#threespeedoct2017 Week 2, Ride 2: Mon 9 Oct

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Fun fact about me: I don’t like going to SE on my days off.

Now, don’t read that as I don’t like going to SE. I do still like the southeasternmost “quadrant” of the Rose City. No, it’s because I live in NE, and work in SE. So five days a week I am required to head south of Burnside. So on my two free days, I like to stick to the north side if I can.

So it takes something special to make me head to SE on a day off, like a friend’s birthday. PJ was having dinner with friends at Harlow on SE Hawthorne, then people would play pool and then see the new Blade Runner movie at the Bagdad. I was only going to stick around for the first two, since the movie was at 11 PM. Don’t know if I can sit through a three…

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Three Speed Ride Report: 8 Oct 2017

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It was a beautiful day for a Three Speed Ride! Sunday October 8 started off with a spot of rain, then it cleared up, ending up with a day in the 60’s with sun. You have to grab these types of days this time of year.

Of course, I couldn’t even manage to get to the start of my own ride on time! 😦 This was due to some mechanical issues with Emee’s new-to-her Raleigh Sports. (More on that in a bit.) Thankfully, the ride was mostly “the usual suspects”, so a quick text warned the folks amassed at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton that I was on my way. Thankfully, no one was in a hurry!

The nine of us departed from Paul’s shadow at noon. We headed west along the Columbia Slough path, then headed to Smith Lake where we could have a tea and snacks break…

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#threespeedoct2017 Week 2, Ride 3: Tues Oct 10

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PLEASE NOTE: This week’s reports will be out of order, sorry.

The rain has returned, for a little bit. Chance of showers from now until Friday. It’ll be nice again this weekend, but this is how things are during this transitional season: rain then not, then rain again.

I don’t mind, but rain riding is not something for everyone. It does take some effort to figure out what works best for you. Many Portlanders who ride in the winter live in a Showers Pass rain shell from about now until May. In fact, I think some of these folks don’t own any other outer layers, you’ll see them still wearing these rain jackets during a week of sun and 40F/4C temps in the middle of January.

I do own a “regular” rainjacket, but I prefer to not wear it that much. For my bike rides, I’ll not wear any rain…

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Three Speed October, Day 3

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#threespeedoct2017 Week 1, Day 3: Tuesday October 3

This week is looking beautiful in these parts: sunny, with highs in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Nice for October. And while I ride in most kinds of weather, there is something about riding on a nice sunny day, especially when you know that winter is coming.

I had to work the PM shift at the hostel, which starts at 3. I spent the morning at home working on stuff. I hit the high road around 1:30 PM and hopped on the Raleigh Superbe. I opted to take the “longer route” which takes N Vancouver Ave south to the waterfront, where I hook up with the Eastbank Esplanade and then work my way through inner SE.

N Vancouver is definitely expedient with its nice bike lane, and consistent downhill from the summit of N Alberta St. But it’s not the most…

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The second day of #threespeedoct2017

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Monday October 2nd, 2017. The day started out auspiciously enough. Steve M came over mid-morning. We had breakfast, and then did some work on another three speed project. After he left, I was about to leave the house at 4 PM, when a lone thundercloud ominously planted itself above the Holland Haus and dumped rain and hail for a good fifteen minutes. This, despite the forecast calling for a “slight” chance of showers! 😉

When the rain had dissipated, I left the house. Where to? Well, since I had no reason to go into SE Portland (I’m not working!) I headed west into North Portland. The air was cool and damp now.  I first hit up the Lucky Lab where I had a pint or two and wrote a bunch of postcards to people. (Maybe you got one?)

Then further west to Rivendell Ridge, aka the “Dog Bowl”, where N…

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My first day of Three Speed October 2017

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The first day of the challenge! How did I start it? With bike futzing, of course. There were a couple things I wanted to do to my Raleigh Superbe, both of which I felt would be relatively “quick.”

The first was to switch out kickstands. I’ve had a Greenfield rear triangle kickstand on there, which is pretty nice, but I managed to get a vintage twin legged kickstand, a Trygg from Sweden. I much prefer twin legged stands for stability. It’s a “low” kickstand, too, so it doesn’t take as much effort to use it (vs. Pletscher). And it basically keeps both wheels on the ground, which is nice.

The kickstand didn’t take nearly as long as handlebars. I’ve had the Nitto Albatross bars in the “dropped” position since I built up the bike a year and a half before. I did it because I wanted to somehow meld the…

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