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My third and final week of my Three Speed October 2021 Challenge

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! I was hoping to write more of a "Three Speed October 2021 Week Four Round-Up" post. But scanning "the channels" of Instagram, flickr, and tumblr (remember that we do not participate on The Book of Face) there was nothing posted for last week. Nothing except my posts. So that's what… Continue reading My third and final week of my Three Speed October 2021 Challenge

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Three Speed October 2021: The final week

Hello friends of three speeds! For those of you who have registered for the Three Speed October 2021 Challenge, this is the final week you can participate! It's too late to register, and if you have registered but haven't done any rides, it's too late for you as well. This week has to be the… Continue reading Three Speed October 2021: The final week

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Joining the Cult of Brompton

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I’ve owned a lot of bikes in my adulthood–nineteen at last count. Pretty much everything I got was used. Only two bikes were major new purchases, and “game changers” in their own way: The Surly Long Haul Trucker in 2008, then the Bantam custom in 2015. Now here’s another major new purchase to add to that list.

I’ve been intrigued by Brompton Bicycles for as long as I first heard of them, sometime in the mid-aughts. This British bicycle maker had been making folding bikes since the 80s, continuously refining the design. The big deal about Bromptons vs. pretty much all other folding bikes is compactness: It can fold into a small package, making it easy to bring along on multi-modal commutes or on airlines.1 The Brompton fold also keeps the drivetrain on the inside, so no worries about chain brushing on your (or someone else’s) clothes.

I borrowed…

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Three Speed October 2021: Weeks 2 and 3 report

Hello folks! I skipped a report on Week 2, so here's a big ol' combo one. To start, I didn't ride during the second week possible of the challenge, for two reasons: I just got back my Bantam after a month in the shop, so I really wanted to ride that. Plus, my Superbe was… Continue reading Three Speed October 2021: Weeks 2 and 3 report

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Heads up! The last day you can start the Three Speed October 2021 Challenge is tomorrow, Thursday October 14!

Hello friends of three speeds! October is zooming by. We've already gotten through two full weeks of the possible five of the Three Speed October 2021 Challenge. This means if you are still thinking about joining the clock is ticking. The latest you can successfully start the challenge is tomorrow, Thursday October 14th. After that… Continue reading Heads up! The last day you can start the Three Speed October 2021 Challenge is tomorrow, Thursday October 14!