Tweed Ride Rolls On In The Rain: Our Route

The Tweed Ride today and Tweed 2 tomorrow will roll even in the rain!

One word for riding in the rain: fenders! I just wish my bikergo had them but inventer Sascher is still working on them!

Meet 5:30pm Ventura Beach Promenade at California Street.

Start our First Friday ArtRide with a visit to the Artists Union Gallery.

Ride off into the sunset about 6pm. Your bike needs lights for this ride! Rain will determine our route.

If it’s not pouring, we’ll take the beach bike path around Surfer’s Point and along the Ventura River to Main. We’ll turn left at Ventura Avenue to visit a swarm of westside galleries if the weather holds.

If it’s raining, we’ll go straight to Bell Arts for “No War Stories – A Soldier Returns to Vietnam” with Moses Mora who will share his perceptions of the country forty years after he was there as a soldier as it is today, post war – a place of peace, progress and development  with photos of Vietnam on display by Raya Hayes-Mora.

Also near Bell Arts is VITA ART CENTER showing “The Games People Play” featuring work by Jennifer Guernsey, Amy Schneider, & Jill Shanbrom who produced a series of collaborative works, each piece based on a childhood game.

From the Westside, we’ll ride back to Main which we will cruise with possible stops at Red Brick and CSUCI galleries, then roll up Main to Ash where those of us who will cycle in Saturday night’s “Saints and Sinners” Fashion and Variety Show will rehearse for our part.

Next we’ll ride to the galleries on Laurel where we will enjoy beer from Anacapa Brewery (bring money to donate and your own cup please!), to hear Dew Wat’s Rite, and attend the closing reception at the Laurel Gallery for A Month with the Karen: A People’s Struggle Told Through the Eyes of a Missionary Photographs by Gordon Griffith.

On the way over there, some of us will stop at Mackenzie’s to pick up fish tacos and other culinary delights–there may even be 2 for 1 or other discounts for those who show in TWEED!

What To Wear for a Tweed Ride: TWEED!

I took a spin around the internet looking for examples of tweed to show you because for our next ride, we’d love to see you wearing TWEED!

That’s right, our first ArtRide of 2010, Friday February 5, is a tweed ride!

Dressing for a tweed ride seems harder that it really is because the thrift stores are FULL of wool tweedy looking jackets at 50c to $8. I even found a 44R full coat length real wool grey tweed coat for $8 at Goodwill. Lots of wool tweedy looking pants and skirts too! A dress shirt with a wool vest on top and some sensible shoes (leather) completes your ensemble. Pants too short? Turn them into knickers with some argyle socks or red ones like this chap!

Please no blue jeans, sneakers or lycra! At least wear brown! For night rides, everyone needs a headlight and a blinking red taillight. More blinky, LED & EL wire fun the better on any ride!

These Tweed photos came from here.

More links to fun Tweed photos:

Also pictured is the winner of “The Most Snappy Lass” contest from the Chicago Tweed Ride, from the blog, “Let’s GO Ride a Bike” where you’ll find more pictures from their Tweed Ride last spring.

We love having families on the ArtRides, but for safety sake, we have a few rules:

EVERYONE under 18 must have a helmet (that’s the law) and be with someone over 18.

NIGHT RIDES–children under 8 MUST ridealong with an adult. That means a bike seat, a trailerbike or in a trailer. Children should have a blinking tail light also.

DAY RIDES–children younger than 8 MAY ride without an adult at the adult’s discretion and with the ride leader’s approval.  You can ride with us when we are on a bike path or on the promenade; please do not try to ride with us downtown. Exceptions might be made for  6 and older experienced riders on geared bikes with good breaks.

PS Keep an eye out for bridal wear–up next is the Brides of March FFArtRide March 5 with a day ride TBA (March 13?)

Ventucky Tweed Ride Set for February 5

So what’s up after the Santacon Ride? How about–
Tweed Ride
Friday, February 5th,  2010

Yes, the ones in LA & SF & others around the world looked like so much fun we had to get in on the action! So start growing your msutache now & collecting your tweeds for our FIRST TWEED FFARTRIDE!

Meet 5:30pm
Artists Union Gallery, CA St & Ventura Beach Promenade
Ride 6pm
To Art Studios & Galleries
Socialize 8pm
Laurel St. Gallery

Join Dapper Lads & Lasses
in finest tweeds & gowns
for a jolly ride about town
on our two-wheeled steeds!

Prizes for Dandies dressed most ingeniously!
Bring your own device for portage of libations & money for hooch.
No lycra, jeans, or modern garb on this ride please!
We ride every First Friday!

PS If you noticed that we’ve not put up a notice about the Jan. 1 Ride that’s because we haven’t noticed anyone stepping up to “lead” it…Bikergo Gal will let ya’ll know what’s up, but can’t make that ride herself!

And if you have suggestions for March 5, let us know! We’d like to do an Aeolian Ride but need to get some funding for it…