The Massapequa Park Bicycle Club (MPBC) was founded in 1970 by a few bicycling enthusiasts who wanted to get together for some recreational rides on weekends. The club was incorporated in 1974 and since then it has grown steadily in size. It has also grown in its interests so that today it’s a 400-member organization active in most aspects of bicycling.
To some of our members, the ideal ride is a leisurely trip to a pleasant cafe for brunch. For others, it’s hammering in a 20+ mph paceline. There are some who say that nothing beats the fun of climbing over fallen trees on a twisting single-track trail in the woods. Some members like to move from one kind of riding to another as the seasons change. We even have a bunch that isn’t satisfied with just riding, so they run off to duathlons and triathlons whenever they get the chance. Whatever your abilities and interests may be, the chances are good that you’ll find kindred spirits in MPBC.
We like to socialize as much as we like to ride. Besides mixing at our monthly meetings, our annual picnic and our annual dinner-dance, we’ll take off on a getaway weekend every so often. In the spring and summer the club runs a couple of cycling weekends at hostel-style lodges. Each winter, after the holidays are over we’ll do the same on a ski weekend. Our biggest event though, the one that we hold every summer, is the Tour of the Hamptons.
MPBC meets on the first Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 8:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Massapequa Park Village Hall, 151 Front Street – Basement Level, Massapequa Park (Just North of Sunrise Highway).
MPBC is a community-oriented club.
- We march in the Massapequa Park July 4th parade
- We donate bicycles
MPBC also provides financial support to the following Long Island organizations:
- Massapequa Park High School Scholarship Fund
- Make a Wish Foundation
- We donate to Maureen’s Haven in Riverhead, NY
- We have scholarships with East Hampton and Southhampton High Schools
In the same way that MPBC supports other organizations in their community activities, many in turn support MPBC. Besides providing direct support, most of our retail sponsors also support the club indirectly by offering MPBC members a discount on their merchandise.
MPBC is affiliated with the following local and national bicycling advocacy organizations:
Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition: The umbrella organization of Long Island’s major bicycle clubs. www.bicyclelongisland.org
The League of American Bicyclists: The oldest (founded in 1880) bicycling advocacy organization in the United States.
The New York Bicycle Coalition: An advocacy organization for cycling in New York State.
MPBC members receive the club’s monthly newsletter, Cranky Creations. Each issue includes articles written by members, announcements, minutes of meetings, classified ads, the president’s message and the schedule of current rides and events.
Click here for the MPBC Bylaws.