Day Rides

Sun, Mar 24, 2019



35 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Larry's Freewheeling

This is a pretty simple ride.  The start point is in front of Larry's Freewheeling, on W 110th St between CPW and Manhattan Ave.  From there we head up to the Bronx.  We will get on the Bronx River Greenway for a little bit.  We will pass through Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.  In New Rochelle we will pick up the East Coast Greenway which we stay on for most of the way to Stamford.  We go to Stamford and take the train home.  Lots and lots of little hills but no killer ones.  Due to the hills expect a slow overall pace.  Many bailout points available.  The planned lunch stop is in Stamford... more

Spring is springing- So, let's spring

Old Saint Pat's is older than new St. Pat's which is not new


15ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

A Belated Happy Saint Patrick's Day First stop(maybe the second) is Old St. Patrick's Cathedral. Not the well known one in mid-town but, rather the original one tucked away on Mott St. in Little Italy. St. Patrick's Old Cathedral The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is the original Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York. Since its construction 200 years ago on the corner of Mott and Prince, it has stood as the heart of old New York; a beacon for the Catholic faithful and an American symbol of religious freedom. Originally the center of a once impoverished Irish community, St.... more

Sea Cliff Plus

Note New Start Time is 10:30 - Spring Training Version


45 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

New Start Time is 10:30. Sea Cliff is a quaint North Shore enclave that was a former retreat. Come join us for an early spring training ride that gives just the right amount of climbs to get us back in shape.  We will ride there using some back roads (including a very short dirt road most will walk) and side streets in Sea Cliff itself, stopping at the cliff park overlooking the Long Island Sound. But as the ride title says, it is Sea Cliff plus, and from Sea Cliff, we will head further and ride by the Welwyn Preserve and by a hidden Glen Cove beach before making our way back the long way... more

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Another Weekday Scout - Smith Point

Back on The Flat South Shore - POSTPONED A WEEK TO MARCH 29th


50-55 miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Forecast for March 22nd has deteriorated and is not pleasant so Ride is being moved to March 29th. Long term forecast is good, but we will of course monitor as we get close  

So far the weekday rides have been a success with some of them just rides and some of them scouts or partial scouts.  This one is a partial scout for the TWA Flight 800 Memorial ride scheduled for April 28th.  The weather for Friday looks good with temps going into the low 50s.  Lots of this ride is brand new and hence a true scout as we try to to determine the scenic value of the ride, the suitability of roads... more

Sat, Mar 30, 2019

Quick Spin Spring Training: one way to Port Jefferson

Quick Spin Spring Training: #2


55 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

Come join the The Quick Spring Training Series!

Ride #2 is one way to Port Jefferson, Long Island.  We meet in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens.  55 miles.  Meet at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:07 AM..  Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.  We may ride some segments in the low 20s, but will compress if necessary.

This is a one way ride through the rolling hills of the North Fork, ending at the Port Jefferson LIRR Station. Short break in Syosset before heading out through Kings Park, Smithtown, St James and Stony... more


A Spring Training Fun Ride


35 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

The 5BBC spring training series continues with a ride to the hamlet of Hartsdale located in Westchester County between the better-known municipalities of Scarsdale and White Plains. We meet at Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at 97th Street. Photo op at the High Bridge. Lunch is at the reasonably priced and descriptively named Bagels deli in Hartsdale. Another photo op at the Scarsdale waterfall. Return via the pretty Bronx River Greenway also known for low bridges, so when you hear the leader yell "duck!" it's not about waterfowl. 

Start: Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at... more

Coney Island Pizza Ride

Train for the 5BBT


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Let's ride along the Brooklyn waterfront to our favorite Pizza place - Totonno's.  

This is a great ride for new members and those of you who wish to begin your training for the 5BBT.

After lunch we meander through Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach before heading back.

Bring a lock and money for lunch. 

 Rain at start cancels.


Sun, Mar 31, 2019

Scenic ride to Piermont & Nyack

rain will result in cancellation. If unsure, call or text the leaders


64 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Chelsea Piers

Join us on scenic ride through the Palisades Interstate Park as we travel to the Pier on the Hudson in Piermont, followed by Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack. There will be time to eat in Piermont or Nyack, as well as visit Piermont Bicycle.

