Three Speed Adventure April 2020, Week One Prompt: You and your three speed

Myself and my Robin Hood path racer project in Laurelhurst Park, Jan 2020. See? You can use older photos if you want!

Okay friends! Here is the start of the brave new Three Speed Adventure April 2020 Challenge. Remember, this is not about “winning” or prizes, just simply a way to enjoy three speeds safely during this pandemic.

And the prompt for Week One, which is Sunday March 29 through Saturday April 4 (all times local to you) is:

You and your three speed

I’d like to see photos of you and your bike! This can done in the safety of your home and/or garage.

Here are the fine print details:

  • This can happen anywhere on earth.
  • This is open to anyone who owns a bike with an internally geared hub of three, four, or five speeds. No more/less gears, no derailleurs, with the exception of Bromptons and chain tensioners. It doesn’t matter how old the bike is, or what country the bike came from.
  • The photos can be fresh, or they can be from your archives.
  • You can post one photo a day, with the maximum of six per week.
  • You can post photos to your blog, Instagram, flickr, or tumblr. (No twitter or facebook, sorry.)
  • Please tag your pic #threespeedadvapr2020
  • Please write a good description!
  • Make sure you mention the make and model of your bike (i.e. Raleigh Superbe), and year if you know.
  • Let me know when you post. You can tag me in the post or email/DM me.
  • Want to mail it in via post? Sure. You will need to include a photo, though. Email/DM me for more info.
  • I will do my best to share as many posts as possible!

Alright, let’s see your photos, friends!

Sale on select Society of Three Speeds stuff until May 2

Hello friends of Three Speeds! To coincide with Three Speed Adventure April, I’m doing a li’l sale. From now until Saturday May 2nd, I’m having a sale on selected Society of Three Speeds items:

Also, I have a few of the Three Speed October 2019 patches left over. These are selling for $5 while they last or until May 2 (whichever comes first.) The best part: You didn’t have to participate in (or complete) the challenge to get one!

All the above prices do not include shipping or handling. And I ship to anywhere in the world. See more wonderful items in my Shop.

Thank you for your support! These are trying times for a small independent artist like me, so any purchases are much appreciated.

Three Speed Adventure April Challenge is BACK for 2020–but with a big twist

Hello friends. I didn’t want to do the traditional Three Speed Adventure April Challenge like I’ve been doing for the last few years–all the registrations, info collecting, Google spreadsheets, and nagging people had got me down. But now we are in this brave new world of global pandemic, which has led to the cancellation of my April ride in Portland. I want to do something.

I thought about bringing back some form of the original Adventure April challenges, since they can be done alone and with appropriate social distancing. But I also don’t want to encourage any risky and irresponsible behavior. So, I am going to do another three speed typed challenge project, one that you can even do when you are self-quarantined!

Over the next five weeks, from Sunday March 29 through Saturday May 2, I’m going to have a weekly Self-Challenge. The weekly prompts will be posted by the preceding Saturday. This will be a photo challenge, meaning get out your camera-typed object and document what I ask! This challenge has no registration, and no winners or prizes, basically you want to do this for yourself and have fun in these trying times.

Here are the fine print details:

  • This can happen anywhere on earth.
  • This is open to anyone who owns a bike with an internally geared hub of three, four, or five speeds. No more/less gears, no derailleurs, with the exception of Bromptons and chain tensioners. It doesn’t matter how old the bike is, or what country the bike came from.
  • The photos can be fresh, or they can be from your archives.
  • You can post one photo a day, with the maximum of six per week.
  • You can post photos to your blog, Instagram, flickr, or tumblr. (No twitter or facebook, sorry.)
  • Please tag your pic #threespeedadvapr2020
  • Please write a good description!
  • Make sure you mention the make and model of your bike (i.e. Raleigh Superbe), and year if you know.
  • Let me know when you post. You can tag me in the post or email/DM me.
  • Want to mail it in via post? Sure. You will need to include a photo, though. Email/DM me for more info.
  • I will do my best to share as many posts as possible!

Okay! Look forward to your participation.

Three Speed Day Tour, 18 April 2020: CANCELLED

I was hoping for a fun day of three speed riding on Saturday April 18th. But with a heavy heart, I’ve decided to cancel this ride. With the current situation of global pandemic, I don’t feel that it’s the time for the ride. While restrictions may hopefully be lifted by April 18th, there’s a lot of uncertainty of what’s ahead for the short term. Now is not the time for a group ride.

I still have a Three Speed Ride planned for October, which may be this route, or another. I’m also hoping for a Three Speed Campout this summer. Plus, I fully intend to do the Three Speed October Challenge if I can. There will be three speed fun in the future, I promise.

In the meantime, health officials still say it’s okay to go on a solo bike ride. I’ll be doing as much of that as I can. So, get on your three speed and go on a ride. We’re going to need bike rides for our mental and physical health.

Stay safe out there.

A status report during a pandemic, and an “ask”.

Urban Adventure League

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s, Ilford HP 5 Plus 400 film.

Hello folks. Undoubtedly, you are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Oregon, the governor has limited gatherings to 25 or less and has asked bars and restaurants to cease dine-in service for the next few weeks. Schools are closed to the end of the month, at least. It’s “interesting” times, to say the least, a mood I haven’t seen since 9/11.

I’m trying to be cautious but optimistic. I don’t want to feel that this is nothing, nor do I want to believe it’s the End Times. I try my best to give into fear. While I am relatively healthy, I don’t want to pass along the virus to someone else. I want to “flatten the curve”, so I’ve been limiting interpersonal interactions beyond the immediate household. I keep the social distance, and have only done sporadic errands…

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Three Speed Day Tour: Saturday April 18

Despite not doing the Adventure April Challenge this year, there will still be three speed fun here in Portland! The Day Tour to Oregon City returns for Saturday, April 18.

It’s time for a lovely day tour on three speed bicycles! Destination: Oregon City, where we can have a fine lunch, use America’s favorite municipal elevator, tour the promenade, and see the Falls. Then we ride back to Portland. Lovely!

This ride is open to all bikes that have a three speed internal geared hub. Hub and bike can be of any age and from any country. We also accept four and five speed internal geared hubs, but nothing larger. No derailleur equipped bicycles unless: a) it is on a Brompton or b) derailleur acts as chain tensioner.

You do not need to be a member of Society of Three Speeds to be on the ride. If you are not a member, you can purchase a membership on the day of ride for just $15!

The details:

  • This ride will happen on Saturday April 18 at 9 am. Location to be announced, it will be somewhere in inner SE or thereabouts. It will be close to a MAX station. All registrants will get the start location about a week before the ride.
  • We’ll meet at a spot with food options. If’n you aren’t into a full breakfast, just meet us at the cafe by 10 am. This will be the departure time.
  • The main ride is about 25 miles. The full route has not been finalized yet, but it will be (mostly) an out-and-back to Oregon City, much of it via bike path. There will be a small hill or two, no shame in walking.
  • This is a LEISURELY ride. We will take our time, we will have breaks. Don’t think we’ll be done by 1 PM. Nope, this is not that type of ride! Expect to be out until early evening and you won’t be disappointed or stressed.
  • We’ll have a good break in Oregon City to get sit-down food and adult libations.
  • We’ll have a tea stop at some point. This is BYO, either bring hot tea or be prepared to make it with a stove. Coffee and other hot beverages are OK too.
  • We plan on riding rain or shine. If it is truly stormy, this ride may be postponed or cancelled. But a little rain won’t stop us!

Are you interested in going? Please sign up via Eventbrite here. Registration is free, and only takes a couple minutes.