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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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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 »
new collection from bicycle pal rick risemberg: check it out! by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking My bicycle buddy Rick Risemberg, who dares to live the bicycle life down in El Lay, and who is the purveyor of the fine web amalgamation Bicycle Fixation , has compiled a n ... Read on »
i ride my bike because, well, i just have to. by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I travel for my work now. And I don't just travel -- I travel with a guitar and sheet music and dress clothes. Which means that bringing along a folding bike is not terribl ... Read on »
hype of the week returns: an occasional series by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking For those longer-time followers who've missed Hype-Of-The-Week, it's back, at least occasionally. Longer-time readers know of my connection to drum corps and pageantry ... Read on »
DRT/Cargo Bike Fest, and more griping about Brooks by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I had signed up to volunteer at the Disaster Releif Trials and Cargo Bike Fest again. I signed up about a week and a half before the event and successfully registered at th ... Read on »
ebay knock-off of the week: brooks - not by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking (Number eight in an occasional series) This week on eBay, another shining example of bike industry impli-fakery: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mens-Lea ... Read on »
home again in pdx by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I got home Sunday night. It has taken awhile to recover from the intensity of my trip -- I worked very hard for nearly a month and coming home was a little like exhaling. T ... Read on »