D.C. Cyclists Turn Out In Tweed

  • Mustaches were extremely popular among the D.C. tweed riders who gathered Sunday for a dandy ride through the city.
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    Mustaches were extremely popular among the D.C. tweed riders who gathered Sunday for a dandy ride through the city.
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  • Hats were also key to the bonnie quaintrelles' (the female counterpart to dandy) look.
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    Hats were also key to the bonnie quaintrelles' (the female counterpart to dandy) look.
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  • Plaid had never looked so artsy.
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    Plaid had never looked so artsy.
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  • Event photographer Kyle Samperton insisted on documenting the event in style.
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    Event photographer Kyle Samperton insisted on documenting the event in style.
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  • It was an opportunity for people to bring out big wheels.
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    It was an opportunity for people to bring out big wheels.
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  • Drivers stopped and gawked as tweed took over the road.
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    Drivers stopped and gawked as tweed took over the road.
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  • This fellow had no trouble keeping up with the riders in his special jumping gizmo.
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    This fellow had no trouble keeping up with the riders in his special jumping gizmo.
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  • Who knew men in D.C could look this dandy?
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    Who knew men in D.C could look this dandy?
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  • D.C. residents paid their homage to plaid.
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    D.C. residents paid their homage to plaid.
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  • Several men confessed they'd had to shop in the women's section  just to find the right shade of argyle.
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    Several men confessed they'd had to shop in the women's section just to find the right shade of argyle.
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  • Carley Lester managed to match her bike to her socks.
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    Carley Lester managed to match her bike to her socks.
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  • At the end of the ride, people gathered at Marvin, a bistro on 14th St., to smoke their pipes and congratulate themselves for being so tweederific.
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    At the end of the ride, people gathered at Marvin, a bistro on 14th St., to smoke their pipes and congratulate themselves for being so tweederific.
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  • Ronald Soltes handed out flowers to the "most clever quaintrelles."
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    Ronald Soltes handed out flowers to the "most clever quaintrelles."
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  • Max Richman, pictured with associate Ray Nealon, said for once he felt his last name was befitting.
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    Max Richman, pictured with associate Ray Nealon, said for once he felt his last name was befitting.
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  • The evening came to a dapper conclusion after old-fashioned cocktails.
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    The evening came to a dapper conclusion after old-fashioned cocktails.
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  • And just when everyone though they would faint from exhaustion, the not-so-vintage cuisine emerged; sausage and eggs.
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    And just when everyone though they would faint from exhaustion, the not-so-vintage cuisine emerged; sausage and eggs.
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  • Organizers Kristin Guiter and Eric Brewer said they were happy how their event had gone. And that was even before they heard that First Lady Michelle Obama had come out to shake some riders' hands.
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    Organizers Kristin Guiter and Eric Brewer said they were happy how their event had gone. And that was even before they heard that First Lady Michelle Obama had come out to shake some riders' hands.
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Cyclists in Washington took part in the city's first "Tweed Ride," an event in which bicyclists put on their most dapper attire and toured the city. Participants were encouraged to wear Victorian-era fineries and ride vintage bicycles. The practice began earlier this year in London and since there have been rides in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

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