A Three Speed Year in Review: 2019

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! It’s been an eventful year ’round the SoTS HQ. With bike rides, challenges, and membership kits, it’s one of our biggest years yet. How did it shape up? Here’s a blow-by-blow of the milestones:

  • January: We had a modest Three Speed Get-Together at Montavilla Brew Works. A half-dozen people showed up, and of course we chatted about three speeds!
  • April: A big month. The Three Speed Adventure April Challenge took up a good deal of my time. About 20 people participated. I also led my first Three Speed Day Tour to Oregon City. This was a smash, with ten people joining me to see the fabled Willamette Falls. And finally we had our first Sturmey Archer AW Hub Overhaul workshop at the Community Cycling Center. Patrick Loftus showed about ten people how to fix this fabled hub.
  • June: As has been my custom since 2012, I led a Three Speed Ride during Pedalpalooza. We had a good crew of 20 turn out, and I led them from the Vera Katz Statue to Sellwood via the Willamette River Greenway. It was a fun time, but since this was my “any bike can join ride”, there was less than half on three speeds.
  • October: Another big month! This was the time of the Three Speed October Challenge. This year we had about 30 people successfully complete the challenge, a record! On top of that, I led a Three Speed Ride here in Portland and my first “out of town” one in Seattle.

And I’ve done a brisk business in new memberships. This year we’ve welcomed about 60 new members to the club! We now stand at 245 members from all over the world.

It was an exciting year, and more excitement is on the horizon for 2020…

Three Speed Ride Seattle 2019 Report

Ah, Seattle. You always seem to be wet, at least when I visit. (Unless it’s in the middle of summer.) This weekend has been a pretty wet one, and of course it was a decent steady rain when I got up this morning. Will anyone show up to my silly ride?

And amazingly, people did show up! Nine total, including myself. We even had surprise out-of-town guests Andy and Vince from Portland. Plus Kris who came on up from Olympia. The ride was split fairly evenly between three speeds and non. Kris had a lovely “Orbit” bike from Leeds, Ed had their Hercules, Vince his MTB three Speed conversion, and Blair his Raleigh Superbe. There was also a good number of rain capes.

We went up our only real hill of the day, two blocks of steep by Volunteer Park. Then a descent down Interlaken to the University Bridge, and then we’d hop on the Burke-Gilman trail and head west.

We had a pause at the PCC Market in Fremont for provisions at our picnic/tea stop. We continued west on the Burke-Gilman to the bitter end, Golden Gardens Park. This beach provided a great view of the Puget Sound. Also, it had picnic shelters. Of course, the rain stopped right before we got to the park, almost to spite us. (And it would remain dry for the rest of the ride.) Tea and coffee was made and consumed, along with some pastries and other snacks.

Andy and Vince broke off here (Blair broke off before the U Bridge) so then there was six of us. We headed back east, toured Hiram Chittenden Locks, the busiest such structure in the United States. Then eastward along the Ship Canal Path to the Fremont Bridge (saying adieu to Andreas and Kris). Four of us made it to Fremont Brewing for beverages.

Despite a crappy forecast, the ride was a success! 18 miles total. I definitely want to do another Seattle Three Speed Ride in 2020. But it might be late spring or summer instead. Keep your eye out for details!

Reminder: The SEATTLE Three Speed Ride is Saturday October 19

Hello folks, it’s less than a week until Society of Three Speeds first Seattle event! Hope you can make it.

Meet me at 11 AM on Saturday October 19, 2019. We shall meet by the fountain at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Av in Capitol Hill.  At 11:30, we will roll out on a 15 mile scenic and leisurely day cruise, touring numerous sites in the Emerald City. We’ll have a stop mid-way through to have a good old brew up. (BYO tea/coffee, camp stove, or already brewed beverage. We’ll also have a store stop before it for snacks or last-minute supplies.) We’ll end at an establishment that can serve us adult beverages.

