Day Rides

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Cherry Blossom Ride 2021

9:15am

CANCELED

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, and done every year to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  This ride is timed to the peak of the first wave of blossoms.  Bring your camera.  We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Montclair, having a picnic in a park. Susan and Maggie will take turns leading.

The rider limit for this ride is 12 plus the two leaders. Please register to ride, and... more

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Centre Island from Westbury

Classic Spring Training

10:15am

45 miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

Keep those legs moving and your spring training productive with an extremely scenic ride, as we ride from Westbury up through the north shore Gold Coast to the exclusive community of Centre Island where we will get a look at Long Island Sound and make sure Billy Joel's home survived the winter.  Ride is accessible by car or public transportation.  Get back in shape and stretch your legs for about 45 somewhat hilly miles while enjoying the beauty of the north shore. 

Normally, we would stop and pick up lunch, but under the current circumstances, please bring your lunch, snacks and... more

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

River Vale

Faster, longer, hillier

9:00am

45 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

The 5BBC spring training series continues! This week our ride goes to the town of River Vale in northern Bergen County. We can benefit from the training of earlier rides and up the cruising speed to 13-14 mph on level roads. Hills? Yes, they have them in Bergen County.

Participation is limited to 12 riders. Everyone else gets wait-listed. You will get an email when a slot opens.

Ride start and end is in Riverside Park. Exact start location and GPS/cue sheet will be emailed to registered participants.

Check your email before setting out. Any changes will be emailed to... more

New Haven Scout

Featuring the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

10:45am

45-55 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Join Allan and Myles as we explore this great town 2 hours north by train of New York City. 

We will take Metro North from Grand Central (you are welcome to meet up by car if you prefer), and arrive at Union Station in New Haven.

We will ride round trip 45 miles or so along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

Optional for those who would like to explore the city of New Haven itself, upon our return, we will look around downtown and check out the Yale campus and perhaps a few other places.

5-10 extra miles to lay a foundation for...justify the calories of....... more

Sat, Apr 17, 2021

Quick Spin Spring Training #5: Sunken Meadow

Quick Spin Spring Training: #5

8:30am

75 miles / Quick Spin / Start Location TBD

Stretching our legs this week the Quick Spring Training Series Ride #5 heads out to Sunken Meadow State Park!

Meeting again in the vicinity of Cunningham Park, Queens.  75 miles.  Meet at 8:30 AM and depart at 8:37 AM.  Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.

We head straight out to the town of Smithtown Suffolk Country, Long Island.  We stop in King's Park at our favorite Edelweiss Delicatessen to pick up lunch and head two miles up into Sunken Meadow State Park  where we eat on the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery and rider comradery.  This ride is a 5BBC... more

Jamaica Bay Looping

A Spring Training Ride by the Ocean

9:30am

40+ miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Come join us as we loop around Jamaica Bay and Spring train by the ocean . This ride will take us through Howard Beach , passing Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge , through an area called Broad Channel , where some of the houses are on stilts , into the Rockaways along the ocean before making our way back to Brooklyn . This ride will get your heart pumping , legs moving , while enjoying lovely sights and views while your getting in your Spring training .There will be lunch stop at a deli right before making our way across Cross Bay bridge with great food options and outdoor seating . This will... more

Jamaica Bay Looping

A Spring Training Ride by the Ocean - second ride added 10:15

10:15am

40+ miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Come join us as we loop around Jamaica Bay and by the ocean riding over the Crossbay Bridge and Marine Park Bridge . This ride will take us through Howard Beach, passing Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge , through an area called Broad Channel  where some of the houses are on stilts, into the Rockaways along the ocean before making our way back to Brooklyn . This ride will get your heart pumping, legs movin , while enjoying lovely sights and views while your getting in your Spring training .There will be lunch stop at a deli right before making our way across Cross Bay bridge with great food... more

Briarcliff Manor

Up and Down the Putnam Trail - Spring Training Adventure -NEW RIDE WILL BE SCHEDULED

10:30am

CANCELED

40 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Join us for a fun adventure  to Briarcliff . Fun Fun Fun on an early Spring Taining Ride . If you have an abundance of energy left over , there will be riders crawling back to Brooklyn . There are trains and a bathroom at the end of the ride . 

