Day Rides

Sun, Jun 16, 2019

Rooftop Garden Gander

with the lady who wrote the book on NYC rooftop gardens

1:00pm

13 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Rooftop Garden Gander
Join us and author Leslie Adatto of “111 Rooftops in New York That You Must Not Miss” on a Sunday afternoon ride to visit some great rooftop gardens, and hear the stories behind them.
We will start with several interesting rooftops in and around Lincoln Center, then head down the Hudson River Greenway to see several rooftop parks and gardens around the lower perimeter of Manhattan. The ride continues up the East River Greenway, ending at 3 Mitchell Place in front of the landmark Beekman Hotel. We will be locking the bikes several times to go up on... more

Sat, Jun 22, 2019

Staten Island Perimeter, 22nd Anniversary Edition

9:15am

40 Miles plus miles / Moderate / Starting at South Ferry

Way back when in 1996, a young Alfredo Garcia planned this ride using paper Hagstrom Maps, with trial and error scouting.  He has been doing this ride for the 5BBC ever since 1997.  This year, Alfredo will be joined by Mel, another fan of the Forgotten Boro.  As the title says, we will be going around the outside of the scenic Isle of Staten.  In doing this ride, we travel on some lovely bike paths, and some not so lovely local roads.  Much of the ride is flat, but being Staten Island, you know there will also be a nice sprinkling of hills.  Our last hill climbs up to Ft. Wadsworth for one... more

The East Bronx Shore Buster

A Mid-June Meander

9:30am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

An urban-adventure ride through the peaceful calm and tranquil parklands of the East Bronx: Randalls and Ward islands, Port Morris, Soundview Park, Pugsley Creek, St. Raymonds Cemetery (an appropriate rest stop), Ferry Point Park, Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, and Locust Point, where we'll dine al fresco under the Throgs Neck Bridge (superb Italian, at the Ice House). After lunch, some of us can take the subway or Soundview ferry on the return; the rest will backtrack to the city.

Rain date Sunday, June 23.

Sun, Jun 23, 2019

Bike/Hike Bronx River Parkway & Cranberry Lake

9:00am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Woodlawn

Visit Westchester County's car-free spaces: part of the Bronx River Parkway will be just for bikes today, and we'll also use nearby paths to make the ride 44% car free. Lunch is at the Cranberry Lake nature preserve in a quiet, forested area, where we take an (optional) short hike around the lake. All paths are paved and suitable for road bikes. Mostly rolling terrain with some steep hills. This route is super-scenic, including waterfalls, forested paths and stunning views from the Kensico Dam. Early return via Metro-North Harlem Line possible anywhere along route, ask leaders at start for... more

Babylon/Heckscher - A New Beach Bum on the Flat South Shore

Meets at the Babylon LIRR Train Station

9:45am

40ish miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

This is a brand new and different Beach Bum ride where we ride (over 40 miles) but also spend time frolicking at the beach/picnic area. It is definitely a ride not to be missed.  We meet at the Babylon LIRR train station and then takes an indirect, scenic, fun meandering route to Heckscher State Park where we will spend a couple of hours with the opportunity to swim in the Great South Bay, spend time on the beach, explore the park, or just hang in the picnic area with your lunch and friends.  The ride back is straighter and on more active roads. Hechscher is a large park with multiple... more

Sun, Jun 30, 2019

"Discovery Day" at Fresh Kills

Yes, it's time for our annual Rubbish Fetish Ride

9:15am

30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at South Ferry

On a really warm day, you'll see methane belching from stacks placed ominously around the landfill-now-park, and along nicely manicured roadways -- devoid of cars -- rust-colored ooze from the wire mesh holding back the debris. But there is a deep tranquility here, as we connect to our past.

So, we love visiting Fresh Kills. It brings us back to those bad old days when the site was a notorious, noxious landfill, periodically catching fire, and visible from satellite. Now it is thoroughly top-soiled, manicured, tamed, and importantly, for us, bikable. At nearly three times the... more

Thu, Jul 4, 2019

July Fourth Fireworks -- Jersey Side

With Manhattan as Backdrop

2:00pm

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Chelsea Piers

We be ringing around the Hudson, over hills and dales, up along the Manhattan side of the greenway to the GW, and then down backside, to Jersey City's July Fourth waterfront extravaganza concert and fireworks at Exchange Place.

The itinerary: Following part of the "Harbor Ring Route," we'll make stops at the Fireman's Park (and bike trail), in Fort Lee, the James Braddock Park lake, and Bull's Ferry Road (an almost vertical descent that only the most skilled will ride; the rest will walk or use an alternate route), the Hudson Waterfront Bike Path,... more

Sat, Jul 6, 2019

On the Trail of the Lenapes: New Egypt

The Annual Jesse F. Brown Outback Memorial Ride

9:00am

45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

When we last rode this, Jesse Brown, bike leader extraordinaire, reminisced about his time in training at Fort Dix before being sent to 'Nam. We'll cover similar terrain, as we skirt the training base, and head further outback to the wee limits of the northern edge of the Pine Barrens, home to New Egypt, and its mainstay -- and only -- diner, referred to affectionately by locals as Tootsie's (who is a fantastic hostess), which we all loved for it's home cooking and down home appeal. So join us as we honor Jesse and other bicycle comrades who have fallen along the asphalt trail.

