The second annual Tweed Run takes place in London a week on Saturday. Entries have long sold out, but ahead of the event which will once again see smartly-clad lady and gentleman riders take to London’s streets, its organisers have announced a collection of limited edition cycling products designed in collaboration with cycling brands including Rapha and Brooks as well as the Savile Row tailor, Huntsman & Sons.
£35 will get you a pair of Rapha merino knee-high socks – in an argyle pattern, so you’ll know that we at road.cc are going to like those – perfect for teaming with a pair of Quoc Pham Tweed Run cycling shoes at £110.
Meanwhile, for those who demand the ultimate in cycling elegance, a bespoke made-to-measure tweed suit by Huntsman can be yours for £2,500.
And if some of those price tags leave you in need of a stiff drink, the £50 pewter hip flask would be the ideal place from which to imbibe a quick snifter.
Given the date, we admit we were a little bit sceptical at first – without naming names, it seems that at least one other cycling media outlet assumed that the collection was an April Fool’s joke – but we’ve been assured that the collection is indeed above board and that the people behind The Tweed Run “have put in a lot of work and effort into getting these unusual products of the ground.”
Full details of all the products can be found at The Tweed Run’s online shop, but we’ve repeated the product descriptions provided by them below to give you a taster of what to expect.
H Huntsman & Sons special edition Tweed Run Cycling Suit. As the most famous address on Savile Row, Huntsman has been trading since 1846, each year commissioning a limited edition ‘house tweed’. For the Tweed Run cycling suit, the cut is based on a traditional Huntsman shooting suit with the house’s famous broad shouldered single button, single breasted silhouette with nipped waist. Made by their expert tailors, in your choice of archive house tweed and featuring a pure silk lining of the Tweed Run bicycle pattern. Available in made-to-measure and bespoke options.
Tweed Run knee-length cycle socks by Rapha. Rapha is synonymous with high quality and this collaboration does not sway from the course. Soft, top quality merino wool knee high socks with a modern interpretation of an argyle pattern rendered in black and heather. The colour combination was chosen to match the Tweed Run house tweed design, but also pair well with denim.
Tweed Run Flat Cap in collaboration with Dashing Tweed. More refined than a traditional cycling cap, these caps are designed for cycling featuring a deeper back panel for a firmer fit and a slightly elongated brim to keep the rain off. The cap is hand sewn in Yorkshire using a luxurious wool twill print with the bespoke Tweed Run design and material woven by Dashing Tweeds that incorporate reflective stripes that illuminate at night when in car lights.
Tweed Run Silk Scarf. Pure silk scarf with the Tweed Run bicycle pattern by illustrator Michael Chapman. This silk scarf will make your outfit – whether worn around your neck in 50s randonneur style or in the breast pocket of your jacket. The scarf has been cut and edged by hand.
Tweed Run Sprinter Shoes by Quoc Pham. Gorgeous handmade sprinter shoes that are as functional as they are beautiful and designed with a sole that’s stiff enough for cycling yet comfortably soft for walking. Handmade using carefully selected vegetable-tanned leather and traditionally hand-polished to create a deep antique cognac patina, before being finished by rubbing with many layers of beeswax to seal. The final touch is the printed insole featuring the Tweed Run bespoke bicycle pattern.
Tweed Run Pewter Hipflask. The flask is entirely handmade starting life in Sheffield as two flat pieces of dull pewter, which are shaped, then etched with the Tweed Run bicycle design before being joined and hand-polished to a brilliant mirror finish. The flask is 4 oz and comes in a presentation box, making these great gift items.
Tweed Run Custom Brooks saddle with design by Kara Ginther. This three-way collaboration has produced a very special saddle that will compliment any bike. The saddle is a copper-riveted Brooks Swift saddle hand-carved by American leather artisan Kara Ginther into a tweed herringbone pattern using skivers and scribes. A real work of art.
Tweed Run Plus Twos in collaboration with DS Dundee. Beautifully tailored Plus Twos - like Plus Fours, but reaching two inches below the knee instead of four to create a more tailored look - and in the reflective Tweed Run house tweed. Fully designed for cycling, they feature fantastic details like a reinforced seat and pockets designed so that contents won’t escape when cycling. Horn buttons and lining are of Savile Row quality and made by a character of a man in a suitably archaic factory in deepest north London.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.