FIVE BOROUGH BICYCLE CLUB (“5BBC”) ENDING RIDE HIATUS LIMITED GROUP RIDES TO BE OFFERED As New York cautiously and partly reopens, the Executive Board of the 5BBC has voted to also cautiously end the ride hiatus that has been in effect since March and allow the listing of some limited group rides, subject to new requirements and criteria that are set forth below.  We are excited to offer ride... Read more

Welcome to Five Boro Bike Club


We appreciate your patience and are working hard to get rides going

by Maureen Gaffney

To all of our longstanding members we want to take a moment to thank you for your patience and support during the pandemic. To our many new members who are taking up cycling anew or after a long break, we are happy to have you and welcome you to the club. If any member ever has have any questions,  we love hearing from you! Please do not hesitate to e-mail us at It has not... Read more

Replays of virtual programs from our hiatus available here

by Allan Friedman

It is very clear that this pandemic is, unfortunately, not a "short" thing. This too will pass, but we have no clue when. As we have written elsewhere about the 5BBC - we are a community. Being New York's friendliest bike club, while we can't ride the way we typically do, we will commune in ways that respect social distancing guidelines but let us come together and enjoy each other's friendship,... Read more

Hint: Stay home if you're sick!

by Jim Zisfein

  Covid-19 is a worldwide pandemic respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Typical symptoms include fever and cough. Covid-19 is highly prevalent in the New York City area and we all should be practicing contagion avoidance measures. Wash your hands regularly (especially before eating) with soap and water or sanitizer. Avoid touching your face unless your hands have just been washed... Read more

Consider helping us do more, please :)

by Allan Friedman

Volunteers are the lifeblood of  our club,  most of the bike clubs in our area and around the country,  and in fact - even the mass rides that support the advocacy and education organizations who are our strategic partners.   To deliver the value we do, we need and are grateful for volunteers.   First and foremost, the LEADERS who lead rides in this club are the lifeblood of the club... Read more

A guide to Winter Riding

by David Meltzer

Winter is Coming In Game of Thrones, the phrase “Winter is Coming” was meant to instill fear. So too, many cyclists also fear the winter. As the temperatures drop, the bike gets hung on the wall, not toemerge until Spring Training. But, it does not have to be like that. You CAN ride in the Winter. You CAN have fun riding in the winter. Here is some advice. WHY RIDE: Personally, I love the chill... Read more

Reason #2: PDS (aka Point Drop Sweep)

by Allan Friedman

One of our unique attributes as a club is the Point Drop Sweep (PDS) System that we use on most of our rides.   There are other philosophies in cycling that focus on speed, getting to a particular destination as quickly as possible perhaps stopping at key points along the way to have a quick look, and riding together in a very disciplined way (training required) or in the racer's “peloton” as... Read more

Don't miss out! Unique opportunity this fall....

by Bill Mastro

Have you ever wanted to lead 5BBC rides, but were unable to take or complete the 5BBC Leadership Training Course? We have an alternative just for you. The 5BBC Board will continue to offer our well-loved traditional Leadership Training Course in 2020. However, we also recognize that for various reasons the traditional course does not work for everyone. Therefore, we are implementing a pilot... Read more

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