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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Snohomish Tweed Ride, this Saturday September 23

Hello, folks! With this decidedly fall-like weather we’re having here in the Rose City, I’m now thinking about wearing tweed for the first time in months. And conveniently enough, there is a Tweed Ride coming up! Not in Portland, but up in Snohomish, Washington, which is north of Seattle.

The Snohomish Tweed Ride will be happening at 10 AM on Saturday September 23rd in downtown Snohomish. They do require a $15 per person entry fee (details on the site), but you do get some cool swag with it. The four-hour event will be a leisurely cruise on the Centennial Trail, and will conclude with a picnic. How lovely!

And the weather should be lovely on Saturday, highs in the low 70’s and sunny. So a good excuse for a Tweedy roadtrip.

Now we just need to see if Seattle ever gets their act together and have another Tweed Ride…

Portland Seersucker Social, 16 July 2017!

From the DC Seersucker Ride. Photo by Jenn Wurzbacher. https://www.flickr.com/photos/23958022@N00/

Calling all dapper lads and dandy lassies for a leisurely romp about on wheels. Don your finest Summer garb and join us for a lovely afternoon of lollygagging, picnicking, and cycling in style.

This is an all-ages, all-gender bicycle ride hosted byย Portland Societyย andTweedPDX

We’ll be congregating at Woodlawn Park for croquet, tea, and revelry, then onward to Columbia Park for a dance interval, ending at Cathedral Park to enjoy theย 37th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival!

Please meet at Woodlawn Park (north of NE Dekum, east of NE 13th) at 1 PM on Sunday July 16. Look for a group of seersuckery folk near a picnic table with tea and snacks. We should be sticking around the park until about 1:45 PM, then head north and west toward Cathedral Park via Arbor Lodge and Columbia Parks.

Hope you can join us!

And it was: Tweed Portland 2017 recap

Hello, friends! It’s been a few days since our 2017 Tweed Ride. So now’s a good time to reflect.

It was a good time had by most! The weather was just right for all that tweed, a mix of sun and clouds with a high around 57F/14C. The rain didn’t start until about an hour after the ride was over, and we ended up in a picnic shelter anyway!

We had close to a hundred people at the start at Westmoreland Park. We even attracted the media, too! A film crew from KGW 8, our local NBC affiliate, did a nice little one minute piece. (That’s Carla Bartow, one of the Tweedistas, getting interviewed!) See that video here.

We rolled out of the park around 3:15 pm. The ride was just about 11 miles total, and rambled mostly through SE. We hit up the Reed College campus (crossing both the bridges spanning Crystal Springs Creek!), then paraded down Woodstock Blvd through the heart of its namesake neighborhood.

A quick bomb down SE 52nd Ave brought us to the Springwater Corridor Trail, which we took westward to the Sellwood neighborhood. After stocking up on tamales (?) at the end of the trail, we paraded through Sellwood along SE 13th Ave, then cruised along the bluffs above Oaks Bottom and through Sellwood Park.

Then, we biked across the brand-spanking-new Sellwood Bridge to the west side and continued north along the rebuilt Willamette River path to Willamette Park in SW, where we had a lovely picnic.

You can check out the route here.

Oh yes, we awarded a few prizes as well!

  • The lovely Brooks B-18 women’s leather saddle went to Emee Pumarega, who definitely deserved it because of all the hard work she did for the ride this year!
  • The leather bike handle from Walnut Studiolo went to Chris Balduc.
  • We also had a lovely cap that went to Ben Snow (who quickly gave it to Patrick Bardel.)
  • And we found a couple young riders to award as well!

And now it is time to rest for a bit. Don’t worry, we’re planning some fun stuff for the rest of the year, and then we’ll have another Tweed Ride next spring! And if you have ideas, or want to get involved, please get in touch!

See you in 2018!

And check out some good photos from our friend Sepp here.

Sunday April 9 2017