Wisconsin's first Tweed Ride Today

For a few years now tweed rides have been in vogue in bike friendly cities across the country, but for some reason Wisconsin has been tweedless.  That is until today. Casey, from Milwaukee’s fashion forward Bay View neighborhood, has put together Milwaukee’s first ride featuring the original sporting fabric.

Sir Casey, our organizer, looks every bit the Country Squire next to his iron horse.

Tweed is a made from the wool of sheep raised in the remote corners and isles of western Scotland. For instance Donegal Tweed is woven in the town of Donegal.  Harris Tweed was woven in the town of Strond on the Isle of Harris by the “Paisley Sisters” for the Countess Lady Catherine Herbert.  The Countess was responsible for popularizing the beautiful fabric with the landed gentry and inner circles of Queen Victorias court. For years since has been the choice of outdoorsmen because it is water-resistant and hard-wearing.

While the high-quality Scottish tweeds are still produced, they are very dear and out of the price range for most commoners in my circles.  Luckily anyone can look like a country squire for just a few bucks because you can find inexpensive tweed look-alike jackets, pants, and vests in thrift stores and discount stores everywhere.

So if you don’t already have a tweed jacket or cap, run out to Value Village or Goodwill and pick one up and head down to Sven’s Cafe’ for Milwaukee’s inaugural Tweed Ride in Bay View. I’ll be there.

 

 

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

3 thoughts on “Wisconsin's first Tweed Ride Today

  1. “Bicycling Backwards” is oriented toward English bicycles with the invitation to wear tweed or what was contemporary with the bike at time of manufacture. Since I ride a 2010 English tricycle clothing options are up to me but I wore a tweed sport coat and denim jeans as it was brisk that day.

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