Custom Ti Bike built for Instructor Stephen Glass

Written by Stephen Glass

In every UBI frame building class, the instructor builds a bike in tandem with the class. This serves as an instruction piece, to demonstrate each step of the process. These frames most often end up being used in mechanic’s classes or as trade show bikes. Occasionally, however, the bike being built is for an employee…no doubt a perk of the job. About a year ago, I had the good fortune of having a frame built for me in the titanium TIG welding class. As with every frame building student, I got to design the frame that was being built. This design process can feel a bit overwhelming without a clear vision of what the bike is meant to be. I only knew I wanted a gravel road bike that fit like my other standard road bike. Having a vision of what type of bike I was wanting was only the starting point; it was necessary to consider three critical aspects: handling, fit, and components.

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Written by Stephen Glass

As a lifelong cyclist and a mechanic for most of my adult life, whether conscious or not, I can’t help but to evaluate each bike I encounter (I’m sure many can relate): type, make, color, components, accessories, and the overall condition. For me each of these facets adds to the unique story every bike holds, from the mundane to the adventurous. Although habitual in my daily life, I find this process particularly intriguing when traveling.

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Written by Richard Belson

#whatwouldyoubuild. We started this hashtag 5 years ago. It was supposed to be #ibuiltthis – but that one was already owned by musclebound social media folks telling the world how hard they’ve worked to make their Massive Deltoids Massive – not necessarily the space cyclists need to hang out on the Internet – much less a board you need to pin your frame building achievement to.

So, when we launched #whatwouldyoubuild, we did it with the idea that we wanted folks who have always dreamed of building their own bike, or who have never quite found the right bike for them on the market, to express that dream. Like, if you had one shot, one opportunity to build any bike you’ve ever wanted, in two weeks, #whatwouldyoubuild?

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Written by Jeff Menown

If you’ve been through a UBI class that I’ve been an Instructor in or you know me outside of UBI, you know that I love sayings and anecdotes. A saying that I use frequently in class is “There’s never been a better time to be a cyclist” especially from a product or component selection standpoint.

Whether you’re shopping for a new helmet, upgrading the suspension on your bike or in the case of this article, you’re going to or have been to a NAHBS show to drool over or maybe even shop for a fancy new custom bike… It really is a great time to be a cyclist.

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Written by Rich Bernoulli

As a UBI frame instructor, I have the pleasure of using a lot of different machines. Most machines are just a means to an end, and are used with little to no emotion. Some machines demand more respect than others (I see you belt sander!), and some just fit your personality. We have big machines, little machines, machines with a single job to do and machines with a lot of diversity. Some of our machines require three phase power, while others require single. We have old machines and we have older machines. We have, and use, machines.

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