Hello Tweedistas! Do you need fresh garments or accessories for the upcoming Tweed Ride? Bring your old kit to the swap-meet! You can bring vintage-ish wearables (in ready-to-go condition) or accessories for the bike (baskets, bells, decorations etc.)
We’ll be meeting at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave, at 7 PM on Wednesday April 4, 2018. Velo Cult is a full-service bike shop + museum, that serves beverages as well. Come join us to spruce up your riding garb!
Hello, lovelies! Mark your calendars. Portland’s Tweed Ride for 2018 will happen on Sunday April 8! Meet us at Alberta Park, NE 19th Ave and Killingsworth St, at 2 PM. We shall depart on bicycles at 3 PM for a lovely and leisurely ten mile meander to Laurelhurst Park in SE. We will also be picnicking at some point. Please look your best and remember to bring a teacup!
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.
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.”
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? 😉