There isn’t one.
Well at least according to a Welsh Pole I know when I suggested this as a topic to him…so out of spite, I thought that I would do a little research to prove him wrong, as that is how I get my kicks.
Obviously there has been the Tweed Revolution as outlined in the Chap Manifesto – “THOU SHALT ALWAYS WEAR TWEED” being the first commandment. However after an initial grand start around 2004, they seem to have rather faded away from the public consciousness, and appear to content themselves with loafing in the most idyllic of fashions locked away in piles stocked full of whisky and gin. A terribly genteel revolution, the sort that seems to have sputtered and taken a doze in the smoking room of debate just before any real action. There’s little mention of cycling in their literature and the appropriate garb, but their first commandment seems pretty all consuming and does not leave much whisker room for movement on what is the right apparel for cycling.
Then there is the commendable Tweed Cycling Club. These fellows seem to have begun the debate in some earnest, and appear to be made up of a close knit group of English sorts harking back to the days of yore when elderflower cordial was a seasonal homemade drink and bananas were considered exotic.
However, as worthy as these two efforts are, they have always somewhat faltered at the first furlong lacking that one crucial element – an opponent willing to enter into the debate with the men and women of tweed.
Now the Guardian Bike Blog does occasionally dip its toe into these potentially turbulent waters, but really to my mind little more than that. Always it seems some sort of argument over style vs practicality, while never really investigating further than a few idle comments as posted by its diligent readers. There are few, if any, practical tests nor is there any suggestion of real seriousness in discussion which such a weighty topic deserves.
Clearly this needs to be addressed further…and further address I will after I have had a good night’s rest.