The Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride

March 18th, 2017

Etiquette & Apparel | The Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride

Etiquette

Some situations that I encounter repeatedly in our fair city. I am stopped at a red light when another cyclist blows passed me without a word of warning or greeting, & proceeds to wobble through the intersection despite traffic. Cyclists riding on sidewalks expect pedestrians to get out of their way, & when passing pedestrians do not ring a bell or call out a word of warning (the phrase “passing on your left”) & promptly startle the wits out of people. & don’t get me started on bike salmons riding without lights at night-not only illegal, dangerous, but hazardous to fellow cyclists.

One of the greatest aspects of riding a bike is your connection to the road. You are not locked away in a metal cage. You are not hidden behind tinted glass with your stereo up so loud you can’t hear anything going on outside your private protected world. When you ride a bike you are out there, in the real world, capable of being part of the experience instead of being apart from it. Keep that in mind, & remember that we all share the same roads. Tribes or no, human decency & common courtesy go a long way.


-from an issue of Urban VELO-

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And I know cars don’t drive around giving friendly toots of their horn each time they pass another car, is it really all that difficult to acknowledge another cyclist-another member of our tribe-out there on the street? I mean, we’re all doing our best to make it from point A to point B without becoming roadkill. Should we feel some sort of communal bond?

I can empathize. I try to ring a bell or wave to fellow cyclists on the streets. Sometimes I get zero acknowledgement. Sometimes I get the “who the heck are you?” look. Once in a while I will get a wave, & there are a few people who begin to recognize me day after day are happy to wave.
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Apparel

Proper Apparel
Now see here, proper attire is expected. The term "overdressed" does not exist in our vocabulary. One way to fit in regardless of how period correct your iron steed may be is to find yourself a bit of tweed to wear. Tweed is a traditional English outdoor sporting fabric commonly seen with a thick wool herringbone (chevrons or V’s) weave and often in earth tones. Nearly every outfit component and accessory can be found in tweed these days so in all likelihood you won’t have to look very far. Thrift shops and vintage clothing stores usually have a selection on their racks as do larger retailers around this time of year. Tweed suits, bowties, and jaunty flat caps are all encouraged. Perhaps a sneaky hip flask of sustenance for afterward.

Do your best for the highly prized Best Dressed Chap and Best Dressed Lass prizes. A small tip: we have found bowler hats a spot more aerodynamic than top hats.

No Lycra Please — We are pretending to be British!