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Labor Day Shop Sale: 15% off Sept 2-5

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Hey folks! I’m offering a little sale on this Labor Day Weekend! Get 15% off stuff from my Big Cartel Shop. Use the code 15LABOR22 to get the deal.

Here is the fine print:

  • This discount only works on my Big Cartel shop, not any other shop.
  • You must spend a minimum of $5 (before shipping and taxes) to receive the discount.
  • The discount is valid on everything, including Society of Three Speeds memberships and Bikes and Film Cameras Club memberships, even the ones with cameras!
  • You must use the code 15LABOR22 to get the discount.
  • Discount code works from 12:01 AM Pacific Time Friday September 2nd, through 11:59 PM Pacific Time Monday September 5th

Thank you for your support!

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RIP Noel Robinson

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I received word on Monday that Noel Robinson, the founder and elder statesman of the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour had passed away.

While in his tent at Dave Sievings family farm, Noel passed away quietly in his sleep last night. Today was to be day 1 of a 4 day tour in and around Lanesboro (Minn.)

Jon Sharratt, Gentleman Cyclist

I had met Noel on my first Tour in 2014 and chatted with him as much as I could. Even though he was no spring chicken, he still did the whole ride each year. Eventually we corresponded frequently by mail, Noel being old-school enough that the digital world hadn’t grabbed hold of him.

Noel took a spill in 2020, breaking his hip. This kind of accident is often a “death sentence” for people of a certain age, but Noel made a speedy recovery. He wasn’t healed enough to do…

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The Return of the Superbe

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My Raleigh Superbe at Kronberg Park on Kellogg Creek, Milwaukie OR. 21 Jan 2022. Camera: Olympus 35 RD/Film: Fujicolor 100

It’s the central irony of my bike-liking life: As soon as I take the time to praise a particular bike, it goes away in some sense. It was just a few months after praising my Raleigh Crested Butte, my longest-serving bike, that I sold it due to “irreconcilable differences.” And at the beginning of the year I talked about how much I love my Raleigh Superbe. Yet most of the year I have not ridden this bike. A lot of this is due to the newness and versatility of my Brompton. But it’s mostly due to mechanical failure.

In early March I took the Superbe for a ride. As I was climbing the SE 53rd hill on the west side of Mount Tabor, I felt the rear wheel…

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A Sunset/Moonrise Ride added for July 13th, plus other Pedalpalooza rides for July (and August)

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Hey folks! Since I will be in town for full moon on Wednesday July 13th after all, I’ve decided to add another Sunset/Moonrise Ride to the calendar! Here are the full details:

Wednesday July 13th, 7:45 PM
Sunset/Moonrise Ride
Meet at Mt. Hood MAX Station (Red Line, near airport)

Did you know that on the night of the full moon, sunset is usually right before the moon rise? Let’s hit up a spot where we can watch both!

Stock up on snacks and libations before meeting up, then depart on an under 5 mile to our mystery destination. Ride not a loop. Lights, layers, and a picnic blanket are good ideas

Please note: THERE IS NO STORE STOP. There’s a Target right at the MAX station, supply up here if you need to, but don’t expect us to wait for you if you “need stuff” and arrive when we’re…

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A Society of Three Speeds status report, July 2022

Hello folks! Summer is here (in the Northern Hemisphere) and I hope you've been getting in some good rides on your three speed. I've been mostly riding my Brompton, as it's my newest bike, and its multi-modal ease means I've brought it to a lot of places. I still love my Raleigh Superbe, but it… Continue reading A Society of Three Speeds status report, July 2022

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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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