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A reflection on the Society in 2022, and what’s ahead for 2023

Riding the Esplanade with my Raleigh Superbe, Portland. 5 Dec 2022 Hello, friends of three speeds. 2022 was a very quiet year for the Society, possibly the quietest year since I founded it way back in 2013. This year we had no rides and one challenge, and that was just photo-based. (Three Speed April) I… Continue reading A reflection on the Society in 2022, and what’s ahead for 2023

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Typewriters

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Typewriters have always been a part of my life. For example, the first typewriter I encountered was my grandmothers old Swedish Halda. It was large, heavy and painted in the typical green hammerite colour that was popular in the early 1940´s. It was a really nice machine that had been around for quite a while, and for me as a kid it was a impressive machine with all levers, knobs and shiny parts. After a few years my grandmother decided she did not have any need for the old typewriter any more so she gave the old Halda typewriter to me. Suddenly, 12 year old me was owner to my very first own typewriter.

Today I realize that it was a rather fatal mistake to give a 12 year old kid an machine like that. A 12 year old that owned a screwdriver, ready at his disposal with an interest…

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SoTS Buttons and Patches pre-order/re-order

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! I updated the Society of Three Speeds logo in the spring of 2021 to the current "upside down Sturmey shifter". I wanted something bolder and more easily translatable than the previous design of the airway beacon atop Rocky Butte (NOT a lighthouse!) Apparently you folks like the design, as all… Continue reading SoTS Buttons and Patches pre-order/re-order

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Save the Date: Three Speed Tour, Sat 29 Apr 2023

Emee takes in Willamette Falls, 11 April 2021. Camera: Minolta SR-T 101. (SRT-101) Film: Kodak Ektar 100. Yes, friends of Three Speeds, it's been awhile. Pandemic was hard for three speed rides, I only have managed one in this new decade, back in 2021. And with that ride, it became clear that occasional small-scale rides… Continue reading Save the Date: Three Speed Tour, Sat 29 Apr 2023

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Palm Tree Ride, Sunday 22 January 2023

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Ah, the annual middle-of winter tradition returns for its eighteenth year! This is a ride I’ve been doing mostly annually since 2005, only skipping 2016 and 2017 when I thought I was “burnt out” from it and 2021 for obvious reasons.

The premise, as always, is the same: An approximately10 mile casual bicycle ride (not a loop) explorin’ the palm trees around town. I also throw in some other exotics and evergreens, like eucalypts, madronas, yuccas, Oregon myrtles, and such. These trees and shrubs keep the city green through our grey and cool winter months, when all the deciduous trees have dropped their leaves. Seeing a bunch of them in the middle of winter brightens the mood, and reminds us that winter here may not be as bad as we feel.

Come join me this Sunday January 23rd at 11 am for the Palm Tree Ride. Registration is required and…

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Holiday Sale at Lords Luggage this Saturday December 3rd

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Hey all! It’s a bit last minute, but I’ll be participating in a holiday market this Saturday at Lords Luggage, 3616 SE Knapp St in the Eastmoreland neighborhood. (Portland OR 97202). From 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday December 3rd, 2022, I’ll be selling any and all the wares you can find in my Big Cartel shop–zines, comix, stickers, buttons, postcards, and Society of Three Speeds and Bikes and Film Cameras Club memberships. Oh yeah, you can register for the 2023 Midnite Bicycle League Challenge too!

See you Saturday.

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