Tweed PDX Tips and Tricks 2018

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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

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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! 

Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride, La Conner WA, Sat 17 Mar

Hello folks! We like to pass along word of other Northwestern based Tweed Rides when we hear about them. And the folks behind Boneshaker Society in La Conner, Washington (southwest of Mt Vernon and southeast of Anacortes) are putting on another lovely ride!

This is their Fourth Annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride! It will happen on Saturday March 17th (St Patrick’s Day!) at 10 AM sharp from downtown La Conner. They will ride a pleasurable loop through the flat lowlands of the Skagit Valley (though don’t worry, mountains loom in the distance), have a picnic stop at the Rexville Grocery, and return to La Conner where there will be an afterparty featuring some of the fine wines of Hellam’s Vineyards. It sounds like a smashing day!

The entry fee is just $10, all proceeds going to the La Conner Library Foundation.

Want to register, or learn more? Go to their Dandy Daffodil website.

Some of us Portland Tweedistas home to attend.

Cyclists’ Touring Club Official Tailor 1890 — Vintage Bicycle

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Here’s a fascinating article about “official” clothing for the (still existing) Cyclists’ Touring Club of the UK from back in 1890! Yes, tweed abounds as they found it a very practical cycling outfit!

Note what they had to say about wool: “This was settled on ‘after many months of patient investigation’ and testing of over forty different cloths. At the time wool was favoured against the skin, as a hygienic and sanitary fabric, far better than cotton for the rigors of riding. Dr.Gustav Jaeger was partly responsible for this, with his ‘Sanitary Woolen System’ which was popularised by the Royal Family, amongst many other patrons. So, woolen undergarments were also specified.”

via Cyclists’ Touring Club Official Tailor 1890 — Vintage Bicycle

Saturday April 6 2019