Dressed in dapper wool through the streets of San Francisco

Support the Sour Mash Hug Band!

Posted By on June 3, 2013

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!

Sour Mash Hug Band New Album Kickstarter

Sour Mash Hug Band “Devil’s Howdown”

Sour Mash Hug Band (Reverb Nation page)

Sour Mash Hug Band (Facebook page)

Boogie your Tweed Ass on!

Rivendell comes to the Mission!

Posted By on May 28, 2013

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.

RBW poster

Of caps and helmets

Posted By on July 17, 2012

Rubin, photo by Morleyroarly

Rubin, photo by Morleyroarly

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.


Posted By on October 26, 2009

Oh my! What dapper rapping! We must bring to your attention the amazing MC skills of Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer… Thirty years of hip-hop history. In five minutes. On the banjolele.

More Mr. B Gentlemen Rhymer ~ “Straight out of Surrey”

More Mr. B Gentlemen Rhymer ~ “Let Me Smoke My Pipe”

If you like this I also recommend the amazing Teacore rappers Elemental.

Chap Olympiad

Posted By on July 28, 2009

To get you warmed up for the next Tweed Ride I bring you the another fine British export, the Chap Olympiad!

The Chap Olympiad is brought to you by The Chap Magazine, which is a fine and dandy magazine devoted to… you guessed it Chaps!

Tweed Bicycle Ingenuity Contest

Posted By on May 22, 2009

Epitome of Tweed Cyclery (photo by puck.ananta)

photo by puck.ananta

Nothing tickles me more than a man or woman with a flair for Do-It-Yourself ingenuity! Especially when this cleverness pertains to transforming the everyday bicycle into something extraordinary! This could be some as simple and practical as an umbrella attachment or more inventive…

Crafty Tweed Cyclery

On our last SF Tweed Ride, the dashing and talented Lanky Joe transformed his two wheeled steed into the epitome of Tweed Cycling by elegantly wrapping his bars and seat in tweed fabric. The tweed was crafted from an actual tweed jacket and in a jolt of creative genius he used the jacket pockets as miniature panniers. Then with the remaining he crafted matching fingerless gloves.

Obviously with this much fine workmanship Lanky Joe won hands down the contest for Most Stylish Pairing of Habiliment & Steed!

Amazing DIY Bicycle Accessorizing

Bicycle for the Transient Gardener, crafted by FriendOfHumanity

Bicycle Garden Box, crafted by FriendOfHumanity

One of the most genius bicycle adaptions I have have laid my eyes on in ages is the Bicycle Window Box. What could be more refreshing then pedaling along with your very own green garden on your handlebars. Grow strawberries for a refreshing treat or grow fresh herbs to make every ride minty fresh. And it really is perfect for hosting your own a mobile garden party!

You can build your very own mobile garden by following the Bicycle Window Box guide on the Instructables site.

There are more numerous amazing guides to ingenious bicycle adaptions on the Bikes section of Instructables. From a turn signal cycling jacket to how to build a bamboo bicycle to building your own fancy flower pattern twisted spoke wheels.

All this brings me to an announcement for our first online contest…

The SF Tweed Bicycle Ingenuity Contest

In celebration of the upcoming Maker Faire, we are pleased to announce the first SF Tweed online contest. For this contest we implore all you clever tweed cyclists to create a either a crafty bicycle adornment or amazing bicycle accessory akin to the examples shown above.

The Rules:

  • Your creation must be specifically bicycle related
  • Your creation must be appropriately tweedy/vintage/dapper (for ideas see below)
  • Your creation must have been made by you
  • Your creation can be something made specifically for this contest or can be something made recently (however it must have been built no earlier than April of this year)
  • Contestant must submit photos of themselves with their Creation to dapper (at) sftweed (dot) com
  • Contestant must also create a How To Build guide. This How To can either appear on Instructables.com or as a video on Vimeo/YouTube/etc.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the world (however, international winners must pay for shipping & handling for any prizes won)
  • Entrees must be submitted no later than Thursday June 25th 11:59pm
  • Entrees will be judged on ingenuity, craftmanship, and the presentation of the how to guide.

Examples of Tweedy Ingenuity

Feel free to use any of the following ideas or run with your own bit of cleverness

  • Tweed Wheel Covers
  • Bicycle Bag made from a Tweed Jacket
  • Tea Cup & Saucer Bicycle Holder (and teapot holder?)
  • Portable Fancy Wooden Mini Bar (cabinets and fold out bar top?)
  • Traveling Seamstress Stand (for making knickers on the fly)
  • Side By Side Tandem Bike (way more proper then staring at your tandem partner’s behind)

The Grand Prize!

Minnehaha Canvas Shoulder Bag

Minnehaha Canvas Shoulder Bag

A fabulous Canvas Shoulder Bag donated graciously by the Minnehaha Bag Co..

A simple canvas shoulder bag for commuting, running errands or as a basic briefcase. Cotton fabric is breathable for better comfort than synthetic messenger bags. The bag holds 15 liters worth of belongings with two small hanging inner pockets and key clip. It is built sturdy with leather reinforcements, a buckle system, and a lightly padded back and bottom to give some support and comfort while keeping a soft overall structure that conforms to the body.

There will also be runners up prizes to be announced at a later date.

International winners must pay for shipping & handling.

Happy Bike to Work Day!

Posted By on May 14, 2009

To all the fine people pedaling to work today, I salute you! And to any who missed out on this fine day for lack of a two wheeled steed, it’s not too late for every day is a fine day to ride a bike!

If you need any more convincing to buy a bike I suggest you watch the following charming animation…

Why only 4 shillings a week! I’m nearly tempted to buy a second bicycle for myself!

Hope to see some of you at the SFBC’s Bike to Work Day After Party and Fashion Show
6-10pm, Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell st (at Franklin).
Celebrate the day at SFBC’s Bike Away From Work Party and Fashion Show at Rickshaw stop and party down with fellow cyclists. Plus the parking’s a breeze!

Teacore Rap

Posted By on May 8, 2009

While I do disapprove of the rather uncouth pith helmet, I have to say this Elemental chap can lay down quite a corpulent song. I mean how could one pass up a song about tea?

Cup of Brown Joy

If this music suits your fancy, you should take a spin on over to check out their album Rebel WIthout Applause.

Much thanks to Laughing Squid for bringing this Tea-based music to my attention.