Community Bike Rides
Coming soon! Check back this page as well as on our Facebook page to find out details and when the next ride will be.
The New Brunswick Bike Exchange leads monthly community bike rides, usually leaving from the Bike Exchange at 90 Jersey Avenue. The rides are typically 15 – 20 miles in length, and are “no-drop,” meaning we ride at an easy pace that is comfortable for everyone in the group, and make regular stops to ensure the group is together. Some of our favorite places to ride include the country roads of Franklin Township in Somerset County, and the D&R Canal Path. Our rides are lead by our “Plain” Jim Brittain, a dedicated volunteer and cyclist with many years of experience leading local rides. They are a great way to discover new cycling routes and meet new people!
Note: Helmets are required on all Bike Exchange rides. We do carry helmets for sale ($10) at the Bike Exchange if you do not have one.
2020 NY/NJ Metropolitan Area Recreational Bike Tours
04/26/2020 Sun. Tour de Staten Island 35 and 50 mile routes open to traffic.
A friendly ride where 2,000 cyclists coast through the borough’s most breathtaking and lesser-known scenery on the cusp of spring. Both the 35 and 50 mile routes explore Staten Island’s gems: Freshkills Park, Great Kills Park, Historic Richmond Town, and striking oceanfront views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor.
05/03/2020 Sun. Five Boro Bike Tour 40 miles closed to traffic.
The 40-mile, car-free Tour begins in Lower Manhattan, heads north through the heart of Central Park, and continues on to Harlem and the Bronx before returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there, cyclists cross into Queens and then into Brooklyn, where riders take over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway before the heart-pumping climb up—and thrilling ride down—the breathtaking Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and into the Finish Festival on Staten Island.
~05/17/2020 Sun. Edison-Metuchen Bike Tour 21 miles rolling police escort.
Beginning and ending at the Edison Municipal Complex, this bike tour is a leisurely, family-friendly neighborhood ride through Edison and Metuchen’s diverse neighborhoods, showcasing the Middlesex Greenway, Thomas Edison Park, and the Edison Tower and museum.
06/28/2020 Sun. Discover Hudson Valley Ride 4 routes available 15 to 100 miles; open to traffic.
Centered around the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world’s longest footbridge, this ride is all about discovery. For some, that means taking it easy on one of the shorter routes and simply enjoying the gorgeous scenery of Ulster and Dutchess counties.
09/13/2020 Sun. Twin Lights Ride 5 routes available 15 to 100 miles; open to traffic.
Named after the famed Navesink Twin Lights up the hill from Huddy Park in Highlands, New Jersey, and showcasing the best of the Garden State, this event has been a favorite of local cyclists, New Yorkers, and visitors from around the country for over a decade. Five routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles run along the picturesque Jersey shore, over undulating hills, past quaint farms, and wind up at a finish festival where local restaurants come out to serve up their best to hungry riders—it’s the hook that keeps folks coming back year after year for just one more bite.
~10/18/2020 Sun. National MS Society Bike MS NYC Tour 3 routes available 30 to 100 miles. Only 30 mile route is closed to traffic.
Bike MS: New York City is a one-day ride that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. The 30 mile route around Manhattan is completely traffic free! The 50 and 100 mile rides also let you ride through the Holland Tunnel traffic free. It’s a completely unique experience.
~11/18/2020 Sun. Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride 15 miles open to traffic.
Purchase a frozen turkey and ride it over to the local food pantry to benefit those in need. Free post-ride snacks at Egan & Son’s.
Bike Maintenance Workshops
The New Brunswick Bike Exchange occasionally hosts bicycle maintenance workshops where participants learn about bicycle systems by rehabilitating one of the Bike Exchange’s donated bikes. Participants will also be encouraged to bring their own bikes to learn about how to do their own repairs and maintenance.
The series may take place over six sessions, held from 6:15-7:45 (with time after for cleanup) on a weeknight or on one full weekend day from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
The cost for the workshop is $15, donated to PRAB.
Participants should wear clothes they can get dirty. You will not need tools, although discussions of suggested tools will occur during the class.
The workshop is setup based on the amount of interest we get for it. Indicate your interest for the workshop by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and preferred e-mail address.
*CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED*, so register early; those who are not pre-registered may be closed out.
We host several bike drives throughout the year. Dates and locations for bike drives will be posted here and on our Facebook page.