Last year was our third tweed ride in Albany. We had more than 70 people, including 3 children & a unicyclist. We had a handful of valiant marshals helping us through tricky intersections. We saw familiar faces, met new people, & laughed a lot.
Our designs have been “borrowed” by tweed rides in other cities. We have been interviewed for local newspapers & internationally known urban cycling magazines.
Perhaps we even made people think about riding a bike in new ways.
We consider this a success. If I may be allowed to say so, it was brilliant.
Alas, it is time to move on to other things.
I hope our riders do not abandon cycling in our fair city. It doesn’t have to be a big event. You don’t need a ride leader. You don’t need marshals. You don’t need posters or fliers or people harassing you about helmets. You just need some good people, some stylish bicycles, & somewhere fun to go.
In the absence of an official tweed ride, I encourage you to pick a Sunday in April, get dressed up nice, meet some friends, & ride somewhere for brunch.
Pretty excited about this year’s Cranksgiving ride. Ride around the city picking up food for people who need it? Yes yes. Last year it snowed. Read my blithering about last year’s ride here.
Word is there will be a tweed ride in Schenectady on Saturday, November 8th. Mark ye calendars!
Straight copypasta from the Albany Bicycle Coalition:
Round Trip Ride to Troy – 7th Annual Daily Grind Ride, Sat., 8/16, 10 AM – Sponsored by the Daily Grind Coffee Shops and the Albany Bicycle Coalition
It’s just a couple days away, so pump up those tires and appetite. Note various meet-up options
7th Annual Daily Grind Ride, Sat., 8/16, 10 AM (try to arrive by 9:30-9:45)
Annual Daily Grind-to-Daily Grind Ride via the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail will beSaturday, 8/16. The Daily Grind will once again offer 50% off on food/beverages at theTroy Shop.
– 9:30 AM – Meet on Lark St. – Albany Daily Grind Café, 204 Lark St. (427-0464).
– 10:00- Depart Lark St. – We’ll head to the Boat Launch area (under 787) at the Corning Preserve via city streets and pause for a few minutes for re-assembly and a photo op.
– We’ll next stop in Watervliet by the 787 underpass for a photo shoot on the banks of the Hudson – then off via the city streets of sunny Watervliet and the Green Island Bridge.
– Our destination is the Daily Grind Café in Troy (43 3rd St., 272-8658)
– The Troy Farmers Market runs from 9 AM to 1 PM.
– We’ll return by the same route or via B’way and Albany Rural Cemetery.
- You may join the ride at any of the locations cited above.
- Relaxed, causally paced ride.
- Riders of all abilities and ages welcome – including families.
- Water recommended and helmet suggested.
Sponsored by: Daily Grind Coffee Shops and the Albany Bicycle Coalition