So the Library's got a series of talks that comes to bicycling from a different angle: How to save money.
Maybe this will be a way to reach a different set of folks and to enlarge some of the conversation about bicycling and transportation!
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The Salem Public Library has dubbed November “Penny-Pincher” month and is featuring authors and practitioners who follow a frugal lifestyle from a variety of creative angles.Later in the series is a bike talk.
The series opens with Jeff Yeager, the man dubbed “The Ultimate Cheapskate” by Matt Lauer on NBC’s “The Today Show.” Yeager will speak on “Finding Wholesale Happiness in a Retail World.” His talk is based on his book The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less.
Brian Benson and Alexander Hongo:Brian's talk will be about going on longer trips, but Alexander will be talking about biking in the city:
Bicycling for Adventure and Thrift
2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15
Bicycling is a thrifty, environmentally conscious, and healthful mode of transportation. But it is also a transformative activity. Two speakers, Portland author Brian Benson and Eugene Bicycling organizer and mechanic Alexander Hongo will present different aspects of this seemingly simple, yet life-altering practice.
Alexander Hongo will present a “How to Bike Commute” clinic, featuring tips on how to set up for success with equipment, clothing, methods, and mindset. He will also discuss basic preventative bicycle maintenance to reduce the cost of repairs.
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Alexander Hongo is a mechanic at Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life and a teacher at the University of Oregon Bike Program in Eugene, where he lives with his partner, their dog, and about a dozen bicycles. In his free time, he contributes to community bicycle events like Sunday Streets, the Disaster Relief Trials, Moonlight Mash, and the Bicycle Music Festival.The timing of this is obviously not optimal, but since it's part of a series rather than a stand-alone, that's not really very relevant.
Still, starting to bike places is best in the fair weather when rain and cold isn't a distraction, bother, or worry. So I don't know how effective a "how to" will be in mid-November. But maybe it will plant the seed for something in the spring.
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Photo: Beth Casper
Bicycling for Adventure and Thrift, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15