Join the EBBC and B. Spoke Tailor on Sunday September 15th for a western-style Tweed Ride. Tweed rides are a celebration of bicycles, social pleasure riding, the Golden Era of the Bicycle, wool and English tailoring. Check this page or the B. Spoke Tailor Facebook fan page for route information and updates.
The Fashion: By the time English riding style made it to California it was, well, westernized! Bikes arrived here not long after tailored clothes. All of our shirts, pants, jackets and shirts can be traced back to English tailoring, and we have been spinning it to our liking every since. Dust off your vintage bike, and don your best interpretation of turn of the last century California western bicycle costume. Finally, wear what you will. No one scorned for lack of costume!
Some History: In January 2009, London hosted a group bike ride that was originally called the Tweed Ride. The beautiful images of that ride went viral and a form of street theater was born. SF was quick on the draw and hosted the first Bay Area Tweed Ride in February 2009.
Advice: The first half of the route – Fruitvale BART/Alameda – was mapped especially for families. Bring a water bottle. Pack a picnic. And remember, “Don’t squat with your spurs on!”
We’ll be leaving from Fruitvale BART station and ending at Linden Street Brewery. Our first stop is at Alameda City Hall, where ALLONEWORD will be featuring some of her fantastic, handmade, custom cycling caps. Then we will head over to Lake Merritt before showing off our styles through downtown Oakland on our way to Linden Street.
Linden Street will be hosting their monthly Chop Bar pig roast (!!) with live music and delicious local brews.
Win great prizes for the best in these categories:
Best English Tailoring
Most Creative Outlaw Costume
Best Facial Hair
Best Period Hat (western, cycling, pork pie, floppy, etc)
Most Genteel Insult
Best Children’s Outfit
For inspiration search for old west, wild west, western outlaw, tweed ride, tweed run, and visit SFTweed.com.
I want to help promote a great local Bay Area band that is right up all our Tweed alley. The “Sour Mash Hug Band” who made old-timey Americana folk music. I’ve actually been wanting to book them as part of our ride for a while.
They have a Kickstarter right now to make their new album and they are so so so close! They only have 3 days to go and I encourage y’all to support local music and old-timey music by help this wonderful local band make their goal!
Grant Petersen of the excellent bike store Rivendell Bicycle Works is opening a pop-up in the SF Mission District June 1-9, 3 blocks from the 24th & Mission BART Station! Open daily noon to 7pm.
Rivendell Bicycle Works SF
June 1st through 9th
12pm – 7pm
3156 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
3 blocks away from the 24th & Mission BART station
More info at the Rivendell Bicycle Works Tumblr
Quotes from Grant Petersen, Rivendell founder and owner:
What prompted Rivendell to open a pop-up in the Mission District?
We now have several tattoo’d staffers, and thought ‘Hey! they’d be perfect for a pop-up.’ John found it, talked to Dave; I’m just going along.
What can people expect to experience when they, visit the 24th Street location in early June?
Bikes, bags, hatchets that you can’t try out, clothing. Posters on the walls. We may get a lug mobile together by then. Background music (Swedish jazz). I’d like to have a fashion show, but….no access to models.
Think RBW might open something permanent in SF?
Probably not right away, but we’re looking into an Alamo store, and if that isn’t a money pit, if we can work out some bugs in it, we’d look at other locations. The tough part is staffing it. We don’t want regular people.
Who: Everyone who loves cycling, merriment, having fun, old-timey tweed outfits, and dancing to old-timey music
Where: Beginning at the Pillars at Lake Merritt, 577 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA and ending at B.Spoke Tailor, 989 40th St, Oakland, California
When: We will be gathering at 1:00 PM and rolling-out at 2:00 PM on May 26th, 2013.
Why: Bicycles are awesome, cyclists are awesome, Tweed is awesome, and the three are
What (we’re doing): We’ll be cycling to UC Berkeley with a stop at a Pub on the way. We’ll go up Telegraph (once we get near downtown), and stop on the campus to dance and socialize. Afterwards we’ll go back down Telegraph and end up at B.Spoke Tailor for beer and music; there will be a live band or two.
Just have to take a moment to promote the overwhelmingly classy Two Man Gentleman Band to all our classy readers. They are playing live this Sunday the 29th at Amnesia Bar in SF and well worth the $10.
Here they are playing their classic song William Howard Taft…
I thought I’d take a moment to talk about bike safety and helmet use. This topic has come up a few times and I thought it was time to address it for a number of reasons. Reason #1 being that Rubin Starset one of the main organizers, and my good friend, was sadly recently hurt in a bicycle accident — one in which his helmet definitely saved his noggin from potentially serious head injury.
As evidenced by the jolly Tweed Ride photos, many tweed riders choose to cycle sporting fancy hats rather than helmets during our rides. The tweed rides are safer than normal urban riding seeing that we cruise at tweed speed and are protected from traffic by riding in a group. However, this is of course is not a guarantee of safety.
Personally, I am a stickler for wearing a helmet and advocating helmet use whenever I ride — except during the Tweed Ride*. This may be bit hypocritical but I feel that encouraging cycling is better than discouraging cycling by laws or rules enforcing mandatory helmet use. Bike safety is more than about helmet use. Some studies have shown that fatalities decrease the more cyclists there are on the road so encouraging more cycling is important. Also, oddly “countries with the most helmeted cyclists also have the highest rate of cycling head injuries.” (sources: Bicycle Safe, Cycle Helmet). All this said, wearing a helmet is certainly better than not wearing a helmet, and I am a strong advocate for bicycle helmets — I am also a strong advocate for haberdashery and I often bring a fancy hat along that I don immediately at my destination.
Whether you yourself choose to wear a helmet during the tweed ride is up to you — protecting your smarts certainly the smarter thing to do. I nor anyone else will look upon you as uncouth for wearing a helmet rather than wearing a snappy cap during the tweed ride, nor will anyone chastise you for being unsafe for not wearing a helmet. If you want to be both fashionable and safe Yakkay makes great dapper helmet covers, or better yet make your own style’n helmet cover!
* This is all of course only the opinion of myself, Colin. The other main organizer Rubin most likely has his own opinion on the matter of helmet use.
Hey Tweedsters! It’s been a while since we took to our steeds. So come and join us this Sunday starting at noon at Justin Herman Plaza as we tour the city in style! We will be heading towards the Valencia to join the wonderful Sunday Streets festivities!