Winter finally came to the Northwest today, with snow in both Portland and Ashland.
As you can see, at least one intrepid soul got to school today on two wheels.
Imagine degreasing all those chains. Want!
And if you plan to come in 2014, thanks to you, too.
Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday so we can spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our families. And our bikes. Anybody for a century ride on Black Friday?
We’ll be back in the office, and in class, Monday, December 2.
What can we say? The hardest working guy on the downhill circuit works here at UBI.
Santa Cruz is one of Nathan Riddle’s sponsors, and they are featuring him BIG TIME on their web site.
Those of us who work with Nathan see him in front of class every day. Those who ride with Nathan see him only on Santa Cruz’s web site, because on the trail he’s…gone.
Portland-based frame builder Chris Igleheart was injured in a bike-car collision, and the Portland bike community has banded together to raise funds to help pay his medical expenses. Rapha is hosting a fundraising event tonight at 6 pm at Rapha headquarters in Portland. See the poster above for details. Among the fundraising effort is a huge raffle, with prizes like a bike from Breadwinner. UBI has donated a hand-built DT Swiss road wheelset, too.
Our best wishes to Chris for a speedy recovery!
We’re getting ready to hit the crumbling pavement of U.S. Interstate Five on the way from Ashland to San Francisco for this year’s SF Bike Expo, which takes place Saturday from 11 to 6 at the Cow Palace in San Fran. If we make it past the California Fruit Inspection Station in Hornbrook, UBI will be in booth 144. Come on by and feast your eyes on the legendary UBI-Keith Anderson collaboration Cro-Moe Pursuit Bike. We’ll be slinging free stickers to bovines and bipeds alike, and of course answering any and all questions about UBI’s bicycle mechanics and frame building classes.
Another plus? Unlike those other Brand X bike shows, admission to the SF Bike Expo is free. See you there!
The year is winding down, and so is our schedule, but we still have some classes on the books with good availability if you want to pack in some skills training before the New Year.
The December 2 Professional Repair and Shop Operation class in Ashland still has excellent availability. This class will get you a mechanic’s certification, and will teach you everything from disc brake bleeds to derailleur system set-up to wheel building.
And if you’re really spontaneous, join us in Ashland Monday for the UBI/DT Swiss Wheel Building Seminar or Wednesday’s Suspension Technician Seminar. In Portland we have a couple of seats remaining in Tuesday’s Chris King Seminar, too.
Our December 2 Steel Brazing Frame Building class in Portland, taught by Joseph Ahearne, has a couple of seats available that just recently opened up.
It’s been quite a few years since we’ve traveled down The Five (that’s Interstate 5, for those of you who don’t live in California) to visit San Francisco’s Cow Palace, home to the annual San Francisco Bike Expo. So we think this year it’s high time we check in with our old Bay Area friends, make some new Bay Area friends, and maybe tip a cow or two.
The expo is Saturday, November 16 from 11 am to 6 pm. It’s free to get in! Any bovines coming by booth # 144 (that’s ours) will get a free “My Other Bike Is a Bike” sticker.
See you there!
Starting October 21, Oregonians are participating in the Drive Less Challenge, a statewide effort to reduce the number of miles behind the wheel. The challenge encourages people to walk, bike or take mass transit instead of hopping into the auto. The goal? A reduction of 1/2 million vehicle miles traveled in the state of Oregon over a 12 day period.
UBI supported the Challenge last this past Friday with a free ride-by chain lube at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix, Oregon, a good stopping point for bicycle commuters using the Bear Creek Greenway. UPDATE: The Drive Less Challenge exceeded its goals!
Under gorgeous, sunny autumn skies, about 35 people dropped by our tent to get their rides lubed, their tires aired, and just to say hello. One common question: “Are you going to be here next week?”
We’ll be back, but maybe not until spring. The fall rains showed up over the weekend!
Here’s a video from Travel Oregon. One of the stars is Chris Frick, who owns the Friendly Bike Guest House, where a lot of UBI-Portland students stay while attending school.
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