Posted By colin on September 6, 2013
Date: September 15, 2013 – 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Start: Fruitvale BART Station
End: Linden Street Brewery
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)
- Best Bike
- 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