Ah, here we are, the third ride in on the 2015 Coffeeneuring Challenge. Half-way, almost. A hump-day ride for the hump of the challenge. Let’s mix things up and keep it interesting, shall we? The third ride of the challenge is an appropriate enough time to pull out ye olde three speed, huh? And nothing goes better with British bikes (and technology) than tea, so a three speed teaneurring ride!
While Peninsula Park is about two miles from my house (as the Sturmey-Archer hub flies), I had to do a few errands, so my ride was about five miles. (April’s, 4.6 miles.) My three speed of the last five years has been the Raleigh Wayfarer. April has two (two!) three speeds. But appropriately enough, she pulled out her 1961 Raleigh Sports, a lovely bike, and one that hasn’t seen too much action as of late.
We met at the gazebo in the middle of Peninsula Park, next to the Rose Garden. I pulled out my “big” Trangia alcohol-stove set, the 27, with the tea kettle! The tea was Steven Smith’s “Brahmin” blend, an English Breakfasty black tea blend. (And “made” here in Portland, too!) What better vessels for three-speed tea than a mug with an exploded Sturmey-Archer AW hub? Or how about one with a Raleigh logo?
We had a cup. And then another. We hung out in this lovely fall afternoon, talking. Then when tea was done, a ride to Lucky Lab for beer and pizza. A great three speed day!
- Bike taken: Raleigh Wayfarer
- Distance: 5.2 mi/8.4 km
- High temp: 66F/19C
- Tea Type: Steven Smith “Brahmin” Blend (bag)
- Tea Brewed and Enjoyed at: Peninsula Park
- Bike friendliness: Mostly bike lanes or low traffic streets
- Route map: Ride With GPS