Tweed Cycling Club featured in The Chap magazine

Tweed Cycling ClubBike Show presenter Jack Thurston is a founding member of the Tweed Cycling Club. Several members of the Club feature in a photo story in the summer edition of The Chap magazine, out on June 8th.

“For today’s cyclist, skin tight lycra may promise a reduction in wind resistance but also in decorum. A reflective yellow vest guarantees high visibility, but who would wish to be seen in such a gaudy garment? Certainly not the members of the Tweed Cycling Club. The Club’s wheelmen and ladymembers wish for a return to the honest virtues of lugged steel, dynamo lighting and canvas saddlebags. Natural fibres and traditional styling prevail. A stout pair of plus fours offer day-long comfort while a Fair Isle tank top takes the chill out of a frosty spring morning. Merino wool moves smoothly over a leather saddle. As the Club passes the village green, a jaunty cap is doffed. Performance is enhanced by warm beer and woodbines. Style not speed. Elegance not exertion.”

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  • http://www.elycyclingclub.com marc cox

    Some lovely stuff in those films, a truly amazing period of time to be a cyclist. Like the idea of the warm beer Jack, not so sure about the woodbines though, bag of banana chips maybe :)

  • Jean-Marie

    May i say that the English weather is particuliarly suited to the wearing of wool whilst cycling. But about the warm beer… Well, in Eastern Brittany, in the 50′s, water bottles were filled with ‘vin de Noah’, pressed from a locally grown grape. This apparently helped climbing the steepest hills. Shame the French Government banned the stuff!

  • http://samwilson.id.au/ Sam Wilson

    Oooh, can I book in for the May 1956 trip?! It looks like absolutely wizard fun!

    And if only the railway companies would institute those cycle wagons here in Australia, and not shunt us off onto the freeways, I’m sure we could get along with the Railway Directors too.

  • http://bicycle-diaries.blogspot.com da Square Wheelman

    You can indeed “book” a tour here in the states at with the annual 3speed Tour: http://www.3speedtour.com/

  • Gary Wallace

    Excellent fun! If only the combination of rail/cycle wagons and cycle clubs was as prominent today as it was then. How utterly chappish and to promote Tweed wearing and cycling together instead of the lycra clad or ‘shell suited’ of today. As it says “Style not speed. Elegance not exertion” Bravo…

  • http://www.thechap.net Giles Spurtforth

    It appears that the link in this article to The Chap Magazine is not working. Go to http://www.thechap.net to encounter the charmed uprising.

  • mark

    Delighted to see other wool, tweed and flat capped cyclist in the chap this month. I’ve had a few odd looks in the past for my cycling attire but feel fully justified now. Well done!

  • Mark Stevens

    I am glad to see the aesthetic of classic cycles and their riders making a comeback in the Big City. I am a member of the Veteran Cycle Club and we love all this. There are groups or ”sections” in most parts of the UK that have regular rides for trad bikes most weekends all year round, fair or foul weather. Good source for tech info and bits to keep your steeds in fine fettle.

  • Bob Lomas.

    The pictures look a little dressing up, and the mentioning of wearing “vests” sounds very foreign. My bicycling started in the 1940s very much influenced by the superb illustrations of Frank Paterson, then a neighbour, and later by James Arnold. I sill bicycle in that style and my dress for this pursuite has not changed.

    “Seek to amass not miles, but experiences. Happy is the cyclist who rides throughout the year, taking what comes his way in weather, choosing only his itinerary. At the end of the year he will scoff at the poor soul who puts his mount in cotton wool for the winter, for he will recall the pageantry of an autumn forest, the sparkling winter morning, the ecstasy of spring, and the lazy afternoon of summer. He will rejoice in the tussle with the March wind and the comradeship of his fellows round the winter fireside before the battle to reach home. ~ James Arnold 1910 – 1999 ~”