The 2013 London Tweed Run, with Tokyobike
Yu Fujiwara, manager at Tokyobike UK and photographer at 8 and 2 blog
My ride for the day!
…then to UCL to meet the rest of the gang and fuel up
feasting on Vintage Rascal models
Our good marshalls
One can not decline a last minute invitation to join a biker gang, now can one.
The Tweed Run is one of those few elusive, fantastic events in London that you only hear about after its all happened, or worse, one you see happening one random Saturday when, just the other day you’d reminded yourself to find out when it’s taking place. So yes, being in a (flash mob) biker gang is pure awesome, but to be in time for it is a small miracle. The bigger miracle of course, is actually having tickets for it as they’re allocated through an auction (ours of which were provided by Yu Fujiwara [Tokyobike UK manager]). At 8am we convened at the Tokyobike shop in Shoreditch, where we were presented our rides for the day – mine, a mushroom-coloured beauty – and had our numbers pinned onto our sleeves. Then we joined the rest of the gang at the UCL courtyard, where the 500-strong mob filed in, dressed in some form of tweed, bumping fists and fueling for the six-hour tour through Central London. Promptly at 11am we were shepherded out by the marshalls and a day of grins-on-wheels (and bum-bruising) would begin.
Stay tuned for part two, the fellowship of the Tweeds, and a journey across middle-London.