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Sydney Tweed Ride

Allow your mind to boggle with the sartorial splendour of traditional British cycling attire at the Tweed Ride.
By Hilary Simmons
July 27, 2011
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By Hilary Simmons
July 27, 2011
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The sartorial needs of Sydney will be met this Sunday at the third annual Tweed Ride. A metro bicycle ride with a bit of stiff-upper style, the Tweed Ride is a leisurely jaunt through the streets of Sydney and a jolly good excuse to overuse the words 'tally forth', 'ol’ sport', and 'Michael Caine'.

The ride will sally off at Town Hall and finish in an undisclosed location with a picnic, plenty of fun competitions (like the "most elegant tea and saucer race"), and prizes for the best dressed, best cucumber sandwiches, and best couples' promenade. Classic vintage bicycles are encouraged, Ascot scarves are desirable, and gentlemen, if you have a hirsute appendage of the upper lip with graspable extremities, remember that nothing becomes a cyclist better than a well-styled handlebar and goatee.

If you are unhappily unable to dig out adequate amounts of tweed by Sunday, the pop-up tweed outfitters store will be replete with second-hand tweed goods, and Susan from Rocket Fuel Custom Vintage will play hoity-toity stylist. So practise your plummy accent, don your flat cap and riding britches, and allow your mind to boggle with the sartorial splendour of traditional British cycling attire at the Tweed Ride.

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