Monday, April 11, 2011

Hot and Covered...Ladies, Gentlemen, TWEED RUN 2011!!!

‘The third annual
2011 London


Ladies, Gentlemen,

The third annual 2011 London Tweed Run will be held on 9 April. This friendly 10 mile jaunt around the Capital will take in London’s famous sites –– including St Paul’s, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Savile Row –– with a stop for a spot of tea, and ending with a bit of a knees-up out Shoreditch way.


The ride will benefit Bikes4Africa, our designated charity. There’ll be more announcements as the day gets closer. I do hope you can make it.

(this year’s brilliant poster by Zoë Barker)



- Tweed Run 2011 -
"in Huntsman shooting suit"

It wasn't what this shooting suit was designed, cut or bought for, but it turns out the waistcoat and plus-fours are extremely practical for cycling. The plus-fours are high enough on the waist to cover the shirting at your back even when riding. And the suit is rather appropriate, given it was being worn at the annual Tweed Run - sponsored by Huntsman.

The Tweed Run has been going for three years now and raises money for the charity Bikes4Africa. It involves a 10-mile ride through London's busiest streets, including a saunter down Savile Row and a tea break in Lincoln's Inn Fields. There are penny farthings, impressive moustaches and an all-pervading atmosphere of British civility.

It steps way over the line from style into costume. But there doesn't mean there weren't touches of flair in the shooting socks and action backs. Even Ewan McGregor's pattern matching was pretty good.

Photographs are, unsurprisingly, by the wonderful Andy Barnham. Sorry about the last one. He does seem to bring out the poser in me.

Shirt, Turnbull & Asser; cashmere tie, Kiton; bike, Condor Fratello with Brooks tape, saddle and saddle bag.

Special Thanks post by



"A metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style!"

the portastylistic

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