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Bikeway Over the Hudson Ride: October 2009: Photo Kathryn Baur
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Sunday, November 1, 2009
QUEENS "FIGURE 8"
8:00 AM, Kew Gardens Statue of Civic Virtue, 55 miles
Quick Spin +16 mph in uncongested areas We'll travel north/south on this one. The width of Queens will be covered. From Kew Gardens to Douglaston Manor and Ft. Totten in the north to a turnback to Rockaway in the south.. On-street bike lanes will be combined with back road "gems" to keep the ride quick and safe. Lunch at the end will be an option. Bring water bottle(s) and $ for lunch. Riders with a great attitude would be most welcomed! Leader: Dennis Griffin & TBD
ROCK AROUND THE ROCK
8:45 AM, city Hall, 40 miles
What would be if the Revolutionary War never happened? Well, on Staten Island, that almost happened. And, we're going to that spot. We'll enjoy some flats and hills. Bring lunch or money for it. Mostly flat with one !@#$%^&* hill. Moderate pace. Leaders: Ed DeFreitas & TBA.
Saturday November 7, 2009
THE GREATEST TURKEY RIDE: Charlie's Turkey
10:00 AM, Kew Gardens, Statue of Civic Virtue, 25-30 miles.
Join Ed and Liz as we eat Charlie's turkey, the best turkey in Queens. I can say that I have been eating it for years. This is an easy 25-30 mile mostly flat ride. Usual weather conditions apply Bring $10 for lunch. Ride will end at Ed and Liz's Apartment. There will be an open house at our place. Please call if you would like to join us for Lunch and are not riding at 718-487-4992. Leaders: Ed Pino and Liz Baum
9:30 AM, George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, 35+ miles, some hills, some busy traffic
Ride to Paramus and shop/window shop at Campmor a well-known sporting goods store. Store has wide selection of cycling clothing & gear, new bikes for sale & do repairs. Bring lock & $ for purchases and lunch, panniers. Ride ends @ Big Apple return, before dark. Co-listed with NYCC as C12 ride. Alfredo Garcia & TBD
Sunday, November 8, 2009
CROTON RESERVOIR TRIPLE-CROSS
9:00 AM, Van Cortlandt Park, 35 miles
You can have your water and drink it too. Get your fill of Westchester's Croton Reservoir with three lake crossings -- the "Old Put" railroad bridge, Gate House Bridge, and New Croton Dam -- plus a splendiferous (although slightly bumpy) ride along the lake shore. Ride ends at Croton-Harmon station. Bring $ for lunch, $8.25 train fare, MTA permit. Leaders: Jim Zisfein and Richard Brause.
8:30 AM, Grand Central for Metro North train (8:46 AM) to Brewster or 125th St (8:56 AM) to Brewster (10:08 AM) Meet at Brewster RR station, 55 miles, mostly flat with a few steep hills
A nearly traffic-free B16 (quick spin) pace from Carmel, NY back to the NYC, via the Putnam Line rail-trail (aka North & South County Trailways) for a total of 55 miles. You'll need your MTA bike pass and $10.25 to purchase your tickets at the station, or $9.74 via mta.info, NOTE: 36 traffic free trail miles are and in remote areas. Thus, please bring lunch, snacks, 2 tubes, plenty of water, and sunscreen. There will be a brief lunch / rest stop. The ride is canceled if there is a 40% chance of rain or thunderstorms predicted. Check 5BBC bulletin board or call for updates. (212) 828-3732. Leaders: Ken Williams and Wentworth Price.
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles
What's better (worse) than a double cross? A triple cross. And, as long as we're on a roll, how about a quarduple cross? Yessiree Bob, we start at City Hall, cross the East River on the Brooklyn Bridge, then back over the Manhattan Bridge. Next, we go for a triple with the Willy B. And finally, you find out if quarduple means bridge or bipass with the Queensboro. After that, we go downtown to Caruso's for bike friendly pizza. Leaders: Ed DeFreitas and TBA.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
BROOKLYN RESIDENTIAL TOUR #3
10:00 AM, , Popeye's Restaurant (125 Canal St., between Canal & Chrystie Sts), 25 miles
Explore some of the Quieter sections of Brooklyn. We'll ride through Ft. Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and others. Ride Cancels in case of rain and temperatures below 32 degrees. Bring locks, lights, snacks or $ for it. Leaders: Terry Chin, Jesse Brown, Ed Defretias
Saturday, November 14, 2009
CROTON AQUEDUCT OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE
9:00 AM, West 242nd St & Broadway, Bronx (Van Cortlandt Park, last stop on #1), 35 miles, mostly off-road, mostly level with a few steep hills.
