Three Speed Adventure April 2020: Week One Recap

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Me and my Raleigh Superbe self-portrait, 29 March 2020. Camera: Olympus XA2. Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

Hello, friends of three speeds! Thank you to everyone who has participated during the first week of this year’s very different Three Speed Adventure April Challenge. (If you want to see how this year’s challenge works, please go here.)

Week One’s Prompt was You and your three speed. By far, the most participation has happened on Instagram. So I’m going to share some of these posts:

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Three Speed Adventure April 2020, Week Two Prompt: Getting artsy with your Three Speed

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Alright, thank you to everyone who’s been participating in the very different for 2020 Three Speed Adventure April Challenge! It’s been fun. And now it is time for the prompt for Week Two, which is Sunday April 5 through Saturday April 11th (all times local):

Getting Artsy with your Three Speed

What do I mean? I want a not-ordinary shot of your (or someone else’s) three speed. See the example above: You know it’s a three speed by the Sturmey-Archer trigger shifter, but the focus of this shot isn’t even necessarily the bike. So this one is open to interpretation, dig? It can feature a full shot of a three speed, or part of it, or heck, maybe no three speed at all if you are sufficiently creative.

I’ll give you another good artsy shot, this one from Scott Joseph:

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Night photography with a “dad” film camera–probably not the “right” way, but it worked.

You have probably noticed that I've gotten way into film over the past few months. My flickr account is getting jammed with pictures from one of my three film cameras. I haven't started developing my own rolls yet, but I have moved on to just having my developed rolls scanned at the shop, since it's… Continue reading Night photography with a “dad” film camera–probably not the “right” way, but it worked.


Three Speed Adventure April 2020, Week One Prompt: You and your three speed

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Myself and my Robin Hood path racer project in Laurelhurst Park, Jan 2020. See? You can use older photos if you want!

Okay friends! Here is the start of the brave new Three Speed Adventure April 2020 Challenge. Remember, this is not about “winning” or prizes, just simply a way to enjoy three speeds safely during this pandemic.

And the prompt for Week One, which is Sunday March 29 through Saturday April 4 (all times local to you) is:

You and your three speed

I’d like to see photos of you and your bike! This can done in the safety of your home and/or garage.

Here are the fine print details:

  • This can happen anywhere on earth.
  • This is open to anyone who owns a bike with an internally geared hub of three, four, or five speeds. No more/less gears, no derailleurs, with the exception of Bromptons and chain tensioners…

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Three Speed Adventure April Challenge is BACK for 2020–but with a big twist

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Hello friends. I didn’t want to do the traditional Three Speed Adventure April Challenge like I’ve been doing for the last few years–all the registrations, info collecting, Google spreadsheets, and nagging people had got me down. But now we are in this brave new world of global pandemic, which has led to the cancellation of my April ride in Portland. I want to do something.

I thought about bringing back some form of the original Adventure April challenges, since they can be done alone and with appropriate social distancing. But I also don’t want to encourage any risky and irresponsible behavior. So, I am going to do another three speed typed challenge project, one that you can even do when you are self-quarantined!

Over the next five weeks, from Sunday March 29 through Saturday May 2, I’m going to have a weekly Self-Challenge. The weekly prompts will be posted by…

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Three Speed Day Tour: Saturday April 18

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Despite not doing the Adventure April Challenge this year, there will still be three speed fun here in Portland! The Day Tour to Oregon City returns for Saturday, April 18.

It’s time for a lovely day tour on three speed bicycles! Destination: Oregon City, where we can have a fine lunch, use America’s favorite municipal elevator, tour the promenade, and see the Falls. Then we ride back to Portland. Lovely!

This ride is open to all bikes that have a three speed internal geared hub. Hub and bike can be of any age and from any country. We also accept four and five speed internal geared hubs, but nothing larger. No derailleur equipped bicycles unless: a) it is on a Brompton or b) derailleur acts as chain tensioner.

You do not need to be a member of Society of Three Speeds to be on the ride. If you are not…

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No Three Speed Adventure April for 2020

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Hello, friends of Three Speeds. Right about now is when I’m usually seriously thinking about the Three Speed Adventure April Challenge. But after some contemplation, I am not going to be doing this challenge in 2020. I’ll still do Three Speed October, but for now, consider a separate challenge in April off the table. (There will still be a local Three Speed Tour here in Portland that month, details soon.)

When I started the challenges back in 2016, it was a way to generate fun and interest in three speeds outside of the Portland area. For years, I had heard from folks that they liked the idea of Society of Three Speeds, but were hesitant to join since they couldn’t go on one of my rides. So, a challenge open to anyone, anywhere in the world, was a way to get folks to belong.

So I started with the first…

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