A quirky bike-riding event has taken Paris by storm and it is called the Ride Beret Baguette. The humorously self-aware name was taken from visions of old-fashioned French life: riding a bike with a beret and a baguette. The event takes place on May 24 and 25, 2014 and offers cyclists the chance to relive the simpler times of France.
The Ride Beret Baguette was conceived in response to the growing popularity of cycling in the City of Light. The activity is open to anyone who possesses a bicycle of any type. Fixies, tandem bikes, old-fashioned bikes and even unicycles are welcome.
On Saturday, May 24th, the third edition of a mini-expo called Caravane will take place, promoting the retro bike culture that many have adopted in Paris — a city where it has become trendy to ride a fixie. Vintage fashion will be combined with biking from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the Town Hall of the 3rd arrondissement (the Mairie du 3e located at 2 Rue Eugène Spuller). A selection of fashion designers and vintage collectors have even been invited to infuse the event with retro style. Visitors can therefore browse through fashion items, accessories and — of course — bicycles during the Caravane event.
On Sunday, May 25th, the actual bike ride will start at 10:30 a.m., departing from the Place de la République. Vintage and whimsical attire are encouraged! It is recommended to arrive at least one hour before the planned departure in order to enjoy the retro ambiance. The ride lasts for 15 kilometers and goes along at a leisurely pace. It is therefore perfect for anyone who wants to take a tranquil bike ride through the streets of Paris. The event will even finish with a picnic.