Councilman Bob Ehler fixes 1,000 bicycle

Cottage Grove City Councilor Bob Ehler has done it.

He's repaired his 1,000th bike nearly a week to the day after giving away his 990th bicycle as part of a three-year-long effort to utilize his repair skills to provide bicycles for community members in need.

To mark the occassion, Ehler and Pay it Forward--a community Facebook page that facilitates Ehler's giveaways and repairs--will be holding a contest. To enter, residents can visit the Facebook page to contact the administrator or simply inquire about the bike in a post. On May 26, administrators will choose a lucky new own- er of the 1951 Elswick, three-speed bicycle.

"It's a rare bird," Ehler said. "It's all original."

Since reaching the milestone, Ehler has been contacted by Lane Community College and will begin teaching a bicycle repair class on July 25.

It's a new chapter for me," he said. "I've been behind a desk but never teaching." 

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