Day Rides

Wed, Mar 22, 2023



26 miles / Moderate / Starting at Dinosaur Playground

Our next STS ride goes to Teaneck, NJ, 26 miles from the start at Dinosaur Playground (97th St & Riverside Drive) to the finish at the Manhattan end of the GWB. We're climbing the same hill (Walnut St) but maybe you'll find it easier this week. Our lunch stop is Veggie Heaven in Teaneck, a kosher restaurant that specializes in vegetarian imitations of pork, seafood, and other treyf.

Your bike should be in good condition and you should be comfortable riding in a group. Helmets are required on all 5BBC rides and you should carry a spare tube and water.

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Sat, Mar 25, 2023

"Pi Day As In Pizza Pie"

Pizza Pizza - Get it While its Hot


30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

 Come join us as we pedal our way through Brooklyn to not one but TWO   of our FAMOUS Pizzerias (Brooklyn has many). Knapp Street Pizza and Spumoni Gardens ( where their famous ice cream will be available for a treat )   This ride will be a MODERATE / HAPPY FACE, front of the ride will be pedaling a bit faster and the back of the ride will be suitable for Happy Face Pace, BUT PLEASE BE ABLE TO KEEP NO LESS THAN 10MPH IN THE BACK . 

So dust off your bike, grease up your chain, grab your helmet, and start your (almost) SPRING RIDING.  "NEW MEMBERS AND WINTER HIBERNATORS" this is a... more

Sun, Mar 26, 2023


A Spring Training Classic


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Following in the long standing traditon of Ed & Liz's famed popular Hicksville spring training ride -  Share this fun ride from Queens though Nassau county towns, passing Westbury Gardens, onto the LIE Service Road and traditional Steele Hill loop, out to Hicksville and back.  We will have lunch at Blaze Pizza. (Please note ride was originally listed for 3/18 but needed to be moved to this date)

The ride will be at a moderate lite pace at 12 mph.  Ride has some modest hills and long hilly stretches on the LIE service road.  Make sure your bike is tuned up for the season. 

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Mon, Mar 27, 2023

A Case of the Mondays - Owl Head Park - the long way

Just another manic Monday


38 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Why not try something new on Monday? Let's skip work and go for a bike ride outdoors. We'll take the long route to Owl Head Park. A large property with rolling hills, peaceful, meandering pathways, and breathtaking views of the New York skyline and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. It will be our only photo opportunity. We'll take familiar streets and greenways to get there. Maybe a new approach here and there. 38 miles in total. On the flats, the pace is advance-moderate (15-16 mph). We'll ride as a group with few stops. At mile 19.4 there is a bathroom and snack break. (Please... more

Wed, Mar 29, 2023



25 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Our next STS ride will be to the hamlet of Hartsdale, NY between the better-known towns of Scarsdale and White Plains. Meet at 242nd St & Broadway, just inside the park, 2 blocks south of the rest rooms. We will ride both ways on the beautiful Bronx River Greenway which can be a bit challenging due to short steep hills, sharp turns, narrow bridges to go over, and low bridges to go under. Moderate speed of 12-14 is notional; there are very few places on the BRG where you can go this fast. Lunch will be outdoors in the picturesque town of Hartsdale. You can either bring your... more

Fri, Mar 31, 2023

Gun Hill Brewery - The Bronx

Friday Night Beer Rides


TBD miles / Happy Face / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St, Central Park

There are many fine berweries in NYC - and Gun Hill is one of the better ones.  They have a wide variety of styles to accomodate any enthusiastic beer afficianado. From Myles' hazy IPA, to Mel's malty stouts, they do it all well. This ride starts in Central Park and heads up the mid Bronx. Along the way we will have the usual assortment of bike lanes and on street travel. To do this ride you must be comfortable cycling at night on city streets.  As with all rides in the Brewery Series  the ride ENDS at the brewery. You are responsible for your return - but many riders normally leave... more

Sat, Apr 1, 2023

Island Hopping

A Four Boro - Three Island Adventure


35+ miles / Moderate / Starting at Bergen St & 5th Ave, Brooklyn

Come join us as we island hop across 3 islands Manhattan, Randall's, and into Queens (well, maybe Queens isn't an island but for this ride it will be). This ride will get your heart pumping as we will be rolling over bridges and hills as we hop through four boroughs and three islands.  We will be going over the Tri Boro (Ok RFK) so PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE STAIRS THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO CLIMB WITH YOUR BIKE ON THE TRIBORO.  PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS RIDE IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT THE VIEW AT THE TOP WILL BE WORTH IT.  We will be stopping in Astoria for lunch where we will pick up and... more

Sun, Apr 2, 2023

Queens Delight - Around The World We Go!

