We just got this in from our friends at Quality Bicycle Products!
Congratulations to all the winners!!!
QBP and partner title sponsors SRAM, RockShox, Park Tool, and United Bicycle Institute are delighted to announce the winners of the third annual Women’s Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship. Sixteen women will attend UBI’s Professional Shop Repair and Operations Workshop in Ashland, OR, in late February and early March of 2016. This class constitutes the first all-women class of this two-week mechanics training. The scholarship covers the winners’ tuition and lodging.
The scholarship was created with two goals in mind:
- Keep, encourage, and grow the careers of talented women working in the cycling industry through development of technical skills and knowledge.
- Better serve and grow women ridership.
The ultimate goal is to advance specialty retail through growth in women’s cycling.
Industry leaders working to grow women in cycling by sponsoring this program for 2016 include Quality Bicycle Products, SRAM, RockShox, Park Tool, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Jagwire, Saris, Michelin, Surly, Liv, Ergon, and Dero.
The scholarship is in its third year and has grown significantly each year since it began in 2014, when two scholarships were offered. This year more sponsors joined the cause, allowing organizers to offer the sixteen scholarships. The process of selecting the winners from over 300 qualified applicants is a responsibility the organizers take very seriously. Every applicant expressed commitment to growing women in cycling, and many have been actively working to make this happen. In addition to this commitment and active work, the sixteen women chosen stood out because of their personal leadership in growing women’s cycling in their area.
The time at UBI will help each recipient build a solid foundation of technical knowledge that will strengthen all aspects of their bike industry career. Congratulations to all the 2016 scholarship recipients!
Ainsley Judge, Portland Gear Hub, Portland ME
Amanda Resch, Legend Bicycle, Providence RI
Anna Maria Diaz-Balart, King Kog, Brooklyn NY
Cali Jirsa, Cherry Cycles, Minneapolis MN
Cassandra Habel, Erik’s Bike, Madison WI
Kyla Forsberg, Green River Cyclery and the Busted Bike Café, Auburn WA
Magdalena Sapsis, Hello Bicycle, Seattle WA
Michaela Albanese, Human Zoom Bikes and Boards, Philadelphia PA
Nicole Davison, Veloville USA, Purcellville VA
RaeLynn Mulley, Boulder Cycle Sport, Boulder CO
Stephanie Surch, Criterium Bicycles, Colorado Springs CO
Susan Davis, Bike Beat, Virginia Beach VA
Christine Hill, Old Spokes Home, Burlington VT
Theresa Van Ackeren, Family Bicycles LLC, Kansas City MO
Tina Sujana, Go-Girl Cycling, FT Myers FL
Trina Walsworth, Bike Stop Cycling, Michigan City IN
Quality Bicycle Products is in the business of bikes. From developing and building a diverse portfolio of our own brands to distributing the top names and best products in the industry, we’re doing our part to further bike kind. With distribution centers in Minnesota, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, QBP serves a network of more than 5,000 independent retailers. We strive to be an extraordinary business to partner with and to work for, and we have made good on that goal for more than 30 years. From our extensive advocacy efforts to our energy efficient facilities everything we do is aimed at making the world a better place and getting more butts on bikes.
QBP And Partners Expand Women’s Mechanic Scholarship
The Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its third year! Title sponsors for the upcoming iteration include QBP, SRAM, RockShox, Park Tool, and United Bicycle Institute (UBI), along with Gold level sponsors Jagwire, Saris, Michelin, Surly Bikes, and Liv, and Silver sponsors Ergon, and Dero. Together, these sponsors are pleased to offer 16 scholarships for an all-women’s class of Professional Repair and Shop Operations at UBI.
The scholarship was created with the recognition that the bike industry needs to reach out to more women and serve them more effectively. It’s dedicated to getting more women on bikes while supporting the development of women mechanics. In its first two years of operation, over 1,200 applications were received.
“Technical knowledge can be a huge barrier for women who want to develop their careers in the bike industry” says Alix Magner, QBP National Sales Manager and Scholarship Program Manager. “This scholarship is one step in creating a better talent pool for the industry to pull from.”
The scholarship opportunity is aimed at women who are aspiring or experienced bike mechanics as well as those looking to increase their technical knowledge to further their career in the cycling industry. “QBP is proud to support a scholarship to grow women in the bike industry and we are pleased to have so many great partners in this important effort” added Lori Richman, QBP Director of Organization Development.
Recipients will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend UBI’s Professional Shop Repair and Operations Workshop. Additionally, lodging will be provided at the Ashland, Oregon campus. Scholarship recipients must be available to attend the class from February 29-March 11th. Recipients will receive a small stipend upon completion of the class to help offset travel and meal expenses.
Applicants must be currently employed at a bike shop, at least 18 years old, a U.S. resident, and must be woman-identifying. Interested parties can apply at qbp.com/womensscholarship. Applications will be accepted from October 1st through October 31st. Winners will be announced on January 8th, 2016.
We just heard from Portland Brazed Frame Building Alum Dave Gerton with pics of his recently-completed , #bikeschoolbuilt Randonneur.
