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The Tweed Ride Toronto Press Release and Photos!

You may have already gleaned this from past entries, but for the past few months, BikingToronto has been working to bring Toronto a Tweed Ride on Sat, Oct. 15!

Here is our press release, as well as some fabulous photos of dapper Mayor Miller (yes, it’s still appropriate to call him Mayor, etiquette-wise, I’ve been told), cycle-goddess Yvonne Bambrick, the always stylish Casie Stewart, and others.

(ps. register for the ride HERE. It’s $15 and worth every penny.  You’ll see why in the description below!)

Party Like It’s 1899!

Tweed Ride Toronto to Celebrate Fashion, Cycling and a Bygone Era

Sep. 10, 2011 (Toronto, ON) BikingToronto.com is proud to announce Tweed Ride Toronto, the most dashing and fashionable cycling event to hit Toronto streets in decades.

On Saturday October 15th, over 400 participants will take part in the first annual Toronto Tweed Ride. Cyclists, dressed in their finest tweeds and old-time clothes, will leisurely take in some the city’s finest landmarks, break for high tea with renowned cycling co-operative Urbane Cyclist, and end the day with a jumping two-floor big band party.

Tweed Rides are a worldwide phenomenon, started in London in the fall of 2009 as “Tweed Run London.” This past year London registration sold out in seven minutes with more than 500 participants and celebrities such as Ewan MacGregor taking part.  Similar rides have taken place in New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and other locations.

Any efforts made to recreate the spirit of a bygone era will be appreciated, and while all bicycles are acceptable, Penny Farthings are especially welcome.

Prizes (including Brooks saddle bags) will be awarded in several categories, including Most Distinguished Chap, Most Lovely Lady, and Most Awe-inspiring Moustache.

Tickets cost $15, and include ride, swag bag, high tea, a light dinner and party.

Participants are encouraged to do additional fundraising, and each participant who raises $1500 or more will receive a free Bobbin bike (courtesy of Curbside Cycle).

The event is sure to be a sellout, so get your tickets early!
 

Remember… Rock Out with Your Tweed Out!

 

 

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Photo: Don Cherry’s Pink Pashley Bike from Curbside

After Don Cherry’s weird and ranty “Pinko” comments at City Hall last week, Curbside Cycle decided to give him a pretty pink bike.  We’ve found a photo for you:

Gillian Goerz, sales manager at Curbside Cycle shows off the pink Pashley bicycle intended for Don Cherry

[Photo from West Annex News]

Also, Curbside wants to custom paint the fenders for Don, and wants you to help pick the design:

Help us choose the pattern for his custom painted bike fenders generously offered by Noah at Velocolour.

We’ve selected a lush array of Cherry’s suit patterns for you to choose from. What should it be!?!

Go to Curbside’s Blog to take part in their poll.

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Curbside Cycle wants to give Don Cherry a Pink Bike

There’s a lot of great stuff coming out of this whole Don Cherry / Rob Ford / Pinko thing.  The shirts we made (which are proving *very* popular!), the buttons Spacing is producing are seemingly just the beginning.

Curbside Cycle is giving Don Cherry the opportunity to *literally* back-pedal by giving him him a custom painted Pashley… a PINK one, of course!

People ride because cars can no longer keep their promise of freedom and autonomy, the bicycle can.  You see, we don’t like the gravy train anymore than those folks in “Ford country”, but you may be surprised by how many Ford supporters ride around each day by bicycle. In other words, the stereotype isn’t particularly helpful and certainly doesn’t unify a city in desperate need of a diverse transportation solution.

So we’d like to take a little egg off your face and allow you to (literally) do a bit of backpedalling. We’d like to give you a bicycle. In a blushing shade of ironic pink, this bike will be customized to your own remarkable style. The bike will be a Pashley from the United Kingdom, a company that has been producing real city bikes for 80 years, and the details will be custom painted by Noah Rosen of Velocolour.  We’re asking the city to choose their favorite Don Cherry pattern (below) whether it be be a Plaid, a floral, or what-have-you. And we’d like you to come by, pick it up in person, and go for a latte with us.

Read the full letter on the Curbside website.

What else can we give Don to thank him for giving us a symbol to rally behind?

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