Here’s some notes about this ride.

  • This ride is RAIN or NOT RAIN. The weather forecast for Saturday doesn’t look thrilling, but this is the Northwest. Pack your raincape!
  • This ride is open to ALL BICYCLES. Three speed hub-geared bikes obviously preferred, but if you don’t have one, run what you brung!
  • RSVP is not required, but if you know you are coming, please drop me a line so I know how many folks to expect.
  • Cal Anderson Park is just a couple blocks from the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.  So, it is an easy-to-get-to destination. If you are worried about starting on top of a hill, you can take the light rail to get there!
  • Speaking of hills: Yes, we are riding three speeds in hilly Seattle! But fear not, this ride will be mostly flat. There will be grades up to 6% within the first mile, but from there grades will be mellow. If the hill is too steep for your ability, it’s okay to walk it.
  • There will also be a bit of descent within the first couple miles. Please make sure your brakes are in tip-top shape!
  • Roads in Seattle can be a bit rough, with numerous potholes. Plus, we will be making at least one rail (if not two) rail crossings. Please be aware of your surroundings and use caution on the ride.
  • This ride is NOT A LOOP, and will end miles (and downhill) from our start point. I encourage you to ride or take public transportation to the start. If you do need to get back to the start point, it will be about two and a half more miles of riding for you to get to a Light Rail Station. Or it will be about a five mile ride all the way back.
  • This ride can count as one of your rides for Three Speed October 2019 Challenge.
  • This ride is open to members and non-members alike. Not a member but would like to become one? I’ll have some Society of Three Speeds membership kits available on the ride. If you are coming and interested in one, drop me a line so I can make sure I have enough.

Our first Seattle Three Speed Ride: Saturday 19 October

Hello friends of three speeds! For years, I’ve talked/thought about doing a Three Speed Ride outside of Portland. Now this is going to become a reality, as Society of Three Speeds will be having a ride in Seattle!

Meet me at 11 AM on Saturday October 19, 2019. We shall meet by the fountain at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Av in Capitol Hill.  At 11:30, we will roll out on a 15 mile scenic and leisurely day cruise, touring numerous sites in the Emerald City. We’ll have a stop mid-way through to have a good old brew up. (BYO tea/coffee, camp stove, or already brewed beverage. We’ll also have a store stop before it for snacks or last-minute supplies.) We’ll end at an establishment that can serve us adult beverages.

Here’s some notes about this ride.

  • This ride is open to ALL BICYCLES. Three speed hub-geared bikes obviously preferred, but if you don’t have one, run what you brung!
  • RSVP is not required, but if you know you are coming, please drop me a line so I know how many folks to expect.
  • Cal Anderson Park is just a couple blocks from the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.  So, it is an easy-to-get-to destination. If you are worried about starting on top of a hill, you can take the light rail to get there!
  • Speaking of hills: Yes, we are riding three speeds in hilly Seattle! But fear not, this ride will be mostly flat. There will be grades up to 6% within the first mile, but from there grades will be mellow. If the hill is too steep for your ability, it’s okay to walk it.
  • There will also be a bit of descent within the first couple miles. Please make sure your brakes are in tip-top shape!
  • Roads in Seattle can be a bit rough, with numerous potholes. Plus, we will be making at least one rail (if not two) rail crossings. Please be aware of your surroundings and use caution on the ride.
  • This ride is NOT A LOOP, and will end miles (and downhill) from our start point. I encourage you to ride or take public transportation to the start. If you do need to get back to the start point, it will be about two and a half more miles of riding for you to get to a Light Rail Station. Or it will be about a five mile ride all the way back.
  • This ride can count as one of your rides for Three Speed October 2019 Challenge.
  • This ride is open to members and non-members alike. Not a member but would like to become one? I’ll have some Society of Three Speeds membership kits available on the ride. If you are coming and interested in one, drop me a line so I can make sure I have enough.