Here are some pics and a little note from him.
Thanks, Dave! We’re glad to see your beautiful bike out in the wild!
“This summer, I built a randonneuring frame in your chromoly class. I rode it quite a while just as it came from class, but just got around to adding the finishing touches. These included filing down the seat tube lug point, adding bosses for stud-mounted center-pull brakes, provisions for internal wiring routing for front and rear dynamo lights, moving the seat stay bridge for more fender clearance, and adding rack mounts to the fork (rack still to come)<p>
Although I bought an oxy-ace set up after the class, I finished it with just a mapp torch from my local hardware store.
It’s all clean and shiny right now, but that ain’t gonna last!
Other students in my class had completely different ideas, more modern geometries for different kinds of cycling, but this is exactly the bike I’ve been wanting to own for years and hoped to build in class. I am very happy with the fit and performance and it’s a by far my favorite bike to ride.
Of course, that’s in a large part due to our instructor, Joseph Ahearne. He was an amazing teacher, both knowledgeable and inspirational. That goes for Ron Sutphin and the other staff that were always on hand for us in the shop.
I hope to return one day to spend more on fillet brazing or for the Ti frame building class.
Meet Vanessa Buccella! She’s currently attending UBI Ashland’s Pro Mechanic & Shop Operations class as the first of two students benefiting from last year’s debut of the Quality Bicycle Products/UBI Women’s Scholarship Program.
Vanessa endures the agony of Wheel Building Day with a smile.
Vanessa is an active partner at Chicago’s BFF Bikes, which focuses on a riding and retail experience that’s geared to the needs of female cyclists. She hopes that the knowledge she gains attending UBI will up her game at the shop, and help her provide customers with a level of care that only a Certified Mechanic can.
We here at UBI are proud to be part of the QBP Women’s Scholarship Program, and we’re especially excited to get the chance to learn as much from every one of our students as they do from us. With the experience Vanessa brings to class as a rider and Bike Shop Professional, we hope to gain additional insight into how the bike industry can better meet the needs of women riders and bike professionals
As luck would have it, BFF bikes do much of their buying for QBP, and their best-selling bicycle brand is Liv – But it’s important to note that this had nothing to do with her selection as a recipient of her scholarship. It’s simply a match made in bicycle heaven!
If you are, or know someone who would be perfect for this year’s 10 available QBP Women’s Scholarship Program, Apply at http://qbp.com/womensscholarship/. Any questions you have about the program can also be answered there – so check it out!
UBI is proud to be part of the Women’s Scholarship Program, in addition to some of the top brands in cycling:
SRAM, Liv, QBP, Park Tool, Pedro’s, Nuu-Muu & the OIWC
So many UBI graduates go onto successful careers in the bike industry – and some ever parlay their Bikeschool and industry experience into the most unexpected careers.
Eric McCollum’s Where Are They Wednesday story is one of the messages we received that inspired the whole Blog series. So here it Is!
Frame Building and Welding experience gained at UBI led to Eric’s successful career in custom fabrication.
“I attended UBI shortly after graduating high school and took all your available classes, including the steel TIG frame class. I was offered a job from another student attending the repair class I was in. I took him up on the offer and moved from FL to VA just a few weeks after returning home. That job didn’t work out, so I packed up and moved to Colorado where I quickly landed another job, much more to my liking.”
“I was a mechanic at that shop for 2 years when PUSH Industries heard of me and offered me a job as a suspension tech. (BTW, the owner of PUSH also attended UBI.) While working for PUSH, the company was transitioning into in-house manufacturing, and they put me in charge of the machine shop. I was there for almost 6 years, when finally I decided I needed to move on.”
“I took a position with another machine shop in 2012, my first ever job outside of the cycling industry. There, I also utilized my UBI acquired TIG welding skills, and MIG welding that I had picked up through various off-road projects with another friend, one who I met while at UBI. That job lasted a few years, as the welding tapered off I realized that was what I really wanted to do, so I accepted a position as a fabricator/welder at a local shop.”
“I truly believe UBI was an incredibly useful stepping stone to get me where I am today. I love my job, and always think back to the first time I struck an arc with Jim Kish at your facility. Many thanks.”
Mitering, Bending, and Welding.
Our second entry for Where Are They Wednesday is Scott Armstrong – one of UBI’s most active Facebook followers, and never without an informed opinion. Scott has spent a great deal of time with UBI, and has taken what he learned to his life as an entrepreneur and business owner in San Diego, CA, but also ensures that his work benefits the community.
“Following my completion of the 2 week certification course last year I partnered with a friend and we opened MJ’s Cyclery in San Diego Feb 1st 2014. Our focus is on commute and short trip riding so we sell new and used bikes, accessories, and clothing.” he said.
“The used bikes we sell are mostly donated and salvaged from a local university who has to dispose of them from time to time. After they determine they are not stolen and cannot locate the owners they let us pick through the ones we can work with. By the time they get to us they generally need a lot of work.”
