Beret Baguette: Bike Pretty, French Style

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Hey guys, when we said ACE* season was finally here, we really meant itBéret Baguette, the Parisian answer to the Tweed Run, goes down this weekend in the French capital.

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What began as a real fête de saucisse** in 2009 of like 50 dudes and a few chicks in borrowed plus-fours, myself included, has swelled to attract some 1,000+ cyclists on its annual jaunt through Paris, usually in late May or June each year.

Accessorized with bérets.  And baguettes:

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Yes, you read that right: 1,000+ cyclists.

If that sounds unmanageable, it's because it is: the 2013 edition was an exercise in start 'n' stopping.

Which was fine with me, because then you can take more photos!

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Photos of beloved French bloggers,

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rear-rack-mounted, wine-box picnic baskets of the so-charming-it's-obscene variety,

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Bike Pretty friend trios,

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& anachronistic looks that err on the '30s-'40s side.

The dress code is "Congés 1936" in reference to a law passed in France that year that set the historic precedent for Gallic paid vacations.  So you know: vacation-y, picnic-y looks, circa late '30s.

My above dress is actually '40s, but one of the charms of Béret Baguette is its lack of enforced rules and laissez-faire attitude to numbers, a different experience next to the well-oiled machine that is the Tweed Run.

You can't really compare the two however - even if they both have Penny Farthings,

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girls cycling in heels,

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a few Eccentrics (kilt-wearing unicyclist, anyone?)

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fetching couples (Ed. note: they won Best-dressed!),

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pretty pretty Marshalls ; )

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expert modeling of houndstooth,

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and borrowed bikeshare steeds:

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Despite those similarities, there is also something quintessentially French about the whole thing.

Like an unerring ability to make the simplest scarf look impeccably chic:

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an unrivaled ease in Breton stripes,

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an uncanny ability to accessorize:

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and garçonne looks so on-point it's possible the already-inflated sales of boater hats around Béret Baguette time just jumped tenfold:

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This year, the event looks poised to start at the recently-pedestrianized Place de la République, loop west along the right bank to Place de la Concorde, cross the river and amble through Saint-Germain, and end in that most bucolic of Parisian picnic locales: the Bois de Vincennes.

Because if Béret Baguette is about anything, it's the pique-nique:

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If you're in Paris on Sunday morning at 9:30, head over to République & gawk at what is sure to be a super-successfully-Bike Pretty event.  If you can't make it this year (like me), surf the hashtags on IG - if last year was any indication, the official HT should be #rbb2014.

Can't wait to see what the Paris crew brings to the BP table!

*Anachronistic Cycling Event

**Not in the French sense of "Hey, let's all eat some sausage!  SAUSAGE PAR-TAY!" but more like, sooo many dudes

Affiche at the top - Copyright Benjamin Donadieu, http://www.givetogod.fr

 

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  • Posted on by Steve Herrmann

    I am interested in buying a penny farthing. Where can I find one?

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