Water is the source of all life, it is sometimes said - and without clean water NYC would still be a small harbor town. Follow the trail of NYC's water supply from the Bronx to the stunning waterfall at the Croton Dam. The dirt trail over the former water tunnel is for hybrid and fat-tire bikes only, and leads through forests, parkland, backyards, and scenic views of the Hudson River, especially now that the leaves have fallen. Return via Metro-North - bring $9 for carfare (and another $5 for MTA Bike Permit if you don't have one). Bring or buy lunch. Email leader at email@example.com by day before or check 5BBC BB for last-minute changes. Leaders: Ed Ravin and TBA
Sunday, November 15, 2009
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, 30 miles
More a tour than a ride through Queens, hitting some of the boroughs unusual or forgotten places. Many stops. Bring money for lunch. We plan to visit the botanical gardens, a 2,000 year-old Roman column, a Kung Fu temple, the Lemon Ice King of Corona and more. Back around 4 PM. Leaders: Randy Horowitz and others.
THE EDDY MERCKX RIDE
10:00 AM, City Hall, approx. 30 miles
Our destination is The Strictly Bicycles shop in Fort Lee New Jersey at 2347 Hudson Terrace ( 201-944-7074 ), the owner is Nelson; who will host a meet and greet opportunity with Mr. Eddy Merckx ( he of cycling history fame ). Bring lock and money for lunch. Leaders: Jesse Brown & Ed Defreitas
Saturday, November 21, 2009
JONES BEACH OFF-SEASON
9:00 AM, Cunningham Park, 45-50 miles
The beach is an inviting destination on a brisk fall day just like it is during the dog days of summer. Bring $ for lunch or a bag lunch. We'll eat on the boardwalk and swimming will be optional for extra credit. Note: 15 mph average pace. Leaders: Dennis Griffin and Ira Najowitz.
FLYING HIGH RIDE
9:15 AM, Grand Army Plaza, approx. 25 miles
So you're near the airport and love to watch those beauties fly right over your head. Ever wonder what's going on in the pilot's mind? Now is your chance to find out! In fact the pilot won't even be in the cockpit. He'll be right on the ground with you as he guides his model plane in for a perfect landing. Join us for a ride to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn where we'll get a chance to talk with the pilots of the Pennsylvania Avenue Radio Control Society (PARCS) and see these hobbyists in action. There will also be time to visit Hanger 8 where you can watch restoration projects of full size vintage aircraft. Bring lock and a picnic lunch or lunch money to buy food along the way. Rain, snow or icy conditions at start cancels. Leaders: Richard Sanford and Bob Castro
Sunday, November 22, 2009
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles
The twin cities of New York & Brooklyn danced with each other for fifty years before the wedding. We'll get some snapshots of that time & others. Then, maybe, end up at a bike friendly pizzaria near Bowling Greene. Leaders: Ed DeFreitas & TBA
Thursday, November 26, 2009
PIERMONT - B4 - TURKEY RIDE
7:50 AM, Quick Spin (RSD North of W. 122; at Sakura Park entrance, east side opposite Grants Tomb), 45 Miles, (18+ MPH on the flats)
Enjoy a brisk start to this holiday, and a healthful calorie burn-off, on a classic route (as Lance says, one of the best/closest routes to a major city). Rolling hills, some large and steep climbs - We head straight up 9W (steady cycling and a paceline); then back via 9W or an inland route. Brief stop in Piermont. Estimated return to GWB before 11:30AM. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you intend to join (no limits on riders) and/or if you'd like a diff pace (we may be able to accommodate breaking up into mini-groups). Bring self-sustained bike supplies/gear. Check BB the night before for updates. Will post by 8PM. Leaders: Susan Rodetis & Dan Finton
Friday, November 27, 2009
POST TURKEY RIDE
9:00 AM, Doughnut Plant, 40 miles
