Coffeeneuring 2020, Ride One and Three Speed October, Week Three, Ride 2: On the beach at Cape Disappointment, 15 October 2020 (plus a Long Beach Peninsula Trip!)

Once again, another #coffeeneuring challenge is here! This challenge is from October 10 through What's that, you ask? I'll let Mary of Chasing Mailboxes DC (the admin!) explain: Essentially the challenge boils down to this: over the course of 7’ish weeks,ride your bike to 7 different places,at least 2 miles round trip each time,drink 7... Continue Reading →

A three speed ride to St Johns: 28 Sept 2020

Hello, folks. Yes, it is currently Three Speed October! I'm not going to write in detail about all the rides I do as part of the challenge, just ones that are significant. Enjoy! It's been a year and a half since I lived in the Woodlawn neighborhood of NE Portland. Upon moving to North Tabor... Continue Reading →

Three Speed October 2019: Week One, Ride Two, Saturday September 28

My second #threespeedoct2019 report, with the bonus of lightning and hail!

Society Of Three Speeds

Welcome to the second ride of my personal challenge! It all started off good, leaving the house mid-afternoon on Saturday September 28th. A beautiful early fall day, sun and 58F/15C when I departed to do some errands on the Raleigh Superbe. I felt almost overdressed with my thick sweater. I made some copies on Hawthorne.

When I came out I heard the crack o’ thunder and looked up to a dark sky. Checking the weather, I see a blob of red heading our way, National Weather Service warning of hail and lightning.

I rush off to my next destino, seeing if I can outrun. After a brief visit to Portland Bicycle Emporium the skies opened up. A big flash of lighting and crack of thunder was almost directly overhead, so I rushed to an awning in a parking garage to wait it out. A few other cylists had the same…

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My first Three Speed October 2019: Fri Sept 27

The Three Speed October Challenge starts NOW. Here is a report of my first ride.

Society Of Three Speeds

Three Speed October is off to an auspicious start! As of last night, we have seventeen folks signed up. Good, good. No reports yet, but we’re only into the second day. So, how about my report?

I started my Three Speed October 2019 on the first day, Friday September 27th. The purpose of the ride was to do some afternoon errands: I needed to hit up two post offices, mine and Emee’s.* I also needed to swing by the library HQ to drop off zines. And I had to pick up some print outs at Kinkos.** What better bike than my Raleigh Superbe to do this?

Old British three speeds make such great city/commuter/utility bikes. The more laid back geometry means you’re not in a race position. And you can augment your carrying abilities with racks and baskets. While I’ve used my Carradice saddlebag for this bike in the past…

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