Flushing Meadow Park & Empanadas - A Perfect Spring Delight


25-30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Join us as we ride from Brooklyn to Flushing Meadow Park on a crisp early spring day.  We will be picking up lunch at the always yummy Empanada Cafe then over to the Lemon Ice King before riding back via the Kosciuszko Bridge, the Brooklyn greenway and Domino Park where the views of our city are just spectacular 

Please make sure your bike is in good mechanical working order and ready to roll at 9:45.

This is a moderate-lite ride.  Please be able to maintain a pace of 11-12MPH.


Wed, Apr 5, 2023

River Vale


40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Dinosaur Playground

River Vale is another name for Westwood NJ but there are a bazillion Westwoods and only 1 River Vale. It's a nice town with a lovely park where we will eat lunch overlooking a lake. 

Meet at Dinosaur Playground, 97th St & Riverside Drive. Bring lunch or pick up en route. Our return will climb Walnut St. (again) but this time you'll be in much better shape.

You should be comfortable riding in a group. Helmets are required on all 5BBC rides and you should carry a spare tube and water.

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Fri, Apr 7, 2023

Hoboken Or Bust

Doin the Jersey Loop


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at New York City Hall

Join us as we make our way up and over the GW bridge ( The New Path )  and coasting our way down to Hoboken , where lunch will be served . There are many options to choose from in what is known as " The foodie town of NJ " . We will be picking up lunch  and eating by the water in a park , or if you choose you can eat at one of  the many restaurants Hoboken has to offer .Cuban they got it , Thai they got it , Midde Eastern , yup got that too . We will be riding along Pallisades Ave ( Cuban Cofee anyone ? )  into Guttenburg , where we will make our way onto the Greenway path along the water... more

Sat, Apr 8, 2023

The Bayonne Bridge

Enjoy the view! - rescheduled from March 11


19 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

This ride was designed for its views of NY harbor, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan. 

Meet 9:45 for the 10:00 Staten Island Ferry at the Manhattan terminal lower level. Our route includes the Staten Island North Shore, Bayonne Bridge, Bayonne, Port Liberte, and Liberty State Park. Finish is in Jersey City with options of PATH or ferry back to Manhattan. This short ride should be finished by early afternoon.

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Early Spring in Westchester


30 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

We will be branching out from our urban winter rides with a 30 mile ride through Westchester. We will start at the Larchmont train station before meandering on mostly low traffic roads north to the Westchester Airport. From the airport we will be looping back south past Purchase Community College, potentially finding food near mile 20 (if not before). After lunch we will find our way back to Larchmont train station.

This will be a moderate-paced ride (at least 12 mph on flat terrain), with consistent... more

Wed, Apr 12, 2023

Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross


37 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

You can have your water and drink it too.

Join us on one of 5BBC's most popular rides! Get your fill of Westchester's Croton Reservoir with three lake crossings: the Putnam 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.

Ride starts in Van Cortlandt Park, 242nd St & Broadway, 2 blocks south of the rest rooms. Ride distance is 37 miles and pace is 12-14 mph. Bring or buy lunch. Use the... more

Sat, Apr 15, 2023

Cafe Rx

Brunch ride


27 miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

According to the Cafe Rx tagline, they are passionate about serving great food. How fortunate! As we are passionate about eating food that has been beautifully presented. Come along for a brisk brunch ride to Cresskill, New Jersey's Cafe Rx. We will ride on well-traveled bike routes to get to our destination. Along the 27-mile roundtrip journey, there is an elevation gain of around 1500 feet. Cafe Rx: brunch and potty break (mile 17.5). Riders should be able to ride with minimal point-drop-sweep and maintain a pace of 15 on the flats. We ride as a group. The ride will meet at 10... more

Haitian Gratification Ride - Postponed from 2/25

Haitian lunch and Circo's Italian Pastries for Dessert


21 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Join us as we ride through Brooklyn heading to Grandchamps Haitian Restaurant.  Their specialty is Griot (fried pork that is marinated and slow roasted until tender).  They also have a variety of other food options: chicken, fish and vegetarian.  Here is a link to their website (click on Bed Stuy menu)

This 21 mile ride at Moderate pace (12-15 mph on flat terrain with no traffic lights) will take us through several Brooklyn neighborhoods including "Little Haiti" before heading into Bed-Stuy.  After lunch we will plan to ride to Circo's Pastry Shop in... more

Cemetery Perimeter Tour

Round The Cemeteries We Go - Early Spring Fun and Training all in one


30-32ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Join us as we travel around Queen's and Brooklyn's most famous cemeteries (Calvary, Mount Zion, Mount Olive, All Faiths, St John, Mount Lebanon, Cypress Hills, Mount Carmel, New Union, Mount Neboh, Machpeleh, Beth Olom, and mount Judah) PHEW !, Some we heard of, some we haven't, but after this tour we will know them all.  Speaking of Queens, we will also be riding through some of the Boro's lovely parks, which include Juniper Valley Park, Forest Park, and Highland Park.  We will be transversing different neighborhoods in Queens, which has been named "The Most Diverse of the Boros" (and of... more