Portland Tweed Ride seeks organizers for 2012 edition

Posted by on January 4th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

2011 Tweed Ride-49-48

Previous co-organizer of the
event, Evan P. Schneider,
at last year’s ride.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Organizers of the Portland Tweed Ride are stepping down and the hunt is on for new blood to make the ride happen for the third straight year.

The ride, which pays homage to classic tweed and bicycling civility and styles of a bygone era, was first held in Portland in 2010. There were about 150 people who turned out for that inaugural ride. Last year, the ride once again attracted a healthy (and quite good-looking crowd.

One of the ride’s organizers, Jocelyn Gaudi, works with Alta Bike Share and is currently working on a big project in New York City. Another, Evan P. Schneider, is busy enjoying the success of his excellent new book, A Simple Machine, Like the Lever.

If you think you have what it takes (and the wardrobe to go along with it) to organize this ride, step up and get in touch. I’ll connect you with the folks who can help you make it happen.

For a bit of inspiration, here are a few more photos from Tweed Rides’ past…

Gabriel Amadeus Tiller, another former organizer.

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Jerry_W
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Jerry_W

Wow, that’s a serious collection of photos of what NOT to do on a bike. Smoking, no helmets on any adults and drinking wine straight from the bottle. The little kids are the only ones who seem to have it right. That is just a sad display, shame on BikePortland.

Spiffy
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Spiffy

I think it’s great that Portland allows us to smoke while we bicycle with no helmet… it’s nice to see people exercising their freedom…

it’s an awesome display!

I don’t see anybody drinking wine while riding in the photos… but I’m pretty sure that would be illegal if they were…

Mike
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Mike

I believe he is pouring it into a mason glass.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Good heavens. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union shall hear about this!

Scott
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Scott

Yes Rebecca! We shall fill the horseless carriage with petroleum distillate and make for the governor’s mansion post haste! This travesty must be reported!

Ed R
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Ed R

Good thing Jerry doesn’t seem aware there were TWO Tweed rides last year here; one virtue and the other… vice! The vice one would truly have had him in a snit. Unfortunately for him Portland is not a very good place for puritans. As for his view that cyclists should be like him (presumably smoke and drink free, helmeted and dressed in garish clown colors for the benefit of drivers) it shows his lack of exposure to real cycling culture in the world beyond his bubble. In the rest of the world, where real people ride bikes everyday for everyday things (such as in Copenhagen or Amsterdam) you will see almost no helmets or other special cycling wear. You will see fat guys riding to work with a cigarette in one hand. You will see women chatting on cell phones with a bouquet of flowers in the other hand. Vast majority roll through stop signs. And they are absolutely everywhere, inhibiting automotive traffic significantly.

I know, what a nightmare vision, and so good that we don’t have such chaos here in the States where riding a bike is reserved for the virtuous and athletic and those who know their place cowering in fear of car culture. Portland’s cyclists, as evidenced by the Tweed Ride, show a dangerous bias to the real world of cycling and threaten the bubble of elite superiority so carefully cultivated. Stop them at once!!!

A.K.
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A.K.

If you think those are bad, just wait until you find out that some people like to ride with “beer in the bidon!”.

Jerko
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Jerko

Jerry_W, You know what is really awesome? If you choose to go on the ride, you can choose to wear a helmet, not smoke, and not drink. And do you wanna know the best part? Nobody’s gonna judge you for it. Have fun out there.

Andy
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Wow, that’s a serious case of judgement. I believe the moto Live and let live might just apply!

April
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*eyeroll* Seriously? Get over yourself.

michael p
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michael p

Don’t shame on BikePortland; shame shall be strewn upon the particiapnts, for as they are the ones who make the choice on attire. BikePortland just delivers the message.

Crotchety
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Crotchety

Surely Jerry_W is kidding. Life’s too short to care about such things.

Gabriel Amadeus
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FOR SHAME INDEED!

Gabriel Amadeus
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I guess it’s a real good thing Jonathan posted the photos from the ‘virtue’ ride, and not the ‘vice’ ride!

PomPilot
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PomPilot

Wonder what he would have selected from the ‘vice’ ride if he had? The wrestling match in the Brooklyn area, or all the bikes parked in front of House Spirits Distillery? Perhaps the silly Scotsman, who did the ride while kilted?

Jocelyn Gaudi
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Jocelyn Gaudi

Thanks to everyone that came out to ride the past two years, it was a blast! Looking forward to riding in the next Tweed Ride…

michael downes
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I have tweed envy….

jim
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jim

This looks like it would be something good to promote tourism in Portland, perhaps there is an agency of some sort that might want to help support this?

Kristen
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Kristen

Where does one find such wonderful tweeds in Portland? I’m afraid my wardrobe is tweed-deficient.