By Rich Bernoulli

The United Bicycle Institute’s frame courses provide the opportunity to build a lot of different bikes. From the 148mm-Boosted, 160mm hard tail, (for better or worse, this does exist); to the horizontal dropout, disc-braked DJ; to the flat mount, T47, gravel bike; and of course the smooth road bike, there are enough combinations of components, and frame designs to make your head spin. To peek into the process of what is available at UBI and why we choose the frame bits we do, we’ll use the newer road disc brake design, the disc brake flat mount, as an illustrative case study.

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Compilation by B Vivit

Guilty pleasure means different things to different people, to some, it means splurging on version that is more expensive than necessary. To others, it is the one tool you keep around despite there being better versions. Still, to others, it can be the mind-blowing pleasure that one has while having or using that thing, or possibly a reminder of the influence we have as people on one another, including the old-time tradition of passing down tools from master to apprentice. One thing we can all agree on, is that mechanics need tools to do their job. Sometimes those tools are expensive and soemtimes they aren't. That doesn't necessarily mean we can't have nice things, does it? Check out the interesting things that our instructors consider necessitives to have in their toolboxes! Maybe it'll help inspire your thoughts about what to get mechanic who has everything...

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" In the many years I've spent in the bicycle industry, this was the best two weeks. This group showed me more than bicycle mechanics - leadership, acceptance, grit and confidence. The experience is beyond words. Thank you. " Jennifer Drinkwalter " Confidence inspiring & immersive. It's like studying abroad but everything is bikes, and it exceeds all your expectations. " Ana Josepha " Life changing, unforgettable, inspiring & humbling! " Carolyn Thompson " An opportunity to discover your life direction with your relationships with others , your career and your future self. " Carolyn Weber

 

 

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Information assembled by B Vivit and Lynn Farber

Thinking of the cycling industry jobs in general, one may assume that we are speaking specifically to becoming a bicycle mechanic or framebuilder. While we support these roles in the industry through our curriculum here at UBI, there are many ways to contribute to the cycling industry at large. Companies still need people to put bikes in boxes, they still need people to market their products, they still need people who understand the pricing structure of the industry to pick products to put on the frames. There are journalists, electricians, event organizers, transportation specialists, packaging designers, website builders, logo makers, T-shirt and hat designers, jig machinists, tool designers, bloggers, etc.With the learning you gain from UBI, you'll still be poised to accept a surprising number of these positions, in addition to finding a bike shop near you. Once you've got your resume refined (we will revisit in another post), check out a few of these job listing boards to find the right job for you. 

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Map of the Evans Creek Road Ride

By Matt Eames

Ashland has a well-deserved reputation as a great spot to mountain bike. The trails in the Ashland Watershed and on USFS land can be accessed right from town. Ashland and the entire Rogue Valley tends to fly under the radar when the discussion turns to skinny tire riding. I really enjoy long bike rides. On or off road; flat, rolling or climbing heavy- I like them all. One of my favorite routes covers most corners of the beautiful Rogue Valley. If took me a few riding seasons and some insight from co-workers to piece this route together. Starting in Ashland the route will take you through orchards and vineyards as well as some of the cool historic towns in Southern Oregon. There are plenty of spots to stop to enjoy a mid-ride coffee, top off your bottles, or meander through the streets to check out some local shops. You might get a few funny looks if you're rocking the lycra, but the views and fresh air are often worth it!
If you come to one of our classes, you can pick the instructors' brains for where you might be able to ride for shorter, longer, dirt, or a higher elevation route. 

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