North West Velo Fest Tweed Ride 6.30pm 12th June 2013

Kieran and The Spokes have organised a Tweed Ride as part of the North West Velo Fest. Meet outside Manchester Town Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday June 12th, the ride will end at the Horse & Jockey in Chorlton.

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On your marks, get prepped… GO!!!!

Happy new year, lady and gentlemen tweedsters! In a bid to shake off the last of our post-festive season ennui, we’ve chalked up a date for another Tweed Ride. Once again, we will follow on from the Wheelers’ Brunch, so push-off time will be 2pm on Saturday 26 January 2013. Obviously, if you want some nose bag, you can join them from 12 noon! The start venue is Home Sweet Home on Edge Street in the Northern Corner, so start prepping your outfits and pimping your wheels…

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Time for Tweed! Ride this Saturday 6/10/2012 from 2pm…

Pip pip! It’s time to dig out your tweeds, we’re having another of our leisurely tweed rides this Saturday afternoon, the 6th of October. As ever, other clothing options are available, we think it’s more about the attitude than the attire.

The ride will start at the White Lion, Castlefield, M3 4NQ. It’s located between MoSI and the roman fort, and they have an outdoor seating area which is now covered. We’ll meet from 2pm, departing around 2.30pm for another gentle pootle around Manchester.

We’ll start by heading into central Manchester, taking in some of our fine ctiy’s well known places of interest and visiting some of the quirkier little gems too. Then we’ll head south past the University and through Rusholme so we can end the ride at the wonderful Victoria Baths… where there just so happens to be an Independent Beer Festival from 5.30pm until late! Entrance is £9+bf in advance or £11 on the door, but this includes a souvenir glass and some tokens. If enough people are interested I can ask the Friends of Victoria Baths if they can securely accommodate our steeds.

Return directions will be provided for those who wish to head back into central Manchester from Victoria Baths (or mid-ride if needed). The proposed route can be explored online here, or viewed below. Click on image to view full sized version.

Please get in touch using the contact form if you’re thinking about joining us this weekend, hope to see you then!

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Picnics and plus-fours: report from June’s Tweed Ride

It’s been just over a week since Manchester’s most recent Tweed Ride, on Saturday 16 June. We gathered in all our finery on the station platform at the Museum Of Science & Industry (pictured below), where there was a vintage bike picnic underway and the tables were set with pretty checked cloths and vases of flowers. A reporter from BBC Radio Manchester recorded a few interviews and folk tucked into dainty sandwiches and gin and tonics.

Start as you mean to go on, and after a few test rides on the veteran bikes, including a penny farthing, the Tweed Ride set off, bound for the King’s Arms in Salford, where we garnered more support. Back outside, the conditions had turned rather brisk, but we’re made of stern stuff, so we drove through the drizzle to the Northern Quarter for a restorative pint of ale (men) and glass of white wine (ladies) in Common. Here our ranks were swelled by a couple of Tweed Ride regulars, although when it was time to head over to PopUpBikes via Angel Meadow Park, the Manchester spritz had put a few people off continuing further, so the final line-up did diminish somewhat.

Hey-ho, there was a brilliant turnout throughout the afternoon and everyone had made a stirling effort, with tweed jackets a-go-go, plus-fours, Argyle socks, caps and hats, pocket handkerchiefs, silk scarves and seamed tights all on show.

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Saturday June 16th, MoSI Bike Picnic and 2012 Tweed Ride

Pip pip! Hope you’re ready for a bike picnic and tweed ride…

The Museum of Science and Industry are holding their annual Bike Picnic this Saturday from noon to 3pm. We plan to meet there from noon and depart at 2.30pm for a gentle potter around Manchester (and a bit of Salford!) with several refreshment stops en-route.

Map of Tweed Ride route for Saturday 16th June 2012

We’ll start the day with a picnic and some bike chat at…

1. MoSI Bike Picnic, Museum of Science & Industry, M3 4FP, from noon – 3pm. Last year’s was held in the Station Building (head straight on from the entrance for approx 100yds).
We’ll depart around 2.30pm travelling via Spinningfields and the new bridge across the Irwell to…

2. The Kings Arms, Salford, M3 6AN. A real ale pub with regular live entertainment, now run by keen cyclist Paul Heaton. Paul won’t be able to greet us as he’ll be cycling from Cornwall to Devon as part of his 50:50 spring tour “to celebrate the art of cycling”. Yummy calories available by way of the vegan cakes at the punk fair.
From here we’ll travel through Salford to Manchester Cathedral and then…

3. The Crown & Anchor, 6 Cateaton Street, M3 1SQ (or similar, nearby)
Then via St Ann’s and Piccadilly Gardens to…

4. The Norther Quarter – exact venue TBC.
Then a short journey by the new Co-op building and on to…

5. Angel Meadow Park. We’ll end the ride at the with a visit to Pop Up Bikes (Café) or The Marble Arch (Pub), or both!

Send a message via our contact form if you want any more info or a mobile number to help you meet us en-route.

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Vintage Cycle Ride and Clarion Exhibition Sunday 26/2/2012

This free event has been organised as part of the Manchester Histories Festival which runs from February 24th to March 4th 2012.

On Sunday the 26th of February there are morning rides into Manchester from Bolton, Sale and Stockport. Then at noon the group of veteran and modern cyclists will ride from Manchester to Salford, where there’s an exhibition of Clarion history.

