How to Organize Your Own Themed Group Bike Ride

D.C.'s Seersucker Social Ride

Last weekend, D.C. held it annual Seersucker Social Ride, a procession of bow ties, suspenders, and ironic smugness that ends with ironic lawn sports and twee drinks at a historic mansion across town. But for those who couldn’t make it (pics here, shopping guide here), Portland’s Neighborhood Notes has a guide to planning your own themed group bike ride:

The first step in planning a group bike ride is to come up with a theme and a route. Think of it as an opportunity to show off the places you love and to share your expertise or passion for a certain subject. “I love rides that are just simple and about fun or learning something,” says Bye, who has led over two dozen Museums by Bike rides.

Portland being the hip hamlet that it is, boasts the annual Pedalpalooza, “2+ weeks of bikey fun” with 237 events including tandem bike rides, a Star Wars vs. Star Trek ride, something called the “dead baby ride,” and a “tour de Franzia,” which I assume involves drinking a lot of boxed wine. There’s even a “nekkid ride,” because bike seats aren’t uncomfortable enough with clothes on.

Of course, San Francisco has sported its own popular naked ride for some time. In D.C., the same people who organize the seersucker ride each Spring offer a Tweed ride in the Fall:

Dandies & Quaintrelles (est. 2009), a Washington, DC based social group, organizes and hosts vintage-inspired, stylish events in partnership with and in support of noble causes. D&Q is founded on the ideals of refined style and purposeful living.

Purposeful indeed!

Drinking And Driving

The Shop is a new bar that just opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn inside a motorcycle garage. Because I really hate having to find parking outside the bar when I sling back a few brews before hitting the road on my bike. When we visited last weekend, the bartender proudly told us that people ride their choppers right through the middle of the crowd during concerts. Definitely one-ups drive-through liquor stores.