Seven is a Lucky Number: The 7th Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge

My favorite birthday card ever was from my seventh birthday. The card read:

“Seven is a lucky number
That’s what people say
And so your seventh birthday
Ought to be your lucky day.”

The Coffeeneuring Challenge turns seven this year, surely a lucky year. Ironically, we kick it all off on Friday the 13th of October. Many thanks to all who have participated and brought this challenge to life in the past, and a warm welcome to those who will take on the challenge this year! It’s your year!

The Chasing Mailboxes Coffeeneuring Challenge is a relaxed cycling endeavor for people everywhere. If you like riding a bike and enjoy drinking coffee or tea (or even hot chocolate or cider), consider this challenge.

In a nod to the French as well as randonneuring, the Coffeeneuring Challenge has its share of rules. Don’t be intimidated by these rules, though. As those who have completed the…

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Three Speed October 2017! Oct 1 through Nov 5

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36273501226_297ebb0f97_kOkay folks, here is all the basic info for this year’s challenge! Check yesterday’s post to see what’s different this year from last years’ challenge. Feel free to ask me questions via comments or directly at

Started in 2016, the Three Speed October challenge is a way to not only get folks out on their three speeds, but to get them excited about them!

The premise is simple: Ride your three speed during the month of October! Here are the basic stipulations of this challenge:

  1. Ride a three speed bicycle
  2. Three times a week during a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday)
  3. At least three miles (5 km) each trip
  4. For at least three weeks during the duration of the challenge
  5. During a five-week period from Sunday October 1st through Sunday November 5th, 2017
  6. At least one ride a week should be for utility/errands/commuting

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Mark yer calendars: Three Speed October is happening Oct 1st through Nov 5th. First, here’s what’s different in 2017.

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It’s just a week and a half until Society of Three Speeds will be holding our annual fall (or spring, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) challenge! Some of you may have completed it last year (thanks!) and some of you will be totally new. Full details will be published on the blog by this Friday, September 22nd. So hold your horses–er, three speeds!

First off, the Three Speed October Challenge will happen from Sunday October 1st through Sunday November 5th, 2017. Five full weeks to complete the challenge. The basics will remain the same: Ride your three speed, three times a week, for three weeks, each trip at least three miles.

So here’s what’s different:

  • Forms and online registration. It was too much a pain in the ass to look at flickr, or Instagram, or a blog to keep tabs on everyone’s progress. So this year, there will…

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Next Three Speed Ride: Sunday October 8!

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Yes, it’s been a pretty quiet summer on the Three Speed Front, especially since the last Three Speed Ride in June was pretty much a bust. But that’s about to change! I’ll be releasing deets about Three Speed October very soon. But first, details about the next (and probably last) full Three Speed Ride of 2017.

This ride will happen Sunday October 8 at 11:30 AM. We’ll meet at the Paul Bunyan Statue in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland. This is at the intersection of N Interstate and Denver Aves, near Argyle St and just across from the Kenton/N Denver Ave MAX station on the Yellow Line.

13569909673_75097c9b1f_k Meet here. Yes, this is not a three speed.

We’ll depart from Paul at noon. We’ll then depart on a 20 mile leisurely cruise around the lowlands of the Columbia River. We’ll do a tea stop (byo tea and…

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Save the Date: Coffeeneuring Challenge Starts October 13

Yes! Another year of this awesome challenge. Looking forward to doing it. And you should try it this year!

Hello readers, the Coffeeneuring Challenge is back for the 7th year (SEVEN!) and you are going to love it! And it kicks off on Friday the 13th, too, so you won’t forget when to start pedaling.

Here is a mini-Q&A teaser for you:

  1. Has the challenge changed much in the last year? No.
  2. Why no big changes? Because we need some predictability in our lives.
  3. Does routine make it boring? Only if you let it.
  4. Does the Coffeeneuring Challenge still have rules? This is not a real question. Of course there are rules.
  5. Are the rules hard? Yes. No. No!
  6. What are the rules? Coming soon, but the general game is ride your bike to 7 different cups of coffee over 6 weeks. Ride a bicycle at least 2 miles round trip, and take a picture (or do something else to document it) each time. Do it by yourself or…

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The best laid plans…

Right now I'm technically on vacation. But at the moment it sure doesn't feel like it. When I planned on taking this week and a half off, oh so many moons ago, I had more ambitions for it. I wanted to do a good bike tour. And I had a great idea for one, one... Continue Reading →

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