RIDE REPORT: Three Speed Ride, Sunday 5 May 2013

The Rudge Sports hogs all the attention in the group shot.

We couldn’t ask for a nicer “spring” day for this ride! I use spring in parenthesis, as the weather was more mid-July than early-May, with a high of 85F (29C.) Twenty two folks showed up to Ladds Circle for a late afternoon of fun.The majority of riders were on Raleighs, with Raleigh Sports being the predominant models, but there was also one Superbe, and three Twenties!

Note how the bikes are arranged by saddle height.

Also in the interesting bike department: from north of the border we had one CCM Mixte from the 70’s, and a five-speed Eaton’s Glider. Eatons was a Canadian department store chain, and the bike was most likely manufactured by Raleigh.

Also of interest was this Sears branded small-wheeled folder. It looks to be 60’s to 70’s vintage and the design looks to be an attempt to copy a British Moulton or small-wheeled shopping bike. But the construction is definitely “American” (read: heavy.)

Note the modifications and modernizations.

After about a half-hour of mulling about and talking, we departed from Ladd’s Circle. Well first we did several laps around the Circle then headed to the waterfront. On the way there there was a flat that needed mending, so the majority of the group hit the shade near the waterfront while a small party attended to the repairs. Then we headed north along the Eastbank Esplanade path, dodging the multitudes, crossed the river at the Steel Bridge, and explored some new waterfront paths on the west side of the Willamette and north of the Broadway Bridge.

From there we high-tailed it to Macleay Park in NW Portland with a quick stop at Food Front for groceries. Here was the only real tragedy of the ride, as we lost two riders, the Sears owner and his friend on the Breezer. (We sent out someone on a recon mission, but no luck.) Oh yeah, on the way out there we stopped on NW Raleigh St where all the Raleigh riders posed.

Many Sports, three Twenties, and a Superbe.

We had a lovely picnic in the park. After that some of the riders retired at the Lucky Lab beer hall on NW Quimby, while others went their separate ways. All in all it was a good ride.

Picnic bliss.

For more photos, please go here.

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4 thoughts on “RIDE REPORT: Three Speed Ride, Sunday 5 May 2013

  1. It’s a Sears Tote, not really a folder – it breaks apart to, say, fit in the boot (trunk) of a car – similar idea to the Moulton Stowaway? And, yes, the Eaton Gliders were built by Raleigh

    • Yes, I should have clarified that a bit, as the “folder” of the 60s and 70s is a lot different than the true folders of today like Brompton. Any clue as to who manufactured them?

      • I saw one comment that it was made by Huffy, but that claim seems to have been outvoted by several people stating that it was made in Austria – probably by the same company that made their 3-speeds, or are these people getting fooled by the fact that the 3-speeds were made in Austria?

      • Puch was the Austrian maker of select Sears/J.C. Higgins/Free Spirit bikes, but this didn’t look like it had that mark, as the Puch bikes were typically lugged. Then again, a frame like that it probably couldn’t be lugged. And if it was an Austrian made Sears, it would say so prominently on the headbadge. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to check that out.

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