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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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crunchy white goodness by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Rode a little neighborhood loop in the snow this morning, just for fun. Didn't go far -- less than five miles -- but had a great time. It was nice to pull out the Bridgesto ... Read on »
Snowlandia 2014 by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Well, we got some snow in Portland today. It started out innocuously enough, a few tiny flurries, delicate and soft. By 3pm it was really snowing and by 5 pm the flake ... Read on »
multi-modalism: bikes and buses by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Bicycling weather for Portland tomorrow and Thursday Wed. Feb 5: H29° L20° Sunny / Wind WIND: E at 22 mph Riding? Probably, but most likely multi-modal. Th ... Read on »
the music thing: cd release party, Sunday Feb 2 by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I am releasing my CD "Ten Miles" this Sunday, Feb. 2, at a show that will benefit Jewish Family and Child Service of Portland. If you're in Portland, come on down to Worl ... Read on »
greys and bikes: tiring of the youth culture by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking A week from Sunday I will turn 51. I spent twenty years working in an industry where youth predominated. All the advertising showed pictures of young bicyclists, some ... Read on »
CDs and my Big Dummy. by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking This is a cross-post from my music site http://www.beth-hamon-music.com/1/post/2014/01/theyre-here.html I picked up 500 copies of my CD yesterday using my salvage ... Read on »
some days, well, you just HAVE to clean your drivetrain by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking After a week off the bike, I was pretty ready to ride again yesterday. I'd been laid low by what my doctor now tells me was "probably" the flu -- fever, chills, dizzin ... Read on »
giving myself permission to leave the studly days behind by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I've been forcing myself to ride, even a little bit, almost every dy during my winter break from teaching. Tere are. lots of reasons for this, and only a few of them have a ... Read on »
2013 mileage: one for a smaller book by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I took my final ride of 2013 last Tuesday, in spite of ongoing struggles with cold weather, creaky knees and mood swings. 2013 was a hard year for me on the bicycle. Betwee ... Read on »
Urban off-road bicycling: pdx by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking My mountain bike, an old Bridgestone MB-4, has been hanging on a hook since my last short-track race in July 2012. That's right, my short-tack bike has not been ridden in a ... Read on »
winter rides are sometimes the best rides by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Winter rides at the end of the year are often some of the best rides I have.   A few days ago, I had some time to ride and the weather had warmed up considerably ... Read on »
laugh-o-the-week: saddle covers by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Today on eBay, this priceless Carradice Saddle cover http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Carradice-SADDLE-COVER-FOR-LEATHER-SADDLES-W-HOLES-FOR-STRAP-LOOPS-/271350121225?pt=LH_D ... Read on »
destination d-i-y: kid-to-cargo trailer conversion by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Welcome to another installment of "destination D-I-Y". Today, I present my new-old cargo trailer. I bought this in summer of 2012, before I quit working at Citybi ... Read on »
The Kansas bike is going to Kansas! by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Earlier in the fall, I brought home an abandoned bike with a bent frame and fixed it up. I decided to keep it in case there was an opportunity for me to travel with a ... Read on »
can it ever be too cold to ride? by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking In my case, I'd have to say the answer these days is, Yes. Yes, it can be too cold to ride. Even when you dress for it, as I have done: laters of thin wool and wind-resis ... Read on »
How many water bottles do we need, really? by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Lots of water bottles are out there in the world. Not only in the bicycle industry, but, well, everywhere. These will be handed out at a convention later this ... Read on »
when it stops being funny: specialized-as-bully by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking A few years ago, an enterprising young woman opened her own custom wheelbuilding business. Called Epic Wheelworks, it was very successful, growing slowly and steadily as mo ... Read on »
laughable unreality part five: rapha handlebar tape by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking  Saw this on eBay yesterday and laughed out loud http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rapha-and-Cinelli-Handle-Bar-Tape-/291029889276?pt=Cycling_Parts_Accessories&hash=item43c2bbb0f ... Read on »
made by hand by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking In 1996, A co-worker and I took the train to Eugene, Oregon for the grand opening of a new warehouse and manufacturing facility for Burley Design Cooperative. Burley was st ... Read on »
overthinking it, maybe by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking With thanks to Velo Cult for the photo. Read on »