5BBC - New York's Five Borough Bicycle Club


Click here for the list of 2008 weekend trips.

Summary of weekend trip rules

Membership required. To go on a weekend trip you must be a member of the Five Borough Bicycle Club, due to insurance regulations. You may join on the same registration form used to sign up for weekend trips. The annual fee is $20 for individuals, or $25 for two people residing at the same address. Membership gets you additional benefits including a subscription to our bi-monthly newsletter, which lists all our day and weekend rides; discounts to bike shops and on our bicycle courses.

What’s Included. The price of each trip includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, leader support, applicable event fees, and all breakfasts and dinners, unless noted otherwise. Meals traveling to and from our destination, as well as all lunches (unless otherwise noted), are not included in the price. You must also wear a bike helmet on all rides, no exceptions.

How We Ride. Weekend trips are lead by trained and experienced, but unpaid volunteer club leaders. On most trips, we use the Point-Drop-Sweep system to keep us together. In this system, leaders ride at the front and rear of the group. Trips have been categorized by distance, pace and terrain, as follows:

  • A Rides - challenging, 40 to 60 miles per day, moderate to fast pace, hilly terrain

  • B Rides - intermediate, 30 to 50 miles per day, moderate pace, varied terrain, some hills

  • C Rides - easy, 20 to 35 miles per day, easy pace, and flat terrain.

Transportation. Our transportation arrangements vary by trip and may include the following:

  • Self contained trips: Cyclists carry their own gear in pannier bags on their bike or in a backpack throughout the day.

  • Van trips: We drive as a group to our destination in a comfortable 15-passenger van. We carry our bikes on the van, or, for larger groups, we rent a second van.

  • Carpool trips: If you have a car, this offers you the opportunity to obtain a substantial discount off the price if you agree to take up to two passengers and their bikes. We can often supply a rack for your car if you don’t have one. Once you sign up for a trip, your leader may ask you about the carpool option. Rebates for each trip are based on the cost and driving distance, and vary with each trip.

Lodging. When we stay in motels or B&Bs, lodging is double or triple occupancy. When we stay in hostels, trippers share dormitory-style bedrooms, some with bunk beds. Some hostels have curfews. Some may require guests to perform simple housecleaning tasks.

Meals are sit-down affairs in local diners and restaurants unless otherwise noted. At hostels, we’ll sometimes cook our own.

Signing up. You may sign up by mail or online. By mail, download a copy of our registration form and mail it to us at 5BBC, 891 Amsterdam Ave., New York, 10025. Or register online at www.active.com using your credit card (there is a small extra charge).

When registering by mail, you may enclose a deposit (exact amount listed with each trip) but must make full payment no less than 7 days before the trip. We offer a 10% discount for early registration. To be eligible for the discount, you must make full payment by the early discount deadline, which is listed with each trip, usually about 30 days before the trip. When registering online, you must pay the full amount up front.

Cancellations or transfers between trips are restricted by club rules and subject to withholding costs based on non-refundable expenses incurred by the club, such as lodging and event fees. Full refunds are available if you find a substitute to take your place. No refunds for cancellations less than 14 days prior to a trip, unless you find a substitute.

Preparations. Your trip leaders will contact you a week or so before the trip to confirm your attendance, inform you of the details of the trip, answer your questions and tell you the meeting place and time. Questions? E-mail weekends@5bbc.org.

Fred Dieckamp
2008 5BBC Weekend Trips Coordinator
Click here for the list of 2008 weekend trips.