by B Vivit

Recently I did a small, overnight bikepacking trip with Liv Bikes on Mt. Hood along with the photographer Gritchelle Fallesgon. The event was run through Gladys Bike Shop in Portland, OR; and we had a few of their mechanics along for the ride as well. This is my down and dirty take on the out-and-back to Black Lake on Liv full suspension bikes with two Giant Bicycles bikepacking bags. The event filled within 3 days after posting, and out of 13 riders(total including Casey from Liv, 1 from Northwest Trail Alliance Trail Sisters and 1 from Fernweh Food Co.), 10 had never bikepacked before. Also out of the 13 riders, 2 people had never mountain biked before. With the amount of NEW riders during this event, I think you can safely say that it was an immense success that created a community around an adventure. Here's the summary, and maybe your shop can sponsor something like this. 

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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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