UBI Faculty

Every UBI faculty member has years of bike industry experience and was chosen for their extensive backgrounds in mechanics, frame building, shop operations, and other industry endeavors. Their teaching style creates a fun and creative learning environment which stimulates the mind and allows easy comprehension of each mechanical procedure.

The size of our faculty roster means that UBI has the best student-teacher ratio in the industry. In our mechanics classes, our student-to-teacher ratio is 5.3 to 1, and in our frame building classes it is 4 to 1.

Instructor Ron SutphinRon Sutphin, president of UBI, has been working professionally in the bicycle industry since 1978. His experience includes several years as a retail bicycle shop manager and master mechanic and has been a UBI instructor since the school was founded in 1981. He is intimately familiar with the many problems and benefits of bike shop operation. Ron is also a master frame builder, having produced scores of high quality custom framesets over the past decade. His skills as a frame builder and master mechanic provide a background that gives a perspective few instructors can match. Ron's easily understood style of teaching makes learning bicycle repair and frame building easy and enjoyable.
Instructor Matt Eames
Matt Eames has worked for over 20 years in the bike industry, including seven years with Shimano as lead mountain bike technician and OEM sales. Before that, Matt was a mountain bike race mechanic with Diamondback Racing. In 2010 and 2012 he was a team mechanic for the US at the World Mountain Bike Championships. Matt also worked for seven years in the ski industry.
Instructor Stephen Glass
Stephen Glass has over ten years of bike shop experience, including positions as Service Manager and General Manager for one of the Pacific Northwest's leading shops. He also has been trained as a race mechanic, and recently provided neutral race support for both the Cascade Classic and the Tour of Missouri. Stephen is also a successful mountain and road racer, a certified river guide, and an accomplished back-country skier.
Instructor Nathan Riddle

Nathan Riddle's ten years in the bike industry include positions as a shop mechanic and work for a parts distributor. Nathan is also an elite-level downhill racer. Come to think of it, he's elite-level on the uphills, too.
Instructor Rich Arvizo
Rich Bernoulli started in the bike industry as a shop mechanic. He's also worked for Yeti and the custom frame fabricator Black Sheep Bikes. Rich is our resident engineering expert, holding a Master's degree in structural engineering. He tends to win all the geeky tech arguments around UBI. He is a past Oregon State Masters swimming champion in the 50 meter butterfly, and holds the course record in the Granite Man Triathlon.
Instructor Richard Belson
Richard Belson's diverse experience ranges from the trenches of shop wrenching to working for Canadian bicycle giant Norco, and in marketing for Specialized. He also has a reputation as one of Canada's best trials riders, and can be found leaping his bicycle over the Fremont Bridge during UBI-Portland lunch breaks. If he feels like it.
TIG Frame Building Instructor Jim Kish
Jim Kish teaches UBI's Steel TIG and Titanium frame building classes. A frame builder   based in North Carolina, Jim has earned a reputation as one of the best TIG welders in the business. He won the award for "Best Titanium Bicycle" at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin, TX. You can learn more about Jim's bikes at www.kishbike.com.
TIG Seminar Instructor Mike DeSalvo
Mike DeSalvo teaches UBI's TIG Welding Seminars and Steel TIG frame building classes. A native of northern California, Mike now calls Ashland his home. A multiple award winner at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Mike has established a world-wide reputation as a versatile frame builder in steel and Ti. You can see Mike's frames at www.desalvocycles.com.
Instructor Paul Sadoff
Paul Sadoff joined UBI's staff as a guest frame building instructor in 2008, and he teaches a session of UBI's Steel TIG Welding Frame Bulding class every year. Paul has been building frames full time since 1988, and is best know as the creator and builder of Rock Lobster Cycles.
Brazing Instructor Tony Pereira
Tony Pereira teaches Steel Brazing Frame Building classes. One of Portland's leading builders, Tony has won multiple awards at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, as well as the Oregon Manifest. You can see Tony's frames at www.pereiracycles.com.
Brazing Instructor Joseph Ahearne
Joseph Ahearne teaches Steel Brazing Frame Building classes. Another of Portland's leading builders, Joseph is particularly known for his cargo and utility bike designs. He is a two-time NAHBS award winner. Click here to check out more of Joseph's work..