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The Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride is Saturday March 18!

Hey Tweedistas! Are you in Cascadia and itching to go on a Tweed Ride before Portland’s event on Sunday April 9th? You are in luck! Our friends up at the Boneshaker Society are brewing up their Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride! It will be happening on Saturday March 18 in La Conner, Washington! (Don’t know where La Conner is? It’s on the way to the San Juans, about midway between Vancouver BC and Seattle. It’s also a location in the novel Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.)

La Conner, WA.

It looks like a full day of fun, including a picnic and afterparty. There is a nominal registration fee, but there’s wine tasting! And it’ll be a great time to check out the farm fields of the Skagit Valley when the daffodils are in bloom (before the famous tulips!)

Can’t make it then? They’ll be having two more events through the year: A Seersucker Social in July and a Flannel Frolic in September.

Tweed: It’s not just for Tweed Rides!

A Tweed jacket worn one one of the 364 days that is not the Portland Tweed Ride.

Hello friends. You are probably here because you like the Tweed Ride. And maybe last year you scored your Tweed jacket from Goodwill the night before the ride, wore it during the ride, then hung it in the back of the closet. And you’ll pull it out on April 9, right?

Well, Tweed doesn’t have to be about Tweed Rides. That stoutly woven wool fabric is great for damp and cool climates, y’know, the climate of Portland from the end of October through April. Yeah, I know, you have your Shower’s Pass jacket as your “default” outer layer in the rainy season.

But have you thought about that Tweed jacket?

Granted, if it’s raining good, that waterproof jacket comes in handy. But what if it’s drizzle or light rain? That Tweed jacket actually works well for that: it’s warm, and the rain doesn’t really penetrate all the way through. I’ve worn my Tweed jacket on those classic Portland winter days, and I don’t worry. And if it gets too heavy, I throw on the raincape!

And the ride doesn’t need to be “low-impact”, either. Take for example Geoff Apps, UK mountain bike pioneer. He’s been known to ride his bikes in the gnarliest of conditions in the muddiest English conditions, all whilst wearing Tweed! About the Tweed, Apps says this: “You’ve got to look dignified and relaxed, even when you are riding through twelve inches of crud.”

So pull that Tweed jacket out of the closet, and go on a ride! You don’t need to wear it every day, but you might just find out that you like it more than you thought.

In any case, see you at the Tweed Ride on Sunday April 9th!

Looking for some Tweed Ride marshalls!

Hello there! One of the reasons why we’ve had a successful Tweed Ride the past umpteen years is volunteer power. We’ve got a great crew of people helping out before and during the ride. And now we are looking for a couple more people to be Tweed Ride Marshalls!

What does a Tweed Ride Marshall do?

  • They help guide the ride along! Some folks will be on “sweep”, making sure no one gets left behind. Others will make sure people turn at the appropriate places.
  • They’ll also help out with “corking”. While much of the ride will be on pleasant streets, there are a few busy intersections to negotiate. The corker will make sure cross traffic doesn’t get through so we can get the whole group  through at once.
  • And just plain help out!

Are you interested in helping out? You’ll need to be able to commit to being at the start of the ride on Sunday April 9 a bit early. Also, you’ll need to be able to go on the “pre-ride” with us, which will happen on Saturday March 18 at 4 pm in Sellwoodish.

Get in touch with me at urbanadventureleague@gmail.com if you want to be a Marshall, or to learn more.

And our start location has been officially announced: Westmoreland Park

Hello, friends of Tweed! After much deliberation we have found an appropriate start location for our 2017 Portland Tweed Ride. We will be meeting at Westmoreland Park, SE 22nd Ave and SE Bybee Blvd. The date remains the same (Sunday April 9). We will muster up in the north-west corner of the park at 2 pm. At 3 pm, we ride!

The ride will be a fun, ten mile romp through the outer edges of SE, an area we have not explored on the Tweed Ride previously. As always, the route itself is a mystery, but you will end up somewhere fun for a picnic! Remember to bring some snacks and libations, and a cup is always a good idea.

Stay tuned for more fun news and details!