Dressed in dapper wool through the streets of San Francisco

2016 SF Tweed Upcoming Events!

Posted By on April 6, 2016

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Portland Tweed
April 17th, 2 pm Chapman Square

May 1st
Emperor Norton’s Ride
TransAmerica Pyramid 10:30am

Chico Seersucker Ride
Chico Downtown Plaza 10am

 

 

 

2015/2016 SF Tweed on tour

Posted By on April 6, 2016

2016 Sacramento Tweed Ride

San Francisco-ites traveled via Amtrak to join in the fun with Sacramento Tweed. The ride was delightfully flat and well attended, with the vintage bicycles being an amazing feature of this lovely group.

 

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2015 Chico Tweed Ride

 

Chico Tweed is held annually on the same day as the Chico’s Christmas Preview, which means both a wonderful turnout and a reason to stay late! The attendance was an impressive 500 tweed riders, with a wedding and a proposal, plenty of family cyclists and a 5 mile ride along the Chico’s Lower Park, ending with a picnic spot with jolly company. Revelers can continue on to the Sierra Nevada’s Brewery.

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2015 Post SF Tweed Ride

Posted By on April 6, 2016

This years ride went from Patricia’s Green through Downtown San Francisco. We stopped near the San Francisco Ferry Building, with a tour of the SF Railway Museum along the scenic Pier 14 around the Stadium, through the Mission ending at The Homestead. Photographs enroute done by the exceptionally talented Pamela Palma Photography and a photobooth set up inside by Jon Cross
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San Francisco Tweed 2015

Posted By on April 6, 2016

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Short ride with a lot of style. SF Tweed November 15, 2015 Starting at Patricias Green in Hayes Valley at 11am. San Francisco’s take on the London traditional Tweed Run. Bike ride in traditional cycling attire, not limited to tweed wool . Any bicycle is acceptable, vintage bicycles are heartily encouraged.

San Francisco Tweed Ride November 16

Posted By on November 6, 2014

RSVP for the next San Francisco Tweed Ride!

 

San Francisco Tweed Ride

Put on your most dapper tweed, grab a bicycle, and join the merriment at this one-of-a-kind bicycle event. The San Francisco Tweed Ride rolls again! The new edition of this venerable bicycle institution is organized by Melissa of Bike Pretty.

It’s a sartorial celebration–by bike–for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Don your most dapper woolens. Ride with the most dashing dames and dandies as we tour San Francisco in fine, two-wheeled style.

The ride is fun and safe with stops to socialize along the way. We follow a planned (secret) route and endeavor to be courteous to our more pedestrian fellows. Of utmost importance is to spread the good cheer of the Tweed Ride.

Tell your friends and bring your family and other loved ones. RSVP here so we know how much tea to brew.  Or comment below and be counted.

Contests for:
Best Mustache
Best Dressed
And more

What to bring:
Tea Cup
Bicycle
Picnic blanket (optional)
Lights, layers, locks (just in case)

Before the final stop, we’ll take a short detour to Iladora Apparel‘s SOMA studio for an early afternoon libation and a special photo op to capture what we know will be the most dashing tweed bike style we’ve ever seen.

We end at a capacious public house where we can all raise a pint to our newfound camaraderie.

Sponsored by:
PUBLIC Bikes are designed to put a smile on your face and make you feel like a kid again. We have retail stores at 549 Hayes in San Francisco and 205 Alice Street in Oakland.

Iladora Apparel 

Ligne 8 is a new apparel lifestyle brand for the urban cycling commuter who wants to cycle to and fro, without worrying about the weather, style or appearances. We are looking forward to hosting a tea break and previewing our new Fall 2014 Collection which includes a few tweed styles inspired by Tweed Runs around the globe.
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Relic Vintage

San Francisco Tweed Ride Autumn 2014

Posted By on October 24, 2014

 

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Dear Friends,

It has been quite some time since we have all gathered for an airing of our favorite woolens. Please join us on Sunday, November 16 at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley.

Reserve your spot and RSVP here. (We’d like to know how much tea to brew up.)

We will have contests, prizes, refreshment stops, and more. Like SF Tweed on Facebook for updates.

Things are a little bit different this time around. This ride is being organized by Melissa Davies, founder of Bike Pretty, and on-line store featuring stylish bicycle accessories. Colin and Rubin graciously handed the reins over to Melissa. The tradition continues.

Watch this space!

East Bay Western Tweed Ride Sept 15th!

Posted By on September 6, 2013

East Bay Tweed Ride Sept 15th!

 

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!”
The Route:
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.

East Bay Tweed Ride — Sunday, May 26, 2013

Posted By on May 18, 2013


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East Bay Tweed Ride!

Sunday, May 26rd, 2013

1pm at the Pillars, Lake Merritt

hosted by B. Spoke Tailor

Facebook Event

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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.

 

The Two Man Gentleman Band, Live July 28th

Posted By on July 25, 2012

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…

Last Minute Tweed Ride

Posted By on May 29, 2012

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!

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Sunday June 3rd, noon
Justin Herman Plaza, near Embarcadero BART station in San Francisco

I know this is last minute but we want to ride! We have more full fledged at Tweed Rides both in SF and East Bay later this summer, but don’t let that stop you from coming to this one.