Tweed RIde

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wojty
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Swalfoort
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Hmmm, what’s a krimpet?


erok
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they taste good with tea


erok
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sometimes they have jelly inside. yum


reddan
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Butter-flavoured cake with maple syrup-flavoured icing? I’d venture to guess those taste good with ANYTHING.

(Note surreptitious use of British spelling, in honour(Ha! Again!) of tweed)


BradQ
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Wish I could attend but I’ll be out of town for this inaugural running playing polo in whiskey country, Lexington KY.

This should be super fun.


edmonds59
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Oh hell yes. I am there. I am immediately informing my family that time slot is irrevocably occupied.


erok
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bring them along


Swalfoort
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Bill, you might have to share your krimpets with them……! I can hear it now — May I have four krimpets to go, please?


edmonds59
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Oh, erok, you’re funny.

Not sharing me krimpets.


Mick
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Dress up in old formal clothes? Puff on a pipe and ride regally down the road? Eat Krimpets?

Sounds cool!

um….

*scratches head*

How is this different from any other day?


Swalfoort
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Not quite as vintage as it should be, but maybe this the motivation I need to dust off that old Miyata in my basement. I can do it on a 1970’s era ten speed, right? Oh how I loved that bike. I’ve kept it all those years just for the nostaglia value. It would be nice to have it out on the road again. Except that it would probably spoil all those great memories….!


sloaps
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I don’t have any fancy tweed, nor a dapper mustache :(

trousers and a sportcoat, suffice?


StuInMcCandless
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Sara, it would look good next to my 1970s era British-mfg’d 10-speed. And judging from past CMs and other group rides I’ve been on, there are others still around, too.


alnilam
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I’m with sloaps. No tweed per se, but is regular dressiness okay? How about a smoking jacket?


edmonds59
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I think the general custom in other places is that attitude is more important than actual gear. Slow and social is the order of the day.

SW, go for it! Actually old ten speeds can be quite excellent when the drop bars are swapped for some uprights. If you’ve never ridden a nice light bike in a upright position, it’s quite an excellent feeling.

Also, I got myself quite a nice wool sportcoat at the Red, White, and Blue store on rt 51 for $3, and another one for $5. That’s my gear.


sloaps
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Red, White, and Blue store on rt 51

Is that where all the good clothes are now since the bloomfield goodwill closed up?


wojty
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edmonds59 is spot on! It is all about the attitude. A snappy outfit, old or new, won’t hurt either.

Swalfoort: I will actually be riding a Miyata for this event! Some upright porteur bars from velo-orange and a B17 saddle have made a world of difference. Miyata’s are terrific bikes for a variety of reasons, so do enjoy riding it!

A week and a half is also a most proper length of time to produce a basic mustache, or to refine a beard to an exquisite masterpiece.


BradQ
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Not to hijack things…

Sloaps – That Red White and Blue has been awesome for far longer than the Bloomfield Goodwill has been closed, well worth the trip. Also be sure to check out North Hills Community Thrift on Babcock Blvd, reasonably accessible by bike via Millvale.


Mick
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Good heavens.

Aren’t the suburbs inconvenient?

If you don’t have your own tailor, like civilized people do, wouldn’t Brooks Brothers have appropriate attire?


edmonds59
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The day when Brooks displays cycling compatible wear, and uses an Umberto Dei Regale in their store, I will consider shopping there. I’ve heard the shirts are nice.

http://www.umbertodei.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=98&lang=en


alankhg
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I don’t have any fancy tweed, nor a dapper mustache :(

Hmm, I have a tweed jacket and a mustache! All set.


reddan
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Not to hijack things…

The Red White and Blue on 65 in Bellevue/Avalon is also quite nice, and is easily accessible from California Ave.


Mick
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@edmunds Umberto Dei Regale

Sweet!

Now I know what to ride when I’m wearing a tux.


edmonds59
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Sure, for the very successful bicycle band busker.


Mick
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Of course!

Sartorial splendor is critical to the successful bicycle busker.

This is why they are so often seen climbing into the donations box behind the Goodwill.


edmonds59
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I get this weekly ” this is happening” email blast every week of local events (thisishappening.com). Wojty, I don’t know if that is someplace you would want to post this, kind of reach beyond the standard tuned in bike circle.

Also, if Brad Q isn’t going to be there, I hope someone with some photo skills steps up, I would sure want the ‘burgh to be well represented on those webs.

This would be something cool to get written up in the City Paper or something. Anybody know anybody?


Chris Mayhew
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BOURBON BRAD BOURBON.


t
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trying to get my ’52 Royal Crown Dutch Bike ready in time.


BradQ
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That’s the plan. A weekend of bourbon and polo with friends in Lexington. Bourbon and polo. Bourbon and polo. And with some of my favorite people. Has all the makings of a good weekend.

As for the tweed ride, I will again say that this should be awesome. Bummed to miss it, I would have busted out the Swingbike for this one. Group rides are all about group attitude and this looks to have good attitude.


wojty
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This is happening is a great suggestion. I know some one threw us up on the pgh section of reddit as well too.

Been in touch with the PG and iheartpgh as well, both are doing blog write-ups today or tomorrow.

Drew, the partner in crime of ClankWorks, is quite a photographer himself, and I am sure will be doing whatever documentation he is able. Pretty sure he will be attempting to get the medium format some film in time, seeing as we want to keep this as tweed oriented as possible…


reddan
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Sadly, I’ll be breveting my buns (or at least my krimpets) off, so will miss Tweed. However, I did happen across this photoset that may provide happy inspiration.


matatarski
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I don’t have any tweed but I might make this my first group biking event, the weather for Saturday looks beautiful and I do love Piper’s.


erok
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maybe clankworks will have some extra tweed you can borrow


edmonds59
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Just watch out for sketchy individuals slinking around saying “hey, buddy, wanna buy some tweed?”.


Swalfoort
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Weather forecast is making me re-think the tweed thing, as all mine is wool, and fairly heavy. I am still working on options. What’s the consensus, stay “in the era” in terms of style/look or switch to seersucker, the summer counterpart of tweed?


edmonds59
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No kidding! I was out today in a t shirt and shorts and I was miserable. I do not dig the heat. Not this soon anyway. I will definitely be trying options. Seersucker would def be cool.


chefjohn
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SEERSUCKER IS FOR DANDIES YINZ WEIRDOS!


edmonds59
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From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Gazette, April 3, 2040;

“In the early 2000’s, a very small percentage of Americans used bicycles until an occurrence called the “Tweed Ride” began to change the perception by the public that one needed to be an elite athlete, a steroid user, or both, in order to ride a bicycle. These “Tweed Rides” in part led to the end of the “Peak Car” period, during which anything up to and including military vehicles, burning fossil oil for fuel, were considered acceptable transportation.

These rides also spurred Penn State researchers to develop the Super-Merino sheep, with a high performance wool coat that is in demand by the resurgent U.S. garment industry.

Due to the reduced automobile use that this movement initiated, most of what was known in that era as “malls” and “exurbs”, characterized by large areas of underutilized space, are now the locations of our sheep and hemp farms, and solar/wind hydrogen conversion plants that are the foundation of our current economy.”

Save the world.


t
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I wasn’t actually able to participate in the ride but I stopped by to see the bib and tucker, good looking bunch. Hope you enjoyed a splendid day, maybe next time.

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