Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gear up for this tweed ride

By Adam Warner

Get out your 19th-century knickers, gloves and shirtwaists — it’s time for the Tweed Ride.

In May, organizers of the first throwback bike ride drew more than 100 riders, most gussied up in their old-school finery as they competed for “awards” such as “Most Distinguished Lad,” “Most Ravishing Lass,” and “Most Magnificent Steed” (a reference to the bike).

It was so successful that aficionados decided to bring it back, perfectly timed to catch the fin-de-siecle fall foliage.
“We’re like a moving time machine that is paying homage to a timeless period and having fun doing it,” said Tweed Ride organizer, Maude Delice — or, as some know her, Lady Gray.

The journey will begin in Grand Army Plaza and continue through Park Slope before finishing at Flatbush Farm, a restaurant at Sixth Avenue, where riders will be able to refuel with an Old English style brunch and live music.
It’s like a posh Halloween in November!

Tweed Bike Ride [meet in Grand Army Plaza, Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (646) 263-4520], Nov. 21 at 11 am. $20 (suggested donation for House of Hope). For info, visit


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