Still full from all the turkey leftovers, sides and pies from the other night? Let's ride around to work off the bird. There aren't many hills but we'll climb whichever ones we can find before we get to lunch. Lunch just happens to be at one of the best diners in all of Brooklyn. Be sure to bring a lock and lunch lucre. Raindate is Sunday, November 29th. Leaders: Danny Lieberman and Richard Brause.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
THE BIKE AS ART - Postponed until Sun, Dec 6
8:40 AM, GCT (for 9:07 departure to Darien), 35 hilly miles
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Ct is hosting "Bike Rides: The Exhibition," and with the advice of musician, artist, and bicycle advocate David Byrne, the exhibition explores the growing relevance of bicycles in contemporary art and culture. Join us for a scenic bike ride and visit to see the show. Bring $18.50 for train fare, $7 for museum admission, MTA Bike Permit and bike lock. Rescheduled for Sunday, December 6th. Leaders: Brian Hoberman and Susan Levine.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM
10:00 AM, Plaza Hotel, 30 miles, 12-15 mph
We'll ride through Central Park and up the center spine of Manhattan. We'll cross the Harlem river into The Bronx, follow Broadway through Yonkers and spend a little time on the Old Croton Aqueduct (?) til we reach the Hudson River Museum. This is not just a museum. It's also a Mansion and a planetarium, an ecological display of the entire Hudson River and lunch with a view of the Palisades. If you didn't love Our river before....well. So, bring your inquisitiveness, $ for admission, lunch or money to buy it, lock and Metro-North pass in case you have to bag-it. Some hills, road bikes OK. Maybe a bonus additional museum. Visit http://www.hrm.org/ Leaders: Ed DeFreitas and TBA.
RIDE TO THE RACES
8:15 AM, (for 8:30AM SI Ferry), South Ferry, Manhattan, (bike waiting area), 55 miles QUIK SPIN (18 MPH or a tad speedier on the flats)
Let's cycle this scenic route on Staten Island for a good personal workout, zig-zagging through parks and o'er hills (some steep!). We arrive at Wolfe Pond Park in time to watch the "Elite" category CX races (Women's @1PM; Men's @2PM). Food/bev can be purchased on site. More event info at statencx.wordpress.com/rider-info/ ETA 3PM ferry back to NYC. Watch bulletin board for updates. Bring Snacks/liquids, Metro Card (SI RR bails available) lock; lights; 2 tubes/self-support bike gear. Dress for the weather; the races run rain/shine, and standing/watching means it's easy to chill down. RSVP Required to ride leader Susan (email@example.com). While there are no limits on # of cyclists, we do want to know how many are joining and to make sure this ride is a good fit for you.. (co-listed with NYCC as A19 ride). Leaders: Susan Rodetis & TBD
Saturday, December 5, 2009
10:15 AM, South Ferry, Manhattan (board 10:30 ferry) , 25 miles
High in the not-quite-mountains of Staten Island lies the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art www.tibetanmuseum.org, containing exhibits on the culture, art, and history of Tibet and its people. On the way there we'll also visit Staten Island's beaches, bikeways, and other points of interest. Bring money for indoor lunch and another $5 for museum admission. Email leader Ed Ravin at firstname.lastname@example.org by day before or check 5BBC BB for last minute changes. Leaders: Ed Ravin and Richard Brause
Sunday, December 6, 2009
FROSTBIKE RIDE #1 THE WORLD'S GREATEST PANCAKES
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles
This is the traditional start to our clubs answer to the pending winter blahs. The "Frost Bites" series asks the question, if winter is too cold to bike, how come it's not too cold for skiing? We start at City Hall, take the ferry to S.I., follow the west coast, cross the Bayonne Bridge for those deelicious pancakes. We'll give our respects to the Lady in the Harbor and end up in Hoboken for the trip across the Hudson and home. NOTE: We have an alternate plan if the weather is bad. Leaders: by Ed DeFreitas & TBA.