“We add up the labor and parts costs and that is the selling price. It’s been a lot of fun to save bikes and get them into the hands of folks who may not be able to afford a new $600 bike. Attending UBI was really helpful. I took my years of my non-bike industry mechanic experience and put it all together so now it makes sense and I am doing things the right way.”
“BTW, we get to work on “nice” bikes too as our reputation spreads.”
“We’re located on the border of two of San Diego’s greatest neighborhoods Hillcrest and North Park (On Park Blvd. at the intersection of University Avenue)”
Scott and Jess workin’ the day-to-day life at the shop.
The first in our new series talking to UBI graduates, reflecting on their time at Bikeschool, and what they have been doing since getting their Certificates of Completion, Rob Ferrara sent us some updates on his work with recovering vets.
Rob spent time in UBI in the Winter and Summer of 2014, competing all of our mechanics courses: Intro, Pro, & Advanced Seminars. His professional experience since then has taken the skills he learned with UBI and honed them into an aspect of bike work that many of us would never have dreamed about.
If you have a chance to check out the work that Ride 2 Recovery is doing, and the achievements of many of the riders taking part in the program, you will be humbled, to say the least.
What have you been up to since graduating from UBI?
“Since completing my courses I have become a much better mechanic. I work for a non-profit called Ride 2 Recovery where we help wounded, injured and ill veterans recover from their injuries through cycling. Having being wounded in 2007 and retired from active duty 2 years ago this job is an awesome retirement job.”
Rob is the humble guy hiding in the back with the red helmet and jersey.
“Some of my rolls as the Program Manager are first and foremost a mechanic, do all fittings, lead rides, adapt all types of bikes for all types of injuries, track all rides, order parts and the list goes on.”
“Currently we have over 30 riders, over 40 up right bikes, 7 recumbents and 5 hand cycles. Attached is a copy of my bike room. It’s a little messy right now since we are waiting for some 2x4s to be installed so we can hang the bike up on the wall and gain floor space.“
Rob’s workshop is and ever-evolving beast! (Aren’t they all!)
Thanks for the update, Rob! We miss you!
Editor’s note – Ever the humble character, Rob failed to mention that Ride 2 Recovery has helped wounded vets not just recover form their injuries, but successfully compete in major events like the Race Across America (RAAM). Some of his stories from the road, and the characters he gets to ride with, would amaze you!
You can find more information on Ride 2 Recovery at: https://ride2recovery.com/
It’s only May, but for UBI frame building classes, the year is almost over.
We have just a few frame building classes that still have space in them. Here are the pickings:
Steel Brazing Frame Building – October 6 – 17: 4 spots Register here.
Steel Brazing Frame Building – September 8 – 19: 3 spots Register here.
Steel Brazing Frame Building – December 1 – 12: Wide open Register here.
What was Bespoked Bristol last year has become Bespoked – The UK Handmade Bicycle Show. It just finished up, and Oregon’s bike industry did some representin’. Cielo/Chris King were there, as was UBI-Portland brazing instructor Joseph Ahearne. And we’re happy to report that UBI grad Eric Estlund, builder of Winter Bicycles, took the award for Best Track Bike. This is very fitting, considering that this year’s show took place in the infield of the stunningly beautiful velodrome at London’s Lee Valley Velopark
For some candy, check out the vid:
We just heard from our partners at Fox Racing Shox about the fork choices for the next Fox Master Tech Clinic, scheduled October 25 at UBI Portland. Clinic participants will be able to choose among 50 – that’s five-oh – different 2015 Fox fork models and configurations.
How does this work? The Fox Master Tech clinic is a one-day seminar team-taught by UBI instructors and Fox technicians, designed to bring students up to date on servicing Fox’s latest and greatest forks. When a student signs up for the clinic, he or she chooses a fork, which will be waiting for the student on the morning of the class. After working on the fork for the entire clinic, the student leaves with it! The $600 cost of the clinic is, in many cases, less than the pro-deal cost of the fork. The clinic is open only to mechanics working at authorized Fox dealers.
“Where do I sign up?” you say. Just click this link.
And the fork choices? Feast your eyes:
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Wht 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Wht 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 140 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 140 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 140 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 150 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 39mm
2015 32 FLOAT 26in 150 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 TALAS 26in 140-110 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 39mm
2015 32 TALAS 26in 140-110 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.125 39mm
2015 32 TALAS 26in 140-110 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 32 TALAS 26in 150-120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 39mm
2015 32 TALAS 26in 150-120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 39mm
2015 34 FLOAT 26in 160 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5 T 37mm
2015 34 TALAS 26in 160-130 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 37mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Wht 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Wht 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 27.5in 140 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 TALAS 27.5in 140-110 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 34 FLOAT 27.5in 160 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 34 TALAS 27.5in 160-130 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.125 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 51mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Wht 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 100 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.125 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 51mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Wht 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 FLOAT 29in 120 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 9mm 1.5T 44mm
2015 32 TALAS 29in 120-90 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.125 44mm
2015 32 TALAS 29in 120-90 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5T 44mm
2015 34 FLOAT 29in 140 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5 T 51mm
2015 34 TALAS 29in 140-110 CTD ADJ FIT Blk 15QR 1.5 T 51mm