Enthusiasm for 19th century culture is spilling over from the world of high fashion and the political sphere, and invading popular culture. The Big Apple Tweed Ride this November, is a celebration of the late 1800s cycle culture and fashion.
Participating riders dress in vintage attire, knee-high socks, Gatsbys, flat caps, and tweed vests and ride through Brooklyn on vintage-looking bicycles. This year’s tour starts at the Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park and winds its way leisurely through Park Slope and into Boerum Hill.
Besides the slow-paced cycling tour of the borough and a stop for a spot of tea, there are awards and prizes for the Most Distinguished Chap, Most Ravishing Lady, Most Magnificent Steed, Most Breath-taking Accessory, and Most tweed Spirited Lad or Lass.
Tweed-inspired bicycle events have sprung up across the United States in recent years. There are events in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
For more information on the groups events and celebration of 19th century bicycle culture, visit their website. The link is below.