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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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to count or not to count? by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking This summer I left off with tracking my mileage for several weeks. At the time I simply felt it was unnecessary to continue. But more recently, I have come to understand th ... Read on »
is the party over? by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I've been seeing more and more of these auctions online http://www.ebay.com/itm/Big-lot-of-Rivendell-Bicycle-Works-catalogs-fliers-etc-/221296855356?pt=LH_DefaultDomain ... Read on »
coffeeneuring 2013 edition # 2: peet's coffee, 15th & broadway by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking This one was sort of obligatory, in that I had to meet someone over coffee and had to select a logistically sensible choice for both of us. I visited Peet's at NE 15th and ... Read on »
coffeeneuring 2013 edition # 1: grindhouse coffee by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Today, feeling stressed about a situation that will take some time to work itself out, I was at loose ends. Sweetie urged me to go for a long bicycle ride. It was a beautif ... Read on »
wet weather prep: proofing cotton canvas by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I scored this pair of Carradice front panniers a few years back.   I got ... Read on »
product review: chrome dresden shoe by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Chrome made a suede shoe two or three years ago called the Dresden. The shoes have the same stiffer sole as other Chrome shoes/sneakers. However, the fit is sl ... Read on »
third annual coffeenuering challenge begins this weekend (Oct 4) by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking The Coffeeneuring Challenge returns for a third year of cycling and caffeine fun! Rules are here http://chasingmailboxes.com/2013/09/30/third-annual-chasing-mailbo ... Read on »
oregon handmade bike show: a stroll by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I went to the annual handbuilt bike festival today. I had been working with a lot of personal stress over the past few weeks, and I hadn't really felt like going anywh ... Read on »
oregon handmade bike show - sept 28-29, sandbox studios, portland by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I'm going. Saturday afternoon. $10 at the door. Rain and wind all weekend so dress for it and for heaven's sake PLEASE put a rear fender on your bike. (Plenty of b ... Read on »
On change and transition: a ride report by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Today, Sweetie practically urged me out of the house to go for a ride. "It's beautiful out there," she said, and you're distracting me from work. Please go for a ride." ... Read on »
everybody needs a place to go and just be by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I have been dealing with a huge ball of stress that's been sitting in my belly for over two weeks now. (It's my own damned fault, and it will take me awhile to climb out ... Read on »
when component snobbery is a little silly by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Save the Date! 7 Weekends, Six Cups What:  The Coffeeneuring Challenge When:   ... Read on »
finally, [fake] rapha for the masses by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking     It was only a matter of time before someone decided that counterfeit Rapha wasn't a problem. Currently available on eBay for something like $25 (fa ... Read on »
first day of school 2013-14 by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking First day of teaching, 2013-14. I rode to and from in the rain in Portland. After a summer spent largely on the go -- to some really good places, mind you -- I cann ... Read on »
grass-roots bicycling, the new-old bikelovejones style by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking This is a photo of a bicycle I had several years ago. This was a Peugeot Orient Express from the mid-1980's. I ... Read on »
fade to gray by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I am shrinking my online presence, at least for awhile. To that end I will only be using this blog, and true to the history of this blog, I'll pretty much only post ab ... Read on »
a clean bike - a clean heart by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking This week, I pulled out the Sekai, my rough-stuff touring conversion. Regular readers will remember this as the cheap mountain bike I bought last fall for $25. I was still ... Read on »
ten years of yesses by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking On August 17, 2003, we said yes. We've been saying yes every day since then. The wedding was great fun -- people still tell us so even now -- but ... Read on »
the deep, dark thoughts we all harbor (but which so few of us will admit to having) by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking The title pretty much says it all. In this age of fear and worry, suspicion of every single person who doesn't walk, talk and quack exactly like us, cities going bankrupt w ... Read on »
consumerism and the durability of things by Beth H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking In 1998, the bike shop I worked at sold US-made messenger bags by a company called RELoad. The bags were made one at a time on industrial sewing machines by one of four sew ... Read on »