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Photos of the Toronto Tweed Ride

Posted by Derek Flack / October 17, 2011

Toronto Tweed RideCurious onlookers were treated to the sight of some damn fashionably dressed cyclists on Saturday as the Toronto Tweed Ride took to the streets in celebration of cycling culture and to raise money for Bikes Without Borders. Inspired by 2009's Tweed Run in London, the local event witnessed scores of cyclists embark on a leisurely tour of the city's downtown core, including a pass near St. James Park, where the Occupy Toronto protest continues to take place (there was no affiliation between the two events).

The weather wasn't particularly cooperative, as a light drizzle came down during much of the ride, but that, somehow, made the participants look all the more dignified in their throwback attire. If you squinted — I mean really squinted — you might have imagined that you were in the London of the 1920s. These riders made for a strange sight, to be sure, but in the best possible way. Who, after all, wants to see more spandex-clad cyclists? This was a nice change!

PHOTOS

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto tweed ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

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Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed Ride

Toronto Tweed RidePhotos by Ross McAuley

Discussion

11 Comments

omglol / October 17, 2011 at 10:51 am
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people still ride pennyfarthings?!? WHERE do you even get them from..shocked and amazed
MrPotato / October 17, 2011 at 10:53 am
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Let me know when you drop the "T" and I'll be there!
agentsmith / October 17, 2011 at 10:59 am
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There's a very disappointing lack of epic moustaches in those pics.
Isabel / October 17, 2011 at 11:11 am
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What is the material you used for the armbands? And how did it work? With a safety pin? We are organizing the first Tweed Ride in Madrid http://madridcyclechic.blogspot.com/p/1-tweed-ride-madrid.html and it would really help us!! Thanks!!
Doesn't fit in / October 17, 2011 at 11:12 am
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Wow, you'd think that only white and asian people ride bicycles...

Anunu / October 17, 2011 at 11:18 am
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I love the look of it all and am totally pro-cyclist, but all the riders and so few helmets?! Bad news.
Khristopher / October 17, 2011 at 11:21 am
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What a weird city we live in! Haha. I appreciate the differences and unique interests we all have, but wtf?
Mike replying to a comment from MrPotato / October 17, 2011 at 11:27 am
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Why would there be an "Oronto Tweed Ride"?
drop the t replying to a comment from Mike / October 17, 2011 at 11:47 am
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He/she meant "Weed Ride"
Duh replying to a comment from Mike / October 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm
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HAHAHAHA
Woosh / October 17, 2011 at 01:07 pm
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Whoosh!

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