ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Veteran framebuilder Paul Sadoff will teach frame building at United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Ashland, Oregon.
UBI was considering expanding its staff of instructors to meet demand for classes, and Sadoff found himself in the neighborhood.
“I was on my way to a race in Portland and my race mechanic, Ryan Bontrager, and I were having lunch in Ashland,” Sadoff said. “Ryan is a UBI graduate and asked me if I wanted to see the school. We stopped by to talk to Ron Sutphin, and I thought ‘Wow. Beautiful shop.' If they like me and I like them, it would be fun to teach here.”
Sutphin, UBI’s president, was interested, too. “I think it is key to UBI’s future to have a bullpen of well-known, qualified frame builders who can help meet the demand for our classes,” Sutphin said. “Paul and I discussed his approach to building and we have a lot of common ground. He really enjoys sharing his knowledge, and he has the experience, personality and desire to give back, and to bring the next generation of frame builders into the world.”
Sadoff has been building custom frames for over 20 years. Once exclusively working with steel, he has expanded into aluminum, scandium and carbon. UBI has offered classes in steel and titanium frame building since 1990. Sadoff will teach the school’s Steel TIG Welding frame class July 21 – August 1, and joins a staff that includes UBI president Ron Sutphin, Jim Kish, Mike DeSalvo and Gary Mathis.
Students who want to have Sadoff as an instructor, though, will have to wait until 2009, according to UBI. Sadoff’s July 21 TIG class is already full.