From... more

Sat, Jul 13, 2019

New Jersey -- Coast to Coast II

Bordentown to Manasquan!

8:00am

46 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Our second season for this.

The ride begins in Trenton, NJ, and travels, via the Delaware tow path to historic Bordentown (home of Tom Paine). From there, we move into the interior -- back roads and old-style country diners and flea markets -- with lunch at Tootie's, a New Egypt institution (along with their spectacular one-of-a-kind ice cream sundaes), before heading out into the uncharted northern fringes of the Pine Barrens, the remote Manasquan Reservoir, Allaire State Park, and, finally, the Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway . . . all the way to the Atlantic coast.

We meet at... more

Queens Perimeter Ride

One of FIVE you can do to quality for THE PERIMETER SERIES PATCH!

9:30am

50-60 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Details to follow on the ride that outlines Queens perimeter.

Queens Perimeter 190713

1 of 5 Needed To GET THE PATCH!!!

10:00am

60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Queensboro Plaza

Details to be provided - will likely start and end in LIC or near the bridge where Subway Access and Parking simplify access. Check back for details but register to let us know you are interested, please.

Sun, Jul 14, 2019

Bicycle Beach Bums of Staten Island

10:45am

15 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Did you forget about the forgotten borough? Staten Island has lovely beaches that are just a short bike ride from the ferry terminal in St. George. You avoid the trafficky streets to beaches in Brooklyn and Queens and the outrageous fare ($52 RT with bike!) to Sandy Hook. Meet at the Whitehall Terminal bike corral for the free 11:00 SI ferry. Bring swimwear (there are changing rooms), towel (or just use a bike jersey), beach blanket (optional), lunch money (or bring your own), and bike lock.

Sat, Jul 27, 2019

The Not Quite Almost to Philly Ride

River Views All Along the Way - but it looks like steady rain

8:00am

41 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

We'll be riding from Trenton to Camden, through idyllic 19-century waterfront towns and quiet roadways with stops at Bordentown, a major hub of rail-canal industry back in the day, the village of Roebling, named after the suspension-bridge inventor, the hamlet of colonial Burlington (and, curiously, the source for Junior's Cheesecake of Brooklyn), the iconic Victorian gingerbread Riverton Yacht Club, and, finally, Victor's Pub in a (somewhat) revitalized Camden. Although we won't quite make it to Philly, since the return is Jersey-side River Line Light Rail to Trenton, a few of us may... more

Sun, Jul 28, 2019

Bronx Perimeter

One of the FIVE you need to get the PERIMETER SERIES PATCH

9:30am

50 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

It's time to boogie in the Bronx! More precisely, boogie around the Bronx as the Perimeter Series continues with a circumnavigation of NYC's only mainland borough. Our tour will include Barretto Point Park, Soundview Park, Clason Point, Pugsley Creek Park, Ferry Point Park, SUNY Maritime College, Pelham Bay Park, City Island (with al fresco lunch at Johnny's Reef), Orchard Beach, Co-op City, a dip into Yonkers, Riverdale, and we end at Yankee Stadium.

Start: Bronx end of the Willis Avenue Bridge bike path
End: Yankee Stadium

Cue sheet: http://roboviva.ninja/roboviva/... more

Sat, Aug 3, 2019

Summer Streets Edition of Perimiter Ride of Manhattan

Start at Summer Streets Table

1:15pm

30-35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Summer Streets Table

Modified Perimiter Series will start at the end of Summer Streets at 1:15pm. Finally a ride for the non-early birds. Don't worry, 35 milers ends this ride just in time for an early dinner or whatever you plan for dinner later on. 

This will be another ride appropriate for Happy Face and Moderate Riders. A motivated point will ride as fast as he can slowed mainly by occasional city street lights. A capable sweep will bring up the rear patiently encoruaging slower riders to finish the circuit! 

1000 Feet of Elevation (up and down) - believe it or not, that's what you get in the... more

Sat, Aug 10, 2019

Summer Streets Edition of Perimiter Ride of Manhattan

Start at Summer Streets Table

1:15pm

30-35 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Summer Streets Table

Modified Perimiter Series will start at the end of Summer Streets at 1:15pm. Finally a ride for the non-early birds. Don't worry, 35 milers ends this ride just in time for an early dinner or whatever you plan for dinner later on. 

This will be another ride appropriate for Happy Face and Moderate Riders. A motivated point will ride as fast as he can slowed mainly by occasional city street lights. A capable sweep will bring up the rear patiently encoruaging slower riders to finish the circuit! 

1000 Feet of Elevation (up and down) - believe it or not, that's what you get in the... more

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