Three Speed Ride Report: 8 Oct 2017

It was a beautiful day for a Three Speed Ride! Sunday October 8 started off with a spot of rain, then it cleared up, ending up with a day in the 60’s with sun. You have to grab these types of days this time of year.

Of course, I couldn’t even manage to get to the start of my own ride on time! 😦 This was due to some mechanical issues with Emee’s new-to-her Raleigh Sports. (More on that in a bit.) Thankfully, the ride was mostly “the usual suspects”, so a quick text warned the folks amassed at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton that I was on my way. Thankfully, no one was in a hurry!

The nine of us departed from Paul’s shadow at noon. We headed west along the Columbia Slough path, then headed to Smith Lake where we could have a tea and snacks break at the picnic shelter. (Of course, we wouldn’t need it this day.) But mechanical issues hit when we departed: Emee’s front tire had unseated itself!

Y’see, in the morning we fixed a flat. But the tire would not seat correctly, mostly because the old rim tape was preventing the bead from moving into its proper place. Now the really frustrating thing was Emee had just brought this bike to a shop to have them replace tires and tune it up. You’d figure that they’d notice the janky rim tape and replace, since it’s cheap and easy, but nope! And with no spare rim tape, I just hoped it would hold. Four miles in, it didn’t. So there was a lot of futzing by many people to get the tire to bead, and it held the rest of the ride. But damn, I am not that happy with said shop.

Anyways, we rolled on, and crossed the Columbia River! Yes, the first time the Three Speed Ride went into Washington State, the first two state, three speed adventure. We hit up Angst Gallery to see their art show, then rode to one of downtown Vancouver’s numerous brew pubs, Trusty, for beer and grub.

At this point, the ride disintegrated, as it was getting late. Todd and Leah headed back to their Vancouver house. Tim rode to Union Station. Miles headed home, and Michael chartered a boat back to Sauvie Island. 😉 Nora led Jeff and Steve across the 205 bridge. But Emee and I had a little bit more adventure in mind: pizza at Rally! It was five miles deeper into The Couve (and we had already ridden 10 miles) but you only live once.

Dinner was lovely, and Emee and I rode back to Portland in the dark, making a pit stop at the beach.

Another great Three Speed Ride is done. I’m looking forward to more Three Speed Adventures in 2018!

And this counted as a ride for #threespeedoct2017 For me, it’s Week Two, Ride One

By the numbers:

  • Total people: 9 (Leah walked over later)
  • Miles of ride: 10
  • Miles Emee and I rode: 27
  • Number of Raleigh built three speeds: 5
  • Number of Brompton built three speeds: 1
  • Number of three speeds of unknown origin: 1
  • Number of non three speeds: 2
  • Number of Deli Fresh mudflaps: 1
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