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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, that is:)

THIS IS A MODERATE RIDE. NOT FOR BEGINNERS!
We'll be cruising at 15mph. You need a road bike or a light hybrid. No mountain bikes, no heavy cruisers, no knobby tires. Folders are OK if they have skinny tires. If you haven't done any 50+ rides this season then this is not a ride for you.

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, find us 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: at 10:15 just outside the train station. Do not be late. Unless agreed otherwise do not meet us anywhere along the route, especially if you're new to 5BBC: you have to meet us either at Grand Central or Brewster train station.

NO CREDIT CARDS AR ACCEPTED ON THE TRAIN. Buy the ticket from vending machines before getting on the train.

Please bring:

- helmet (REQUIRED)
- MTA train bike permit (REQUIRED)
- two spare tubes (REQUIRED)
- lightweight bike lock
- pump
- two bottles of water or hydration pack
- snacks
- cell phone
- money for lunch and water ($20 should be enough)

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.