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Luc's sporting a fierce urchin look, upper left may be a tweed mating ritual. Photo by Eric Shalit.

Pip pip, huzzah, tally-ho, and whatnot! Yesterday's Seattle Tweed Ride was a smashing success, from the logistics, to the brisk but sunny weather, to the fine company. Over 50 folks turned out (Drew's more conservative estimate was "five"), including our CarFreeDays mates Tim & Anne. The ride up Capitol Hill was a bit of a bother, but tolerable in the Madsen, especially with Tim's power assist.

After tea & lunch & civilized ball-sports at Cal Anderson Park, we rode down to Gasworks Park, where we reclined upon the grass, ate Earl Gray biscuits, rolled down the hill, and got the kids filthy with Superfund soil and high on plumes of benzene.

I did not tempt fate by continuing on to the George & Dragon Pub terminus with two very underage and sleep-deprived companions. Such would have been hubris. We learned from our Portland Tweed Ride adventures not to bike too close to the sun.

Thanks to Nova & Sylvie, who organized the event! More photos from Eric Shalit here. And we were pleased to make the acquaintance of Pablo, the rider of the stylish Velo Orange steed, and future family cargo bike owner. Not to mention the chap starting a seltzer-delivery-by-bike business (for those not on Capitol Hill, carbonate yourself with SodaStream), and the proprietors of the new Hub & Bespoke shop opening soon in Fremont.

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Reader Comments (7)

Nice. I think one of our Kidical Mass rides this year will be a "Tots in Tweed" ride. Not sure which one, we have some big plans for our rides this year- this Google map is a draft of some of it:

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShane

It was great to see you and the kids out there on Sunday. I loved following the Madsen down to Gasworks and seeing your daughter leaning on the edge of the bucket so casually. They were definitely a hit. I heard a lot of people talking about the kids in their tweeds!


February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark K

Thanks for coming out and bringing the family! What a fun day!
I loved the photos of you & the kids, too. =) There are a few more on Flickr:

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylvie

Great photo. You three look quite dapper.
I am trying to convince our local cycling club to add a 'family friendly' ride (one out of 12) to its schedule for our big Arts & Ideas Festival in June. I don't feel like I can take on such organizing myself and am impressed by this group's work, advocacy, etc. but so far "family friendly biking" hasn't yet reached their consciousness.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

Great to meet you and the kids too!


February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPablo

We had a great time. Your adorable (and dapper) kids were a hit! Tim's happy to provide his assist service anytime....

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranne

That hat is SO GOOD on Luc.Hollah, cycle chic!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Chan

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