Changes to Society of Three Speeds memberships

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! Thank you for the strong show of support for the revamped Society of Three Speeds membership kits! Since I started the pre-order last fall, I’ve sold about seventy of these kits. After having them out for about a half-year, I’ve got some thoughts about moving forward.

I’ve come to realize that I may have priced the kit a bit too generously, and for most folks (especially if they live outside of Portland), the year of automatic Postcard Club membership added to the SoTS kit may be unnecessary. Plus, the cost of international postage for each postcard in Postcard Club (currently $1.15) means that shipping costs to anyone outside of the US is pretty high. I have seen scant orders come in from outside the US, probably because of the shipping price.

So I’ve decided to offer two levels of the membership kit: Basic and Deluxe. The biggest difference for now is that the Deluxe will have Postcard Club packaged in, the Basic won’t. I may have some other goodies to offer in the Deluxe kit at some point.

All memberships will still offer:

  • One 2 1/2″ patch, expertly sewn by Falls Creek Outfitters.
  • Two one inch badges.
  • Three 1 1/2″ weather-resistant vinyl stickers.
  • A subscription to the Society of Three Speeds email list, where you will be notified of upcoming SoTS events and other items of interest.
  • And, a membership card with your member number!

The changeover for the different memberships will be on Monday June 3rd. Starting then, the Basic kit will be $20 plus shipping, the Deluxe $25 plus shipping. Please note that you’ll see a lower shipping price for the Basic kit to reflect the lack of Postcard Club. Though it still won’t be cheap for International members. That’s because all my packages have to go First Class Package rate, which is abnormally steep for International shipments.

Until June 3, all memberships will be $20 plus shipping, and include Postcard Club. So now is a good time to get in buying a membership if you want Postcard Club included! Purchase a kit here.

Three Speed Ride, Pedalpalooza Version, Wed June 5

Hello, friends of three speeds! Pedalpalooza, Portland’s all-June, all-bike fun festival, is just around the corner. And as per custom since 2012, I’ll be doing a Three Speed Ride!

This will be a shorter, weeknight cruise. And as per custom, this is my annual “open class” ride. Meaning: any one on any bike. Three speeds obviously preferred, but ride what ya brung!

Meet me on Wednesday June 5 at 6 PM at the Vera Katz Statue on the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland. (This is just north of the Hawthorne Bridge, by the fire station.) We’ll depart at 6:30 PM for a leisurely afterwork ride on three speed bicycles!

We’ll have a nice 10 mi cruise, stop somewhere along the way for supplies, and end at a picnic spot to watch the sunset. Ride not a loop, but will end near transit. Picnic blankets, lights, and layers are a good idea!