Boston Tweed Ride on Oct 4th.
I have been looking forward to a local Tweed Ride…and here we go :)
However there is a little catch to this ride…on the site it tells me that helmets MUST be worn to participate😦 and I think that stinks and will keep people from showing up, maybe me too?
Now the helmet issue is a hot debate [in the USA] and I have tried to stay out of it, but this just does not seem right to me, for the whole purpose is to look vintage and stylish and have fun. I was hoping that the tweed ride would be a more informal affair, just dress up and go for a ride…now liablity has to take all the fun out of it [like it always does]. When you look at all the other tweed rides, do you see people wearing helmets?
I can see where they are coming from, because I have to deal with this on our annual Open House ,which is Oct 17th ;) I have taken the chance at Open House and let people ride without helmets, if they choose. Actually I worry more that someone will be run over by a car and most often a helmet does not help in that case. Helmets are best for the minor accident, where it is a slow speed topple, hit your head and your done.
Now I have to point out that I have been a helmet wearer off and on, since I was in high school [had a Bell Turtle Shell, one of the first helmets]. And I have to say that wearing a helmet in a group ride isa good idea, but I don’t like to tell people to wear a helmet and I really hate it when the few times I am not wearing one, someone on the road yells at me to get one! It really upsets my day, when I am on a care free ride without a helmet and someone [that can’t even hold a line] tells me to get a helmet. I would say that for a the last 7 years I wear my helmet about 99% of the time. When I lived in the city [where it is actually safer to ride] I wore my helmet maybe 50% of the time, maybe less, mostly when I went out of the city on road or mtn rides.
Actually I think I am going to blow this ride off😦
Anyone that wants to go on a helmet less Tweed Ride [or with a helmet is ok too] can meet me here at my shop before 11am on Oct 4th and we can tool around the Holliston area [maybe a 20/30 mile ride] and go to the Stone’s Pub in Ashland, for lunch, have a beer and some Sheperds Pie…now that I have said that…someone will probably get a stick in the front wheel, take a header and crack their head open! Though if you have a cool looking hat it may keep the dirt out of your cracked head😉
Just to note this ride will have hills! I will be riding a fixed gear and if you are somewhat fit you can do this ride on a 3 speed. I would like to stay together and will be stopping a lot to re-group, speeders will have to wait or be on their own. I may make the ride go in a figure 8, so people can do a shorter ride.
You can RSVP, but don’t need to. You can just get up on Sunday…look out the window and make a decision. It takes about 2 hours to ride a bike here from Boston. Takes 45 min by car. Directions here.