Day Rides

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Leap Day Nature Walk at Jamaica Bay

Winter Wonderland Tour De Jour


30-32 miles / Moderate / 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 stop at Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge for a 15 minute layover.   During that period you can walk around the West Pond as you  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 can enjoy our Wildlife walk . 

Hoping for a good winter day, but please  DRESS  APPROPIATELY ( ride is... more

Scout of Northern NJ--Northvale with a Twist


approx 35 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

Join us for a scout of a classic ride through Bergen County, looping through pretty towns and over scenic bodies of water. This ride has hills! 

10:00AM start on the NYC side of GWB, on Cabrini Blvd & 178th ST (a half block from the ramp)

The GWB bus terminal, two blocks away, has bathrooms. If you plan to use the bathrooms, please allow enough extra time. The next bathroom stop will be Dunkin Demarest (mile 11). We'll head north and loop back to Demarest to dine at the Greek restaurant (mile 23). Ride home over Churchill.

Ride begins and ends on NYC side of GWB... more

Sun, Mar 1, 2020


Spring Training Series


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Following in the long standing traditon of Ed & Liz's Hicksville/Empire Diner Ride, we start our spring training series with one of the Club's most popular rides.  Share this fun ride though Nassau county towns out to Hicksville and back.  As we are just getting started for spring, the ride will be at a moderate pace. 

Make sure your bike is tuned up for the season.  Please bring helmet, spare tube, lock, hydration and good attitude.

"How Sweet It Is " - A Brooklyn Romp

A Social Sunday Ride With a Sweet Treat


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

Come Join us on another Social Sunday Adventure , through less travelled Brooklyn neighborhoods . We will be riding through Marine Park, Bergen Beach , Bay Ridge , Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. We will be stopping for lunch in Bay Ridge with a lot of options to choose from. For those "Sweet Treat " LOVERS we will be stopping at the famous VILLABATE , make sure you have room in your bag to bring some home ,  before making our way back to Grand Army Plaza. This will be a Moderate paced  ride in the front  and  the back of the ride will accomodate a Happy Face pace . If you haven't been out... more

Sun, Mar 8, 2020

Croton Aqueduct Off-Road Adventure


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Back in 1835, fifty acres of Manhattan were burned to a crisp in what is now called the Great Fire.  Shocked by the loss of valuable real estate, New York politicians were finally inspired to build the Croton Aqueduct, NYC's first robust water supply system. The Aqueduct's route is now an off-road trail through the scenic parks, woods, and backyards of Westchester County that ends at a spectacular waterfall at the Croton Dam.  The dirt trail is easy riding - no previous off-road experience needed.  Fat-tire or hybrid bike required.  Return via Metro-North - bring $15 for fare and MTA bike... more

Purim Shpeeler Circle Manhattan 2-Wheeler Purim and a Latin Twist

A favorite Israelite/Latin Rumba Edition -early Spring Training Edition


26 ish miles / Moderate / Starting at City Hall

Hamantashen included for those of you who register ! ( If you don't know what these are - you really won't regret signing up for this ride ).

AKA Spring Training Early and Easy , A Hamantashen , perhaps a Synagogue , but certainly a TRADITION! . We will circle Manahttan and courtesy of Allan - Israelite Treats will be served . It is the Jewish Holiday of Purim ( March 9th ) so what better way to celebrate the start of Spring ( yes its just around the corner! ) and Spring Training than to run a modified version of the Manhattan Perimeter Ride. You can start and have 10,15,20 or 25... more



35 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Larry's Freewheeling

This is a pretty simple ride.  The start point is in front of Larry's Freewheeling, on W 110th St between CPW and Manhattan Ave.  From there we head up to the Bronx.  We will get on the Bronx River Greenway for a little bit.  We will pass through Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.  In New Rochelle we will pick up the East Coast Greenway which we stay on for most of the way to Stamford.  We go to Stamford and take the train home.  Lots and lots of little hills but no killer ones.  Due to the hills expect a slow overall pace.  Many bailout points available.  The planned lunch stop is in Stamford... more

Five Borough Brewing Company! (NEW RIDE)

Not a typo.


30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Brooklyn Borough Hall


Yep. Our Club now has a namesake, sorta. We'll pick up lunch at Fairway's and bring it to the 5BBC(Five Borough Brewing Company) tap room. But, we're getting ahead of ourselves.

