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UBI all settled in, will host open house Saturday

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 21st, 2009 at 12:11 pm

The mechanics classroom at UBI's
new location on N. Williams.
(Photo: UBI)

United Bicycle Institute (UBI) is all moved into their new satellite campus in North Portland (they also have a campus in Ashland) and this Saturday they'll throw the doors open and welcome the community with an Open House event.

According to UBI's John Baxter, the school -- which has taught over 12,000 students from 50 states and over 40 countries -- taught their first session back on September 28th. UBI is a state licensed vocational school that teaches courses in bike repair, shop operation and framebuilding.

The open house is a part of the six-week Oregon Manifest and is slated to include facility tours, a garage sale, and a custom bike raffle. Manifest organizers say UBI will raffle off (via $10 tickets) two bike frames (one of them will feature Shimano components, a Chris King headset, and a paint job from Coat) made by UBI instructors and the proceeds will benefit the Community Cycling Center's Holiday Bike Drive.

Let's give UBI and nice, warm, hearty Portland welcome!

    United Bicycle Institute Open House + Custom Frame Raffle
    At UBI HQ (3961 N Williams Ave)
    Saturday, 10/24 from 10AM to 5PM

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  • Paul Tay October 21, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Those heavy Park workstands are sooooooo yesterday, since the arrival of the super-thin wall tubes.

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  • PDXbiker October 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Hey, looks like a first rate facility to me. I'd be more than happy to have them teach me how to use the "tools of the trade."

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  • Vance Longwell October 22, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Bike repair school? Really, people pay money for this? Hmmm.

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  • Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Clamping work stands, still work. since the advent of thin wall and carbon fiber there are a number of adapters available to allow the adapter to be clamped and not the frame.

    The alternative is to use the pro style stands which hold the bike by the front fork and rear wheel. These stands make it difficult if not impossible to work on brake issues and wheel alignment issues because there's no front wheel and you can't rotate the rear wheel.

    And yes people pay to learn how to properly repair their bikes, as well as the correct tools to use for the job.

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  • rl October 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Welcome! Its great to have an organization like this here. The more people that properly learn the craft the better.

    And apparently we need a charm school in Portland too...

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