Three Speed Ride, Pedalpalooza Version, Wed June 5

Hello, friends of three speeds! Pedalpalooza, Portland’s all-June, all-bike fun festival, is just around the corner. And as per custom since 2012, I’ll be doing a Three Speed Ride!

This will be a shorter, weeknight cruise. And as per custom, this is my annual “open class” ride. Meaning: any one on any bike. Three speeds obviously preferred, but ride what ya brung!

Meet me on Wednesday June 5 at 6 PM at the Vera Katz Statue on the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland. (This is just north of the Hawthorne Bridge, by the fire station.) We’ll depart at 6:30 PM for a leisurely afterwork ride on three speed bicycles!

We’ll have a nice 10 mi cruise, stop somewhere along the way for supplies, and end at a picnic spot to watch the sunset. Ride not a loop, but will end near transit. Picnic blankets, lights, and layers are a good idea!

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Three Speed Day Tour is this Saturday. You going?

46735832964_d2d2dfc114_oHello folks! The Three Speed Day Tour is happening on Saturday April 20th. This 25-to-30ish cruise will head down to Oregon City and back. Registration is required, you can register and find the full details here.

All the basics from the initial ride description remain. Here’s a few other pointers:

  • The long range forecast for Saturday April 20 is good: Slight chance of showers, high 60F. Now things can change between now and then, so…bring your rain cape!
  • I plan on having a “tea stop” around mile 10, weather permitting. This is a byo affair, so bring a stove and pot/kettle, hot water, or pre-brewed tea or coffee. I may have extra water to go around, so if you are one of those people who don’t have/carry a stove or thermos, please let me know. (You’ll need to bring a cup!)
  • Lunch will be in Oregon City, which is about 16 miles in. Adult beverages can also be consumed at this spot.
  • On top of that, there could be another possible coffee (as in coffee shop) stop. This is a leisurely ride!
  • This ride should hit up three of the five challenges of Three Speed Adventure April: Distance, Climb, and Coffee Outside. I’m seeing if I can incorporate some dirt to make that challenge too. Have not signed up for the challenge yet? Do that here: https://societyofthreespeeds.wordpress.com/3-spd-apr/

And yes folks, there’s still plenty of space available. Hope you can come!

Spots still available for Sturmey Archer hub rebuild class, Wed 24 April

Hello friends of Three Speeds! Just a reminder that our first workshop, the Sturmey Archer Hub Rebuild Workshop, is just two weeks away. And while we’ve sold half of the spots, we still have space available for you!

This class will be taught by expert mechanic Patrick Loftus, who has overhauled many an AW hub in his day. It will be held at the Community Cycling Center (1700 NE Alberta St) on Wednesday April 24 at 7 pm.

Learn how to overhaul a Sturmey Archer three speed hub! Veteran bike mechanic Patrick Loftus will open up an AW hub, dismantle it, and reassemble it in working order during this ninety minute workshop. Participants will learn about lubing and adjusting cables while learning some theory and history. Bring your own three speed as we may be able to help with adjustments. Please note that this is otherwise NOT a hands-on workshop.

Limited to nine people.

Price: $20 for Society of Three Speeds members, $25 for non members, plus service charge.

Society of Three Speeds memberships MUST be purchased previous to purchase of member-rate ticket. You can purchase membership here:

https://urbanadventureleague.storenvy.com/products/25218207-society-of-three-speeds-membership-kit-2019-edition

(Please note: You just need to PURCHASE membership, not receive in the mail. So yes, you can purchase membership and then immediately purchase member-rate ticket.)

Thank you to the Community Cycling Center for giving us the space for this event.

Register for this workshop here.

 

Three Speed Day Tour, Sat Apr 20: Spots Still Available

Hello friends of Three Speeds! My next event, the Three Speed Day Tour, is barely two weeks away! I’m excited about leading my first longer three speed ride. Are you? If so, now would be a good time to sign up for it. We’ve only had two people sign up so far. I know, I know: Some of you folks are afraid of committing to a ride. But registration helps me prepare adequately for a thirty mile three speed ride. So, if you are interested, please sign up via Eventbrite.

Here’s the full description again:

Calling all three speed enthusiasts from the Northwest: Join me for a 25 to 35 mile ramble on Saturday April 20th! 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 $20.

There will be two options to the ride: The shorter (25 mile) would end at Clackamas Town Center MAX station. The longer (35 mile) would be a full loop, continuing on the I-205 and Springwater paths back to SE Portland. It doesn’t matter which option you’ll choose, you’ll have fun no matter what!

The details:

  • This ride will happen on Saturday April 20 at 9 am. We’ll have breakfast at Ford Food and Drink. This is just a couple blocks north of the SE Clinton/12th MAX Station on the Orange Line.
  • 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. You can check out the (not finalized, rough draft) version of the route here. This route is fairly flat and is about 50% bike path! There are a few hills, though so be warned. This end point will be the Clackamas Town Center MAX Station on the Green Line.
  • For those of us who want to go further, we can ride the full loop of 35 miles. You can check out the (not finalized, rough draft) version of the route here. This full loop would be dependent on time, energy levels, and weather.
  • 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!

Questions? Please get in touch.

Please sign up for this ride via Eventbrite here. It’s free, and takes only two minutes.

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!

Three Speed Day Tour, Saturday 20 April

I’ve talked about doing a longer day ride for some time, no better time than now!

Calling all three speed enthusiasts from the Northwest: Join me for a 25 to 35 mile ramble on Saturday April 20th! 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 $20.

There will be two options to the ride: The shorter (25 mile) would end at Clackamas Town Center MAX station. The longer (35 mile) would be a full loop, continuing on the I-205 and Springwater paths back to SE Portland. It doesn’t matter which option you’ll choose, you’ll have fun no matter what!

The details:

  • This ride will happen on Saturday April 20 at 9 am. We’ll have breakfast at Ford Food and Drink. This is just a couple blocks north of the SE Clinton/12th MAX Station on the Orange Line.
  • 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. You can check out the (not finalized, rough draft) version of the route here. This route is fairly flat and is about 50% bike path! There are a few hills, though so be warned. This end point will be the Clackamas Town Center MAX Station on the Green Line.
  • For those of us who want to go further, we can ride the full loop of 35 miles. You can check out the (not finalized, rough draft) version of the route here. This full loop would be dependent on time, energy levels, and weather.
  • 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!

Questions? Please get in touch.

Please sign up for this ride via Eventbrite here. It’s free, and takes only two minutes.