A couple of days ago a BRO reader stated that he felt that Buffalo should promote some sort of event where people dress up in nostalgic 50’s attire. He referenced this dapper day that was featured in the LA Times. In turn, I responded that there was one particular group in Buffalo that helps to put Buffalo on the map for stylish attire – the Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club (BLRC). The club consists of cyclists who don everything from seersucker duds in the summer to tweed threads in the fall. All of the riders pride themselves on getting decked out for whatever highfalutin ride they are embarking upon.
What I love about BLRC is that whenever inspiration strikes, you never know who you will be riding with, or where you will end up. But the route and destination is not as important as what you’ll be wearing. Now that fall is here, the BLRC is setting out to host its fourth annual (and the world’s only) Johnny Onion Ride.
If you’re asking who Johnny Onion is, then know this – he’s not a person, he’s a gang… or group… or tribe. Johnny Onion, otherwise known as AR Johnniged Bro Rosko, was the name given to the farmers who pedaled Breton’s famous Roscoff onions through the streets of Great Britain.
Of course this wouldn’t be a BLRC ride, if the Onion Johnny riders didn’t pedal/peddle their onions door to door while wearing anything but traditional working man UK threads. Thankfully, the BLRC doesn’t miss a hitch when it comes to the who’s who of fashion from around the world – pertaining to cyclists of course. That means that Buffalo’s own Onion Johnny riders will be getting outfitted in what is considered French maritime or farmer style – stripes, berets, neckerchiefs, etc. To add interest and authenticity to the ride, cyclists are asked to string some onions to their bikes, because at the end of the ride the group will partake in the making of French onion soup in a large cauldron.
“We gather at noon on the first Sunday of autumn at out waterfront park, a port of Buffalo’s own ferry. From there we lazily ride along bike paths to the rose garden pergola at Delaware Park, our nod to the English rose. Feel free to bring any other refreshments or picnic fare you like.” – BLRC
It’s time to roll out in high (and low) fashion with the Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club. Meet some of this city’s most gregarious cyclists, while enjoying the urban streetscape from a two-wheel vantage point.
Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club | Fourth annual (and the world’s only) Johnny Onion Ride | Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 12:00pm | Canalside Buffalo | 44 Prime St, Buffalo, New York | See Facebook event
*As always the club requests that you remain responsible for your own safety and equipment. Whenever you ride, follow all laws and safety precautions. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event. Sailors and farmers dress like they do for a reason.