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I've read here about folks who would like to come to the Lake Pepin 3 speed tour, but getting their bike here was an obstacle. A few people have aranged to borrow a bike from local riders and flew in, sometimes with their favorite Brooks saddle. Let me know if you are interested.

Most of us British bike lovers in the the Twin Cities have taken that whole N+1 thing way too seriously. And we've all put bigger cogs on our Sturmey Archer hubs, for the Bay City Hill.

It's not about the tweed.
The only rule is "No Lycra".
But I've had people tell me they would like to do the ride, but they don't have the wardrobe.
If you look at the photos you might get the impression it's a Tweed Ride. It's because those dressed like real people don't get photographed. There was no Tweed on the first tour. It's mostly the Chicago crowd that gets all dressed up.

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And we've all put bigger cogs on our Sturmey Archer hubs, for the Bay City Hill.


Oh, the Bay City Hill ain't so bad! Look at the smile on GravelDoc's face!


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It's not about the tweed. The only rule is "No Lycra". But I've had people tell me they would like to do the ride, but they don't have the wardrobe. If you look at the photos you might get the impression it's a Tweed Ride. It's because those dressed like real people don't get photographed. There was no Tweed on the first tour. It's mostly the Chicago crowd that gets all dressed up.


Wait, are you saying you aren't a "real person" if you wear Tweed? Them's fighting words around here, Mark! [mad]

Anyways, I wouldn't say it's just the Chicago crowd that gets dressed up. It's at least 60-75% of the participants these days. Yeah, there are people that wear what they normally do, like this:



But there is some degree of dress up. But like I have said before, you don't have to dress up if you don't want to, no one is going to give you grief.

But it's not like Tweed jackets aren't cheap and plentiful at your local Goodwill! [wink]

-Shawn, who will be wearing some bit of Tweed, but is not coming from Chicago.

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I just didn't want anyone else to think that dressing up like someone from a different time and a different climate was a prerequisite for attending.

The intent of the 1st 3ST was simply camaraderie, on bikes that would ensure a leisurely pace.  

I did the 1st 8 or 9 3STs, but my neck is only good for about 30 miles now. Maybe I should go back to riding this slightly modified Ladies 1964 Raleigh Sport.
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Wheels and fenders are from a Raleigh Twenty and a Raleigh built Moulton Mk III


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Oh, the Bay City Hill ain't so bad! Look at the smile on GravelDoc's face!






Now I have that Bay City Rollers song stuck in my head! Saturday Night...they were British...Tartan is ok too?
Is that a Towel that Graveldoc is getting ready to throw in?

Who is coming up behind him?

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Towel, eh?  That would have been helpful!  Actually, 'tis my cycling cap.  Just cheering through another year of surviving "the hill"!  The other gent?  Dunno.
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I just didn't want anyone else to think that dressing up like someone from a different time and a different climate was a prerequisite for attending.


I do understand what you meant by that. I just took more umbrage with the "real people" comment, which makes it sound like wearing Tweed makes one lesser and "not real". For some people, to be a "real bike person", you have to swathe yourself in Lycra and logos. And that's a lot of group rides. I'd rather go on a ride that encourages people to dress up in "old timey" clothing than Primal Wear.

As for "different climate", last year at Pepin we were greeted to at/near freezing temps in in the morning. Wearing a Tweed jacket is pretty climatically appropriate in that circumstance! [biggrin]

Okay, one last note on Tweed. Here's a vid from 1936 featuring celebrated British cyclist Evelyn Hamilton. She's wearing Tweed (and riding a drop-bar bike) around the 10 second mark. And she'd ride circles around any of us here!

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I did the 1st 8 or 9 3STs, but my neck is only good for about 30 miles now. Maybe I should go back to riding this slightly modified Ladies 1964 Raleigh Sport.
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Wheels and fenders are from a Raleigh Twenty and a Raleigh built Moulton Mk III


YES! Bring that this year![love]

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I've read here about folks who would like to come to the Lake Pepin 3 speed tour, but getting their bike here was an obstacle. A few people have arranged to borrow a bike from local riders and flew in, sometimes with their favorite Brooks saddle. Let me know if you are interested.


Ironically enough...
Mark, don't know how often you look at the Gentlemen Cyclist list, but someone just asked about a three speed loaner for Pepin.

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Here's a vid from 1936 featuring celebrated British cyclist Evelyn Hamilton. She's wearing Tweed (and riding a drop-bar bike) around the 10 second mark. And she'd ride circles around any of us here!


WOW!, that video is so cool, further on, it appears to be maybe the first YouTube style messenger death ride!
Skitching, running stop lights, cutting off cars...

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