Days 4&5 at UBI

So this ends the first week of the UBI titanium frame building class.  One more week to go (and selfishly, I am SOOOO excited to have Kovas back home where he belongs!).  When we spoke tonight Kovas was finally getting over his massive cold/flu (which is a huge bummer when you’re trying to focus on class and you feel like crapola).  I sensed some frustration in his voice and asked what was going on.  Apparently TIG welding is hard enough, but add on top the complications of not only titanium, but also the intricate angles of a bicycle frame.  No, no one ever said it would be easy, and when you’re a perfectionist like my artist husband, your expectations are especially high.  Which, by the way, is a good thing if you want to put out a superior quality product.  But, in the words of the very famous cliche, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, states that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.  UBI provides a brilliant foundation, but the user has to give those 10,000 hours, and knowing Kovas, his passion is strong enough that he WILL give those 10,000 hours.  My job is to support him throughout all of them.

From what I gather, by the end of this first week, the students were already supposed to be working on welding the front triangle of their personal bicycle frame.  They’ve done the full size drawing, the mitering, and the jig set up.  Several student were in the tacking stage and maybe only one had gotten to the welding.  They have all next week to get that frame welding and finished and hopefully strong enough for actual riding when they get home!

I asked for a Kovas Special Titanium bicycle frame for Christmas, but he said I’d get it closer to Valentine’s Day.  Good enough for me!


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