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Video and Photos from the Toronto Tweed Ride

This past Saturday was Toronto’s first Tweed Ride.

It was immensely successful (we estimated about 200 people showed up) and this will be an annual event. We kept hearing again and again how much fun everyone had and how they can’t wait until next fall when we do it all again (and hopefully bigger and even better).

If you missed the event (or even if you were there, looking dashing and lovely in your tweedy best), you’re probably interested in seeing videos and photos from the event. This post is for you.

Let’s start with a great video put together by Xander of 416CycleStyle: Tweedride Toronto on Queen St.

The next video is also from Xander… of the massive tall bike (complete with propeller) on the ride. :) It has a funky soundtrack, that somehow mashes Tweed with the 1970s. haha.

After the ride, we all stopped at Dovercourt House (on Dovercourt, north of Bloor) and parked our bikes at the BikeValet provided by the Toronto Cyclists Union and Autoshare, and proceeded to have dinner and a swinging 2-floor party.

Here’s a video of Tweedsters and Swing Dancers cutting a rug to “Sly Blue”, a swing band from NYC.

Finally, there are hundreds and hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos out there of the absolutely astounding fashion on the ride. Here’s a few from our TweedRideTO Flickr Group:

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If you’re looking for more photos, you can find them just about everywhere:

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We’re Extending Tweed Ride Registration!

Wow! The last few days have been amazing for registrations for the Tweed Ride!

It’s going so well, in fact, that we’ve decided to extend registration a little bit longer (making it easier for people to get the cheaper online rate of $15). IF there are any spots left on Saturday, it’ll be $20 for in-person registration (from 12 to 2:30 at the Trinity Bellwoods Park Gates), so it’s in your best interests to sign up online.

Our NEW Online Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 14, at 12 noon!

Remember, we’ll aiming to leave Trinity Bellwoods promptly at 3pm, so be sure and show up BEFORE 2:30 to get your ride packages, and hobnob and pontificate and conversate and take pictures with your fellow Tweed riders!

Useful things to bring is a teacup (we’re stopping for tea, of course) and a blanket (if you want to relax a bit during tea) as well as a bit of money. We’ll have a pay-what-you-can light informal dinner at our after-party, plus an amazing raffle for a Bobbin Bike courtesy of Curbside Cycle (pictured above).

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Help Promote the Toronto Tweed Ride

Volunteer Opportunities with the Toronto Tweed Ride

Thanks to all those who have offered to volunteer to help with the Toronto Tweed Ride taking place on October 15th, leaving the Trinity Bellwoods Park Gates (registration is open from 12:00 – 2:30 at the Gates that day, or you can register NOW online)

We’d like to ask once more for your help, this time to assist in promoting our Tweederific event to Torontonians. We’re looking for volunteers who are able to spare one, two, or three hours of their time to dress in tweed and help spread the word. To learn more, we will be having a special volunteer orientation on Tuesday September 27th at 6 pm at the ING Direct Cafe located at 221 Yonge Street (across from the Eaton Centre). If you are interested in helping out with this specific opportunity and are able to attend this orientation, please email: volunteer@bikingtoronto.com


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Toronto Tweed Ride announces first Contest!

We’re working furiously on the Toronto Tweed Ride (Sat. Oct. 15), and have announced our first contest, aimed at getting groups of friends / co-workers / neighbours registering in groups for the most stylish, most debonaire, and most fun event of the fall!

Via TweedRideToronto:

Contest #1: Tweam Captain Extraordinaire!

Hear ye, hear ye!

Gather your fellow tweedy friends! Be the first to register a Tweam of 10 people or more and the Tweam Captain will win a fabulous tweedalicious prize package consisting of a Basil Memories Basket, a Brooks D-Shaped Tool Bag, and a Yakkay Helmet!

Get started on your Tweed Ride “Tweam” by clicking here!

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Join BikingToronto on the Tweed Ride!

In case you don’t know, BikingToronto is bringing a Tweed Ride to Toronto on Sat. Oct. 15, and generous sponsorship by ING Direct is making it possible.

It’s going to be, quite frankly, amazing, with people dressing up in Tweed and other fashions of a bygone era, and riding through downtown Toronto, stopping for high tea, and ending it all with a big party.  It’s only $15.

One thing we’re allowing people to do is create “Tweams” (or Tweed Teams) to allow for friendly fundraising rivalries between groups of friends, groups of co-workers, or any other groups that form.

You can sign up to be a Tweam Captain on the registration site.

Or… if you’d like to join the BikingToronto Tweam I’ve set up, just click here.  Joining a team only costs you $10 instead of $15!

Want to know what a Tweed Ride is like? Check out these great videos:

Tweed Run London:

The Tweed Run from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.


Tweed Ride Victoria:

Victoria Tweed Ride 2011 from duncan gidney on Vimeo.

Tweed Ride D.C.:

Tweed Ride 2010 from Steven Greenstreet on Vimeo.

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