Day Rides

Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Warm Winter Sunday/Funday

Sundae Treat at Eddie's Sweet Shop



25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Cunningham Park

Join us on this warm winter day as we ride thorough majestic Jamaica Estates stopping at Captain Tilly Park with it's beautiful wildlife pond then ride through car-free Forest Park to Forest Hills Gardens.  Lunch will be at Dante's Pizza in Forest Hills and dessert at Eddie's Sweet Shop for the best ice cream sundaes in town.  Eddie's is a nostalgic old fashioned ice cream parlor that's been around for almost 100 years AND it's NYC's oldest ice cream shop!   This is a winter ride not to be missed!!

Bring your bike lock, hydration, happy face and upbeat attitude for this winter... more

Bronx Fandango

Cancelled - Worried about trail condition.



30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Erik and Mel were just sitting around talking about routes in the Bronx.   What were our favorite ways to get places?   What are some of the new trails?   So we dreamed up this collaborative ride through some of the new  bike trails.  We hit the now open pathway on the far side of the Bronx River from Starlight Park, where we cross a brand new bridge.  We ride on the newly designed Sheridan bike trail.   And we use the contentious Morris Park Avenue trail, fought for by our Bx pal Kevin DeLoia.  But, much of the ride is the good ol' Bronx Parks Ride that takes us through Starlight Park,... more

Sun, Jan 26, 2020

Aushwitz Exhibit, and Holocaust Rememberance Perimeter Ride

The Museum of Jewish Heritage version of the Manhattan Perimeter Ride


30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Battery Park, Castle Clinton

On the day before Holocaust Remeberance, Join us for the held over exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. We will meet at the museum which is a short walk from Castle Clinton in Battery Park. From there we will bicycle around the Manhattan Perimeter (weather permitting) and return to the museum for lunch and the exhibit. This will be one of the more somber, but meaningful 5BBC experiences especially in our times. Bring locks, money for food and  admission (rates available on line). Helmets required. Spare tubes, snack, fluids advised.

"Get Your Greek on" - a Short Yummy Winter ride to a 5BBC fave

Sunday Funday on a Late Winter Social Sunday Ride


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

Come join us as we ride to a 5BBC fave Zorba the Greek restaurant in Queens  This ride will take us on Greenways along the water into Astoria where we will enjoy a delicious Greek lunch or if your not into Greek food there is  plenty to choose from ( Did I mention delicious omelettes ) at this  5BBC favorite.  This is a mostly flat ride along the Greenways and bike lanes.  Ride is suitable for Happy Face riders also, as the pace in the front will be a bit faster for moderate pace and the back of the ride will accomdodate Happy Face pace but it is Winter so pace should try to be no less... more

Sun, Feb 2, 2020

"Hola" Madera Cuban Grill in LIC

A Social Sunday Ride For a Cuban Brunch


23ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

We had Cuban in Corona, now let's go to Cuban in Long Island City.  Join us on this Winter excursion for a Cuban brunch at Madera Cuban Grill where their Cuban sandwiches will make you come back for more maybe twice in one day.  We will be riding along bike paths through Brooklyn and into Long Island City, Queens, there we will treat ourselves to a delicious Cuban brunch before riding back to Grand Army Plaza with a surprise sweet stop on the way home.  Bring a to go bag to carry your goodies.


Sun, Feb 9, 2020

Cruising for Colombian

Ride 15 Neighborhoods in 23 miles for Columbian Food in Jackson Heights


23 Miles miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Jackson Heights has been a 5bbc long-time favorite for Indian food.  However, this neighborhood is a mecca for numerous South American cuisines as well, including the one featured in our ride today, Colombian. Our destination, La Pequena, has been a mainstay in Jackson Heights since 1984. Colombian food is for everyone.  Whether you like meat, chicken, fish or are a vegetarian, there is something for you on the menu.  For more information on La Pequena, here is a link on Yelp (

We will ride through a variety of... more

Sun, Feb 16, 2020

" The Sweeheart Ride"

A Valentine's Day Special Social Sunday Ride


23ish miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Grab your sweetheart or just yourself and come dosey doe with us on a Social Sunday Ride for a Valentine's Day Brunch at Opera Cafe in Sheepshead Bay.  This ride will take us through different Brooklyn Neighborhoods with a special photo op under the Verrazzano Bridge for all the "Sweethearts".  Ride will be suitable for Moderate and Happy Face as front of ride will be a little faster and the back of the ride will accommodate Happy Face pace. 


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Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Leap Day Nature Walk at Jamaica Bay

Winter Wonderland Guided Walk


30-32 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Let's celebrate this day that comes around every four years   You don't want to miss this leap day nature walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  We will join a ranger at 1:00 for a guided walk around the West Pond as we search for oddities and unusual occurances found in nature.  We will be riding from Prospect Park through Brooklyn streets to Canarsie Pier onto the greenway to Crossbay.  Early lunch at New Park Pizza so we get to Jamaica Bay for the 1:00 guided walk.  Hoping for a good winter day.  Dress accordingly & ride will cancel if inclement weather.

This ride will be 30-... more

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

The New Jersey Coast to Coast Metric

Bordentown to Manasquan: The Delaware to the Atlantic!


46 miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Our second season for this. And moved to a, hopefully, cooler date so we can enjoy the terrain, rather than suffer through it.

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,... more

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

On the Trail of the Lenapes: 5 Bridges

A North Jersey Coast Slightly Off-Season Slow Spin


25 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Penn Station

A last-chance Jersey Shore ride as we hunker down for the fall-winter.

A slow spin is a steady pace that doesn't bust it for you. We'll be riding some lovely flat coastal routes, across five bridges (or causeways) with a breakfast stop at My Kitchen Witch Cafe in Monmouth Beach (the french toast and pancakes are fantastic!), another (quick) stop at Booskerdoo Roastery for their signature Black and Tan coffee, then onto the Highlands, for a spectacular view of the coastline (if we decide to climb). This is a short 25-mile ride and slightly off-season, so expect cool ocean breezes and... more