|The Bicycle-Chef and new friend, Gary, resplendent in our Riding Caps!|
and bicycles as modern or truly vintage looking as possible. Tweed Rides are organized throughout the USA, and the biggest, best and most infamously attired ride, is one held in the UK, sponsored by Brompton Bicycles. The Philadelphia Tweed Ride was loosely organized but well thought out and sponsored by many vintage or vintage-inspired businesses in Philadelphia.
We met at the Waterworks, behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at 11 am on Saturday, November 17th. We pedaled off shortly after noon, riding through the Schuylkill River Trail, down Pine Street, and through Olde City to Penn Treaty Park. At the park, along the banks of the Delaware River, we picnicked, played an authentic game of 1800's baseball, and showed off our fashions, picnic spreads and bicycles. After our leisurely gambit at the park, we mounted our wheeled steeds and pedaled our way up Spring Garden Street to Rembrandts' Restaurant, where we imbibed in fine spirits and one anothers' fine companionship, awaiting the announcements of the winners of the day's contests: Most stylish lad and lass; finest millinery; most authentic period bicycle; most lavish picnic; best moustache. It was a lively, rowdy day, filled with much merriment and laughter. It was also one of the more memorable group rides in which I participated in years. The spectacle we made, riding through the streets of Philadelphia must have been a fashionable and joy-filled sight for all who saw us.
These are my top photos from several hundred that I took through out the day. For a full view of my photos, check out my Flickr feed here. There is also a lovely set of photos on another Flickr Photographer's feed, Amanda Jaffe's set of Tweed Ride '12 photos.
|Father and daughter|
|Ross and his lavish picnic spread - winner of the days best picnic|
|Jude and Michael - 2 very stylish and lovely people I met on the ride|
|Have goggles and aviator's cap, will travel!|
|Hats and spirits|
|Showing off his boulangerie messenger bag.|
|A dapper don with a bicycle pocket square|
|The Bicycle-Chef's ride. Resplendent in my Autumnal decor and picnic basket|
|The Bicycle-Chef's picnic; Cheese, pate, bread, chocolate, fruit and nuts and a good Pumpkin Ale.|
All packed into my vintage picnic hamper, and enjoyed on real plates, silver, and stem ware. Some influences from Diner en Blanc prevailed here!
|A captivating couple astride a tandem|
|A vintage-inspired bike owned by Felix. His Trek 300 was full of quirky 1930's details and memorabilia,|
complete with a Teddy Roosevelt Bear and King and Queen of England stickers.
|The Director and Photographer|
|He's a dashing lad|
|Hands on a Hercules Bike with Brooks Saddle|
|New York Doll|
She won for snappiest lass of the day. She, and her friends, about 5 people in all, won in over 3 categories for the day. The group hailed from New York.
|Argyles and Saddle Shoes|
|Allentown 1941 Bicycle|
|Mr. Dan's Magical Toulson and Son Advertisement Bicycle|
|Felix's magical Moustache Bicycle|