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Sat, Apr 26, 2014

Spring Training: Stony Point Quick Spin


Leaders: TBD
85 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

80 mile ride not hard enough? If you're in serious training for the longest of our Montauk rides try this hilly route at a fast pace. No point/drop/sweep. Rte 9W will be our primary route with some hill-climbing north-west of Haverstraw. Excellent lunch overlooking the Hudson! Check 5BBC Bulletin Board the day before for possible ride updates. Bring $ for lunch.

Spring Training: Sunken Meadow


Leaders: TBD
75 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Now this is a truly great ride! Never mind the training aspect; it's just fun, fun, fun. Bring lock, $ for lunch, your MTA Bike Permit just in case.

The Official Five Boro Monument Bicycle Tour


Leaders: TBD
40 miles / Quick Spin / Start Location TBD

Meet up: Pelham Bay Park. (just over the walkway, outside of the Pelham Bay subway #6 station) 40 miles, 13-15 NO DAWDLE mph
Yes, there are over 800 monuments – and stories – in the Gotham City. But we'll be visiting only nine of those, scattered in all five of the boroughs. We begin in Pelham Bay Park, in the far northeastern corner of the Bronx, and cycle down through Harlem, then over to Calvary Cemetery in the Queens rustbelt, then over Newton Creek to Fort Greene and back into Manhattan and the Battery. As this is a Five Borough Monument Tour, we paddle over to Staten Island for one last monument. Lunch is at Sisters Caribbean Cuisine in Harlem, halfway through the ride, and Victory brews at the Battery Beer Garden after. Stops include: The Bronx Victory Memorial (Pelhan Bay Park), The Chief Nimham Memorial (Indian Field, Van Cortlandt), The Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Mural (Harlem), The Delacorte Clock (Central Park Zoo), The Calvary Monument (Newton Creek, Queens), The Prison Ship Martyr's Memorial (Fort Greene, Brooklyn), Titanic Park and the American Merchant Marine Memorial in Lower Manhattan.   Leaders: Rodney Millard, Jesse Brown. Josh Gosciak

Annual Cherry Blossom Ride


Leaders: TBD
30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Greeley Square

This scenic highlight of the spring season takes us through Cherry Blossomland outside Newark not once, but twice. Cherryblossomland recently surpassed Washington DC for number of cherry trees. http://www.newarkhistory.com/branchbrookcherries.html

We’ll also go through the lovely Montclairs and depending on weather and our conditions, we’ll lunch in either Montclair or Upper Montclair. This year, we get a bonus -- the route goes very close to the site of the controversial senior center in Belleville which received $ Millions in Hurricane Sandy money meant for reparations, even though the area is high and dry. Helmets are required; there will be strict observance of Club riding etiquette. Bring money for PATH. We will leave from Greeley Square, just upstairs from the 33rd St terminus of PATH (open space triangle 32nd St and 6th ave). Alternate pickup location is at Newark Penn Station between the bathrooms. Cancellation: 50% predicted chance of precipitation. Call Maggie (212-567-8272) after 8 am if in doubt

Sun, Apr 27, 2014

Flat Rock Nature Preserve


Leaders: TBD
30 miles / Moderate / Starting at City Hall

Aah Naturale in Joisey! This privately owned natural preserve lets us bike to their Nature Center,  but only hike their trails. Lunch at a pond teaming with life in the beautiful outdoors. It's Spring! Clear the Winter cobwebs and come for a ride. Clothing is not optional.

Steve Faust Memorial Ride


Leaders: TBD
25 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Longtime 5BBC member and bicycling advocate Steve Faust passed away last month. We'll talk about Steve's life and accomplishments, and ride by the Verrazano Bridge, the site of Steve's nearly lifelong campaign to get a bicycling and walking access over the bridge. Bring a pencil or pen and some righteous indignation. Bring or buy lunch.

If you are not riding, you can meet the group at 1:00 PM, Kaiser Playground, north side of Neptune Ave near W. 29th St. Continue North into the park from W. 29th to the waterfront path. Nearest subway is F/D/N/Q/R to Stillwell Ave, around 0.9 miles away. At lunch, we will talk about Steve and how to continue his legacy.

NOTE: this ride will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10 AM (not Saturday)

Sat, May 3, 2014

Spring Training: Eatons Neck Quick Spin


Leaders: TBD
90 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

The scenery of the North Shore expands on this beautiful trip.  If you can handle this 90-miler, you'll have no trouble with the full century coming up. We ride as a group. No point/Drop/Sweep. Check 5BBC website the day before ride for possible updates. Bring snacks, money for lunch in Northport and MTA Bike permit


Bronx Shore Busters


Leaders: TBD
15-20 miles / Moderate / Starting at Union Square North (17th St) and Park Avenue South

Tomorrow is BNY/5bbt and what better way to prepare the day before than a meander along desolate Bronx streets and parklands with a lunch al fresco at the end? We travel the easternmost shore of the Bronx on Long Island Sound, from Ward's Island, Soundview Park, Pugsley Creek, Throgs Neck Bridge and Locust Point, where we'll dine Italiano at the world famous Ice House, and return to Manhattan via the #6 train at Westchester Square. Note: The views from the Ice House as well as along the way are incredible, so bring a camera. Also Note: In some parts we'll be traveling on newly opened parkland and will need to occasionally portage over a few muddy fields and traverse a gravel bike path; we'll also ride through a cemetery, but on an asphalt roadway. (No railroad crossings, we promise!) 20 miles in all, unless you want to bike back to Manhattan.

