Our good friends over at Sacramento Tweed are hosting Sac’s first-ever “Seersucker Ride” this Sunday, June 27th. Details here.
First it was tweed, and now seersucker? What’s all the fuss about clothing? Here’s an explanation from my friend Rick at Sac Tweed:
To those of you who are new to Sacramento Tweed, we extend a hearty welcome. We are happy for your visit. To further sate the curiosities of your intrepid souls, we present some quick notes on our underlying philosophy — a short guide to the essence of tweed, if you will.
At the heart of it all, we exist to bring people together — tell stories, laugh, eat and drink, make new friends, revisit old ones — and bask in a convivial glow.
That said, we should also mention that we have a very strict policy of not excluding anyone on the basis of what they ride, or what they wear. It’s true that we have some fun with vintage clothes, and it’s also true that some riders bring really lovely vintage bicycles along to delight and amaze us. But what is most important to us is you.
On any of our rides, you can expect to find an array of riders of varying skills and abilities commandeering an equally varied fleet of two-wheeled contraptions. You are sure to see it all: pennyfarthings (the big-wheel bikes), vintage Raleighs and Schwinns, cruisers, low riders, mountain bikes, fixies, Dutch bikes — you name it. We encourage people to ride whatever they are most comfortable on, so they will feel comfortable during the course of the ride. Any steed that you ride safely is a welcome steed indeed.
The same is true for the clothing, really; riders gussy up to varying degrees. Our secret is that creativity and imagination (and thrift stores) rule the day. Your tweed need not be expensive to be smashing.
To be honest, though, the only *required* attire is a smile. So if that’s what you’ve got, feel free to don your modern cycling togs and join us, because we’re sure you’ll have fun!
Tweed is a metaphor, not a members-only club. Our goal here is to get you on your bicycle and show you a good time. The Sacramento Tweed rides are, above all, social rides, which is a point of pride to us.
Hear, hear! Well said, Rick.
If you’re in Sac, come out and join us this weekend. And remember, it’s not about the clothing.