THE BIKE AS ART
8:40 AM, GCT (for 9:07
departure to Darien), 35 hilly miles
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Ct is hosting "Bike Rides: The Exhibition," and with the advice of musician, artist, and bicycle advocate David Byrne, the exhibition explores the growing relevance of bicycles in contemporary art and culture. Join us for a scenic bike ride and visit to see the show. Bring $18.50 for train fare, $7 for museum admission, MTA Bike Permit and bike lock. Leaders: Brian Hoberman and Susan Levine.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
FILLMORE'S, A MEDIOCRE RIDE FOR A MEDIOCRE PRESIDENT
10:00 AM, Statue of Virtue Queens Blvd and Union Tpke, 25-30 miles
Join Ed & Liz on our Ride to Fillmore's for lunch. This will be an easy flat ride of through the borough of Queens. We will circle the globe and eat in a pub like atmosphere. Join us on this warm winter journey for a trip and a great lunch at the end of the ride. Bring $10.00, for a real lunch- Bring bike lock, restaurant is bike friendly, and a good attitude. Leaders: Ed Pino, Liz Baum
Sunday, December 13, 2009
FROSTBITE RIDE #2: FLAT ROCK NATURE PRESERVE
10:00 AM, City Hall, 30 miles
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. Clothing is not optional. Leaders: Ed DeFreitas & TBA.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
CATCH A WAVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - CANCELLED
Grand Army Plaza, approx. 15 leisurely miles
It may look like it's time to get out your sled and hot chocolate, but Chris and his surfing dudes have other plans. Williamsburg sees things a little differently. While we see snowmen, they see palm trees, sandy beaches and catching the next wave (yes even in December). Join us for a ride to the Mollusk Surf shop where you'll swear you landed in Waikiki (or at least Rockaway Beach!). Here you'll find out about surfing, both in summer and winter and how surf boards are made. Take a break from hanging holly and simply "hang ten!" Lunch at a local Williamsburg eatery. Rain, snow or icy conditions at start cancels. Leaders: Richard Sanford and Jesse Brown
CHOCOLATE-PANCAKE CYCLE - CANCELLED, SORRY!
South Ferry, 40+ miles
Some hills (e.g. Bayonne Bridge ), some busy traffic. Combine lust for sweets in one ride. We'll head to Staten Island to Superior Confections (www.superiorconfections.com) , a chocolate factory with an outlet store. Then head over to Garden State for great non-IHOP pancakes at proverbial Jersey diner. Bring panniers, lock, $ for buys/lunch/return transport (PATH or NY Waterway.) Get back before dark. Co-listed with NYCC as C12 ride. Leaders: Alfredo Garcia & TBD
Sunday, December 20, 2009
FROSTBITE RIDE #3: XMAS IN THE CLOISTERS
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles
You don't have to be rich as Rockefeller to enjoy medieval art in a monastary setting atop Ft. Tryon Park. Bring lunch for Al Fresco or dine indoors (little pricey but good). Leaders: Ed DeFreitas & TBA.
Friday, December 25, 2009
9:30 AM, Eleanor Roosevelt Statue, (W. 72nd Street & RSD), 30 miles, 12 mph, moderate pace
Everyone's got the day off so let's take a ride down tree-lined suburban streets over to Teaneck for lunch at a tasty glatt kosher restaurant. We'll keep a moderate pace and on the way back we'll break the climb up over the ridge to the bridge into shorter pieces to make it easier. , Bring lock, money for lunch and a good appetite. co-listed with NYCC. RSVP by e-mail to email@example.com requested for approximate headcount purposes; showing up at the start unannounced is not a problem unless we get more than 50 people. Leaders: Dana Hudes, Jim Zisfein
Sunday, December 27, 2009
FROSTBITE RIDE #4: XMAS LITES IN DYKER HTS. & DIM SUM
12:30 PM, City Hall, 20 miles
Brooklyn's China Town is no longer a secret. But, it's still a great destination when Dim Sum is desired. We'll check out the Xmas lights atop Dyker Hts. But first, it's Eighth Ave. for lunch. On the way back, we'll take in the Manhattan skyline from Sunset Park. MAKE SURE TO BRING LIGHTS! HOPEFULLY FRONT AND BACK! Leaders by Ed DeFreitas & TBA.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
ANNUAL MEMORIAL RIDE TO FALLEN CYCLISTSwww.5bbc.org the week before this ride for any last-minute status updates. The ride is currently planned to go from Manhattan to Queens, and then to Brooklyn, to join up with a memorial walk to commemorate the pedestrians killed in traffic in 2009. For more information, please see: www.ghostbikes.org/node/559
Sunday, January 10, 2010
FROSTBITE RIDE #5: NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS
10:00 AM, City Hall, 30 miles
Elly Spangenberg's perennial ride. Smell fresh roses at one of the foremost American public gardens. Take a look at the Holiday Train Show. Go to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory for "A World of Plants" in a warm environment. See www.nybg.org for internet info. Bring a digital camera, lock, $ for lunch and $3 admission. Leaders Ed DeFreitas & TBA