Old 08-24-18, 05:59 PM
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Having taken the UBI course, I can tell you it was one of the best 2 week experiences of my life. YMMV, of course.

I've done as many others have done, and made a second frame for a friend who was foolish kind enough to trust me. It was a great 6 month experience, and I came away with a reasonably decent frame building jig - he bought the jig and his frame materials in exchange for my labor.

I will tell you that you'll never get back the money and time you'll put into a framebulding class + tools if you look at it financially, no matter how much you dive into it. For the time and effort there are so many other more lucrative ways to make a living.

I work at a corporate gig, have been for almost 30 years. I am well paid for my time, and have already made my retirement "nut" although I have at least 5 more years to go until I can retire (two kids to get through college). But it does nothing for my soul.

I do the bike thing as a small side business, using this next 5 years to improve my skills and make connections so I can really get into framebuilding when I have the time. It feeds my soul.
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
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