Pepin-Minneapolis 2022 Trip, Part Two: The Tour

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The Brew-Up in Lake City, 15 May 2022. Minolta XD5/Ilford HP5+/Ilfosol 3 1:9 at 5:30 in Rondinax 35U

This wasn’t my first Pepin rodeo, nor was it Emee’s. I’ve been to the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour four times before, Emee once. Heck, I even wrote a “tips and tricks” blog post for newbies. Yet even after all the previous tours, I felt both rusty and like a first-timer again. I guess four years away and two years of pandemic can do that to a person.

Saturday May 14th started off great. The weekend would see clouds to sun, temps in the 70s F, with a very slight chance of showers. (I heard a report of a few drops from someone.) This is good, as May in the upper Midwest can be a bit iffy in the weather department. (The 2019 Tour had pouring rain and a high of…

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Using a Sturmey Archer three speed hub


I have been riding the old Husqvarna bicycle for a while now remembering the advantages with three speeds. Riding up hills on the low gear and selecting the high gear when going down the hill at an rather high speed. Suddenly remembering, whilst the wind flutters the trouser legs, that old drum brakes might not be the best alternative if a sudden urge emerges to stop quickly. Who needs brakes anyway? It is the speed that count, after all. Fangio was not known for braking.

Summertime, green grass and a red bicycle

When riding the old Husqvarna, I treat the Sturmeay Archer hub in a special way. First of all, I always shift to the high gear when the bicycle is not used. That is to release the clutch spring inside the hub when not in use. If it is the right way to do it or not, I have…

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