Rides This Weekend.

Saturday 05/01/15

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– NBW Cafe Ride (weather permitting)
East Bay Bike Path
– from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)
Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 9:00 AM
Contact John Nery for more details.

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The Fall River Bike Gang.

Fall River Bike Committee East Bay Bike Path Ride

– at 8:30am – Bike Ride on the East Bay Bike Path
This ride is perfect for beginners and for those who want to stretch those winter legs. This is an off road path.

We will meet in Warren, take Route 103 and turn left right after the Dels Lemonade on 103
Park along the left. Make sure to bring water and a snack. Helmets highly recommended. By the way, the Washington Street Bridge will be open on weekends, which means for those who want to ride a bit farther, you will be able to bike into Providence.

Sunday 05/02/15

– NBW #160 Bikeworks Ride

16, 25 & 50 Mile Rides
Leaves from Swansea Mall – by the former Apex Store
new start location – different than last year

Start:

  • 10:00 AM Start
  • From Swansea Mall – by the old Apex Store
  • THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN LAST YEAR)
  • GPS Address: 262 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, MA

GPS Files – RideWithGps format (free to use)

New York City Five Boroughs Tour

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Riders approaching the Queensboro Bridge

On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours—there’s no better way to experience the Big Apple. Produced in conjunction with the City of New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the world’s biggest charitable bike ride, with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. In 2014 alone, we taught bike skills to more than 16,000 kids and adults. When you ride with Bike New York, you’re helping us in our mission to empower more New Yorkers to grab life by the handlebars.

Saturday Bike Ride

A fine day for a bike ride in Rhode Island today.  The East Bay Bike Path had lots of users on bikes, running, skating, and walking.  Sunny, 70 degrees and no wind made this a great opening day of the bike season for many.  The Fall River Bike Committee was out riding along with the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen doing their weekly Saturday morning Cafe ride.

Freighters were unloading in Providence and the glistenting waters of Barrington were flat and calm.

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The Fall River Bike Committee
The Fall River Bike Committee
Freighter unloading in Providence, R.I.
Freighter unloading in Providence, R.I.
Barrington, R.I.
Barrington, R.I.
Checking out the rocks in the bay.
Checking out the rocks in the bay.

This Weekend’s Rides

SATURDAY: 18April

  • The East Bay Bike Path Cafe RideIMG_1566

East Bay Bike Path – from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)

Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 10:00 AM

Contact John Nery for more details

  • Fall River Bike Group
    “It was a long and grueling winter but the good weather is here finally. That means it is time to get out and enjoy the weather on our bikes. For the first ride we will go on the East Bay Bike Path for a nice, slow, leisurely ride to get our legs back to normal. Here are the details:
    Bike Fall River 1st Ride
    When:        Saturday, April 18, 2015 – at 9:00am
    Where:       East Bay Bike Path
    Directions: Take Route 103 through Somerset, Swansea and Warren.  Once in Warren look for the Dels Lemonade on the left and take the immediate left, Railroad Avenue, after Dels.  Park along the left”

Join us this Saturday, April 18th at 1:30 pm to kick off the Bike Newport group riding season with “Tour de Newport Daffodil DaysJonqulles” – part of the Newport Daffodil Days Festival! Get up and close and personal with many of the 385,000 daffodils now planted throughout Newport on this daffy bike ride supporting the Daffodillion project. We’ll take a ~5-mile tour of the plantings, the gardens at the Hillside private estate, and end up at the Ballard Park “Bouquet Bar” and Flower Market where live music and nearly 20,000 daffodils will greet us. Ride rolls out at 1:30 from Touro Park on Bellevue.

SUNDAY   19 April

  • Narragansett Bay Wheelmen

    Saturday 04/18/15 – NBW Cafe Ride (weather permitting)

    • East Bay Bike Path – from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)
    • Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 10:00 AM
    • Contact John Nery for more details

    Sunday 04/19/15 – NBW #166 Foxboro 55

    • 23, 36 & 55 Mile Rides
    • Leaves from La Salette Shrine, Attlleboro, MA
    • more details HERE

    Wednesday 04/22/15 – Blinky Ride (weather permitting)

    • On a seasonal weather hiatus
    • Alternates with EBBP (East Bay Bike Path) 27 miles
    • Alternates with BBP (Blackstone Bike Path) 20 miles
    • Leaves 5:30 pm
    • Contact Rod Breault for more details

    Casually Employed Series

    • Varies – takes place on Weekday to take advantage of weather
    • Bicycling, Hiking or Skiing
    • Contact Jan Harbutiak for more details

Leaves Soutboro at midnight.  Check out the facebook page for details

Upcoming Rides

Slim pickings this early in the season.  The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen are the only ones this weekend and both are great rides to begin the season by easing your way into riding.

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Saturday morning Cafe Ride on the East Bay Bike Pat.

Saturday 04/11/15 – NBW Cafe Ride (weather permitting)

  • East Bay Bike Path – from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)
  • Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 10:00 AM
  • Contact John Nery for more details

Sunday 04/12/15 – NBW #049 Great Grandma’s Farm Ride

  • 16, 24 & 51 Mile Rides
  • Leaves from Lincoln Mall, Lincoln RI
  • more details HERE

Team amidnightrider.com got our NYC Five Boroughs start positions

  • Departs: 8:10AM
  • Recommended Arrival Time: 7:10AM-7:55AM
  • Access Start Corridor (in gold in the map above) via Barclay or Vesey.

Saturday Morning Cafe Ride

The rain moved out around 9 AM as predicted and the sky turned partly sunny. It was a nice start to this years Cafe Rides on the East Bay Bike Path.  East Providence to Bristol R.I. this 13.5 mile long paved rail to trail conversion is one of the most popular rail trails in the are.  Unlike most, this rail trail is pretty wide open traveling along the Providence river to Narragansett Bay in Bristol.  Bristol Bagel Works is the turn around spot but not before a light snack and a cup of pretty good joe.

I emphasize a nice start because nature hit us hard with the wind on the return leg.  30-40 MPH sustained winds with gusts somewhat higher conspired to knock us off our rigs.  There were a couple of times when the gust almost pushed me off the path into the gully.  Us hardy bicyclists know however, that the wind is our friend, and it makes us stronger riders. Even if, like today, the wind made the ride seem like we were climbing the Alps.

East Bay Bike Path Cafe Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.