Hello friends! Tweed Rides are fun no matter where they are in this world. This may be your first Tweed Ride, so here are some things to consider:
- Be punctual! We gather at our start location at 10 AM, and depart at 11. While it’s perfectly fine to get there at 10:55 AM, 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 in April can be cloudy and showery, with a high between 50 to 60 F (10-16 C). 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 The Bins!
- 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 with electromagnetic shifting and hydraulastic disc brakes, or a vintage 1968 Raleigh Superbe three speed, we’d go for the Superbe. Don’t forget to dress up your bike as well! Baskets, bells, flowers, nice looking bags, you name it.
- 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 approximately 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!
The above tips are designed specifically around Portland Oregon’s Tweed Ride, but many items are useful for any Tweed Ride.