Bike-based ‘Street Books’ library will expand thanks to bike shop’s donation

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Street Books founder Laura Maulton talks with two patrons.
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Street Books, Portland’s five-year-old free private book-lending library, will be spending more time on Portland’s east side this summer.

Splendid Cycles, the cargo bike store at the north end of the eastside’s Springwater on the Willamette path, will donate a new, fully built-up Bullitt cargo bike, and Jeff Lauten of Badger Bikes will donate a handbuilt water-tight box to match.

Street Books, which we profiled last summer, launched its fifth lending season on Tuesday.

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The Friday Profile: Craftsman Jeff Lauten, maker of unicycles and cargo bike boxes

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Working from his basement for a few hours each week, full-time-dad Jeff Lauten will soon finish on his 34th “semi-custom” wood box for a Bullitt cargo bike.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland unless noted)

Jeff Lauten became a carpenter midlife, he says, because he had no choice.

“The house is 100 years old,” the 48-year-old explained Thursday morning, standing in a North Portland basement that seemed suspiciously crowded for that of someone drawn to physical craftsmanship against his will.

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