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Tweed Ride: The world’s most stylish bike ride

Written by 8 December 2011 3 Comments

Tweed Ride. Sounds quite enigmatic doesn’t it?

Well, it’s pretty much what it says on the tin: people dressed in tweed riding around on bikes. This group bicycle ride began in London where participants were to dress in traditional British cycling attire on vintage classic bicycles to embrace the spirit of the old days and the fashionable vintage era of transport!

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This peculiar but nostalgic event, dubbed ‘Tweed Run’, was first held in London 2009, but since has exploded around the world with other countries jumping on this two-wheeled bandwagon! Literally, it’s being embraced worldwide from Paris to Berlin, Tokyo to Toronto, Italy to San Francisco… and of course from Melbourne to Sydney. It has been a raging success throughout Europe and America, and the Aussies have done the event proud by rallying tweeded troops to get on their bikes.

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“What’s the point?” I hear some ask… well, it’s for bicycle enthusiasts and lovers of the vintage fashions (namely tweed but many variations in costumes crop up). It’s a free ‘metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style’ and with some rides having to turn people away once numbers reach 400, it’s definitely a world-wide phenomenon which is a must-do if it’s held in your home city… or even if you are passing through the country and can borrow a bike and a touch of tweed! And we Travelettes love a good bike ride on a beautiful vintage bicycle!

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Photograph via Treadlie

The last Melbourne Tweed Ride was held in November (many stylish Movember moustaches were in full parade) with a solid 150 riders cycling the beautifully scenic Yarra River to the French ‘Paris to Province’ annual festival. Vogue Australia was on hand to photograph the event as they were particularly interested in how the fashions and costumes would compare to the other rides around the world… and I think the Melbournians did a damn good job!

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Melbourne was missing a major fashion sponsor like New York’s Ralph Lauren Rugby presence, but that didn’t stop the turn-out or the matched enthusiasm for the modern interpretation of an old style bicycle ride. It got people into the charity shops to raid the supply of tweed vintage chic for this lovely Sunday afternoon event!

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But Sydney has really stood-out with their numbers surpassing the numbers of the other countries! Curious onlookers saw about 400 cyclists (the odd Penny Farthing made an appearance, respect to that man!) take to the streets in their ‘leisure cycling’. They embraced and fully explored the bike paths of the city and smiles overcame any kind of self-consciousness of being dressed like a character from the 1900’s.

So keep your eye out for 2012 Tweed Ride events and get on your bike and ride! Tally-ho, old chaps!

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3 Comments »

  • Naomi said:

    What a cool idea!! (and a total hipster overload ;)

  • Jana said:

    I was so fortunate to see it in Berlin this past September! That is awesome!

  • Karolina said:

    Wow, I must see that even live one day! Because it looks fabulous! :)

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