Portland Tweed Ride meeting, Wed 1 Feb

Portland’s Tweed Ride is just about two months away! Now is the time where the planning wheels start turning. And this is when you can help! We will be having our first Tweed PDX 2017 meeting on Wednesday February 1st at the Sweet Hereafter, 3326 SE Belmont St at 5:15 pm. Stop on by!Β Give…

via First organizational meeting of Tweed 2017 to happen Wednesday February 1st β€” Portland Tweed Ride 2017

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What’s ahead for Society of Three Speeds in 2017?

32239108405_1432c82ee5_oHello friends! This year marks the fourth year of SoTS existence! (Though I started the Three Speed Ride in 2011, so six years for that!) It’s been fun so far: dozens have come on my rides, over a hundred and fifty people have joined the society. And I’m going to keep on doing this until I feel like I don’t.

2016 was overall a good year. We had two official rides, one pub crawl, and the first year of the October Challenge, which was fun! What do I hope to see in 2017?

  • For starters, I need to get off my ass and finish up the new membership kit and start selling memberships again! It’s been almost a year since I cleared out the first version of the kit, and I know some of you are eager to join, or get the new stuff. I should work on that stuff soon and hopefully have it all ready for spring.
  • I want to lead the first Three Speed Ride of the year in March (or maybe early April).
  • During Pedalpalooza in June, another ride! Over the past few years, I’ve piggy-backed this ride after Sunday Parkways. This year, I want to do it as a solo day-long ride, as I feel the participation has been lagging.
  • Another camping trip! I don’t know if I’ll try to do it as part of the Bike Travel Weekend in June or at some other point, but something will happen.
  • Maybe a ride in fall? Not sure yet.
  • I’d like to pull off at least one more Pub Crawl, as the last one was fun!
  • The Three Speed October challenge was also fun, so I want to do that again! I need to formalize it better this year, as it was a bit of a headache keeping track of what people were doing.
  • I have an idea of another, different challenge for spring. I’ll still working on what that will look like if it happens. But it will be fun and different! Stay tuned for details.

The big thing I want to work on is how to bring this thing to “the next level”, so to speak. The last four years have been fun and I’ve met a lot of great and amazing people through this. But I feel like at least in Portland this club has plateaued. The numbers on the rides have stayed low. While it’s great that I have a core group of people who come out to these things, I’d like to reach more people, because I know more people are out there. I guess it’s going to take some more outreach, but I’ve never been the best person at “putting myself out there.” Does anyone have any suggestions? Or what would you like to see happen?

Three Speed October: Membership winners!

Okay, I know that Three Speed October is now going on three months in the past! But it took me awhile to figure out who would win a membership! There were several folk who successfully completed the challenge and were sans membership. And everyone is worthy in their own way. So it was hard. So I decided to be generous and award not just three people, but FIVE people complimentary memberships to the Society of Three Speeds!

And the five folk are (in no particular order):

  1. Terry Scott of Bellingham, WA
  2. Gary Charpentier of West St Paul, MN
  3. Lindsay Joy of Winnipeg
  4. Ann Wombatgrrl of Minneapolis
  5. Jack Rayburn of Mankato, MN

And remember, if you did complete the challenge and are not a member, you still qualify for a discounted membership. Ask me for details.

Thank you for your patience!

The Raleigh Superbe on the Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver BC.

The Raleigh Superbe on the Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver BC.

Yes, my friends, there hasn’t been much posted on the SoTS blog as of late. That should change soon as posts about 2016 in review plus three speed plans for 2017 are in the pipeline.

In the meantime, I did bring my Raleigh Superbe to Canada for the first time! I spent the New Years holiday in the Terminal City, Vancouver. While a New Years Eve snowstorm meant I didn’t do nearly as much riding as I wanted, I still did get some done. Read about my travels over on Urban Adventure League.

Thanks for your patience, friends! Hope your 2017 is a good one, three speed or no.