The Three Speed April 2021 challenge will happen from Thursday April 1st through Friday April 30th, 2021. Registration now open! Find out the full details and how to register here.
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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 typically put on a series of Three Speed Rides in and around Portland, Oregon through the year. The first one occurred in 2011, and we have about three rides a year, though pandemic has put a hold on in-person rides for the indefinite future. Fear not: we also have two annual challenges that can be done on three speeds anywhere in the world: Three Speed April and Three Speed October
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!
Updated 7 April 2021