MEET UP: 9:00 am, Union Sq North (17 St) at Park Ave South; 10:00 am entrance to the RFK Bridge Bike Path

From Blessings to Expo


Leaders: TBD
10 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Saturday May 3, 2014 -- This is the day before BIKE NEW YORK/ The Five Boro Bike Tour

9:00 a.m. SHARP! For Blessing of the Bike St John the Divine 110th and Amsterdam Ave.

We have just had our bikes blessed. Now lets go to the BIKE NEW YORK EXPO!
Do you have your ride packet? Do you need anything for the BNY ride?
Want to learn more about the newest bike-related equipment?
Ed and Liz will lead you from the Church to Basketball City.

Meet in front of the Church right after the Blessing of the Bikes.

City College Caper


Leaders: TBD
12 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Museum of Natural History

The City College of New York was founded in 1847 to provide children of immigrants and the poor access to free higher education based on academic merit alone. This "poor man's Harvard", thus became one of the nation's great democratic experiments. Now the flagship of the 24 institutions comprising The City University of New York, City College has produced more graduates who went on to win Nobel Prizes than any other public college.

We will ride to the campus, where Dalton Whiteside, a student in the School of Architecture, will lead us on a tour of the beautifully restored 1907 Neo-Gothic Shepard Hall, and for contrast, the concrete-and-glass Spitzer School of Architecture, built 100 years later.
Read more about the history of City College and its campus here: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/about/history.cfm

Bring: lock, $ for lunch, inquisitive mind.

Sun, May 4, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden


Leaders: TBD
20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

This ride is a resurrection of a popular ride from the Eighties and Nineties. Perhaps not the route, but the destination: the Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival. Fortunately for us, the whole Garden is a gift to the soul. Strange and impossible to visualize but, this was a 39-acre ash heap converted to this Brooklyn treasure. Admission is $10 for Adults & $5 for seniors. http://www.bbg.org/discover/cherries

Spaghetti & Meatballs


Leaders: TBD
28 miles / Moderate / Starting at Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

Ever look at a map of the Jersey side of the GWB? So many controlled-access highways, it looks like a plate of spaghetti. Learn some inventive ways to navigate those noodles while taking a roll/stroll through the lovely green "meatballs" amidst the highways: Flat Rock Nature Preserve, Overpeck County Park, and Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Find out what mysteries lurk behind Strictly Bicycles, and discover one of the easiest climbs up the Palisades. There are two brief (~1/2 mile) stretches where we will dismount and walk through nature trails--be prepared! For folks not planning on marshaling or riding in the Five Borough Bike Tour, which is happening the same day.

Thu, May 8, 2014

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Touring (Class and Rides)


Leaders: TBD
40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Please contact Ride Leader

If you've been wanting to do a self-contained multi-day bike tour but didn't know where to start or weren't comfortable about just giving it a try, then this is the class for you. This mini-SIG will start with a 2-hour indoor class during the week. A few days later there will be a typical 5BBC day trip but with discussions at various points about bike touring. The following week we will do a loaded trip (with the weight and bags that would be used on a tour, and with more teaching during the trip) to the same place to see the difference carrying gear makes (Hint: it's not as hard as some may think, just a bit slower). The optional graduation the following weekend will be a loaded weekend trip.

The SIG will cover the details of bike touring (what to bring, how to pack it, etc.) as well as some mental attitudes (this is very loosely the Zen part) that can help you enjoy the ride. Since we will be riding with our touring gear on the 2nd ride and actually using what we brought on the weekend, when you are done with this SIG you'll have the experience of actually having done a multi-day bike tour.
The rides will be members only and registration is required. Limited to 12 members. Day rides on Saturday 5/10 and 5/17 at 9:00 AM starting in Manhattan. Weekend trip will be over Memorial Day weekend starting 5/24.

Sat, May 10, 2014

Spring Training: Lloyd Neck Quick Spin


Leaders: TBD
80 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

Our last get-together prior to next week's Montauk Century. Good opportunity for anyone registered  for the 100 or 128 mile ride next week. We'll head out north of Cold Spring while avoiding all pot-holes along the way. Lunch in Huntington Bay.

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Touring - Ride 1


Leaders: TBD
35-45 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

This will be the first of two day rides in the Bike Touring SIG. It will be a relaxed teaching ride where we will examine the bike you plan to tour with and discuss anything that could be changed to make loaded touring easier. There will be some discussion and question and answer time at lunch. You must register and contact the leader to find out the start location (somewhere in Manhattan).

Sun, May 11, 2014

Traffic Haters' Ride to Long Beach


Leaders: TBD
50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Visit the newly reconstructed Long Beach boardwalk and see how this town and others on Long Island's south shore have rehabilitated themselves after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy almost two years ago. The Traffic Haters' route will take us on quiet, back roads in both Queens and Nassau counties. Bring lunch or the money to buy it as we enjoy our meal on the boardwalk facing the Atlantic Ocean.