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Beth H. Patient Expert

Portland, Oregon
Bicycle mechanic, randonneuring cyclist, musician and artist. Living with Crohn's disease (and without health insurance) in the beautiful Pacific NW.
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diy cheapskate bikes - it's a thing by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking In a fit of rebellious pique, I went ahead and created a new Flickr group. For everyone who loves the aesthetic of bikes like Rivendell, Alex Singer, Pereira and the l ... Read on »
on practicing contentment by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Contentment is something one generally needs to practice in this world. Let's face it. Unless you live in a yet-to-develop country and sleep on a dirt floor and cook y ... Read on »
i love it when people get me by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I submitted a resume for a staff educator position at a summer camp back east. What was nice was that they found me through a Jewish music network, and reached out to me ... Read on »
winter biking begins by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Yesterday, i rode for the first time in over a week. It was slow, cold going and in the end I shortened my trip with the help of transit. I was tird, vulnteble and feeling ... Read on »
i miss biking by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I have spent is entire Thanksgiving week at my in-laws' home in Northern California, visiting with my partner's family. Her parents are elderly; her older brother has spent ... Read on »
ebay laugh-of-the-month: Ross headbadge by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Surfing the interwebs today, I found this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ross-Head-Badge-for-Vintage-Mountain-Tourist-Cruiser-Bike-Used-3-in-tall-/281148663361?pt=LH_Defaul ... Read on »
race report: Gateway Green Community CX by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Gateway green Community CX was a demonstration event designed to showcase what might be possible as Gateway Green is developed into a bike-friendly city park. Friends of Ga ... Read on »
hype of the week: top secret drum corps by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking In honor of my first cyclocross [sort of] race in three years, I'm tossing up a really great Hype video. Top Secret Drum Corps, from Switzerland, fuses the best of Ame ... Read on »
my first cyclocross race in three years, this weekend by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Okay, it's official: I AM RACING my first cyclocross race since Nov. 2011. Womens' B/C race is at 12:00 noon.  Hoping to see some Team Slow teammates out there! ( ... Read on »
commuting report: phoenix/scottsdale, az by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I just returned last night from a four-day weekend working in Phoenix, Arizona. I was there to provide musical leadership and education for a large synagogue in the Phoenix ... Read on »
ride report: smith & bybee lakes loop by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I've taken this loop many times in the last seven years, too many to count. But it remains one of my favorite longer rides and I try to get out there at least a few times a ... Read on »
i am not my job: a reminder by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Staying at a friend's vacation house in Central Oregon for a mid-week getaway, I finally had time to slow down after all my summer and fall travels for work. Slowing d ... Read on »
when bicycles and torah intersect: my teaching on yom kippur afternoon by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking A few days from now I will head home to Portland, to that bastion of bike-friendliness where I can ride almost anywhere I like and when I get tired I can toss my bike on pu ... Read on »
a little giggle by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Perusing the craigslist ads back home, just to see what's what, I came across this delightfully absurd listing http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bop/4682382837.html ... Read on »
greetings from overland park by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I arrived in Overland Park, KS on Monday afternoon. After lunch, I was dropped at the synagogue, where I'd shipped my bicycle (the Kansas Bike, see previous posts on is top ... Read on »
repair and return: a video by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Today, a few days before I head to Kansas for my first out-of-town High Holy Days pulpit as a cantorial soloist, I had a bad case of the jitters. I've prepared, of course - ... Read on »
off again, on again: kansas bike redux by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Originally I had thought that I would ship a bike for the last trip to Kansas in June. But the rabbi didn't want to pay the shipping and worked instead to find me a loaner. ... Read on »
bicycle culture, activism, and class shifting by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking The excellent writer Elly Blue has written a thoughtful post about the change in bicycle activism http://takingthelane.com/2014/08/17/upper-class-cycling-culture-and-th ... Read on »
urban off-roading: alleyways of N/NE portland by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I've been trying to get as much riding in as I can because I will be traveling so much this year. Some days it has felt almost obligatory, other days it has started out t ... Read on »