Tweed Ride Comes to Northampton

Why should sci-fi and fantasy fans get all the costume play fun? Cycling’s hey days have some pretty nifty clothing styles, too.


My Columbia Sport III's ready to stroll.

Nothing could be finer than pedaling along in your tweeds. Unless of course you’re riding along in the company of other tweed-clad riders.

So tune up your three-speed bike because there’s a Tweed Ride happening in Western Massachusetts, and you don’t want to miss it. This email from Nicholas Horton has the details:

This years’ Tweed Ride to benefit The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2016!

Join Sweet Spoken for our second annual Spring Tweed Ride on Saturday, May 14th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week with your family and friends, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A fun, casual, social ride, participants will come dressed in traditional tweed, seersucker or similar attire, and are encouraged to bring along their vintage bicycles, though any bicycle is welcomed! Kids ride free, so bring the whole family!

We will meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:00 PM, and will set off on a leisurely paced, family-friendly ride along Northampton’s bicycle trail network, ending at Look Park.

There, Sweet Spoken will serve light refreshments, similar to an afternoon tea. New this year, we’ve added the option to purchase a delicious boxed picnic lunch from local farm-to-table caterer, Chanterelle-to-Go, if you need some more substantial sustenence after the ride!
We have set up the ride to benefit our local non-profit, Friends of Northampton Trails & Greenways (FNTG).

FNTG has done a tremendous amount over the years to support the improvement of our trail system for the residents and visitors of the Pioneer Valley, and this is our modest way to offer something back to them. Riders will be able to choose from our registration options, which offer a range of donation levels to FNTG, all of which include a complementary one-year membership. Visit for more information on the group.

Register at:

More info can be found at

Posted by: Nicholas Horton

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If your closet can’t provide the look you want, check out one of the local thrift stores. They’ve got plenty of wools and seersucker to choose from.

Even if you don’t have a vintage bike, come ride along, it could be quite fun. Hope to see you there.


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