The Big Apple Tweed Ride is a chance to throw off the jeans and give in to nostalgia. Riders will be dressed in tweed outfits reminiscent of an earlier era, and some will even be riding vintage bicycles. Fashion suggestions from the official Big Apple Tweed blog include gloves and dainty hats for the ladies and suspenders and pocket watches for the gentlemen. Photos from the first Big Apple Tweed Ride, which took place in May, can be found on the Big Apple Tweed blog for anyone who isn’t sure what they should wear. Riders are meeting at Grand Army Plaza by Prospect Park at 11 AM on November 21st to register for the event, and by noon will be off and riding. Last minute bicycle repairs will be offered at that time and again during the midway point stop.
Registration, which can also be done in advance, will in large part consist of accepting personal responsibility for any injury or accident that occurs during the ride, and promising not to leave the route. During the registration process it’s also possible to sign up to be the lead rider, the lag rider – to herd the strays – and “Petal Lass” to gently toss flower petals on the ground, among other positions. Any money raised during the ride will go to Virginia’s House of Hope, which provides help to families in need of basic necessities such as food and clothing.
A pit stop at The Brooklyn Circus will be made on the 2.6 mile ride. In addition to bike repairs photos can be taken and last minute fashion additions can be purchased from the specially discounted tweed pieces and accessories found at the store. From there it is straight on to Flatbush Farm for a classic British tea social with the not-so-classically British band The Scandinavian Half Breeds playing. Bikers, vintage fashion enthusiasts, fans of British culture and anyone with just looking for a good time should make a point of attending, tweed suit on and ready.