my bikes, society of three speeds

My Raleigh Superbe at (almost) five years: A superb bike!

Taken with my Minolta Hi-Matic 7s 35mm film camera. (Film: Kodak Gold 200) My Raleigh Superbe is soon to be a member of my Five Year Club, bikes that I've had for that time period. The Crested Butte and Schwinn Heavy Duti have passed those milestones, the Bantam will soon. I got my hands on… Continue reading My Raleigh Superbe at (almost) five years: A superb bike!

items for sale

SOLD: Carradice Nelson Longflap saddlebag

UPDATE 28 JUNE 2019, 8 PM PDT: Well, that was very fast! Bike is sold and already in the hands of the new owner! Well, still finding some things that I don't need anymore. This time I have available a classic British transverse canvas saddlebag! This circa 2012 Carradice Nelson Longflap features 100% waterproof waxed… Continue reading SOLD: Carradice Nelson Longflap saddlebag

bike bags

The pannier lifestyle

Panniers. Probably the most basic "bag on bike" seen today, yet something I've largely eschewed over the past decade. Oh yeah, I started using panniers on my bikes around 2003, but since I got back from the Big Tour in 2011, I started moving towards Carradice styled saddlebags, handlebar bags, and baskets. Why? Well, I… Continue reading The pannier lifestyle

bike parts, bike rambles

Wet ride, dry ride, or my Wednesday ramble

On Wednesday January 13 I had a dentist appointment in Garden Home, a neighborhood in deep SW Portland. And it was raining. It's a thirteen mile ride, one way, from my house. I could have taken the bus, but it would be longer than the bike ride, so I gritted teeth, suited up in raingear,… Continue reading Wet ride, dry ride, or my Wednesday ramble

portland weather

The return of the rains, the return of the rains gear.

As is common knowledge, October-ish through sometime around June is the "rainy" season here in Cascadia. What isn't common knowledge is that it's not a monolithic period; it doesn't start raining on October 1st and then continues non-stop until June 30th. (Though sometimes it can feel like it.) No, there's a bit o' heavy rain,… Continue reading The return of the rains, the return of the rains gear.


Yep, I’m in Portland.

Thursday, May 8th. It was a wet one here in Portland. Oh sure, "it rains all the time here". Well, yes and no. It don't rain much at all in the "summer" (sometime in June or maybe July through mid October.) And right now we are in "spring" which means alternating good days with not… Continue reading Yep, I’m in Portland.

gypsy by trade

Crested Butte: Current Status

It's been a bit since I've written about my Raleigh Crested Butte vintage mountain bike. Actually, I've barely ridden the bike over the past few months, as I've been mostly riding the XO-3. But there's been a few changes to the bike as of late, and now is as good a time as ever to… Continue reading Crested Butte: Current Status


File under: Sub-optimal portaging.

File under: Sub-optimal portaging., a photo by urbanadventureleaguepdx on Flickr. The Crested Butte would have been the better choice to carry this box to the post office, but right now it's out of commission. So I shoved the box into the Camper Longflap on the XO-3. It sorta fit, but I couldn't strap it. So… Continue reading File under: Sub-optimal portaging.