Three Speed Ride, 5 October 2019

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! The bad news is that I won’t be doing the multi-day Three Speed Tour down the Willamette Valley* in September. I’ve got other stuff going on, and really want to do a pre-ride of it first. But, I will have a nice day ride in early October!

Meet me on Saturday October 5, 11 AM, at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton (intersection of N Interstate/Denver/Argyle), across from the Kenton MAX station. We’ll depart at 11:30 AM for a fifteen mile cruise around the reaches of North Portland. This one will be an “open class” ride, meaning all bikes are welcome, but three speeds (obviously) preferred. We’ll have a tea stop somewhere along the way, bring your own tea and way to make it (stove, etc.) or bring pre-brewed tea. (Coffee OK too.) Ride is not a loop, but it will end near food/drink and transit.

 

*Yeah, I know, technically it’d be up.

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A mid-June SoTS update

From the Three Speed Ride on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Sellwood Park.

Hello friends of Three Speeds! It’s been awhile since I checked in here. It’s been busy times around these parts. Right now, we are in the midst of Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long celebration of bike fun. I’ve led or co-led (or will lead or co-lead) about ten events total this month, so I have a LOT on my plate!

But no better time than now to check in with everyone out there about three speeds and the Society. So without further ado…

  • Three Speed Adventure April wrap-up: As we speak, the patches for the event are in process, and I should have them soon. I’ll be getting out prize packs sometime between now and mid-July. I want to get them out as soon as possible, but with Pedalpalooza and a trip to Vancouver next week, let’s err on the side of caution. You’ll get those packs so long as you a) completed the submission form and b) paid for your prizes. If, somehow, I’ve missed you and/or you’ve totally spaced, please get in touch ASAP!
  • I’m also going to write an official Wrap-Up post talking about those who participated. But that may not happen until July because of all the busyness.
  • I’ve got mixed feelings about the scheduled Willamette Valley Three Speed Tour that’s supposed to happen Sept 13-15. There hasn’t been much interest expressed in this tour and I’m not feeling as motivated either. I’ll release an “official statement” by mid-July on whether it’ll go further.
  • I’d like to do a Three Speed Ride in October, to coincide with Three Speed October. News about that will be forthcoming.
  • Also, I’m not ruling out leading a Three Speed Ride in another city (most likely somewhere in the NW.)
  • For those of you who are all “Hey, I’d like to do something in (insert your city here)!” Please do! We need more Three Speed Rides, Socials, Bar Crawls, what have you. Please note that I don’t have the bandwidth to create Three Speed events out of my area. But if you do, get in touch with me as I’ll definitely help in whatever capacity I can.
  • I still haven’t gotten around to breaking the SoTS memberships into a Basic and Enhanced price/level. So, they are still $20 plus shipping, and that also gets you a year of Postcard Club. I WILL change this soon (most likely by the end of the month), so if you want to get the best price on the membership, the time to act is NOW.
  • Finally, I had a good turnout for last Wednesday’s (June 5th) Three Speed Ride. About 20 of us rode from the Vera Katz Statue on the Eastbank Esplanade, crossed the Willamette via Tilikum Crossing, south along the Willamette Greenway, and then back across the river via Sellwood Bridge into Sellwood Park where we enjoyed a snack and beverage. Here’s to more rides. Below is a gallery of some of the bikes from the ride.

REMINDER: Three Speed Ride this Wednesday, June 5

Hello folks! We are in the midst of Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long bike festival of fun. I’ve done a Three Speed Ride during every Pedalpalooza since 2012, and now it is time for another!

This ride will be a shorter, weeknight cruise. And as per custom, the Pedalpalooza ride 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!

The weather for Wednesday looks decent, cloudy with a high of 68F/20C. See you then!

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!

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.