Rough Stuff Rambling in NE, Wednesday 18 March

I had no grand plans for a big adventure this mid-week, since there was A LOT I wanted to accomplish on my days off. (Did I get a lot done? Enough for now.) And since I'm leading the Three Speed Ride on Saturday, I'm going to get a "big" ride no matter what. But I... Continue Reading →

Post Pepin Peregrination: La Crosse WI, 17-20 May 2015

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The Wayfarer at Lake Pepin. The Wayfarer at Lake Pepin.

Most of you know that I’m going on the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour on May 15-16. Only a select few of you (namely, Pondero and Graveldoc, who are already on board) know that I’m planning on a post-Pepin bike tour.

Until now.

Yep, we’ve got a fun little jaunt planned! It’s a three day bike tour starting and ending in La Crosse, Wisconsin, about 100 miles down the Mississippi from Red Wing, Minnesota, the start/end of the Three Speed Tour. This three-day, three-speed tour will take in some of the sights of SW Wisconsin, the Driftless Region, including two rail-trails (La Crosse River, Elroy-Sparta), rolling countryside, and the mighty Mississippi.

Three facts/details:

  1. This is a three speed ride, meaning that you must ride a three speed internally geared hub bicycle to participate. (We’ll allow four and five speed hubs, too.) The bike itself does not…

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Top five stops driving the Icefields Parkway

This post from Rockies Outdoors brings back good memories of April and my Cross-Continent Bike Tour in 2011, when we toured the Icefields Pkwy. I took photos of pretty much everything depicted!


The drive along the Icefields Parkway, in Banff and Jasper National Parks, is one of the most scenic drives in the World. There are so many stops that you could take, but there isn’t always time to make a stop at every viewpoint. So here’s five stops which are good ones to make on the Icefields Parkway. I’ve ordered them in a South-North manner starting from Lake Louise to Jasper town.

One of the best pieces of advice is to leave early – you’ll get calmer water on the lakes which makes for better photographs, and the road should be a little quieter.

1. Bow Lake

Picture8 Bow Lake

Bow Lake isn’t too far north of Lake Louise, but it has some pretty awesome views. The lake forms part of the headwaters of the Bow River, which flows alongside the Trans-Canada highway through Banff National Park, going over Bow Falls near…

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REMINDER: Three Speed Ride THIS SATURDAY, March 21st!

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sots21mar2015Hello friends! The first Three Speed Ride of 2015 is fast approaching! While we hope for the best weather, there is a chance of showers on Saturday. So hope for the best, be prepared for the worst, and get out those musty rain capes!

The details:

Overlook Park, N Interstate Ave at Fremont. (MAX Yellow Line, Overlook Park station)
meet at 10:30 am, ride at 11 am sharp!

For the Spring classic, we’ll have a lovely 20-ish mile ramble ’round Portland. There will be a picnic/tea brewing spot along the way (BYO), plus a libations stop too. (Remember, we have all day to get to the end!) Bikes with internally geared hubs of 2, 3, 4, or 5 speeds only. Ride not a loop, but will end near transit/food/adult beverages.

While this is the “winning stretch” to the ride, that don’t mean I stopped…

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Portland Tweed Ride 2015!

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Poster by Carla Bartow. Poster by Carla Bartow.

Hey all! The 2015 Portland Tweed Ride is scheduled for Sunday April 12, 2015!  Here’s the schedule:

  • 2pm: Meetup and tea social at Cathedral Park in North Portland (byo)
  • 3pm: Ride leaves
  • Be sure to bring a picnic!  We will be stopping in Columbia Park for a picnic break mid-ride.
  • 6pm: Ride ends at Old Portland Hardware, with an after party going until 8pm.  Prizes, dancing, and general merriment ensue.

PLEASE NOTE: The Tweed Ride is NOT a Society of Three Speeds event, but we do love it! For more info, go to

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