And it was: Tweed Portland 2017 recap

Hello, friends! It’s been a few days since our 2017 Tweed Ride. So now’s a good time to reflect.

It was a good time had by most! The weather was just right for all that tweed, a mix of sun and clouds with a high around 57F/14C. The rain didn’t start until about an hour after the ride was over, and we ended up in a picnic shelter anyway!

We had close to a hundred people at the start at Westmoreland Park. We even attracted the media, too! A film crew from KGW 8, our local NBC affiliate, did a nice little one minute piece. (That’s Carla Bartow, one of the Tweedistas, getting interviewed!) See that video here.

We rolled out of the park around 3:15 pm. The ride was just about 11 miles total, and rambled mostly through SE. We hit up the Reed College campus (crossing both the bridges spanning Crystal Springs Creek!), then paraded down Woodstock Blvd through the heart of its namesake neighborhood.

A quick bomb down SE 52nd Ave brought us to the Springwater Corridor Trail, which we took westward to the Sellwood neighborhood. After stocking up on tamales (?) at the end of the trail, we paraded through Sellwood along SE 13th Ave, then cruised along the bluffs above Oaks Bottom and through Sellwood Park.

Then, we biked across the brand-spanking-new Sellwood Bridge to the west side and continued north along the rebuilt Willamette River path to Willamette Park in SW, where we had a lovely picnic.

You can check out the route here.

Oh yes, we awarded a few prizes as well!

  • The lovely Brooks B-18 women’s leather saddle went to Emee Pumarega, who definitely deserved it because of all the hard work she did for the ride this year!
  • The leather bike handle from Walnut Studiolo went to Chris Balduc.
  • We also had a lovely cap that went to Ben Snow (who quickly gave it to Patrick Bardel.)
  • And we found a couple young riders to award as well!

And now it is time to rest for a bit. Don’t worry, we’re planning some fun stuff for the rest of the year, and then we’ll have another Tweed Ride next spring! And if you have ideas, or want to get involved, please get in touch!

See you in 2018!

And check out some good photos from our friend Sepp here.

Tweed Ride is TOMORROW!

Hello friends of Tweed! Yes, Portland’s Tweed Ride for 2017 is just 24 hours away on Sunday April 9th! Are you ready? Are you excited? I am!

If for some reason you are not ready, don’t fret! Hit up your local thrift shop today to see if you can find some Tweedy goodness. Or, just look your best with what you got! You don’t need to technically have “tweed” to enjoy the Tweed Ride.

Here are some important pints, er, points to consider:

  • The weather for Sunday is lookin’ pretty decent. Right now it’s supposed to be mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid 50’s. This is great tweed weather (very British!) since it’s warm enough to be outside all day, yet cool enough to not feel burdened by so many layers. There is always the possibility of a sprinkle, but Tweed is great for damp!
  • We will be meeting in Westmoreland Park, SE Bybee Blvd at 22nd Ave at 2 pm, depart at 3. We will be meeting in the NW corner of the park (basically, near that intersection.) We encourage folks to either ride or take public transit to get here. The MAX Orange Line conveniently stops just east of the park (Bybee station), so you can get here from even the far-flung regions of the metro area!
  • The ride will be around 10 miles. The ride route is a mystery, but we will not leave you stranded. There is a little bit of climbing, but you’ll be able to handle it, no worries.
  • Unlike the previous few rides, we will not be having a big break midway through the ride, as we feel it kills the momentum of the event. We will end up at the end for a picnic!
  • The picnic is BYO, so be ready with food and libations! A picnic blanket is never a bad idea, either. There is shelter at the end if it is a bit too damp.

Okay! Have a last minute question? Feel free to ask! Otherwise, see you Sunday!