Apr 162010

Here is the finished product (650B with Paragon stainless sliding dropouts). The finished filing without a vise was a bear, but everything cleaned up really nice. The paint was done by Class Act Powder here in Portland. As for the ride, it is very responsive and loves to climb hills, basically everything I could ask for. The total weight is 26 lbs. 4 oz. with suspension fork and pedals. I definitely learned a ton about both design and technique, which I will take forward with my next build. A big thanks to Ron and Gary.

 Posted by at 2:16 pm
Apr 162010

I built this in Jim Kish’s 2009 Ti Class. I wanted a light, durable cyclocross bike that would leave me fresher at the end of a cross race than my aluminum ‘cross bike. As pictured, the bike weighs just under 19 lbs with pedals, and rides like a dream.

There are some things I might change next time around, but I’m very pleased with it as a first effort and am looking forward to tackling the ‘cross scene this fall with my new creation. Overall, riding a bike built from scratch was a very rewarding experience.

 Posted by at 2:03 pm
Apr 152010

Built in Jim Kish’s Ti class. A mix of trail / jump bike and a whole lot of fun. Can’t thank UBI, Jim and Gary enough for the awesome class and the amount of knowledge gained from it.

 Posted by at 5:23 pm
Apr 152010

After a year and a half, the mixte frame I built has become a bicycle! My intent was to create a high-speed commuter bike, one that would get me to work in no time flat, would handle well in traffic and would also be fun to ride. It does, and it’s fabulous. Some of the special features: the integral rack (that I built despite Gary’s opposition) makes so much sense that I wonder why all frames don’t include one — there are no bolts to rattle loose, the bridges provide a place to bolt the fender on, thus eliminating fender stays, and the thing is totally solid. I had a tough time figuring out where to run the bar-end shifter cables since they conflicted with the brakes, so I ended up drilling the handlebars the shifter cables through the bar. Other than that, assembly went smoothly and the bike has everything I want, right down to the handlebar-mounted coffee cup holder. It also matches my bag perfectly. Thanks so much for the great class!

Part of the reason why it took me a year and a half to complete the bike was that the unconventional design meant that I left UBI with a few bridges short of a frame, so I had to take a metalworking class to learn to machine aluminum blocks into tubing holders for my vise, and upgrade my torch with a better tip, and outfit my workshop with the right files, and do a bunch of other prep work before I could install the last few bridges. But now my workspace is all set to build a bike for my husband, who’s been bugging me to hurry up and finish my bike already.

 Posted by at 4:56 pm
Apr 152010


Just finished up the bike that I started for my son last November in your frame building class. Thanks to you and Gary it looks pretty much the way that I imagined it would. There are some things that I’ll do differently next time around, but I’m satisfied with it as a first effort and a learning exercise. Thanks again for a wonderful two weeks.

 Posted by at 4:55 pm
Apr 152010

The build of the bike was very much inspired by British “club racers” and “all-rounders” of the 50′s and 60′s. Being my first frame, I liked the idea that a single bike could be built to be ridden with a number of intentions. British racers used to ride geared/fendered bikes to the track, often carrying a spare set of track wheels on fork mounted “sprint carriers” and then convert it to a “path racer”…only to re-install the fenders, brakes and other bits before heading home.

Knowing that I will never part with this first frame, I wanted a versatile build that I could set up in a number of ways for the rest of my life. The clamp-ons and 120mm rear spacing mean I can set it up as a fixed-gear, 5 or 10 speed with relative ease. Truth be told, I just wanted an excuse to gather all of the cool old Campy bits. While it does have fender clearance, it’s more of a vintage racing bike (traditional racing geometry of 73 degrees parallel) than a vintage rando bike.

Matthew Bowne
Brooklyn, New York

 Posted by at 4:50 pm
Apr 152010

Alex Meade from your November frame class. Now a complete bike. Thanks again for all of your help with the mixte frame.

 Posted by at 4:40 pm