Postcard Club memberships through 2020 now available!

Urban Adventure League

Hello friends! We are more than half-way through 2019, but there are still more Urban Adventure League/Society of Three Speeds events on the docket. Besides the one depicted here, there will be at least one more postcard for the year.

So, I’ve decided to refresh the Postcard Club action. Right now you can purchase a membership that will be good through the end of 2020. Yes, you’ll get all the remaining postcards for this year, plus all postcards for 2020!

You can buy or renew a membership for $16 plus postage. Go to my Storenvy Shop to do so. (If you want to do it via post, please get in touch.) And remember, I send to anywhere in the world!

I realize that most of you won’t be able to go on these events. So if you are wondering why should you become a part of Postcard Club, ask…

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Three Speed Ride, 5 October 2019

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! The bad news is that I won’t be doing the multi-day Three Speed Tour down the Willamette Valley* in September. I’ve got other stuff going on, and really want to do a pre-ride of it first. But, I will have a nice day ride in early October!

Meet me on Saturday October 5, 11 AM, at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton (intersection of N Interstate/Denver/Argyle), across from the Kenton MAX station. We’ll depart at 11:30 AM for a fifteen mile cruise around the reaches of North Portland. This one will be an “open class” ride, meaning all bikes are welcome, but three speeds (obviously) preferred. We’ll have a tea stop somewhere along the way, bring your own tea and way to make it (stove, etc.) or bring pre-brewed tea. (Coffee OK too.) Ride is not a loop, but it will end near food/drink and transit.

 

*Yeah, I know, technically it’d be up.

Who is Society of Three Speeds for, anyway?

I’ve been doing this Society of Three Speeds for over seven years. (I’ve been leading Three Speed Rides for nine!) During these seven years, over 220 fine folks have joined the Society. (Thank you, everyone!) I had figured that, by now, people would figure out who this “club” is for. But maybe I haven’t spelled it out enough?

Case in point: I recently got a letter from someone who found out about the Society. After letting me know that they liked three speeds yet disliked organized rides,* they concluded the letter with a point-blank question: “Why should I join your organization?”

I had never had anyone ask me this. Up until now, no one had asked me to “sell” SoTS to them (at least, not in that manner.) Instead, what I usually get is someone who tells me that they’d like to join the Society, but doesn’t live in Portland and therefore is disqualified from membership.** So then I have to tell them that yes, they can join, since this is an International organization. People join from all over the world, many (if not most) have not (and may never) set foot in the Pacific Northwest.

So this got me thinking: Who is this “club” for? And I came up with three (of course!) easily digestible reasons:

  1. You like getting cool stuff in the mail. The big thing you get when you purchase a membership is a swell amount of swag. It includes a patch, buttons, some stickers, a postcard or two, an introductory guide, etc. Oh yeah, the membership card. Most people don’t get anything cool in the mail anymore. Joining the Society remedies this.
  2. You like joining a pseudo-serious “bike club” of like-minded individuals. The whole idea of this thing is to not be (insert your local road-racing club here.) There are no boring meetings, no “minutes recorded”, no in-fighting. Instead, you are “joining” a group of folks who share a common interest, and in the name of fun. Think of similar groups like the Tarik Saleh Bike Club or the League of Caffeinated Wheelers.*** What have you do to become a member of either? For TSBC it’s “ride bikes, try not to be an ass”. For LCW, it’s “ride bikes, like coffee”. Nothing more to that. Do you want to be in a club of folks who like three speeds?
  3. You are a fan of three speeds. I guess the best and easy way to describe SoTS is that it’s a fan club for three speeds. It’s a way to show to the world that three speeds are viable and valuable. Why did people join the David Cassidy Fan Club? Because they liked David Cassidy. Why do people join Society of Three Speeds? Because they like three speeds!

Hopefully that answers the question. Yes, the rides and challenges are cool. But ultimately, it’s all about a love of the three speed bicycle. So, do you like three speeds? Don’t delay, join today!

 

*But curiously this same person asked if there were any organized three speed rides in their area.

**This, of course, is immaterial. You do not have to be a member to participate on my rides. I have never “closed off” the rides to members only. I’d guess about 50% of people who show up to my rides are members.

***Both of whom (Tarik and Brad) are members of Society of Three Speeds.

 

The LAST membership sale: $5 off the basic and deluxe memberships until Sunday!

Well friends, ca$h flow around the Urban Adventure League/Society of Three Speeds headquarters is a bit strained these days. So I’m offering up the last sale (I hope) on Society of Three Speeds memberships!

Until 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Sunday July 21 2019, I’m knocking off $5 the memberships. Get the Basic Society of Three Speeds membership (no Postcard Club included) for just $15 plus shipping. Get the Deluxe version (includes Postcard Club) for $20 plus shipping. On Monday July 22nd they’ll be $20 and $25 (plus shipping), respectively.

And feel free to check out other great items in my store. While I don’t have any other sales running right now, you still get some great deals if you buy the multi-packs of items. My Comix/Zine six pack is just $15 plus shipping. If you bought each thing individually, you’d pay $20!

Plus, I am still very much available for art-for-hire commissions. Get in touch.

Any little bit helps. Thanks a bunch, folks!