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"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man." -Iris Murdoch

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Undergrads… riding bikes?

Warning: We are armed with bikes, and we know how to use them.

The Stony Brook Biking Club is a new club that formed last semester, who conducts rides leaving from Stony Brook campus. With us, you can explore the pretty back roads of Long Island’s north shore and go to destinations such as Old Field Lighthouse and Cedar Beach. Our rides are varied in length, with some short 45 minute loops up to 3 hour trips with a snack break. There is even a tour to Montreal planned for the summertime.

If you would like you join us, all you need is a bike, some comfy clothing, and a desire to ride. We’ll choose a pace which is comfortable for everyone in the group, nobody will be dropped behind. You’ll also learn in the process how to ride on the road confidently and safely, and techniques for riding with groups, such as hand signals.

Our rides are posted on a mailing list available on the web, or you can send an email to to get on the list. You can also join our Facebook group if you want to keep track of our discussions.

Hope to see you out on the road

P.S.: Graduates are welcome too


Ride 8/30: Bike and Wine on the North Fork

Mattituck, by Collin Harty

Mattituck, by Collin Harty

This Saturday (8/30), I’ll be leading a tour of North Fork wineries by bicycle. My plan is to meet at the Riverhead train station and do a twenty mile bike ride that encompasses a half dozen vineyards. We’ll roll through downtown Riverhead and work our way into the farm and vineyard country. The terrain is flat to gently rolling and the roads are mostly two lane highways or farm roads bordering the Peconic Bay. The wine-tasting group that I lead will be making lots of stops and taking a very easy pace, but if there are enough people to form a second group that wants do less wine-tasting and more exploring there is a lot of territory to cover.

Experience the North Fork in the waning days of summer, when the temperatures are less oppressive and the fruits are ripening on trees and vines. In addition to wineries, there are also a lot of farm stands in this area. This destination is unfortunately not a secret, which means there will be many more automobiles on the roads than bicycles. Which brings me to the “not-fun” parts of this post.



Wineries on the North Fork of Long Island

I intend to stop at the following vineyards in this order: Paumanok, Jamesport, Macari, Palmer, Martha Clara, Roanoke

The Route

Meeting Location: Riverhead Train Station Parking Lot (just south of the station at Railroad Ave. and Cedar St.)

Meeting Time: 11:20 we’ll leave by 11:45

Trip Length (Mileage): 20 miles

Riding Speed: Slow, leader will wait at turns for the whole group to catch up.

Trip Length (Time): Several hours. We’ll be making several stops for wine tasting, farm stands, and lunch, and possibly dinner. we’ll be back in Riverhead by 6:30 at the latest.

If you take a vehicle to Riverhead and plan to drink wine, please make sure that you have someone in your group to act as a designated driver.  There is also a train on the Ronkonkoma line that arrives in Riverhead around 11:20am.  If you have a bike permit for the LIRR, you can take that train.


Manhattan Ride: coming soon

I am in the planning stages for a Manhattan ride.  The plan is to start in Brooklyn, head over either the Williamsburg bridge or another, ride the bike trail ALL the way around Manhattan, from the Battery to Fort Tryon Park.

I did this a while ago.  It is about 30 miles, and only hilly in the extreme north of Manhattan. It’s a great ride, you see lots of cool neighborhood and we can all grab a delicious lunch at a fancy restaurant or something.

Here is a link to the proposed route

I am suggesting that we take this ride on a Sunday.  DATE TO BE DETERMINED

Proposed dates (vote in Comments Section):

August 3

August 10

August 17

August 24

August 31

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Summer Bike Rides

We had a great ride on Friday from West Meadow Beach to Cedar Beach and back. Aman, Chris B., and I started in the Stony Brook area and picked up Noto in East Setauket, Ben B. in Port Jeff, and Ben N. in Mt. Sinai along the ride. Went swimming at Cedar Beach and barbecued in Old Field when we got back. Good Times!

Hopefully there will be some photos to post shortly.

If you have suggestions for bike rides this summer, email fwcoord AT gmail DOT com or post your ideas here in the comments.

In the meantime enjoy this pleasant video about a family bike picnic!

Picnic from James Hutchings on Vimeo.