THIS WILL BE A MODERATE RIDE , PLEASE BE ABLE TO KEEP AT LEAST 12MPH ON THE FLATS 

The 5BBC spring training series continues! Today our entire ride is on a rail trail built on the right-of-way of the defunct Putnam Railroad. The trail begins in the vicinity of Van Cortlandt Park where it is newly paved and smooth as a baby's butt.... more

Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Free Class – Beginner’s Guide to Riding Longer Distances

Manhattan Edition

9:00am

Less than five miles miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

If you are new to rides that are 20 miles or more, this free class is for you. We’ll learn how to make those longer rides easier and more comfortable. This is also the best place to ask every embarrassing bike riding question you’ve been holding back – we are here to help!

 

We won’t be doing ANY serious riding during this class – we will pedal a very short distance while we learn how to have more fun on longer rides. 

 

Here’s what you need to participate in this class:

 

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River Vale #2

Faster, longer, hillier

9:30am

45 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Breaking news: Participant maximum has been increased to 12 riders! The "Complete" (participant) and "Wait list" lists on the right side of this page might not be accurate. We will email participants with meet-up location and GPS/cue sheet 1 week before the ride.

This River Vale ride is also being offered on Friday 4/16. You are not permitted to participate in both rides. You can wait-list for both but if a slot opens on one you must delist from the other.

The 5BBC spring training series continues! This week our ride goes to the town of River Vale in northern Bergen County.... more

Mastic Moriches and Manorville - Calverton Variation

And of Course Nettie's

9:30am

50ish miles / Advanced Moderate / Start Location TBD

We scouted a variation of this ride recently and it was absoultely wonderful, a fun, scenic ride with lots of long stretches of riding and a few special stops along the way.  In other words this is a ride not to be missed.  It's a mostly fairly flat 50ish mile ride with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain and no grade above 5% .  We have done variations of this ride and each variation has proven enjoyable and popular with some nice scenic sections and some excellent extended riding sections.  This variation adds some new areas up by Calverton, including lunch on the Peconic River at the... more

Hicksville

A Spring Training Classic

9:45am

35 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

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 pick up lunch to eat at a park.

The ride will be at a moderate lite pace at 12 mph.  Ride is mostly flat with some modest hills.  We will start in the vacinity of Cunningham Park. Make sure your bike is tuned up for the season.  Please bring helmet, mask, spare tube, lock, hydration and good... more

Staten Island North Shore Greenway

Once they Built a Railroad. Now it's done. Make it a Bike Path

10:00am

20ish miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

The former Borough President, Guy Molinari, built a pilot project at the old Sailor's Snug Harbor station. This is so important, We Want People to have a chance to see a possible New Green Way!! One of the best raw material for a bike trail is an abandoned railroad. Now, as a railroader & a cyclist, I'm often torn as to what should be built. New York City is full of abandoned right of ways. In Staten Island, not so much. Geologically it's a big rock. Trains don't do well climbing steep grades. But, the trade off is that the B & O Railroad built it's Lines in the only place it could... more

Malba, aka Manny's Malba

10:30am

20 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

Join us for a ride from Eastern Queens to less ridden and lesser known areas of Queens---Beechurst, Whitestone/Malba, College Point.  Ride highlights include Francis Lewis Park, Powells Cove Park, The Clinton (not Bill, DeWitt), Spa Castle, and MacNeil Park.  We will do photo op stops at Lewis and MacNeil.  There are beautiful waterfront views of the Long Island Sound and the East River as well as the Whitestone and Triboro Bridges!  Malba has some knockout mansions to view as well.

Lunch location is Tony's Beechhurst Deli.  Limited park outdoor seating and restrooms.  All 3... more

Hicksville

A Spring Training Classic - A Training Ride So Nice We Are Doing It Twice

10:30am

35 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

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 pick up lunch to eat at a park.

The ride will be at a moderate lite pace at 12 mph.  Ride is mostly flat with some modest hills.  We will start in the vacinity of Cunningham Park. Make sure your bike is tuned up for the season.  Please bring helmet, mask, spare tube, lock, hydration and good... more

Free Class – Beginner’s Guide to Riding Longer Distances

BROOKLYN EDITION

2:00pm

Less than five miles miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

If you are new to rides that are 20 miles or more, this free class is for you. We’ll learn how to make those longer rides easier and more comfortable. This is also the best place to ask every embarrassing bike riding question you’ve been holding back – we are here to help!

 

We won’t be doing ANY serious riding during this class – we will pedal a very short distance while we learn how to have more fun on longer rides. 

 

Here’s what you need to participate in this class:

 

... more

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