Three Speed Plans for 2019, a calendar and a road map

2019 promises to be an exciting year for Three Speeds! Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest or are somewhere else in the world, we’ve got some three speed fun for you! So mark your calendars (or just link to ours).

Full details on these events will happen within the month or two before the event. But the dates have been set!

  • April 1-30: Three Speed Adventure April (worldwide). Just like the past couple years, there are five separate challenges to complete: 1) Ride a three speed at least 15 mi/25 km 2) climb at least a 5% grade for 100 ft/30 m 3) unpaved/dirt for 1/2 mi/1 km 4) coffee outside 5) bike overnight. Registration will open up in March. Full details here.
  • Sat April 20: Three Speed Day Tour (Portland). A 25 or 35 mile ride, mostly along bike paths, to Oregon City and back. Full details and how to register for the ride here. Come on down!
  • Wed June 5: Three Speed Evening Ride (Portland). Our annual Pedalpalooza ride, a 10 mile romp after work. This is our one “open” ride for the year, meaning any bike is welcome. Full details TBA.
  • Sept 13-15: Willamette Valley Three Speed Tour (Portland). A multiple day ride southward using (mostly) the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. This will be a self-supported camping tour. We’ll ride 35-50 miles a day and camp in campgrounds. Full details TBA.
  • Sept 27-Nov 3: Three Speed October Challenge (worldwide). Ride your three speed at least three miles, three days a week, for three weeks. Registration opens in September. Full details here.

Oh yeah, that image above is a new Society of Three Speeds postcard! All members who have either purchased the new 2019 Membership Kit or those who are in Postcard Club will get one! Want in? Become a member or renew your membership! Buy it here.

Hope to see you out there!


A late-month Adventure April report.

Hello folks! Yeah, this update is late. But I have found that the “problem” with this challenge vs. the October challenge is that you fine folks have all month to pull it off, and you don’t need to do it in a weekly fashion. So, only a few people have emailed me results. There are a few other reports out in other mediums, but folks, please remember to still email me them! And tag those posts #threespeedadvapr2017

Here’s what I know so far…

    • On the home front, everyone that attended my three speed ride on Sunday April 2nd fulfilled four out of five of the sub-challenges, everything except the overnight.
    • Out in the Hudson Valley, Spencer has hit up four of the five sub-challenges, everything except the overnight. From his report: “About 17 miles total, a couple off-road segments, coffee outside, one good on road climb and one off-road slog up out of the trails at Clermont Historic site.  The bike used was a first generation Surly 1×1 with a modern Shimano 3 speed hub, 40 tooth chain ring and 16 tooth Cog.  Now, I have to confess that the coffee outside was Starbucks, instant VIA french roast…I know, that it might be “grounds” for review of my membership but in my defense, it was really cold and windy and I forgot to bring a mug.”
    • In New Jersey, Robert has gotten in a couple rides as well.
    • Out in Denmark, Jeremy has gotten in the unpaved challenge plus the distance challenge.
    • Doug in Edinburgh got in the distance and climb portion of the challenge. “I got on the trail last Thursday, did an almost 13 mile run on cycle route 196 with partner and dogs, I then continued alone on route 196, joining Route 1 to go down into the village of Whitecraigs, turning right onto the A6094 and right again at the roundabout onto the A6124 which goes up to the top of Carberry and beyond. I finished up in Cousland village outside the village hall. Total mileage for the two sections is just under 18.5 miles. The elevation of the roundabout at Whitecraigs is 102ft. Cousland is at 492ft. Total climb, 390ft. I did stop very briefly for the traffic lights at the top of Carberry hill but that is at 340ft so already above the 150.”
    • Rowan in Blackpool, UK has gotten in the distance and climb portion of the challenge. “On April 2nd, I participated in Manchester’s Spring Tweed Ride on my Gazelle Cheetah, which completed a 17 mile loop from the Angel Inn, on Angel Street, to Salford Quays, Ordsall Hall and meandering around Salford and Stretford, using the Manchester Ship Canal & river Irwell. I rode in a kilt, which was interesting! On April 3rd, I took a newly re-acquired 1957 Raleigh Sports, whereupon I rode from Bilsborrow, Lancashire, to Scorton, Lancashire, via Claughton and Brock Side. This ride more than covered the elevation and inclines required, many times over!”
    • Stewart in Brighton, UK got in a Coffee Outside on Saturday April 15, on a Raleigh Wayfarer no less! “Things have been a little slow on the three speed challenge front, nevertheless I did manage to fit a pre work coffee outside. I’m hoping to do a three in one next. A 15 mile ride including some off road action and a climb of 10%.”

Alright, hope everyone is having fun out there. Let’s see those reports!