miles, along greenways where possible, ending at the furthermost point on City Island for a freshly-caught seafood lunch. Afterwards, we'll justify those fries that complemented your seafood by making our way back to our starting location. Oh, and did we mention seafood? Bring a light lock, $ to buy lunch or bring one, sunscreen, plenty of water, and a 'jammin' attitude.

The Other September 11th Memorial

10:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

We'll leave from near the site of our Country's worst attack on our soil since Pearl Harbor.
After a PATH ride to Jersey City & a tour along Newark Bay, we'll cross over to upper New York Bay and visit the Russians gift to us, dedicated by Bill Clinton and Putin to commemorate our loss thirteen years ago.
Lunch? Broadway Diner. Of course. After lunch, we'll view some more of our City and return to New York.
Leaders: Ed DeFreitas & TBA

Mon, Sep 1, 2014

Dutchess County Rail Trail to Hopewell Junction and Daddy-O's

7:15am

35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

We'll train to Poughkeepsie, ride up to the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge.
Take in the view of the mighty Hudson from 210 feet. Ride the Dutchess County Rail Trail to Hopewell Junction.
Check out the refurbished rail depot. Then dine at Daddy-O's.
Then, ride back to Poughkeepsie to take the train back to NYC.
Start points and times are:
GCT 7:25 for the 7:43 train
125th St. 7:35 for the 7:53 train
Round trip fares:
Reg. $34.00
Seniors $22.50
Bring a bike pass and funds for lunch.

Sat, Sep 6, 2014

Brew At Blue Point

8:30am

75 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

This is the reschedule of last month's Rainout. Ride directly to Port Jefferson & Miller Place before heading south to East Patchogue. We'll end at the Blue Point Brewery which is adjacent to the Patchogue LIRR. Train ride back to Jamaica is approx. 1 hour at a cost of $9.75. Ride to Penn Station is approx 1 hr 40 minutes at a cost of $12.75. Train schedules from Patchogue are: 2:35 PM, 3:35 PM, 4:23 PM , 5:10 PM, and 5:23 PM.
Bring $ for lunch stuffs on the way out, train fare and for the assorted liquids at the brewery. Also bring MTA Bike Permt, two spare tubes ad water bottles. We are hoping to travel as a group with few compression stops but with a lot of conviviality.

E-I-E-I-O The First 5BBC Urban Farm Ride

9:00am

33 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

 
Join us for an urban adventure!   Do you know there are farms all over New York City?  Visit 4 farms in 3 different boroughs (what Borough is Randall’s Island in, anyway?); cross 4 bridges; and end with a BBQ and a celebratory ribbon cutting.
Starting in Manhattan, we will visit Randall’s Island’s Urban Farm; Manhattan’s Riverpark Farm; Red Hook’s Added Value; and then end in Long Island City at the Smiling Hogshead Ranch.
 
Further, we will be joined by Gil Lopez, one of the leaders of Smiling Hogshead Ranch and we'll be at the Ranch to celebrate as the Ranch becomes a sanctioned urban farm.  Gil is expert at urban growing and will be able to guide us through each farm and the different growing methods employed.
 
Length:  33 miles; bring food (lunch will be late), plenty of water, sunscreen, a lock, and $$s for the BBQ lunch (burgers, veggies, etc.).

Sun, Sep 7, 2014

Putnam Trailway from Brewster to Van Cortlandt Park

8:15am

50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

We will again ride the entire length of the Putnam Trailway but this time in reverse order:) We'll take the 8:47 AM train from Grand Central and arrive in Brewster at 10:11 AM and we'll ride the trail back to the Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. You can return from there either by the #1 train which is right next to the park or you can ride 2.5 miles to Riverdale and take Metro North Train to Grand Central.

The route is mostly traffic-free as it runs along paved trailways with very few connecting sections running on roads. The route is pretty flat and going back to NYC we'll be dropping elevation gradually so the ride may appear easier. Except for few nasty hills to climb out of Brewster:)

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.

We'll stop at Stuart's Farm for some delicious fresh fruit. The lunch will be about half way, we'll get food at Taza Cafe in Millwood, like last time, but we'll carry it 4 miles and eat in the park.

We'll meet at he main concourse inside Grand Central, in the vicinity of the round information booth. Please be there at 8:15 and buy a ticket before boarding the train. We'll be getting on the train at 8:30. You can meet us in Brewster too.

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 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 the leaders WILL NOT go to the meeting point.

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.

MAPS AND CUE SHEETS

Will be posted later

Sat, Sep 13, 2014

Bungalow Bar Beach Un-Urban Ride

9:00am

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

This is a moderate ride down to Bungalow Beach Bar where we stop for lunch on the outside deck and enjoy the music and sunlight. We take the bike paths down to Rockaway with the exception of going through Coney Island but it's a smooth ride. We go over the Marine Parkway Bridge and come back over the Cross Bay Blvd Bridge. We will avoid Bedford Ave at all costs which will take us back along the bike path under the Verazzanno Bridge. The ride will be about 60 miles. Bring money for lunch, a lock and a metro card. Rain gear is always a good idea just in case but it appears fall gear may be more appropriate.

Sun, Oct 5, 2014

Street Art/Graffiti Ride - Bronx

10:00am

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.

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Polar Bear Ride

6:00pm

Leaders: Geoffrey Cohen
41 miles / Happy Face / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

Forget New Year's Day!  We can do a Polar Bear ride now in April.  Start from the Little Red Lighthouse, we ride up the series of hills to the GW Bridge, across and into NJ.  We ride to Churchill Road, where we ride up and down it 4 times, then along the coast South to the Jersey shore.  While going down we indiscriminately turn left and pedal one half mile out then one half mile back in.  After drying our bikes, we continue on, turning left any time a rider shouts "POLAR BEAR" until we are shivering so hard we can no longer pedal.  Once we have reached that state, we stop for a healthy lumch along the boardwalk, eating an apple to keep the doctor away, before heading north and back to our start point.