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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Written by Richard Belson

Some of you might have noticed that the bike industry has been in the news lately – and not the way that many of us hope it might be.

With our major industry trade show's status in flux at best for 2019, and a major national chain of bike shops, owned by a company that happens to also own some very historic brands, announcing bankruptcy, store closures, and liquidations, some might see this as the time to panic.

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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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