2009 DC Tweed Ride November 16th, 2009
Yesterday I had the darling pleasure of being a participant in the 1st Semi-Annual Washington DC Tweed Ride. The ride was organized by the Dandies and Quaintrelles social club as a fundraiser for Arts for the Aging. I do not have any official figures but, by all accounts of those that rode, it was a smashing success and must have easily brought out a good 250+ cyclists.
The course was 6.6 miles long, relatively flat, and was cycled at the most leisurely and distinguished of paces. Riders, or wheelmen and women rather, rode as civilized group though the size of the pack did necessitate the running of a few red lights. I witnessed no particular angst or ire from any of the automobile drivers that we passed and may have temporarily inconvenienced. In fact, I received a number of high-fives from motorists while promenading down P Street. The riders convened at Marvin on 14th St. for proper libations after the ride.
As you might assume, unique styles were displayed by many participants. Some of the “period” accessories included handlebar mustaches (real and fake), pipes, and monocles. There was plenty of bike envy to go around as well. The two reproduction pennyfarthings (old time big wheel bikes) were my particular favorites. Despite seeing it first hand, I still struggle to understand how those bikes are mounted and dismounted. It seemed quite the treacherous task.
The DC Tweed ride was a very enjoyable time and for a good cause. I’d venture to say it was the most fun I’ve had on my bike in a while. Until the next ride (April 2010??) I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more vintage garb to don on the outing. Many talented photogs were at the start and the finish of the race including flickr users, MV Jantzen , Tracy Clayton, Jim Darling, and Maxedapeture. Check out their photostreams for some great portraits. With that I will leave you with some good ol’ fashioned bike porn.
tags: bicycle, DC, tweed ride
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