Speaking of tweed rides….
For the uninitiated, tweed rides are organized bike rides in which the participants don traditional British cycling attire and ride vintage bicycles (the vintage bikes are optional, the clothing typically isn’t – lycra and logo jerseys are definitely out). While on the surface it appears tweed rides are about the clothing, we believe they’re actually about reawakening the spirit of a more genteel era in which camaraderie and well-wishing among bicyclists were the norm.
The tweed ride phenomenon started in London in January of 2009 and quickly jumped across the Atlantic to the U.S. where it spread like wildfire this past year. Many major cities across the country have now hosted tweed rides.
Most tweed rides are under 20 miles in length and include a few stops for food-and-drink along the way. The pace is usually languid, and perhaps most importantly, there’s always an effort to be inclusive of riders of all ability levels.
If you haven’t experienced a tweed ride yet, we highly recommend joining the fun when one comes to your area!