“Tweed-Ride” Pics (Reader Submitted)


Thanks to a reader for sending these great shots from 14th Street on Saturday. Marvin (14th just north of U St.) hosted a party after the ride. You can learn more about the organizers here.



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  • sorry to be debbie downer, but why is nobody wearing a helmet? seriously people! what, you’re too cool? it’s too uncomfortable? according to the US national highway traffic safety admin, there are 27,000 bicyclists that require hospitalization in the US every year. over 60% of bicycle related deaths are the direct result of a head injury. plus, you are 14 times more likely to be killed on bicycle if you are not wearing a helmet. 14 times! and you don’t wear it because it’s not cool? how about you do yourself a favor and invest a few less dollars in your fancy fixed gear bike and put it toward a 45 dollar helmet. there is probably no greater act that will reduce your likelihood dying.

  • What are those crazy legs?? I wanna see those in action.

  • Anonymous: There were at least 300 riders in this event with a dedicated route. The fastest anyone went was, maybe (maybe), 8 mph. There was no reason to wear a helmet. I’m with you otherwise

  • Anonymous: The ride was very slow and cars were not a concern because the bikers were in large groups and had a whole lane to themselves. I wore my helmet to bike down to the ride and wore a wool cap for the ride itself.

    Don’t mistake a group of bikers not wearing helmets on one very safe and slow ride for a group of bikers that don’t normally wear helmets.

  • I want to be one of these people with so much time on my hands that I dress up and ride and old school bike. Im not even being sarcastic.

  • Vonstallin

    very cool….. wish i owned some tweed.

  • Anon. Given the amount of deaths/injury in car accidents from head trauma, you should be wearing a helmet in a car. Thank you for spoiling what is otherwise a pleasant event with your stupid motherly advocacy.

  • That is awesome! Way to rock the tweed!

  • Yes, and Anonymous @924, if you are so busy that you can’t find two hours on a sunday plus 30 minutes to throw together old looking clothes, I sincerely hope you are able to find another job, because that’s crazy.

  • This looks lame! This is gentrification 🙁

  • Studies have shown (I am not taking the time to look them up) that if people wore helmets when driving, more than 10,000 people a year in the US alone would not die in car accidents. I bet you can also find a study stating if people wore helmets all the time (walking, on the metro, in bed,….) that xxx,xxx lives would be saved per year.

  • Clever concept, but the execution left something to be desired. A few people actually “got it” and dressed properly, while many of the riders must have assumed that dressing up like a regular ol’ nerd hipster would cut it.

  • RE: Jamarcus – there is nothing suburban whatsoever about vintage bikes and clothing, or the broader concept of using a bicycle in a non-athletic manner and wearing dressy clothing on a bike. In most other developed countries this is still considered normal urban behavior for many people. Simple old bicycles are perfectly affordable to low-income people. The logic of the tweed ride being gentrification is completely backward.

    In many of the low-income ethnic enclaves (greek, polish, itallian, latino, german, moraccan, etc.) of Baltimore, you can see plenty of old men on old steel bikes, wearing frumpy old suits. There’s nothing gentrifying about it.

    Anyway what’s the argument for this sort of thing being gentrification? Are racing bikes and spandex more affordable, or more “urban” than old beat-up city bikes? Are cars more affordable??? Old beat up city bikes, being used in a practical manner, is arguably the most affordable low-income urbanist form of transportation possible.

  • You can tell you are reading a Washington DC based blog when peoples’ comments on a really fun (and for the most part healthy) event are “they’re not wearing helmets”, “these people have too much time on their hands” and this is what happens when gentrification hits your town.

    All work and no play make Jack a dull boy
    All work and no play make Jack a dull boy
    All work and no play make Jack a dull boy

  • Yeah, I totally blame gentrification for this event.

  • Oh come on, you can wear old-timey garb and still be appropriately safety-conscious by wearing a helmet. Personally, if I were riding that day, I would velcroed some fabric and lace onto my helmet to create a helmet-bonnet hybrid.

  • lee watkins,

    does gentrification = suburbanization in your mind?
    to me thats a whole different game. i know a lot of gentrifiers that are actually urban people.

    anyway, this whole tweed ride makes me feel old and dull.
    but i dont give a shit if people dont wear helmets.its their business and i dont work for an insurance company. you should have the right to risk your own head.

  • These guys rode around Dupont Circle and didn’t obey traffic laws – didn’t even slow down on red lights, didn’t yield for pedestrians. They could have benefitted from both helmets and common courtesy.

  • Clearly the tweed ride is a bad idea and a threat. I liked it better when H & U st were decrepit before gentrification and those with an appreciation of antique clothing and the preservation of vintage bicycles didn’t rub their agenda driven good times in my face. I’m ok with the health liabilities of fat kids, adult obesity, alcohol and smoking, but not with a chap riding a pennyfarthing with a tweed newsboy cap on his head on an otherwise pleasant autumn Sunday when there is processed food to eat and harmless helmeted football to watch on TV indoors on a couch.

    If gentrification made it easier for my neighbors to get wireless internet, I’m not too fond of that either.

  • Jamarcus has a hammer, so the Tweed Ride looks like a nail. As for me, I love it when people “rub their agenda driven good times in my face.” I love the smell! I’m coming on the next ride and when it starts I’m gonna stash my helmet in a vintage picnic basket.

  • I rode, and it was a great time. There were a few informal bike marshals that monitored (some would say “stopped”) traffic at big intersections, and the vast majority of folks were dressed in tweed or vintage-inspired clothes.
    All in all, one of the coolest things I’ve done in DC in a long time – kudos to the folks who put it on. And thanks for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

  • @gh,
    Well said.

  • My wife and I were just taking our bikes out to go for a ride ourselves as the procession of folks in tweed jackets and slouch hats on ordinaries and pennyfarthings flowed down 8th Street in SE past our alleyway. Their numbers were awesome, and the otherworldliness — actually, otherwhenliness — of it was reinforced by the fact that they stopped for lights, filling up the whole block several times. We were tempted to join, but inflicting our modern outfits and bikes on this crew seemed vaguely sacrilegious, so we rode off on our already planned ride, feeling even more cheerful than before.

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