This past weekend we headed down to London, clad in our best tweeds, to give our Roadster L its first public outing at the Tweed Run. And we really couldn’t have picked a better event for its maiden voyage - a perfect mix of new & classic bicycles, vintage style, a decent cup of tea and bucket loads of fun.
Saturday’s was the fifth running of the London version & it went off in traditional style. Keeping up the event’s reputation of being the finest example of sartorial elegance on wheels, 500 of the city’s best dressed cyclists took a 15 mile, or so, tour around London’s most recognisable sites.
With a squadron of marshalls flying up & down the peloton to keep us safe at junctions we rode in a surreal yet dignified bubble of bell rings & cheers through some of London’s busiest streets.
We had a whale of a time, in fact, it’s was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had on a bicycle and was lovely to meet & chat with so many like-minded cyclists.
The Roadster was very well received too, so thank you all for your lovely comments.
Now, it’s just a shame it’s such a long wait until next year’s Run!
Bright & early at University College London
Some fine outfits & some even finer bicycles
A Sea of Tweed
Cyclists descend the steps of the Duke of York Memorial before the official photograph.
The the cap toss for the cameras – caught mid-throw. In front of a ever so slightly bemused crowd at the Duke of York Memorial steps.
Doing that most quintessential of English activities – politely queuing for cup of tea.
Catch the Pigeon
Lunchtime entertainment was provided by a musical trio which included a marvellous saw player. And the summer fête atmosphere was completed by a couple of fiendishly difficult games: Cordings‘ Pigeon Catcher and Sir Plus clothing’s croquet challenge.
Anything But “Ordinary’
A sight you don’t see every day on the streets of London – a Penny Farthing chained to a lamp post!