Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thu. February 12th, 2009 Tweed Ride

It’s about time our fair city celebrated the fine pleasures of Herringbone, Bow Ties, and Bicycles. We refuse to endure anymore spandex! Nor will we sully ourselves by “corking” — or whatever it is the kids call it these days. Our fine brethren in jolly old England really know how to sport a cap--so I say, so shall we!

Break out your dashing B. Spoke Tailors wool finery, smartly set that cap on your head, straighten your tie, and join us for a fine ride through the grand city of San Francisco!

We will sally forth from the gorgeous Dolores Park near the majestic bell at the 19th Street entrance. The ride will begin at 6:30 pm and from there we will peddle a winding course through the streets — waving to all the beautiful faces we see along the way.

Of course as it is February, it may be brisk out and maybe even a little wet, but your wool knickers, waxed cotton raincoats, and recycled wool armwarmers, legwarmers, and helme hats should keep you warm and dry. However, if the cold still seeps through never fear as our destination is Irish coffee at the marvelous Tosca Cafe.

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Pics from the London Tweed Run:

Sun. February 8th, 2009 B. Spoke Tailors at Temescal Farmers Market

B. Spoke Tailors will be at the Temescal Farmers Market this Sunday with new products!

We're excited to share the latest additions to our line with you--waxed cotton raincoats for men, and spats and helmet hats constructed out of recycled wool sweaters. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, & we're sure you'll love them, too!

As always, we'll also have our classic wool knickers, waxed cotton raincoats, vest packs, and recycled armwarmers available for purchase. With B. Spoke Tailors clothing and accessories, you and your loved ones will stay warm and dry on your winter rides--& look great doing it!

Sat. February 7th, 2009 East Bay Hills Mixed Terrain Alley CX

B. Spoke Tailors is proud to sponsor the East Bay Hills Mixed Terrain Alley CX. Join us this Saturday for 30 to 50 miles of roads and trails in the Oakland and Berkeley hills...

We have B. Spoke Tailors prizes for the top finishers! Winner will receive a pair of our wool knickers ($150 value); recycled wool armwarmers and legwarmers ($100 value) for 2nd place; and a recycled wool helmet hat ($60 value) for 3rd place.

Photo by Pamela Palma


11:30 am Registration starts at the northwestern corner of Lake Temescal. $5 includes registration, a route map, and food and refreshments (read: yummy BBQ & beer) at the end.
12:30 pm Ride starts. We expect the first riders to complete the route in about 2.5-3 hours.


By BART, exit Rockridge Station. Go to Broadway via Chabot Road or Keith Avenue. Ride up the hill to Lake Temescal. Turn right into the parking lot. We'll be set up somewhere on the lawn directly in front of you.
By car, park on Broadway if you want to save yourself some money.


Will I need to carry a bag for the ride?
No. However, if you want to bring a bag with a change of clothes or whatever else, we will have a bag check at registration.

Will I need a lock for the ride?
No. Unless you plan to leave your bike locked to a tree in the middle of the forest.

Well, if I don't need a bag and I don't need a lock, what do I need to bring?
  • A Bike - The route is about 50/50 road and dirt, so bring whatever bike you think is best suited for the conditions. Just keep in mind that the East Bay is very hilly and some of the trails may be muddy. Unless you're Adam (128), I strongly discourage riding a fixed gear without a front brake.
  • Layers - Depending on the weather, bring enough clothing to stay warm and dry throughout the race.
  • Water - Since the ride will take place in several regional and local parks with water fountains, water will be readily available. However, I recommend that you carry at least one water bottle to get through some of the drier sections.
  • Tools - While the route will never take you too far from civilization, I strongly encourage riders to bring at least a spare inner tube, patch kit, multi-tool and pump.

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Ride safe, and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday!