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Old 01-06-15, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
The Prince Phillip has arrived to his throne in the garage! The light has a switch on the bottom with 3 positions. Left position does nothing, nor does the center position while pedaling, but the right position turns on headlight as well as the rear red light while pedaling. So why 3 positions?
The third position is to accommodate the optional "dry battery unit" to power the lights when stationary:

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Update: I'll start a separate thread, but just wanted to add a couple of interesting things:

- chain is not stretched & has a "master link" - I'll post a photo elsewhere
- metal clamp around center of front hub has a hole under it - think it's an oil port
- top of bottom bracket shell on left side has an oil port too

I am officially super excited. Thanks.
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Three Speed Meetup in Portland, OR: Sat Jan 31

Before I forget, I should mention that the Society of Three Speeds will be having an informal get-together in a few weeks! Meet at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave, on Saturday January 31st. We'll be there from 5 to 8 pm. Some pertinent points for this night:
  • A few prizes!
  • Spring ride announcement.
  • Info about new membership packets!
  • Good conversation.

Please ride your three speed to the event. It’s most appropriate, and if the mood strikes us we may take a ride afterwards.

See you on the 31st!
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
Update: I'll start a separate thread, but just wanted to add a couple of interesting things:

- chain is not stretched & has a "master link" - I'll post a photo elsewhere
- metal clamp around center of front hub has a hole under it - think it's an oil port
- top of bottom bracket shell on left side has an oil port too

I am officially super excited. Thanks.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...tos-heavy.html

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...d-already.html
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I have spent several days very slowly going through this thread and I am finally here at page 234. I think I have learned a lot so far and there are so many cool bikes!
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Here's another source for Panaracer Col de la vie 590mm tires:

Panaracer Col De La Vie Series RANDONNEE

The shop is in Japan, but prices are quite reasonable (maybe because of the current $ to Yen rate?), and shipping isn't bad.
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Even though I'm on the wrong coast and can't attend the Portland event, @Velocivixen, you better be there!
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Originally Posted by noglider
Even though I'm on the wrong coast and can't attend the Portland event, @Velocivixen, you better be there!
Funny. I'll be there. As an aside, how was your time in Washington? You meet up with any other C & V folks? Hope you had a great time.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
Funny. I'll be there. As an aside, how was your time in Washington? You meet up with any other C & V folks? Hope you had a great time.
We had a great time. My wife and I met up with @Lascauxcaveman and rode with him on Bainbridge Island. We hopped on the ferry, and he went back west to his home. We had unusually nice weather. It was cold but clear and bright.
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
Before I forget, I should mention that the Society of Three Speeds will be having an informal get-together in a few weeks! Meet at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave, on Saturday January 31st. We'll be there from 5 to 8 pm. Some pertinent points for this night:
  • A few prizes!
  • Spring ride announcement.
  • Info about new membership packets!
  • Good conversation.

Please ride your three speed to the event. It’s most appropriate, and if the mood strikes us we may take a ride afterwards.

See you on the 31st!
Do keep us posted. I have a minivan for a company car with free gas- I've gone to the West Coast twice that way. I also get six weeks of vacation- the choice of weeks will be due sometime in March...
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Originally Posted by Number_6
Do keep us posted. I have a minivan for a company car with free gas- I've gone to the West Coast twice that way. I also get six weeks of vacation- the choice of weeks will be due sometime in March...
Well thanks for thinking of me! I will post when the next ride(s) happen, and you can always see what's up here: Society Of Three Speeds | Preserving, enjoying, and riding three speed hub-geared bicycles.
But honestly, the Society of Three Speed rides right now are smallish day affairs, though I may finally get around to do a camping ride this summer.

For someone willing to travel from KY to somewhere else, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend you check out the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour in MN/WI on May 17-18. I went last year and plan on going this year. The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
Well thanks for thinking of me! I will post when the next ride(s) happen, and you can always see what's up here: Society Of Three Speeds | Preserving, enjoying, and riding three speed hub-geared bicycles.
But honestly, the Society of Three Speed rides right now are smallish day affairs, though I may finally get around to do a camping ride this summer.

For someone willing to travel from KY to somewhere else, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend you check out the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour in MN/WI on May 17-18. I went last year and plan on going this year. The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour
Smallish affairs are fine. A fun part of a a larger trip. Social, Leisurely and Scenic. Scenic can mean a lot of things, I want to do what this guy does- there and back home in Dayton. https://tourdehood.wordpress.com/ As a born-and-bred Rust Belter I'm fascinated with disused and decaying infrastacture- as well as the architecture

I have actually been pondering some sort of group, on the informal side around here. "Ihe Ohio Valley 3-Speed Society"- maybe a Facebook page?. Has anyone considered chapters for the Society?
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Originally Posted by Number_6
...I want to do what this guy does- there and back home in Dayton. https://tourdehood.wordpress.com/ As a born-and-bred Rust Belter I'm fascinated with disused and decaying infrastacture- as well as the architecture
Haven't seen that blog! Looks cool, but doesn't look like it's been updated in three years.

