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Old 05-18-21, 10:57 AM
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PSA - Society of Three Speed membership

The Society of Three Speeds (S.O.T.S.) is the mindchild of Portland local Shaun Granton. Among other things, he's an illustrator and lover of many things vintage. I reported on a bike build/bike ride a couple of years ago.

I'm pimping new memberships. For $20 you get more than $20 worth of swag, and postcards on occasion with 3 speed challenges. This is about as low key a "club" you can join. If you like short rides, urban and country, stopping to make coffee and take in a view, and don't mind getting off and pushing up steep hills, here's a group of like minded people.



My typical riding style isn't in line with S.O.T.S., but I really like the concept. I have a couple of IGH bikes, and commute on them often. I also like the old school postcards, and stuff coming in the mail.
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A neat idea, and Shaun makes some cool stuff for sure. Had fun doing the October Challenge last year. Also encourage others to join.
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Do I have to own a three speed to be a member? I like three chainrings on my crankset (it's like having ten 3-speed drivetrains), and I have been known to push my bike up steep hills.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Do I have to own a three speed to be a member? I like three chainrings on my crankset (it's like having ten 3-speed drivetrains), and I have been known to push my bike up steep hills.
You need to expand your collection. Most any IGH bike will qualify. No chain slappers, however.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
You need to expand your collection. Most any IGH bike will qualify. No chain slappers, however.
Sounds like a proper English 3 speed.

Does he discriminate against a proper Italian 3 speed? It has more panache.

Bianchi Sport 099 by iabisdb, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Sounds like a proper English 3 speed.

Does he discriminate against a proper Italian 3 speed? It has more panache.

Bianchi Sport 099 by iabisdb, on Flickr
That thing is so pretty it took me awhile before I noticed it had a derailleur. I'd say it fits the spirit of the rules, and no one at a S.O.T.S event would kick you out.
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I like the idea of this club as I need an excuse to ride my '69 Robin Hood. It is one of the cleanest bikes I have ever found and it needs to be dirtied up a bit riding. Everything on this bike down to the tires (except for the saddle) is original which gives you a good idea of how many miles it has seen. I like the hi and low beam on the factory lighting system.

I have a bit of a conundrum with 3 speeds. I don't like riding one with a helmet (it just doesn't seem right) and I don't like riding without a helmet. So the RH has just sat around which seems wrong.

I'm confident that gugie can provide a smart ass response that will solve my conundrum!


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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
That thing is so pretty it took me awhile before I noticed it had a derailleur. I'd say it fits the spirit of the rules, and no one at a S.O.T.S event would kick you out.
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Sounds like a proper English 3 speed.

Does he discriminate against a proper Italian 3 speed? It has more panache.

Bianchi Sport 099 by iabisdb, on Flickr
This bike is beautiful.
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This bike is beautiful.
It is lovely. But your tradition Italian Sport bike, many times with a 3-speed cluster, low-end Campagnolo derailleur, condorino bars and made by most large manufacturers, only came in a 55cm size. Whether you fit or not. I did not.
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If you like short rides...
3 speeds are the best long ride bikes! Tommy Godwin is proof of this! https://www.tommygodwin.com/

I am a member of SOTS, and may be the only one that has ridden a double century on a 3 speed...
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I'm confident that gugie can provide a smart ass response that will solve my conundrum!
Just ride with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, and you're good.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Sounds like a proper English 3 speed.

Does he discriminate against a proper...
...folding 3 speed?



Panache city! This is a current production Dahon K3
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I have a bit of a conundrum with 3 speeds. I don't like riding one with a helmet (it just doesn't seem right) and I don't like riding without a helmet. So the RH has just sat around which seems wrong.

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Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
3 speeds are the best long ride bikes! Tommy Godwin is proof of this! https://www.tommygodwin.com/
I am a member of SOTS, and may be the only one that has ridden a double century on a 3 speed...
Three Speed Police here, sir: I'm afraid that Mr Godwin is ineligible to support your contention. For 8 months or more of his record year, he used a S-A 4-speed medium range. Unless I misunderstand, it seems that the whole point of the organization is that 3 speeds are just the right number! You don't need to convince me of that, though I do have a S-A S5 lurking in my parts stash for a particular build. But I don't think I'm going to try to challenge Tommy Godwin.
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Three Speed Police here, sir: I'm afraid that Mr Godwin is ineligible to support your contention. For 8 months or more of his record year, he used a S-A 4-speed medium range. Unless I misunderstand, it seems that the whole point of the organization is that 3 speeds are just the right number! You don't need to convince me of that, though I do have a S-A S5 lurking in my parts stash for a particular build. But I don't think I'm going to try to challenge Tommy Godwin.
SOTS actually includes 4 and 5 speed IGH sturmey hubs. I own many 3 speeds, and two S5 five speeds as well.
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Ooohh... another way to miss out on group rides!

I don't suppose they'd shun me for showing up on my "unicorn" Schwinn Super Sport three-speed:

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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Most any IGH bike will qualify.
How about my 8 speed IGH?

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How about my 8 speed IGH?

Rather than be the arbiter of S.O.T.S, check the link above and ask Shaun.
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This is starting to become a "no good dead goes unpunished" thread.

Questions?

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How about my 8 speed IGH?

Nope, 3 4 and 5 speeds, preferably made in england, but thats not a requirement.
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Well, Shawn is a frequent BF contributor under @adventurepdx, though he doesn’t necessarily need to join the fray here as arbiter of IGHs!
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
Ooohh... another way to miss out on group rides!

I don't suppose they'd shun me for showing up on my "unicorn" Schwinn Super Sport three-speed:

Burgundy Super Sport | Flickr

This is a neat build. As much as I like the classic British three speed, there is something to be said for starting with a quality frame like this and personalizing the bike.

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Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
3 speeds are the best long ride bikes! Tommy Godwin is proof of this! https://www.tommygodwin.com/

I am a member of SOTS, and may be the only one that has ridden a double century on a 3 speed...
Nice link and a good read. There is a pre war Raleigh RRA for sale on eBay:




https://www.ebay.com/itm/20345149034...f7fc%7Ciid%3A1
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Nope, 3 4 and 5 speeds, preferably made in england, but thats not a requirement.
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