2014 Sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsors who have donated the prizes for all of you to compete for. Yes, free things are quite motivational.

And, oh, the chances to win. You have so many options.

  • Best Dressed – Most Fetching Lady
  • Best Dressed – Dapperest Gent
  • Darby Raffle – 3 winners
  • Slow Bike Race

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Angry Catfish logo

Mend logo

 

Also, very generously being nice to Tweed Riders in so many ways: Dapper Dan Michael at Hidden Haberdashery and Jarrin at Eat Street Social. Thank you.

2014 MSP Tweed Ride Route & Itinerary

Tweed Ride 2014 Route
Here it is, Ladies and Gentlemen. A scenic route this year hits all your favourite high-class City of Lakes establishments for quality time with all your new friends. With only a few hills and following tried and true avenues, this route will charm seasoned riders and infrequent pedalers alike.

Meet at Lake Harriet Bandshell at half past 5 o′clock on Saturday the 11th. Look for other tweed-clad cyclists gathered in the bandshell at the northern end of the lake. Bring a thermos of tea or other libation to share with your new friends! After some mingling, and the requisite group photo(s) in this fine botanical and historical setting, we will depart at 6 o’clock SHARP.

And we’re off! A jaunt round the lake and then slightly east towards the charming establishment called the Eat Street Social, 18 West 26th Street, where the dandiest bartenders in town will have mixologied a special punch just for us tweed riders, and they put it on special at $5 per cup. A perfect way to prime the pump, as it were. Thanks to Jarrin at Eat Street Social.

We then head to the left a bit, to Heyday Eats, 2700 Lyndale Ave S, where vittles await to satiate our hunger and slake our great thirst.

Rolling downtown, we’ll tour the old warehouse district of Minneapolis and enjoy what the brewmasters have for us at the Fulton Brewery414 6th Ave North. Cult Collective will be distributing specially designed Tweed Ride spoke cards for every rider. But only one shall claim a bigger prize as the champion of the very special Happy Birthday, Dave Slow Bike Race. Rules to be explained, but a keen sense of balance is required for this athletics display. Also at Fulton, we’ll cast our votes for the Dapperest Gent and Most Fetching Lady contests. Nominate your chums, or a beautiful stranger, and give them three cheers as they vamp and dash about for your entertainment. Victors are awarded a bottle of whiskey!

A short jaunt across the bridge brings us to the New Bohemia, 233 E Hennepin Ave. You’ll enjoy das wurst und bier, New Bohemia boasts 36 revolving craft drafts and many many fresh sausages. Prost!

We shall cross the river, and stop for a spot of tea (or something stronger) on the Stonearch Bridge, spanning the Mighty Mississippi.

Heading back to high civilisation, the Dakota Jazz Club at 1010 Nicollet Ave is next and last on the agenda. The fusion of live musicians and electronic music by groovemasters James Patrick & DKO will surely encourage you to, ahem, git down. Note: There is a $7 cover for this stop.

Please note, this route is subject to change at a moment’s notice (especially the last stops) If you will be joining us later, please follow @MPLSTweedRide on twitter for real time location tweets.

As always, please do RSVP.

Woolen Inspiration

Looking for a little spark for your tweed ensemble this year? Perhaps a look back at some Rides of yore will lead you on to greatness.

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Dapperest Gent and Most Fetching Lady Champions of 2010 April Showers Edition. Oh, the pride.

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Tartan capes and smart suits are tres chic for mademoiselles.

Gabe Duba by Rachel Jean, on the Spring 2010 Tweed Ride

Pipes are always in good taste.

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It’s in the details.

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Good manners and handy multitools will take you places, young man.

If this sampling still leaves you craving more, please visit our reference pages for more on proper cycling etiquette, drink recipes, as well as the meaning of it all. 

Cheerio. See you shortly.

Enter the Darby Raffle

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Folks!! May I invite you to enter yourself now into the Darby Raffle? Tickets are a mere $10, and each ticket gets you a chance to win one of three prizes. Click HERE to purchase tickets, and just keep on clicking ‘add to cart’ for more and more and more prizes. It’s the tweediest, darby-est, super-est Tweed Ride yet.

A big thank you to our sponsors, Harmony Cycles, You + Me Shop, SCHÖN, Mend Provisions and MidNorth Mercantile. Please support them with your patronage.

Some photographs to entice you.

1st Prize in Darby Raffle from Harmony Cycles

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Schon Prizes in Darby Raffle

Happy Anniversary, Darling.

