YO! Just lettin' ya know that this event occurred in the past. So don't go planning your day around this one.


Sun Nov 10 2013 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


The Royal Mile 210 4th Street Des Moines, just off Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA


Tweed Riders!


What an AWESOME Turnout for the Tweed Ride! A record number of Tweeder and Steam Punks were in attendence. Over 190 by our count!

THANKS to everyone who showed up. THANKS to those who donated to Central Iowa Shelter Services. THANKS to those who supported our sponsor!


Chris Maharry | BIKEIOWA | Des Moines Register


Des Moines Register

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2013 Tweed Ride - Des Moines



Distance - 4 miles or less

Tweed Ride

The 4th Annual Des Moines Tweed Ride will gather fashionable cyclists from all around the metro to celebrate cycling in style this Sunday November 10th at the Royal Mile.

Doors open at 11 am for a traditional English lunch of fish & chips, judging will begin at Noon and the ride leaves for the Capitol at 1 PM sharp!

New This year!

Bike Raffle/Canned food drive! Bring in a canned food Item and get a raffle ticket for a New Belgium bike from Full Court Press to be given away after the ride!

New Catagory! SteamPunk bike and Clothing drawings for best of, from a history that never happened. For idea's check out these bicycles.

This is a short bike route, in preparation of the ride many have been shopping for tweed, plaid, herringbone and woolen clothing.

This ride will start at the Royal Mile with stops at the State Capitol for a group picture, then Ichi Bike for refreshments and then ends at Royal Mile.

Rain or shine or snow, many of last year's participants confirmed that nothing will stop them from coming together to celebrate fashion, cycling and party while listening to 1930s ragtime and swing music.

Many wonderful prizes will be along the way. This event is co-sponsored by the Royal Mile,Ichi Bike, Bike Iowa and more sponsors to be announced soon

What is Steampunk?

“Steampunk is what happens when goths discover brown.” – Jess Nevins  
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk). So, steampunk is a genre and a design aesthetic. [source]

The ultra technological world born from hackers & maker culture has helped inspire a Jules Verne themed steampunk bazaar full of brass computer accoutrements, leather fly-boy goggles, and ray-guns made from candle holders that should help equip you well enough to fight off an attack from a wayward Eastern Block airship, a corset wearing phantasm from yesteryear, or just your everyday future warriors who refuse to acknowledge that an imaginary life in the past is better than living in the reality of today, or dare I say, the curious gaze of tomorrow.

The retro futuristic world of steampunk is thriving on Instructables, and with this guide, it can thrive in your life too.[source]

Inspiration - Mens Steampunk Outfits | Ladies Steampunk Outfits | Goggles | Google it


Although the event is Free, it is strongly suggested that participants RSVP on the 4th Annual Des Moines Tweed Ride event page on the Facebook.

Past Tweed

Check out this recap from 2012. and 2011.


See route above...


The Royal Mile 210 4th Street Des Moines, just off Court Avenue

210 4th street
Des Moines, IA 50309




Free, just bring enough for your own Libations! Happy Hour specials at The Royal Mile and other stops.

We'll have a "Pass the Hat" donation for Central Iowa Shelter Services.


Who Posted

  • Posted Oct 14, 2013 by luggs1
  • Modified Nov 15, 2013 by BikeIowa
  • Recap Posted Nov 15, 2013



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