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Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride, La Conner WA, Sat 17 Mar

Hello folks! We like to pass along word of other Northwestern based Tweed Rides when we hear about them. And the folks behind Boneshaker Society in La Conner, Washington (southwest of Mt Vernon and southeast of Anacortes) are putting on another lovely ride!

This is their Fourth Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride! It will happen on Saturday March 17th (St Patrick’s Day!) at 10 AM sharp from downtown La Conner. They will ride a pleasurable loop through the flat lowlands of the Skagit Valley (though don’t worry, mountains loom in the distance), have a picnic stop at the Rexville Grocery, and return to La Conner where there will be an afterparty featuring some of the fine wines of Hellam’s Vineyards. It sounds like a smashing day!

The entry fee is just $10, all proceeds going to the La Conner Library Foundation.

Want to register, or learn more? Go to their Dandy Daffodil website.

Some of us Portland Tweedistas home to attend.

Cyclists’ Touring Club Official Tailor 1890 — Vintage Bicycle

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Here’s a fascinating article about “official” clothing for the (still existing) Cyclists’ Touring Club of the UK from back in 1890! Yes, tweed abounds as they found it a very practical cycling outfit!

Note what they had to say about wool: “This was settled on ‘after many months of patient investigation’ and testing of over forty different cloths. At the time wool was favoured against the skin, as a hygienic and sanitary fabric, far better than cotton for the rigors of riding. Dr.Gustav Jaeger was partly responsible for this, with his ‘Sanitary Woolen System’ which was popularised by the Royal Family, amongst many other patrons. So, woolen undergarments were also specified.”

via Cyclists’ Touring Club Official Tailor 1890 — Vintage Bicycle

Bellingham Tweed Ride, Sat 4 Nov

Hello friends of Tweed! We just got word that the city formerly known as Whatcom is having a Tweed Ride very soon! Yep, it’ll be happening on Saturday November 4, 2017. Please go over to their website, Hamster Tweed, for full details. Reproduced here for your convenience is their flyer.

Interesting…there are three cities in coastal Washington north of Seattle that are putting on Tweed Rides. La Conner, Snohomish, now add Bellingham to the list. Now is Seattle ever going to see a Tweed Ride again? 😉