Get out your knickerbockers and dust off that penny-farthing, the first “tweed” bicycle ride in the city is coming to Brooklyn.
On May 23, hipsters, fashion-conscious cyclists, and retro-riders of all types will flock to Prospect Park in old-timey clothes and mounted on old-school bikes for a leisurely morning cruise to Fort Greene.
“Whether you ride a bike, or are a fashionista, or just like taking cool pictures, you’re invited to the party,” said “Lady Bird,” one of the coordinators of the event who preferred to be identified by her tweed pseudonym.
The tweed movement began in London last year when a group of dapper gents and lovely ladies decided to dress up and cruise on their bicycles — preferably vintage ones. Since that first event, the movement has spread like wildfire, and “tweed rides” have taken place in Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and elsewhere.
Now, Brooklynites will be able to doff their caps at onlookers as they ride, and occasionally stop at restaurants along the way for tea (spiked if you so please) and perhaps an English breakfast.
Lady Bird said her group had secured the commitment of one eatery, Kif Restaurant on DeKalb Avenue between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi Street, to receive the riders after their jaunt, and that bartenders will dress the part as well.
As for the dress code, there are no requirements, and all are welcome — but recognize that style is key, as Lady Bird explained.
“No Lycra, no Velcro — a mustache is always good,” Lady Bird said. “Brown loafers, argyle socks, frilly blouses, suspenders and a crisp white shirt — oh, and hats with feathers, that’s the epitome of bike riding vintage.”
Tweed Bike Ride will start near Prospect Park on May 23 at around 10:30 am. To find out the departure location, you must register in advance at www.bigappletweed.com.