seatpost 8.13.10: nyc cycling culture this week

Bike rides for the weekend of August 14 and 15 in the NYC metro area listed by the velojoy blog include the Ramapo Rally in New Jersey, a Brooklyn to Queens Street Food Ride, and a benefit spin class and reception at Soul Cycle in the Hamptons.

velojoy presents a list of bike rides in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey for your weekend enjoyment.

Sunday, Aug. 15 – Ramapo Rally, New Jersey

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The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey presents its annual Ramapo Rally with cycling options for every level, ranging from family friendly 12- and 25-mile rides right on up through a challenging, 125-mile ultra-century.

Along the routes: country roads, estates, lakes and farmland, including – here’s something novel for city-dwellers – alpaca and llama farms. The fully supported event begins at Campgaw Ski Area, Mahwah, NJ. The ultra-century goes off at 7:15 am, with staggered starts thereafter. Last year’s ride drew more than 1,000 participants. Day-of-event registration available. Information:

Sunday, Aug. 15 – Brooklyn to Queens Street Food Ride

One word: Yum. Brooklyn by Bike hosts a casual, 10-mile ride from Brooklyn to Flushing, Queens to sample the bountiful and diverse fare offered by the street food vendors along Roosevelt Avenue, from 11:30 am to 5 pm. Will you ride off the calories? Not a chance. FREE. Meet-up information:

Left: A taco de lengua from Tacos Mi Mexico Lindo at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Gleane Street. More photos of Roosevelt Avenue Street vendors via

Saturday, Aug. 14 – Summer Streets Continues – tweet-up #bikenyc

The Third Annual Summer Streets, sponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation, offers 6.9 miles of car-free goodness and special events from 7 am to 1 pm on three consecutive Saturdays through Aug. 21. FREE. Information.

For those who share in the New York City bicycling scene via twitter, check #bikenyc for the latest on Saturday’s Summer Streets tweet-up. It will include a ride along the Summer Streets route followed by a trip to Governor’s Island for a picnic. Information.


Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle at the Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle in Manhattan features a collection of some of the most gorgeous handbuilt bikes you’ll ever see. Closes Sunday. Information.
In the Hamptons:

Saturday, Aug. 14 – Ride for Kids Benefit Spin

SoulCycle® on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton, NY sponsors its second annual spin to benefit Change for Kids, a NYC education charity that partners with public schools to help provide innovative literacy, arts and music programs.  The event, from 6 to 8 pm, includes a spin class led by Stacey Griffin followed by cocktails on the studio deck. Information and photos from last year’s event.

Down the Road:

Sunday, Aug. 22Discover Hudson Valley Ride (new ride!)

Sunday, Aug. 29 – The North Fork Century

Readers: We love to share the joy. Please visit our Contact page to send us information about your favorite upcoming cycling events. weekend joyrides is presented as a service to the cycling community; listing does not imply endorsement by velojoy.

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