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We are five years old. In celebration of reaching such an advanced age, we are really pulling out the stops on this year’s ride. What’s under the Christmas tree, you ask? Oogle the following and prepare yourself for the sockdollager of the season. 

The generous sponsors of the 5th Annual Tweed Ride would like to extend their well wishes to the riders (you) and in so doing, have graciously donated their fine fine wares.

THE DARBY RAFFLE

Three tiers of goods, three chances to win with every ticket.

1st Prize – A brand-spankin’ new Bobbin Bicycle’s Daytripper, brought to you by Harmony Cycles. A’int she just the berries?

1st Prize in Darby Raffle from Harmony Cycles

1st Prize in Darby Raffle from Harmony Cycles

2nd Prize – Fashion Package from You + Me. Featuring beaut-i-ful swag from Minneapolis’ premier designers, You + Me will have you looking as sharp as Saville Row.

3rd Prize – Surprise Goodies from MidNorth MercantileSCHÖN, and Mend Provisions.

PRIZES FOR DAPPEREST GENT & MOST FETCHING LADY

Only the dandiest of dandies, the fribblest of fops, thee sharpest of snappy dressers will emerge victorious. This year, the stakes are the highest. Two fashion champions can expect the following:

Bragging rights, whiskey, AND $50 provided by Newcastle Brown Ale. (How’s that for motivation?)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL…

The organisers of the ride are continuing our quest for more goodies. Please check back for updates. There will be more for you, darling. All for you.

2013 MSP Tweed Ride Route and Itinerary

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MSP Tweed Ride 2013 Route

Click map to be redirected to an interactive route.

Here it is, Ladies and Gentlemen. A scenic route this year hits all your favourite high-quality City of Lakes establishments for quality time with all your new friends. With only a few hills and following tried and true avenues, this route will charm seasoned riders and infrequent pedalers alike.

Meet at Powderhorn Park at half past 5 o′clock on Saturday the 26th. Look for other tweed-clad cyclists gathered in the south-eastern corner of the park. Bring a thermos of tea or other libation to share with your new friends! After some mingling, we will depart at 6 o’clock SHARP.

And we’re off! A jaunt to Uptown towards the evergreen Muddy Waters Bar and Eatery at 2933 Lyndale for some fine gastronomic enjoyment on their beautiful patio.

Having satiated our hunger and slaked our great thirst, we shall tour Lake of the Isles, zip through Uptown to Loring Park. In this fine botanical and historical setting, we will pose for the requisite group photo(s). Once we’re tired of smiling, we’ll cast our votes for the Dapperest Gent and Most Fetching Lady contests. Nominate your chums, or a beautiful stranger, and give them three cheers as they vamp and dash about for your entertainment. Victors are awarded a bottle of whiskey and $50 each!

Rolling down Nicollet Mall, we’ll tour the old warehouse district of Minneapolis and enjoy what the mixologists have for us at the Marvel Bar50 2nd Avenue North.

We shall cross the river, and stop for a spot of tea (or something stronger) on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi.

Heading back to civilisation, Nye’s Polonaise at 112 East Hennepin Ave is next on the agenda. The sweet strains of polka and piano will surely encourage you to cut a rug.

A short jaunt downstream brings us to the Spooky Speakeasy at the Soap Factory. Where the Bittercube Boys and Northstar Bartender’s Guild sling damnably delicious spirits. Food Trucks, performance art, and live feeds of The Haunted Basement provide further entertainment.

Then onward toward the final stop at the Kitty Kat Club on 315 14th Avenue SE where DJs will spin only the finest dance music. Yes, darling, it’s aptly named: BLACKOUT.

Please note, this route is subject to change at a moment’s notice (especially the last stops) If you will be joining us later, please follow @MPLSTweedRide on twitter for real time location tweets.

As always, please do RSVP, and peek at our raffle prizes.

Highlights from 2012 MSP Tweed Ride

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Ahhh, the sweet sounds of autumn are ringing in my ears (if only the cicadas would pipe down). Some images of the 2012 Minneapolis Tweed Ride. Additionally, a first for us – a MOVING PICTURE by Matt Mead. Please enjoy.

The following stills are also from MiddleWestern. See the full album on Facebook and visit their Flickr feed.

Tweed Ride Minneapolis 2012

Tweed Ride Minneapolis 2012

Tweed Ride Minneapolis 2012

Tweed Ride Minneapolis 2012

Tweed Ride Minneapolis 2012

Prepare yourself, old chap. The 2013 Tweed Ride will soon be upon us.

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