Tweed Ride is TOMORROW!

Hello friends of Tweed! Yes, Portland’s Tweed Ride for 2017 is just 24 hours away on Sunday April 9th! Are you ready? Are you excited? I am!

If for some reason you are not ready, don’t fret! Hit up your local thrift shop today to see if you can find some Tweedy goodness. Or, just look your best with what you got! You don’t need to technically have “tweed” to enjoy the Tweed Ride.

Here are some important pints, er, points to consider:

  • The weather for Sunday is lookin’ pretty decent. Right now it’s supposed to be mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid 50’s. This is great tweed weather (very British!) since it’s warm enough to be outside all day, yet cool enough to not feel burdened by so many layers. There is always the possibility of a sprinkle, but Tweed is great for damp!
  • We will be meeting in Westmoreland Park, SE Bybee Blvd at 22nd Ave at 2 pm, depart at 3. We will be meeting in the NW corner of the park (basically, near that intersection.) We encourage folks to either ride or take public transit to get here. The MAX Orange Line conveniently stops just east of the park (Bybee station), so you can get here from even the far-flung regions of the metro area!
  • The ride will be around 10 miles. The ride route is a mystery, but we will not leave you stranded. There is a little bit of climbing, but you’ll be able to handle it, no worries.
  • Unlike the previous few rides, we will not be having a big break midway through the ride, as we feel it kills the momentum of the event. We will end up at the end for a picnic!
  • The picnic is BYO, so be ready with food and libations! A picnic blanket is never a bad idea, either. There is shelter at the end if it is a bit too damp.

Okay! Have a last minute question? Feel free to ask! Otherwise, see you Sunday!

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!

Sunday April 9 2017