Changes to Society of Three Speeds memberships

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! Thank you for the strong show of support for the revamped Society of Three Speeds membership kits! Since I started the pre-order last fall, I’ve sold about seventy of these kits. After having them out for about a half-year, I’ve got some thoughts about moving forward.

I’ve come to realize that I may have priced the kit a bit too generously, and for most folks (especially if they live outside of Portland), the year of automatic Postcard Club membership added to the SoTS kit may be unnecessary. Plus, the cost of international postage for each postcard in Postcard Club (currently $1.15) means that shipping costs to anyone outside of the US is pretty high. I have seen scant orders come in from outside the US, probably because of the shipping price.

So I’ve decided to offer two levels of the membership kit: Basic and Deluxe. The biggest difference for now is that the Deluxe will have Postcard Club packaged in, the Basic won’t. I may have some other goodies to offer in the Deluxe kit at some point.

All memberships will still offer:

  • One 2 1/2″ patch, expertly sewn by Falls Creek Outfitters.
  • Two one inch badges.
  • Three 1 1/2″ weather-resistant vinyl stickers.
  • A subscription to the Society of Three Speeds email list, where you will be notified of upcoming SoTS events and other items of interest.
  • And, a membership card with your member number!

The changeover for the different memberships will be on Monday June 3rd. Starting then, the Basic kit will be $20 plus shipping, the Deluxe $25 plus shipping. Please note that you’ll see a lower shipping price for the Basic kit to reflect the lack of Postcard Club. Though it still won’t be cheap for International members. That’s because all my packages have to go First Class Package rate, which is abnormally steep for International shipments.

Until June 3, all memberships will be $20 plus shipping, and include Postcard Club. So now is a good time to get in buying a membership if you want Postcard Club included! Purchase a kit here.


Memberships finally out!

Hello friends of Three Speeds! It look longer than I hoped or wanted, but I finally have gotten out ALL of those membership kits! If you ordered a SoTS kit since I started the pre-sale last fall, or if you are one of those few that managed to win/buy one during the couple years where they were not available, you should have received your kit in the mail. And if not yet, you should be getting it in within the next week or so.

If you haven’t received your kit by the end of the month, please get in touch.

And if you didn’t buy one, you still have a chance to get in on the $20 rate before it may raise again. Purchase your membership here.


Society of Three Speeds Events 2019 postcard, and a membership update!

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! I just got a box of postcards back from the printer. These postcards handily list all the major Society of Three Speeds events for 2019. And you can get one if you want!

Here’s how to get one:

  • These postcards will be sent out with all Society of Three Speeds memberships purchased this year. Haven’t purchased or renewed your membership? Go here to do so.
  • Or, if you have signed up for Postcard Club, you’ll get one too! If you’d like to join, go here.
  • And if you just want the postcard by itself without joining SoTS or Postcard Club, you can get one for $1.00 plus shipping. Go here if you want to buy it that way.

As for those membership kits, the postcard was the final piece of the puzzle. So that means I’m ready to ship out the membership kits! They’ll be going out in the next week or so. Thank you for your patience!

I’ve got yet another secret and special thing I’ll be adding to the membership kits in the near future. And I’m realizing that $20 plus shipping for one patch, two buttons, three stickers, a membership card, and a year’s worth of postcards is a fairly low price. I can’t add anything else to the kit at that price, so starting in April I’m going to be raising the membership price to $25 plus shipping. So, if you want to get in on the $20 price, act now! Or, you can wait until April with the higher price and added item. (For those of you who have already purchased the kit, don’t worry, you’ll be able to purchase this new secret and special thing separately.)

Viva three speeds!

A SoTS membership pack update

Hello folks! The Society of Three Speeds membership kit is still in process. I’ve got the patches, buttons, and stickers OK. I’m still finishing up some of the “other” stuff. What is this other stuff, you may ask? Well, you’re going to have to wait and see!

I said I’d be getting the kits out by the end of January. That’s still a few weeks away, so everything looks to be on schedule. You can still get in on the action and order your kit here.

Reminder: Three Speed Get-Together this Saturday, January 19th!

Hey folks! Just a friendly reminder that the Get-Together is this weekend! We’ve had a few people sign up. If you are thinking of coming, please register via Eventbrite. This way I know how much of a space to reserve at Montavilla Brew Works. Registration is free, and takes maybe two minutes.