Meeting Points:
Bolton – Meet at Bolton Town Hall. Postcode BL1 1RU.
Sale – Meet outside the Waterside Arts Centre. Postcode M33 7ZF. Map.
Stockport – Meet at junction of A6 (Wellington Road North) and Bowerfold Lane (at the corner of Safestore). Postcode SK4 2LS.

Leaving Bolton at 9.30am (meet at 9.00am)
Leaving Sale at 10.40am (meet at 10.30am)
Leaving Stockport at 10.00am (meet at 9.30am)
Leaving People’s History Museum at 12.00 noon. Map.
Exhibition at the Working Class Movement Library. Map.

More info:

Hope to see you there…

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The Winter Washout!

A brief report on the winter washout ride from December…

It was a very wet day but several hardy souls braved the weather and pedaled out into the mist.  A handful of riders assembled at the start point – some made this their only pub of the day and then returned home, the more adventurous headed down the Fallowfield Loop to meet 3 of us in Chorlton. After a drink or two we gave up waiting for a break in the weather and headed out again anyway, a short ride to the next pub by a rather full River Mersey. From there we thought better of venturing further afield so headed back to Chorlton for warm food and some more drinks.

After the ride we learned that some riders had visited one of the later pub stops, and that the lanes from Northenden to Didsbury were flooded so may have curtailed our trip anyway! Let’s hope the heavens offer more clement conditions for our next outing…

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“Winter Warmer” Social Ride, Fri 30th Dec 2011

We’ve organised a social ride around South Manchester for this Friday, the 30th of December 2011, travelling mostly on quiet roads and traffic free NCN routes. Please meet at The Friendship Inn Fallowfield M14 6XS for a noon departure.

Map of Winter Warmer Social Ride 30/12/2011

Click on image for high-resolution version.

You can also download a PDF of the map, or browse it online.

We’ll use the traffic free Fallowfield Loop cycle route to ride to Chorlton for our first refreshment stop of the day. From here we’ll ride to Jackson’s Boat on the banks of the Mersey in Sale, then use the Trans Pennine Trail to get to Northernden, and from there we’ll head over Simon’s Bridge to Didsbury. The paths in the Mersey Valley are of a high quality, but please be prepared to encounter the odd puddle. Our next stop is Burnage, where there’s Sun in September – let’s hope it stays sunny in December too!

Remember your lights as the last 2 legs will be in the dark, initially using the roads to Levenshulme before rejoining the FLoop for our last leg to Fallowfield, returning there around 5.30pm. All of the journeys will take approx 15 mins, cycling at a leisurely pace.

As usual, tweeds are optional – it’s more about the attitude than the attire!

If this will be your first social ride with us please get in touch using our contact form so we can swap mobile numbers in case of any problems on the day. Hope to see you on Friday….

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“Last of the Summer Time” Report

As usual, we assembled outside the Whitworth Art Gallery ready for a 2pm departure…

We headed through Whitworth Park and along some quiet back roads into Platt Fields…

Eagle-eyed viewers might notice some off-road riding in the picture above. That’s Mr Adam exerting himself in the style of Mr Cavendish, to get ahead for the next shot…

Top speedy-cycling and rock-steady photo capturing skills Sir!

More of Mr Adam’s excellent snaps can be found here.

Despite the cooler day and cloudier skies we enjoyed the company of twice as many riders as our first tweed ride – thanks to everyone who attended:

From here we pedalled gently towards central Manchester, via a few hostelries of course.

Again we gained a rider en-route – a young chap who promptly nipped home to retrieve an old bike from his shed upon which he joined us for a drink and some bike chat.

A couple of people have requested another ride before February/March, so how about a winter warmer ride on Friday 30th December, departing from The Friendship Inn (Fallowfield, M14 6XS) at 1pm, returning there around 5.30pm ?

I’ve planned a circular route that includes 6 pub stops – click on the thumbnail for more detail. Please get in touch if you want to suggest other routes or dates, or to confirm your attendance. See you on the next ride…

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“Last of the Summer Time”, Manchester Tweed Ride, Saturday October 29th 2011

Greetings Chaps and Chapesses,

This Saturday sees the second of our Tweed Rides taking to the streets of Manchester, for our final outing of the year on the final day of British Summer Time.  “A minimum exertion bicycle ride for people with a bit of style” (Tweed optional – it’s more about the attitude than the attire!)

We’re going to meet at the Whitworth Art Gallery for a 2pm departure. The gentle ride will take us around some of Manchester’s finer locations, with several opportunities for refreshment stops en-route.

The Wheelers’ Brunch group will be meeting at The Whitworth’s Gallery Café from 12 noon for snacks and chats – I recommend arriving early to sample the award winning food and meet some friendly, like-minded people.

The ride will end in central Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, which gives us the opportunity to sample some of the Society of Independent Brewers’ wares at their Great Northern Beer Festival. As well as the liquid refreshments on offer, there will be musical entertainment from the tweed-tastic Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band. There is a small entry charge for this event at the Ramada/Mercure hotel, but I’m sure it will be good value at £2/£3.

There’s a map below. Please get in touch if you can suggest a more interesting route from the Universities to Castlefield. I’d like to include the Hulme Arch but it can get awkward negotiating with motor traffic at the bottom of Deansgate.

See you on Saturday…

Click for zoomable online map...

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