Palisades Interstate Park is very hilly. Road bikes are strongly suggested.

Helmets are always required. Gloves are strongly suggested, along with two spares, pump or CO2, snacks, & a full water bottle.

We don't expect to ride north above 17mph on flats, but we may return at that pace. We will likely meander through Palisades... more

Art in New Rochelle Via Graffiti in the Bronx and in the Art

NRNY is the new campaign for New Rochelle New York - come see what's New AND OLD in New Rochelle


20-30-40-50-60 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

NOTE NEW DATE, NEW START TIME AND NEW START LOCATION (Top of the Park) - Check back closer to ride date for final details!

New Rochelle has some amazing history and some wonderful Art - too vast to cover in one ride.

I have stumbled upon a treasure trove of history and will share it with you on this and future rides I plan to lead that explore this great town (where I happen to live these days) - one of the original "suburbs". So original, in fact, that while Carl Reiner lived here writing and performing on Sid Caesar's show of shows in the 50's, it became the prototype for... more

Old Field Lighthouse Plus

A New Spring Training Ride


40-45 miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

This is a new ride (second offering) and a ride not to be missed.  We meet in the large main parking lot at the Ronkonkoma LIRR on the south side, near the ticket machines.  We have listed a 10:30 start. There is a LIRR train that is scheduled to arrive at 10:35 from the City.   

The ride makes its way from Ronkonkoma north by Stony Brook, to the historic Setaukic area and up around scenic Strong’s Neck. From there we head over and then up to Old Field Lighthouse and then down to some real hills by Head of the Harbor and then south before making our way back to the start.

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Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Middletown to Sandy Hook loop

Lets go see the Scenic NJ Shore! an easy-going 32 mile loop with Amazing Scenery and Historic Sights.... And SEAFOOD!


32 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Sandy Hook is a spit of land that juts out into the Atlantic, and anyone wanting to get into the Hudson Bay needs to pass by it. This makes it a natural place to set up a Fort to defend NYC from the ocean. well, the days of protecting our shores with massive gun fortifications is well past us, but that doesn't mean that we can't still see and explore these places, and imagine what it must have been like to see this fort full of activity and commotion. for this trip, we will head out from Penn Station, and take the NJ Transit train to Middletown. From there we will head east, along the... more

Quick Spin Spring Training: Centre Island

Quick Spin Spring Training: #3


58 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

It is not too late join the The Quick Spring Training Series before mileage etc. starts to ramp up!

Ride #3 is out and back to Centre Island, Long Island.  We meet in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens.  52 miles.  Meet at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:07 AM..  Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.

Centre Island is a claw-shaped peninsula bordered by Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay Harbor and The Long Island Sound.  It is one of the smallest of the 64 villages in Nassau County. There is only one road in and out through... more

Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross

A Scenic Fun Spring Training Ride


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

You can have your water and drink it too. The spring training ride series continues with one of the club's most popular rides: the Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross. 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. This is a moderate pace ride; cruising speed will be 12-14 mph. 28 mm (or wider) tires are suggested but road tires... more

Sands Point

Traffic Haters' Ride to the North Shore of Long Island


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Cycle the back roads of Nassau County as we visit one of the most scenic spots on Long Island's North Shore. The outbound route takes us through Roslyn while the inbound through Port Washington. Bring lock and lunch or money for lunch. Rain at start cancels.


Sun, Apr 7, 2019

Van Cortland Park to Peekskill

50 miles to the Peekskill Brewery


50 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Come Join us on a nice, 50 mile ride up to the scenic town of Peekskill, NY.  We will be starting at the Van Cortland House, in Van Cortland Park at 10:00AM, heading out north on the "South and North County Trails" until we hit Yorktown, NY, at mile 32, where we will stop for lunch at the Yorktown Coach Diner.From there, we will be taking some nice scenic roads, following the shore of the New Croton Reservoir. Finally, our ride will take us through the Blue Mountain reservation, on yet more wonderful backwoods roads, until we make it to the riverfront town of Peekskill. Here we can  end... more

Cherry Blossom Ride #1 2019

Great ride to see the blossoms and a few other surprises along the way!


15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines. (Lower level of the Occulus)

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or... more