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The weather couldn’t have been better for our 2nd semi-annual Philadelphia Tweed Ride last weekend. I had missed the first one last spring, along with most everyone else in the city. There were 9 riders on that ride. This time around, there were over 100. I was thankful to be a part of the planning of this ride, and being the person signing everyone in I got a chance to see everyone’s dapper attire and bikes. Everyone really did a wonderful job of dressing the part for this ride, there were very few slackers to be found. Most everyone had on lovely period clothing, well cut suits, appropriate headwear, and a variety of facial hair to boot. We were all blown away by the good turn out and positive response. All the bystanders we rode past had smiles for us, even the drivers!
This was the maiden voyage of our newly appointed Kona Ute, featuring an amazing kid-rack hand-built by the talented Dan/Niedz. The girls (Madeline and Jane, Penny’s seat isn’t quite ready yet) absolutely loved it. I put on a bell for each of them, and they had a blast on the ride. I’ll post a review and more pics of this ride in the future.
The ride was short, with a stroll through Rittenhouse Square and some games and food at Taney Park. The end point and prize ceremony was held at the Institute (who gracefully handled the larger than expected turnout). There were a decent amount of prizes, including a Brooks Saddle for the best dressed man and woman. We were also graced with the presence of Lord Whimsy, who unfortunately wasn’t able to join us for the actual ride.
I think I’m not the only one who would say that this ride was incredible fun. I really wish I had more time to meet people, as I only knew maybe 20% of the riders, and they all seemed to be having a blast. We’ll definitely be doing this ride again, and I hope it continues to be as great as this one.
November 7th, 2009. Mark your calendars. I’ve been working with some friends to help plan out the 2nd semi-annual Philadelphia Tweed Ride. The first one happened with little fanfare and little attendance back in the Spring. I wasn’t even on that one. But this Autumn’s ride promises to be much bigger and better. There is much more info here: http://tweedride.phillyfixed.com/
So dust off your waistcoats and ready your brandy flasks, it’s going to be one smashing good time!