Minolta XD5: My second film SLR

It's been almost two and a half years since I got back into film photography. I've tried a bunch of different 35mm cameras during that time, including rangefinders, zone-focus viewfinders, superzooms, and half-frame. But I've only used one SLR (single-lens reflex), the Minolta SR-T 101 I got in October of 2010. I really like this... Continue Reading →

Pedalpalooza is all summer long! Here are the rides I’m leading

It's anniversary time for Pedalpalooza, Portland's annual summertime bike fun fest. Starting in 2002 as the all August long BikeSummer, it morphed into the first two or so weeks of June Pedalpalooza, then the all-June Pedalpalooza. Pandemic in 2020 put a crimp on the "actual led rides" version, but last year it returned as an... Continue Reading →

Tips and tricks for your first time at Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour

Society Of Three Speeds

Hello, folks! After a four-year hiatus, Emee and myself are returning to the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour next week. I’ve been on the Tour four times (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018) whereas Emee has only been once before. We’ve had so much fun in the past and can’t wait to do it again!

The organizers, Jon Sharratt and Noel Robinson, have put a lot of work into this almost two decade old ride. I am thankful to them for that. And the official website covers a lot of bases.

But if you’ve never been before, it’s really hard to know what it’s like. The website can only go so far, and while the Instagram tags #lakepepinthreespeedtour and #lakepepin3speedtour will give you some results, the ride doesn’t have an official Instagram account or YouTube channel. I hoped that as someone who had gone before I had appropriately informed Emee about…

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The Summer Bikes and Film Cameras Club Ride: Portland, Saturday 9 July 2022

Bikes and Film Cameras Club

From the inaugural Bikes and Film Cameras Club Ride. North Portland, 31 July 2021. Photo: John Bennett

Yeah, I had hoped to do another ride or three by now, but better late than never!

Please join me on Saturday July 9, 2022 at 11 AM for this summer’s Bikes and Film Cameras Club Ride. We’ll meet in North Portland near a MAX station (you’ll get full deets about a week before the ride) and ramble for 10-15 miles to St. Johns. This is a casually paced ride with many stops, no one left behind.

We’ll end at Blue Moon Camera where you can drop off your rolls to be developed, buy more film and other supplies, or just look at all the lovely cameras.

This ride is open to:

  • All bicycles
  • All kinds of film cameras and film formats, just as long as it’s f-i-l-m

Also: it is perfectly OK…

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Tracking the miles: Update

Secret path near Powell Butte. 23 April 2022. Camera: Olympus XA2/Film: Fuji C200 Three months ago I mentioned how I was logging every ride I did this year into a pocket Rhodia A7 notebook. While I don't like to be overly anal about how much I ride, I knew that I wanted to "ride more"... Continue Reading →

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