Three Speed Day Tour: Saturday April 18

Despite not doing the Adventure April Challenge this year, there will still be three speed fun here in Portland! The Day Tour to Oregon City returns for Saturday, April 18.

It’s time for a lovely day tour on three speed bicycles! 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 $15!

The details:

  • This ride will happen on Saturday April 18 at 9 am. Location to be announced, it will be somewhere in inner SE or thereabouts. It will be close to a MAX station. All registrants will get the start location about a week before the ride.
  • We’ll meet at a spot with food options. 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. The full route has not been finalized yet, but it will be (mostly) an out-and-back to Oregon City, much of it via bike path. There will be a small hill or two, no shame in walking.
  • 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!

Are you interested in going? Please sign up via Eventbrite here. Registration is free, and only takes a couple minutes.

Three Speed Pub Crawl is THIS SATURDAY, January 25. Spots still available!

Hey there! Do you like three speed bicycles? Like riding three speed bicycles? Like imbibing adult beverages? Then come on this Three Speed Pub Crawl presented by Society of Three Speeds!

The pub crawl is Saturday January 25 from 4 PM to about 8. We’ll hit up at least three pubs. The vague theme of the “crawl” is Scottish, with a dash of Lunar New Year thrown in.

We’ll let you know where the start is about a week before the event. The route will be a mystery. The locations will all be on the east side of the Willamette River, not going more than three miles north or south of Burnside, and not going east of 82nd. End spot will be transit accessible.

This event is FREE, but all beverages will be paid for by YOU. And maybe you should consider buying your ride leader a drink? 😉

Three Speed Bicycles recommended, but if you don’t have one, ride what you brung.

We’ll also have Society of Three Speeds memberships available for purchase, along with other swag.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please go to Eventbrite to register.

What is ahead for Society of Three Speeds in 2020

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! You just read about how our 2019 shaped up. What about the future?

Well, I intend on having another robust year of events and challenges. I have a general blueprint of what I want to do. I’m refraining on setting all the exact dates just yet, since things may change and I don’t want to run into a situation with the 2019 postcard, when I had events listed that got changed.

So, here’s what is going to happen, so far:

  • January. We’ll have the Three Speed Pub Crawl on Saturday January 25. Register here.
  • April. The Adventure April Challenge will return again. We will also have a Three Speed Day Tour from Portland to Oregon City on Saturday April 18th. It’ll be like the one we did in April 2019 with some changes. Registration will be required, and should be live by February.
  • Mid-summer (probably August): A Three Speed Bike Campout weekend! This should be going again to Stub Stewart State Park, about 35 miles NW of Portland. Registration will be required, and should be live by June.
  • October. The October Challenge will return once again! And I plan on another Portland area Day Tour (somewhere in the 20 mile vicinity) that will probably be in an area we haven’t explored yet, yet still accessible by transit.

While the overall blueprint of 2020 is pretty similar to 2019, there will be some changes:

  • Adventure April: I’m toying with the idea of going with “paper reporting only” for the challenges. There’s been enough headaches with online forms and I don’t particularly enjoy looking at spreadsheets. Basically, you’ll have to mail in (via post!) your reports. I’ll have specific instructions closer to the challenge. Also, I’m probably going to reduce the amount of challenges down to three.
  • Pedalpalooza: Unless I get a wild hair up my arse, I don’t plan on doing a Three Speed Ride during Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long bicycle fun celebration every June. I’ve done a ride every PP since 2012. The first couple seemed to be great, but it’s been diminishing returns since then. The big reason is that I open it up to “all bikes”. While this means I can get decent numbers of participants (in 2019 I had 20 people), it also means that three speeds constitute a third to under half of all riders. I had hoped that doing this open class ride during the primest time to do it would mean publicity for the Society and people getting “turned on” to three speeds. But I don’t really feel like that’s been the case. Part of my 2020 strategy is to keep my Pedalpalooza events capped at four so I don’t burn out. Somethings got to give, and in this case it’ll be three speeds.
  • Bike Camping. I’ve threatened to do a Three Speed Willamette Valley Tour a few times, but never have pursued it fully. There doesn’t seem to be a real interest by people other than me (and Tim). I hope to tackle it on my own at some point, but I still want to promote Bike Camping via Three Speed. That’s one of the reasons why I made the Three Speed Camping sticker! So it’s time to do another group camping trip! Stub Stewart is a great spot for one because it’s about a 22 mile ride from the end of light rail on either quiet country roads or a bike path. And it’s not that hilly, either. So I’m hoping to schedule it in later summer, perhaps in August.
  • October Challenge. Like the April Challenge, I intend on doing paper reporting only. I also may shorten the timeframe from the five-plus weeks it is currently at. And it seems like my changes to how the weeks were counted confused more than it helps, so I may go back to a Sunday-through-Saturday week structure again. And I’ll probably ditch the “extra challenges”.
  • Out of Town Rides: Despite the rain, the Seattle Three Speed Ride was lots of fun. I want to do another one up there, but probably in summer when there’s less a chance of getting poured on. I also want to do a ride in at least one more city, which shall be determined.

Okay, an ambitious year ahead! Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Feel free to post them in the comments. Happy New Year and hope to see you on the road in 2020!

Three Speed Pub Crawl, Sat 25 Jan

Hey there! Do you like three speed bicycles? Like riding three speed bicycles? Like imbibing adult beverages?

Come on this Three Speed Pub Crawl presented by Society of Three Speeds! We’ll hit up at least three pubs. The vague theme of the “crawl” is Scottish, with a dash of Lunar New Year thrown in.

This pub crawl will happen on Saturday January 25, 2020. We’ll start at 4 PM and go until about 8, or whenever our energy/desire runs out.

We’ll let you know where the start is about a week before the event. The route will be a mystery. The locations will all be on the east side of the Willamette River, not going more than three miles north or south of Burnside, and not going east of 82nd. End spot will be transit accessible.

This event is FREE, but all beverages will be paid for by YOU. And maybe you should consider buying your ride leader a drink? 😉

Three Speed Bicycles recommended, but if you don’t have one, ride what you brung.

We’ll also have Society of Three Speeds memberships available for purchase, along with other swag.

Want to come along? Please register here.

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.

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.