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Tweed PDX Meet and Greet, Thurs 15 Nov

Portland Tweed Ride 2018 at Alberta Park. Photo: Paul Jeffery

Hello friends of Tweed! Our next Portland Tweed Ride may not be until spring (Saturday April 6, to be exact), but now is a great time to think Tweed! And with the temperatures dropping in The Great Northwest, a great time to start wearing it too! 😉

Get ready for the upcoming ride by meeting the Portland Tweedistas and finding out what we are all about (fun, clothes, tea, picnics, clothes, bikes, cute clothes, cookies, bikes, and yes bikes). Dress Tweedy if you like.

We’ll be meeting on Thursday November 15 at 7 PM. Find us at the Moon and Sixpence, 2014 NE 42nd Ave in ye olde Hollywood District. They’re known for their beer and traditional English pub fare, so come hungry and thirsty!

Reminder: Tweed Swap is tonight!

©Evrim Icoz Photography

Hey folks! Just a reminder that the Tweed Swap is TONIGHT! We’ll be meeting at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave, at 7 PM on Wednesday April 4, 2018. 

Bring  vintage-ish wearables (in ready-to-go condition) or accessories for the bike (baskets, bells, decorations etc.) And grab some new-to-you stuff in the process!

Velo Cult is a full-service bike shop + museum, that serves beverages as well. Come join us to spruce up your riding garb! 

Tweed PDX Tips and Tricks 2018

©Evrim Icoz Photography

Hello friends! Just reminding y’all that the 2018 Portland Tweed Run is Sunday April 8 at Alberta Park! Are you excited? Are you ready? Here’s some things to consider:

  • Be punctual! We’ll be meeting at Alberta Park 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 there 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.) The weather forecast for Sunday April 8, 2018 is for a chance of showers and a high of 55F/13C. Perfect Tweed weather! 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 at least one point where we may enjoy coffee or tea. 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 ten mile route we selected minimizes problem areas while giving a good sightseeing tour of the Rose City. But there can be a few choke-points, with the possibility of railway track crossings and short downhill sections. 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 always hope for a big turnout. Any time there’s a big ride, there’s the heightened possibility 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!

Tweed Swap at Velo Cult, Wed 4 April

©Evrim Icoz Photography

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!