Suburban Assault

A Group Ride In Tweed

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Last Sunday, my wife and I joined Bike Friendly Oak Cliff’s first tweed ride. This was a first of many things for us. A first for us to ride with BFOC, a first for us to ride in a large group, a first for my wife to ride her new bike and a first for us to ride wearing tweed.

This was an interesting ride for me. I’ve seen pics of several other tweed rides and thought they looked fun, so I decided to join. My wife, wanting to break in her new bike, wanted to do the ride as well. The fun started when we spent some time searching for the proper attire. Tweed, at a reasonable price, is hard to find — but we enjoyed the hunt.

On the day of the ride, we joined the rest of the group as they gathered at the top of the Grassy Knoll, in downtown Dallas. We spent a some time checking out each other’s outfits and sharing stories as to how they were acquired. When the ride started, my wife and I stayed at the back of the group, hoping to not feel the pressure of being too rushed.

The group headed east on Ross Avenue towards the Arts District where we rode by the DMA, the Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theater. From there, we headed south on Pearl Street and then west on Main Street. On Main, we stopped off at the City Employee Credit Union for a group shot on the steps. After that, we continued down Main Street until we reached Houston Street. We took it south to access the Houston Street Viaduct which crossed into Oak Cliff. It was interesting yet kind-of sad to see the old Reunion Arena in a pile of debris.

As we rolled into Oak Cliff, a few of us got separated from the big group. This didn’t concern me since my wife knows her way around OC. We actually followed some folks who got off the planned route, but quickly negotiated a new detour to the Bishop Arts District.

At the Bishop Arts District, the group gathered in front of Eno’s Pizza and enjoyed refreshments while Matt Tolentino entertained us with his accordion. We stayed there for quite some time, taking pictures and meeting other cyclists. After that, some of the group stayed while the rest of us headed back to downtown Dallas.

Overall, it was a great ride. My wife and I really enjoyed meeting all the great folks who took part of the group and we hope to do it again.

Click here to see all my pics.

Written by dickdavid

November 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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  1. Wow! What a huge group!

    Thanks for the report. Maybe I should plan to do this next year…


    November 25, 2009 at 5:35 am

    • It was definitely geared for meeting some nice bike folks at the destinations instead the ride. With this many people, it was hard to keep tabs on everybody.


      November 25, 2009 at 10:29 am

  2. Thanks as well. It looks like the tweed made things even more fun?

    Steve A

    November 25, 2009 at 6:00 am

    • It was definitely different. Tweed or not, the spirit of the group is nice to embrace.


      November 25, 2009 at 10:30 am

  3. that is awesome!! so cool you + wife had fun, and look at that group, such a large outcome. thanks for sharing with us 😀 /meli


    November 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm

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