Tweed Ride is TOMORROW! Here’s some tips and tricks.

itd-be-that-easyHello friends! Just reminding y’all that the 2016 Portland Tweed Run is tomorrow, Sunday April 17! Are you excited? Are you ready? Here’s some things to consider:

  • Be punctual! We’ll be meeting at Lownsdale Square at 2 pm, and depart at 3. While it’s perfectly fine to get there at 2:55 pm, especially if you’ve spent the whole morning fretting about your outfit, we implore you to get downtown as early as you can. Otherwise you’ll be missing one of the best things about Tweed Runs: The chance to check out the people and their bikes before the ride, plus the chance to socialize.
  • Look your best! While you don’t necessarily have to swathe yourself head-to-toe in Harris Tweed, it’s still recommended to dress in the spirit of the earlier parts of the twentieth century (or the later part of the nineteenth, if you can pull it off.) I know that it’s supposed to be HOT tomorrow with a high forecast of 83F/28C. But while it might be…tempting to wear board shorts and flip-flops, we’d encourage you to not. 😉 And if you are still looking for last minute clothing ideas, there’s plenty of vintage shops, resale shops, and thrift stores to choose from.
  • Don’t forget about your bike! Of course you also need a bicycle! While there is no specific requirement for what bike you bring, the spirit of the Tweed Run leans towards simpler and vintage. We realize that not everyone has a fleet of bikes to choose from, so bring what you got. But if you have the choice between a modern carbon fibre race bike and a vintage 1968 Raleigh Superbe three speed, we’d go for the Superbe. And don’t forget to dress up your bike as well!
  • Bring a cup! There will be two points where we’ll be enjoying coffee or tea. And alas, we are not providing cups for (most likely) several hundred attendants. So remember a cup or two for a hot beverage, or otherwise you’ll be looking forlornly at all the other folks enjoying tea.
  • Be aware! We realize that there’s a certain “lowering of guard” when being on a big group ride. And the eleven mile route we selected minimizes problem areas while giving a good sightseeing tour of the Rose City. But there will be a few choke-points, and there will be several track crossings. We’ll do our best to call these out to you, but please pay attention to what’s going on. We don’t want you to crash!
  • Be civilised. We’re expecting a big ride due to the weather. Any time there’s a big ride, there’s more chances of conflict with other road users. Please do your best to minimize that chance of conflict, and if a conflict does arise, it’s always best to take the high road. (Especially if you are on a high wheeler!)
  • And most of all, HAVE FUN!

See you Sunday!