All within traveling distance of Portland, Oregon are invited to a meeting between 4 PM and 6: 30 PM on Saturday January 19th at Montavilla Brew Works, 7805 SE Stark St., Portland, Oregon, USA.

This event is FREE, but all beverages will be paid for by YOU. Montavilla Brew Works has no kitchen so no onsite food besides a few snacks. However, they allow outside food, and there are HEAPS of options within a couple blocks of the brewery. You will not go hungry!

After the gathering, if people are willing and the weather’s okay, we may go for a ride. So, it is best to bring your Three Speed bicycle to show off and use! (And it’ll be dark and maybe wet, bring lights and rain gear for that.)

Things that will happen at the gathering:

  • A State Of The Three Speeds Address
  • Prizes!
  • Society of Three Speeds Memberships sold at just $20 (would be $27 if purchased online)
  • Discussion of upcoming Society of Three Speeds events for 2019
  • Other random crap to be determined.

Pre-registration is encouraged. I need to get a handle on how many of you folks will be showing up so I can reserve the appropriate amount of space. Registration is free and takes two minutes. Please register here.

And for those of you coming from out of town: Make it a Three Speed Weekend! The following day I’ll be leading my (mostly) annual Palm Tree Ride. We’ll be meeting up in the same neighborhood, at at Fillmore, 7201 NE Glisan St at 11 AM. We depart at 11:30 AM. This ride will be three speed friendly. Find more details on the ride here.

Society of Three Speeds Membership Pre-Sale EXTENDED one week, to Friday December 14! (Plus last day of New Old Stock 333 Pre-Sale)

Hello folks! Thank you so much for all your support! Since my Society of Three Speeds membership kit pre-order went live almost three weeks ago, I’ve gotten over 20 new and renewed memberships! You folks like the three speeds, I can see. And while many elements are now in place, like the patch, buttons, and stickers, there’s a few more things I am working on before the kit goes “live” in January 2019.

So, I’ve decided to extend the pre-order sale ONE MORE WEEK. Now you’ll have until 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Friday December 14 to get the kit for the price of $15 plus fees and shipping. After that date, the regular price will be $20 plus fees and shipping. And no, I’m not going to extend the sale after this point! So get in on it now! The only two ways I’ll be discounting memberships after the sale is over will be:

  1. At in-person events
  2. If you successfully complete a challenge like Three Speed Adventure April or Three Speed October.

And what do you get with the Society of Three Speeds kit?

  • The patch!
  • Two 1 inch buttons of the design
  • Three 1 1/2 inch stickers of the design
  • One year of Postcard Club. You’ll get about four unique event postcards sent to you!
  • A subscription to the Society of Three Speeds email list, where you will be notified of upcoming SoTS events and other items of interest.
  • Some other special goodness!
  • And of course, your membership card with your membership number!

And to clear up some things that have been asked:

  • If you are already a member, you will still retain your member number, you will not be a “new member” per se. (And no, you can’t get a new number if you are an existing member.)
  • At some point (January), existing members will be able to purchase individual stickers, buttons, and patches a la carte. However, I’ve designed it so that the “best” deal for current and new members alike is to get in on the pre-sale. So don’t wait, order the kit!
  • You can “gift” folks a membership. In the notes of the order, please indicate full name, mailing address, and email address of the giftee. If you want me to let them know who gifted them the kit, indicate that as well.
  • Membership to the Society of Three Speeds is available to everyone, anywhere in the world. You do not have to live in the Portland area. While you won’t be able to go on the rides I put on in and around the Portland area, you will still be part of a larger global organization of three speed enthusiasts. We have members from all over the world!
  • Speaking of rides, yes, please do a Three Speed Ride in (insert your town here.) I can’t be everywhere, and while the idea of having a ride in Kansas City or Winnipeg is appealing, I’m not going to be the one to make it happen. But maybe you can? Let me know what you’re planning, and I can try to help.
  • You don’t need to own a three speed…yet. You do not have to currently own a three speed bicycle when you join the club. But you should definitely be into the idea of them, and pursue getting one in the next year or two.

Do you still have questions? Please let me know.

Order the Society of Three Speeds membership kit here.

In other news, today is the last day of the New Old Stock 333 pre-order. Purchase NEW OLD STOCK 333 until 11:59 PM Pacific Time tonight, Friday December 7, get it for just $3! (plus fees and shipping) The regular price will be $4, so you save 25%! Purchase it here.