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Three Speed Cruise is just a week away!

Hello, friends of three speeds! The first Three Speed Ride for 2021, and the first since the January 2020 pub crawl is just about a week away! Join us next week for the summer Three Speed Cruise! Come along on Monday August 2 at 6 Pm for a 10 mile loop meandering around the Willamette… Continue reading Three Speed Cruise is just a week away!


Goodbye, Robin Hood Path Racer

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From the final ride, 8 July 2021. Minolta Freedom Tele/Kodak Ultramax 400

My Robin Hood path racer came into being on a whim. In 2016 I was given a couple old Raleigh three speeds plus a bare Robin Hood frame. I managed to move the two bikes, but the Robin Hood frame sat for a year since I didn’t know what to do with it. Finally I decided to build it up for myself and make in the style of a path racer–a mid-century British creation of stripped down raciness. I had done that to a Rudge a half-decade earlier. I loved the Rudge, but it was too small so it didn’t see the use it should have. Over fall and winter of 2017-8 Steve M and myself built up the Robin Hood with gathered parts and then I had a fun and sporty machine.

I rode the Robin Hood…

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The Superbe gets a few tweaks

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Minolta SR-T 101. MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 lens. Lomography 800 film.

I’ve had my 1968 Raleigh Superbe in riding condition for five years. The bike has remained pretty static since it got built up: I knew what I wanted in a vintage British three speed through my experiences with my former bike, the Raleigh Wayfarer. I always wanted the overall aesthetic of the Superbe to remain “classic three speed”. But unlike many vintage bike restorers, I had no problem upgrading with modern componentry that wouldn’t look out of place. Things like steel rims, which were replaced with aluminum ones. While old Raleigh wheels look nice, they are heavy and provide sub-par stopping power in wet conditions. Other bits and bobs were transferred when needed.

I’ve been pretty happy with how things turned out. But the departure of the Raleigh Crested Butte has shaken up things a bit. Having one…

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