Midnite Bicycle League Challenge 2020

A great #midnitebicycleleague2020 report from Sweden!


The general feeling at this time each year is the felling of almost sitting inside an freezer with the lid closed. It is chilly and dark everywhere.

It is winter season up here in the cold north. It will be at least 3 more months before things starts to get nicer with warm weather, earlier sunrises and even later sunsets. More light and spring time will be welcomed after a long, dark and cold winter.

During the winter there are not so many tweed events as during the summer. But some snow is no obstacle for a true bicycle rider. There are no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Tweed are a warm and reliable garment. it is only a matter of getting up on your bicycle, heading out on icy roads, snowy bicycle lanes and trying to keep away from the largest snow banks. Does the winter…

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Looking ahead to 2021: A blueprint for the Society

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Hello, friends of three speeds! I hope you all are well. 2020 was not an easy year, and the least I can hope for is that 2021 will be better. As the year comes to a close, it’s natural for me to think about what lies ahead. So here’s a blueprint for what should happen. Of course, things can change so this is just an outline of what I hope to be.

Rides. Let’s get this out of the way: I won’t be leading any rides until the pandemic shows signs of departing. I’ve thought about trying to do small rides with limited ridership, but right now I don’t feel comfortable even with that. My hope is that I can be able to do one ride in 2021. Let’s see…

Membership. The supply of membership goodies from when I relaunched the kit in late 2018 has nearly been exhausted. Whatever…

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Looking back at 2020: A Society End-Of-Year Report

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Hello, friends of three speeds! What a year this turned out to be. I doubt that any of us would have figured the year would turn out the way that it did. “May you live in interesting times” someone once said.

And yes, this was not the 2020 that the Society was hoping for. But we made the best of it. And what did happen?

  • January: We had the Three Speed Pub Crawl on Saturday January 25th. Six people (incl. myself) showed up for this Scottish and Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat) themed ride. Stops included Scotch Lodge, Rose and Thistle, and Baerlic on NE Halsey.
  • April: This was supposed to be the month of the biggish Three Speed Day Ride and the Three Speed Adventure April Challenge. But pandemic put the kibosh on the former and sapped enthusiasm for the latter. Instead, I did a five-week photo…

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Three Speed October 2020: A Report

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Hello friends! Here is the long-awaited round-up of this year’s Three Speed October. This was the first year of the “mail in journal” system, and it worked great. I was really prepared for push-back, but 63 people registered for the challenge, so I must have done something right! In any case, the challenges from here on out will work this way.

As I said above, 63 people registered. Of those, 49 successfully completed the Challenge, 5/7ths of the registrants! Very nice. Most everyone this time around was in the United States, but we did have four participants from outside the US. We had one participant each from: the UK, Belgium, Denmark, and Japan. (We did have a few registrants from Canada, but I have never seen completed Journals from them.)

As far as I can tell, everyone completed the challenge within the rules. A few people were confused by the…

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The Olympus 35 RD enters the camera stable.

One of the side-benefits of getting back into film photography is that someone may gift you a camera. It's usually something that they've had for decades, hiding in a closet somewhere. They see that you are having fun with film cameras, so they figure you'll make good use of it. The gifts aren't always great... Continue Reading →

In defense of the 70’s three speed, or, it don’t matter as long as it’s a three speed.

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I frequently frequent the “For the love of British Three Speeds” thread over on Bikeforums. It’s been going on for ten years, and is now almost at 950 pages with 23,000 individual posts! There’s a lot there, and a good waste of a couple days if you want to dive in. Over the past couple of years it’s generally the same 6-10 people mulling over the minutia of three speeds. These guys (and it’s 95% men, as far as I can tell) can definitely be helpful if a newbie comes on to ask about some esoteric thing.

But spend enough time, and you’ll see where their preferences lie. The pattern I’ve seen emerge is more a concern for the specifics than the general. It’s more about geeking out over parts than having fun riding the bikes. And many of these guys have preferences in what era of three speed you…

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Three Speed October: Get those journals in!

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Hello friends of three speeds. The deadline for getting me the journals has passed. But I know that there’s still folks out there that need to send in their journals. So please send them in, even if you haven’t finished nine rides. Anyone who has done at least one ride and submits their Official Reporting Journal will get two stickers plus an Honorable Mention in the wrap-up report.

This is the last reminder I will post about this. I’m not contacting people individually if they haven’t submitted a journal. If you are still going to send in your journal, get in touch. Not sending it in? You can still let me know. Did you purchase a new Society of Three Speeds membership when you signed up? I urge you to contact me to tell me that you’re still sending in the journal or not. If you bought a new membership…

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