Rusty Tweed is the founder and president of Tweed Financial Services, where he has spent the past 25 years providing clients with comprehensive, highly individualized financial advisory and wealth management services. In addition to his lengthy financial services career at the helm of Tweed Financial Services, Rusty is also the owner of Mold Zero and serves as the president and CEO of TFS Properties, Inc. The longtime resident of the Greater Los Angeles Area originally hails from Ontario, Canada, where he earned his degree from the University of Waterloo before relocating to Southern California. In his spare time, Rusty enjoys the beautiful SoCal climate while hiking and biking throughout the city of Los Angeles and beyond.
What is your hobby?
I’ve recently become more interested in cycling as well as hiking, particularly since both hobbies allow me to really savor the perfect year-round climate here in Southern California.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I started cycling and hiking more often because I wanted to find more excuses to spend time outside while also staying active. One of my clients is an avid cyclist who spoke so highly of both cycling and hiking that I felt inspired to try both pursuits for myself.
Tell us what you love about it.
Cycling is not only a great low-impact activity, but also is a solid option for simply getting around in Los Angeles. As for hiking, it is just such a wonderful way to connect with the natural beauty that surrounds us, and it’s nice to have so many local trails available to explore.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Yes, quite a few actually. There’s a big group ride every weekend, and there are a few early-morning riders I meet up with on weekdays every once in while.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I only had to buy a pair of boots for hiking, but cycling is a bit heavier on the equipment side. Over the years I’ve bought quite a few parts to upgrade my bike as well as clip-in shoes, riding gloves, and, of course, a helmet.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
There’s a local bike shop that organizes our regular weekend rides, and we all try to support the owners by getting all our supplies there.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Inspiration is one of the best ways to spark interest in a beginner, so I’d recommend the following books: For hiking, “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf,” by John Muir; for cycling, “Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees,” by Graeme Fife.
How has this changed your life?
Even though both hiking and cycling are physically taxing activities, I feel far more energized in every pursuit than I ever did before I began cycling or hiking.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Since cycling and hiking require developing an understanding of quite a few safety precautions, newcomers should try to find someone with experience who’s willing to show them the ropes before attempting to go it alone.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I enjoy writing about economics and often spend time reading books by the Pacific Ocean.