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I have actually been pondering some sort of group, on the informal side around here. "Ihe Ohio Valley 3-Speed Society"- maybe a Facebook page?. Has anyone considered chapters for the Society?
I'm open to the idea of "chapters" and you aren't the first to ask. But it really hasn't gone beyond that. If you are seriously interested, let me know. Though SoTS is so "old-skool" we don't do the Book of Face.
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
Haven't seen that blog! Looks cool, but doesn't look like it's been updated in three years.
Yes... it's been a while. I like the idea though. Maybe a local with some history in cities like this to make it a more expansive experience. I'm going to do some reconnoitering this year for Dayton for this sort of thing- figure where you can go and where to not go. I grew up in the city and acquired a little street savvy... amd there is safety in numbers. I'm a member of Dayton History- maybe have an "event" (?)- and inoculate that idea to other cities. Also, a group that is hotel-based could probably do the National Park Service's Aviation Trail in a weekend.

Admittedly, Detroit does fascinate...



I'm open to the idea of "chapters" and you aren't the first to ask. But it really hasn't gone beyond that. If you are seriously interested, let me know. Though SoTS is so "old-skool" we don't do the Book of Face.
I'll pm you on this. i don't know that anything could get going very much this year. Have to get the word out to IGH riders and gin up interest as well as scout tour routes- relaxing and leisurely ones.
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@adventurepdx Just curious if that was you that we ran into at the N.E. Sundayparkways ride last Summer? I was on the Tourist with the hairpin saddle and also had the 50's Sport with dress guards.
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OK, I have a chance to buy a Raleigh Sports (women's frame) with a sprung Brooks leather saddle for $125. The bike looks to be in good condition based upon the photos I've seen. The saddle looks very good.

The problem is that I don't want to pay the asking price, and the bike is too small for me (but not for my wife). I need a reason not to buy this thing. Intervention anyone?
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Originally Posted by dweenk
OK, I have a chance to buy a Raleigh Sports (women's frame) with a sprung Brooks leather saddle for $125. The bike looks to be in good condition based upon the photos I've seen. The saddle looks very good.

The problem is that I don't want to pay the asking price, and the bike is too small for me (but not for my wife). I need a reason not to buy this thing. Intervention anyone?
You do realize this is a forum for enablers, right?!!

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Originally Posted by michael k
@adventurepdx Just curious if that was you that we ran into at the N.E. Sunday Parkways ride last Summer? I was on the Tourist with the hairpin saddle and also had the 50's Sport with dress guards.
Quite possibly. I was riding my Rudge Sports then, which I sold in September, and on my way to leading a Three Speed Ride that afternoon:
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You do realize this is a forum for enablers, right?!!

You just had to add the photo of what I dreamed the bike ould look like after a little work - but really - couldn't you have taken the nice basket off? I hate you.
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Originally Posted by michael k
You do realize this is a forum for enablers, right?!!

What he said.


Just look at the interaction with @Velocivixen over the last few pages of the thread for an example.
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
What he said.


Just look at the interaction with @Velocivixen over the last few pages of the thread for an example.
I was on of those enablers, but this is my money; and the chain guard is missing - give me a break!
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Originally Posted by dweenk
OK, I have a chance to buy a Raleigh Sports (women's frame) with a sprung Brooks leather saddle for $125. The bike looks to be in good condition based upon the photos I've seen. The saddle looks very good.

The problem is that I don't want to pay the asking price, and the bike is too small for me (but not for my wife). I need a reason not to buy this thing. Intervention anyone?
Sorry @dweenk: I tried that and my wife now loves her bike.....bought it for me don'tcha know, but it was too small (but not for her). Get it for her, then get one for yourself... In all honesty, riding 3-speeds with my wife is fun fun fun and while she was skeptical at first she loves it now....

Chain guards are not that hard to find. Offer $95....
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Originally Posted by dweenk
OK, I have a chance to buy a Raleigh Sports (women's frame) with a sprung Brooks leather saddle for $125. The bike looks to be in good condition based upon the photos I've seen. The saddle looks very good.

The problem is that I don't want to pay the asking price, and the bike is too small for me (but not for my wife). I need a reason not to buy this thing. Intervention anyone?
Knock off $50 for the chain guard and I don't see why not! Go to Walmart on the way home. buy a cheap seat, and keep the Brooks. When you get home, go in and say "Honey I was thinking of you..."
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I was on of those enablers, but this is my money; and the chain guard is missing - give me a break!
Ah, I see how it works: We can only enable if it's someone else's money. Yeah, sure.
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
What he said.


Just look at the interaction with @Velocivixen over the last few pages of the thread for an example.
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Sorry @dweenk: I tried that and my wife now loves her bike.....bought it for me don'tcha know, but it was too small (but not for her). Get it for her, then get one for yourself... In all honesty, riding 3-speeds with my wife is fun fun fun and while she was skeptical at first she loves it now....

Chain guards are not that hard to find. Offer $95....
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Knock off $50 for the chain guard and I don't see why not! Go to Walmart on the way home. buy a cheap seat, and keep the Brooks. When you get home, go in and say "Honey I was thinking of you..."
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Ah, I see how it works: We can only enable if it's someone else's money. Yeah, sure.
OK, I admit that I am an addict. My name is Dweenk and I buy bicycles. I can't help it. I even pick up bicycles that have been thrown in the trash and left by the roadside, and I must admit that I have even ridden them. To my credit - many of them I have donated to kids or given away - but my addiction is deeply embedded. I am going to make a reasonable offer on the bike and hope that it is rejected, but if it is rejected, I will up the offer.

Oh no, what have you people done to me?
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