We're going to enjoy some local Brooklyn history first. We'll meet at the Brooklyn Borough which supposed to be Brooklyn City and almost was but for a few measly votes. Next, we'll visit where Abe Lincoln stumped for Brooklyn votes. Visit a memorial to Revolutionary POW's. A former Naval cemetary now the Naval Cemetery Landscape. We'll enjoy the views of the New York harbor. Stop... more

Sat, Mar 14, 2020

"Pi Day As In Pizza Pie"

Pedaling For Pizza With The BBC - A Dust Off Your Bike Ride


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

Ok, We're a little late for International Pizza Day (February 9th), but we know it's never too late for PIZZA!  Come join us as we pedal our way through Brooklyn to one of our FAMOUS Pizzerias (Brooklyn has many).  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.

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 perfect ride to hop back on your bike, Have Fun and Enjoy Brooklyn's... more

Sun, Mar 15, 2020

A Prime Number of Parks in Queens

Let's visit a prime number of parks (7) in Central Queens!


30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Kew Gardens - New

This will be a meandering loop around Central Queens passing by or stopping at a prime number of parks (7) to enjoy the scenery. 

Here's the list of Parks we'll be visiting/passing by:
1. Juniper Valley Park
2. Flushing Meadows Corona Park - We'll visit the Unisphere structure
3. Kissena Park
4. Crocheron Park
5. Alley Pond Park
6. Cunningham Park
7. Forest Park

For lunch, there are a number of places in Bayside so we can either eat there or take it to Crocheron Park.

This will be a Moderate ride,... more

Ides of Griot Ride

Why Caesar should have gone for Haitian food


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

Join us on a ride through Brooklyn with our destination being Grandchamps, a favorite Haitian restaurant of mine in Bed-Stuy.  Haven't had Haitian food?  Neither did Caesar. Their specialty is Griot (a fried pork that is marinated and slow roasted until tender).  There are a variety of chicken, fish and vegetarian options, too.  Here is a link to their website (click on the Bed-Stuy menu).

This 21 mile ride will take us through Boro Park, Midwood and East Flatbush before heading into Bed-Stuy.  We will ride-off lunch by traveling through Bushwick and... more


Spring Training Ride


30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Dinosaur Playground

It's time to get into shape for a year of healthful and enjoyable bicycle riding. To help you keep your resolutions, your bicycle club offers a Spring Training Series with rides that increase in distance, pace, and difficulty. This early season ride will keep a gentle 12 mph pace. There is one significant hill (it is, after all, a training ride) but there is no shame in taking it s-l-o-w at the beginning of the season and we will wait for you at the top.

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Veggie Heaven, kosher vegetarian... more

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Quick Spin Spring Training: Locust Valley

Quick Spin Spring Training: #1


52 miles / Quick Spin / Starting at Cunningham Park

Come kick off The Quick Spring Training Series!

Ride #1 is out and back to Locust Valley, Long Island.  We meet in the large parking lot at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Place, Queens.  52 miles.  Meet at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:07 AM..  Riders must be able to maintain 17 MPH on flat roads.

If you are qucik spin curious, please join us!   The first few rides will be on the lite side.  ( We are all getting back in shape.)  We will all be building up distance, speed, and talent each week.

The route takes us to the quaint Nassau County town of Locust Valley... more


Spring Training Ride


35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Dinosaur Playground

The 5BBC spring training series continues with a ride to the hamlet of Hartsdale located in Westchester County between the better-known municipalities of Scarsdale and White Plains. We meet at Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at 97th Street. Photo op at the High Bridge. Lunch is at the reasonably priced and descriptively named Bagels deli in Hartsdale. Another photo op at the Scarsdale waterfall. Return via the pretty Bronx River Greenway also known for low bridges, so when you hear the leader yell "duck!" it's not about waterfowl. 

Start: Dinosaur Playground, Riverside Drive at... more

It's a Bird - It's a Plane!

It's a Spring Thing


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

Let's spring into spring by riding down to Sheepshead Bay then onto the greenway.  Our adventure begins at Floyd Bennett Field where old planes are being restored, as we take a tour of Hangar B & see some WWII aircrafts. You'll feel like you went back in time to the 1940's.  Hangar B was built in 1941 by the US Navy and used primarily for seaplanes.  The aircraft restoration efforts are the work of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project or HARP, created & staffed by volunteers who are retired aviation mechanics.  This is a tour not to be missed!

Lunch will be at nearby... more

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Friday Out to Lunch Bunch Revisited: Papa's Kitchen

Return to a 5bbc Favorite in a New Location


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

Papa's Kitchen, offering Filipino cuisine, used to be located in Woodside.  Now they are located in the heart of Jackson Heights.  Join us for a moderately paced ride through Brooklyn and Queens for Asian dishes of beef, chicken, fish with vegetarian options, too.  Make sure your bike is in good working condition.  Bring a spare tube, a lock and a good appetite.