It's Every Quaintrelle's Favourite Woollen Cycling Fabric.
We have looked before at various popular Cycling Cliques, or Velosophies, and their attendant membership costs. One of these is, of course, Bike Dandyism. And no Bike Dandy is worthy of the name without having once in his life participated in an Olde Worlde group ride.
(All photos Frank Herholdt)
And we are happy to report this morning that the rain stayed off for this year’s Cap-Doffing-est, Tea-Quaffing-est, Most Impeccably Mannered springtime edition of that Grandaddy of Sartorially Stylish Slow Cycling, the London Tweed Run, held last weekend in the English capital.
In cloudy yet dry cycling conditions, a troop of around 500 lucky ticket winners set off from the Princess Gardens in South Kensington see the sights on a leisurely 15-mile jaunt past various landmarks such as the Houses of Westminster, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.
A tea break at the Imperial War Museum saw the cucumber sandwiches and crisps rolled out; then it was on to the finish near Smithfield Market.
While the occasional puncture marred an otherwise dreamy day of retro pedaling antics, we feel most will agree that those not “running solids” at such an event will have had only themselves to blame.
Irrespective of bike type (and there were many – Period Ordinaries, vintage Tandems, ancient Pashleys, Tall Bikes, Cruisers, BSA’s…), one thing which most riders were running was, sensibly, a Brooks on top. Many had also taken a Brooks Cycling Bag to round off their overall look.
Brooks, having been involved in the organization of the Tweed Run since its first installment, was delighted to sponsor the prize for Best Vintage Bicycle.
And for those of you who missed the Tweed Run in years previous, lets have a look at the Tweed Run 2010: