Tweed Ride to Roll Through Sacramento Jan. 30th
By Amreet Sandhu
In 2009, London hosted its first Tweed Run. Cyclists decked in tweed plus four suits and vintage bikes charmed spectators as the group ride peddled through London Streets. Since then, Tweed Rides have sprouted internationally, from Japan, to Russia, to Italy, and in cities across the United States.
Sacramento is no exception. The Sacramento Tweed Ride has organized several rides throughout the years. While other cities have their rides sponsored by big names like Brooks England and Ralph Lauren, ours is a more local ride. We’re a group of friends who enjoy frequenting the places we love on the Sacramento streets we love.
We aim to include local businesses, historical groups, and as many cyclists as possible—whether they choose classic penny-farthings, unicycles, tandems, cargo, vintage, pedicabs, or other cycles as their means of transportation.
For our 2014 and 2015 rides, Sacramento Tweed Ride 2.0 has included picnic stops at East Portland Park, Camp Pollock, Ella K. McClatchy Library, the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park with final stops at Bike Dog Brewery, Back Door Lounge, and the Shady Lady Bar. City Bicycle Works & Beers Books both generously donated prizes.
Our next Sacramento Winter Tweed Ride meets on Saturday, January 30 at noon at Coffee Garden on Franklin Blvd. From there, we will pleasantly and politely roll through town towards our outdoor picnic location and then end at a local restaurant.
While our Sacramento group loves joining other cities such a San Francisco and Chico for their rides, we can’t help but adore riding here at home—along Sacramento’s charming and historic neighborhoods, while we appreciate our city’s tree-lined bicycle lanes.
Local vintage shops such as The Original Cheap Thrills sell many darling and affordable secondhand Tweed offerings. Sacramento Tweed Ride organizers will be awarding prizes for best tweed four plus suit, best tweed skirt/dress, best bicycle, best bicycle accessory, best hat, best shoes, and best picnic spread. Addison’s Bicycle Reparium and other local bicycle shops will also be donating prizes this year.
As Susan B. Anthony once said, “Let me tell you what I think of the bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
Much like Anthony, we coax enchantment from vintage fashion, our bicycles, indulging in whims and fancies, living as beautifully and freely as our modest circumstances allow, and the fine company of one another. Consider dusting off your bicycle and your china, polishing your silver and your boots—and joining us for a smashing time!