Dec 132013

I just wanted to share some photos of my finished bike. This project was a huge thrill for me, and I’m really grateful to all the fine instructors I had at UBI, especially Joseph, Ron, Steve and Dylan. Thanks so much!

(paint by: Bill Davidson)

 Posted by at 8:39 am
Oct 292010

It’s been over a year since I completed the cromoly brazing course at UBI. I thought I should send along some pictures of my “completed” bike, as I promised to do when I left.

It took a while to find somewhere to build the fork, and even longer to complete one that I thought was good enough.

Now I ride the bike every day. It’s got pretty interesting handling, probably more to do with the 68-degree seat tube and very low bottom bracket than with the 20-inch wheels. I commute to work on this thing, and carry large loads on the rack. It’s got some clearcoat on it. I’ll probably wait to have it painted until I am sure I don’t need to braze anything else on.

I’m very happy I got the time to attend UBI and learn some of the basics of frame building. I’ve since built a long-tail cargo bike, and am starting on another small-wheeled bike for my girlfriend.

 Posted by at 11:33 am
Sep 132010

Jason Yen's loaded touring bike somewhere in Asia.

This is the touring bike I built in the February, 2010 class. I took the bike on a tour of Mongolia, inner Mongolia, and western China. The rack and fender mounts held up great even though I used silver instead of brass. Lots of things I would do differently, but that will wait till the next bike.

 Posted by at 2:32 pm
May 102010


Here is my single speed made in the March ’09 Chromoly Brazing class. The frame turned out great, and rides better than I ever imagined. Built up with vintage components – mostly Campy NR/SR stuff I had “retired” 20 years ago. The only concession to current technology was the fitting of Speedplay pedals. My old Record Superleggara’s look cool, but it didn’t take long to remember what a pain (literally) clips and straps are. I couldn’t wait to build and ride it, so I gave the frame a “rattle can” paint job instead of sending it out to a pro. Two months and almost 400 miles in, it’s holding up real well. The final touch was the addition of a lugged stem I finished last week. It felt good to pick up the torch once again. Brazing the stainless was “fun” and finishing took forever, but I like the result. Next up, a single speed MTB for my daughter. After that, who knows? Thanks again to Ron, Gary, Nate and the rest of the guys at UBI.

 Posted by at 10:48 am