The devil’s in the details

Is he really?

Well, I think it best that we go over some.

While the route will not be too complicated, we will have ride stewards to show you the way. Generally, we will be going north through downtown on Lavaca Ave., then using the bike lane on Guadalupe through the University area, then on Speedway up through Hyde Park, winding up at the establishment of our gracious sponsor, The Peddler Bike Shop, on the corner of 51st Street and Duval. After that, you’re on your own. Duval Street, then San Jacinto Blvd., makes a nice route to use on your way back towards downtown, with bike lanes most of the way, if that’s where you are headed.

Be sure to check your tyre inflation level, sometime prior to the ride. I’m not a physics expert by any means, but I’m pretty sure that the cold air reduces the pressure level, so if you haven’t checked your air pressure in a while, you will need to pump it up. If you are really feeling like being prepared, bring an extra tube or patch kit with you, and a means for inflating such new or repaired tube.

While we are hoping to have a soundtrack accompany us on the ride, nobody likes to hear chain-squeak, so you might want to lube your chain, particularly if you have not done so in a while. In fact, “lube my chain” happens to appear at No. 5 on my personal list of New Year’s resolutions. As for me, I like this stuff.

Those of you riding a bike with brakes, particularly an older one which hasn’t been ridden in a while, go out and test your brakes RIGHT NOW. I mean it. There are a few downhill spots on the route, and we wouldn’t want you to use the riders in front of you as your stopping mechanism. If you need them adjusted and don’t know how, there are any number of bicycle service establishments open today, our gracious sponsor being one of them. And for you hipster-fixie-types, go ahead and put a front brake on that thing. We promise not to make sport of you.

Bring some cash. Refreshments/anti-freeze will be available for purchase at some of the stops.

Sure, it’s cold out there. Wear gloves, wear a hat or liner under your helmet, wear an extra layer of tweed. You’ll be amazed at how exhilarating it is.

And remember, all you haters suck my wool.

Published in: on January 9, 2010 at 10:18 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Wishing you the best Tweed Ride ever! Brave on cold weather and all. Enjoy a spot of hot tea, sip from a flask of your favorite libation, or end with a mug of stout beer…Cheers!

  2. This was a great event!! We could not have asked for better weather or a better group who gathered for this! Hope fun was had by all and this becomes at least a yearly event. Great people watching for spectators. Carry on!!

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