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Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health

Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH and LOVES TWEED.  And her bike.

Picture this:  tooling around historic Beacon Hill and Back Bay, along the Charles River in your plaid and tweed-y best, complete with your old rickety (vintage!) 3 speed bicycle on a bright, gorgeous autumn afternoon.  NO LYCRA! Helmets yes, but no padded bike shorts or clip less pedals.  Just an easy Sunday afternoon jaunt, dressed in proper garb, ending with high tea. 

Doesn’t that just sound lovely? 

Apparently, this kind of thing – “Tweed Rides” – is becoming popular all over the country.  They’re happening in cities like San Francisco, Oakland and London. And if those cities can do it, certainly Boston can hold its own as well!  To that end, MassBike will be holding a “Boston Tweed Ride” as part of their “Spin Series” on October 4th.

There will be games and awards given to those with “Best Facial Hair,” “Most Graceful Mount and Dismount,” “Best Decorated Helmet,” and “Best Common Bike Kitted-out in Tweed”!  To be safe, please remember to wear your helmet.  But don’t forget to decorate it! 

What appeals so much to me about this ride is that while it is part exercise, it is also part costume party and totally FUN and EASY.  I don’t have to be stressed about trying to keep up with bicyclists who may be better, faster, more experienced than me.  It’s just about having a good time.  

And, because the event organizers stress that this is not a race and is open to ALL bicyclists, I’m going to check it out.  You should join me!  It is Sunday, 10/4 from 2-4pm starting at Restaurant Dante, in Cambridge.   Click here for more details and add this to your Google calendar. 

I hope you’ll join me.  (And if you do, please introduce yourself!).  If you’ve been on a vintage, tweed ride like this before, I’d love to hear about it.  

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