The people we don’t know, the people we do, Part 2: Aaron

Hello friends. I don't typically make blog posts that pertain to holidays. But today is Memorial Day in the United States, and this post is a memorial to someone who we just lost. A photo of Aaron at the Hawthorne Hostel's Bike-In Movie, June 2006. I really entered Portland's bike community around 2003. And from... Continue Reading →

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

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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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Three Speed April 2022, Week Five: The “Open” Week

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My Brompton by the Steel Bridge, watching a freight roll by. 5 April 2022. Camera: Olympus XA2 Film: Kodak Portra 400

It’s time to close out Three Speed Adventure April 2020 in a good way! The theme for the week?There’s no theme!

Yes, the fifth and final week of Three Speed April 2022, from 12:01 AM on Sunday April 24th to 11:59 PM on Sunday April 30th (all times local) isThe Open Week. This means you can do anything, so long as a three speed bicycle is in the shot! So you can doanyof the following:

  • Post a photo that would have worked during any of the previous four weeks of themes. Have a self portrait with bike you didn’t get done in time? Post it! Carried a bag of mulch from the garden supply store? Let’s see it! Etc, etc
  • It can also be…

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Break Stuff: Watches

I am a watch person. I've consistently worn a watch on my left wrist since I was eight, 1 almost forty years ago. While in my early days I was enthralled by digital (especially things like calculator watches or ones that played video games), since my late teens I've used analog face watches. And while... Continue Reading →

Three Speed Adventure April 2022, Week Four Theme: Three Speeds Carrying Stuff

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The Raleigh Superbe, carrying packages. 15 March 2021. Camera: Olympus Pen EES-2. Film: Kodak ColorPlus 200.

Hey hey hey, tomorrow begins Week Four of this year’s Three Speed Adventure April Challenge! For the week running April 17 through 23, 2022 (your local time), the theme is:

Three Speeds Carrying Stuff

What do I mean? I want to see three speeds in portage action. Three speeds are useful utility bikes, and they can carry things. These things can be bags, they can be items on racks or in baskets, things strapped and lashed to parts of bikes, etc. Yes, there can be people/buildings/etc. in the shot. And yes, you can get creative.

You can submit one photo a day (12:01 AM to 11:59 PM, your local time), and up to three a week. This week starts Sunday, April 17, so do not post for Week Four until then. It can…

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Three Speed April 2022 Challenge, Week Three: Three Speeds in Nature

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Foster Floodplain, 12 Jan 2022. Olympus Pen EES-2, Fuji Superia Premium 400

Hello, Friends of Three Speeds! Thank you to the folks that have participated in the first two weeks of this year’s Three Speed April Challenge! A recap of the first two weeks is forthcoming. Now it is time to reveal the theme for Week Three, which is Sunday April 10 through Saturday April 16 (all times local):

Three Speed in Nature

What do I mean? I want your (or someone else’s) three speed in a nature-like setting. Yes, there has to be a three (or four, or five) speed bike recognizably in the shot. Yes, there can be people, too. The “nature-like” setting is open for interpretation. It doesn’t have to be the forest, or the wilderness, or have a mountain or the ocean in the backdrop, but it sure as well can. But it can just be…

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Three Speed April 2022 Challenge, Week Two: Monochrome/Black and White

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Against the fence. Montavilla, 14 Jan 2022 Camera: Ricohflex Model VII (medium format TLR) Film: Fomapan 100

Hello folks! The second week of this year’s Three Speed April challenge begins tomorrow, Sunday April 3rd. This week’s theme is Monochrome/Black and White. This means your photo can be straight-up black and white, or it can be just one color (think sepia tone.) The image can be a photo or a drawing.

Bonus points if the image is a drawing, or if it’s a black and white photo shot on film. Double bonus points if you self-develop that film!

You can submit one photo a day (12:01 AM to 11:59 PM, your local time), and up to three a week. So that means you still have time to get in as many as you can for this week. It can be a photo or drawing.

Oh yeah, before you submit,check out…

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