Welcome!

Thanks for stopping by! The Society of Three Speeds (or SOTS, if you are into that whole brevity thing) was founded in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, USA. To put it simply, our society appreciates the humble three speed bicycle. Once the ultimate in human-powered transportation, the three speed bicycle has been sidelined by first the road bike or “ten speed” and then the mountain bike. The three speed has been either disparaged or just forgotten about during the past 40 years or so.
But there’s nothing wrong with a three speed bicycle!
We aim to provide the resources and inspiration for people to enjoy and ride three speed bicycles, whether vintage or modern. For a nominal fee, you can become a member of the Society of Three Speeds and get a membership packet sent to you!
We also put on a series of Three Speed Rides through the year. The first one occurred in 2011, and for this year (2013) we hope to organize at least three.
Please peruse the many pages on this website for more information. (Please be gentle on us, this website is still a work in progress, and it is a labor of love by one obsessive man.) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Viva Three Speeds!

44 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. …and another English welcome, from the home of the Three-Speed. Thank you so much for the truly lovely little introductory pack. I will be ordering more stickers, and another couple of memberships as gifts.

  2. Yes…. I´m now a member of this great cycle club.
    I ride my three speed every day here in Denmark and people do comment on the bike. Mostly things like `can you manage with only three gears´ or `how do you cope with hills´ I manage fine and I can always walk up the hills.
    Nice web site as well.

  3. Nice blog! I’m a three speed fella myself. I ride a pretty new Worksman Ritchie. SA hub. Great bike for NYC.

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  4. How much fun can riding around with a bunch of bike nuts grasping onto an outdated form of transportation be?
    Wait,…..probably a blast! New stuff sucks! And everyone there knows it! Wonder if I’ll meet my twin siblings there?

  5. I want to join SOTS… I have a Steyr-Puch 3 speed…here in Hollywood, Florida
    Send info please
    Thx
    Don

  6. I am actually a paid up member and a long time 3 speed enthusiast. I wrote a book, recently published, in which our hero, a15-year-old wealthy Texas kid, travels back to England in 1928 on a 1913 Gentleman’s Royal Sunbeam. It’s free to download on Kindle (or your kindle app) over Labor Day weekend if anybody’s interested. Thanks. Hope it’s OK to mention this here: http://www.amazon.com/Up-Back-and-Away-ebook/dp/B00CHCP95U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377864699&sr=8-1&keywords=up+back+and+away

    • one of my three speeds is harder to pedel than the other. one happens to have a lower gear ratio. however if you just got the three speed you may want to have a tune up before you ride it. mine deeded oil in the hub so i took it to a bike shop.

    • For some unknown reason ALL the old 3 speed bikes I’ve ever seen are geared way too high from the factory. It’s like they thought everyone was Ricky Racer trying to go 30 mph in first gear.
      You may have other issues as well such as a dry hub or rusty chain but while you are working on it take a look at the rear sprocket. My ’52 Raleigh came with 17 or 18 teeth, I forget which, and I switched it to 20. A big help but I think I may go even larger so that 1st is more useful for hills. If I then spin out on the downhills that’s just fine – coasting is OK too!
      I bought an old Sears Freespirit for a friend and it came with only 16 teeth. First gear wasn’t comfortable until 10 or 12 mph. I changed his to 20 teeth also – huge improvement. A new sprocket is less than $10. and a new chain about $12 to $15.
      Good Luck

  7. i love my three speed the chane never comes of the gears no mater how many time i have to shift. I never had luck with mountain bikes, i could not go two blocks whithout the chane comming off; than the frount wheal bent, needless to say ill never ride anything but a three speed.

  8. Looking forward to joining the society once I score a Raleigh Sports or similar here in Colorado!

  9. Howdy from Alaska! I just picked up an 80 raleigh sports, and am smitten. Need to get that hub back in action and replace a spoke, but then I’m in action! Goin back to school on that one for sure…

    I think I might have to join your club :). See ya on the road…

    Travis

  10. Hi, I got here via your urban adventure league website. Can I “join” even though I ride a non-vintage 5 speed bike? It does have Sturmey-Archer hub gears! I’m a hub gear orphan out here in West Texas. Not very many people ride bikes here to start with. And hub geared bikes? Forget it. But I love mine.

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