So I have just completed day 3 of my 5 day course at United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Ashland, OR. I have always struggled with bike maintenance since my first real experience with bikes was when I first started riding downhill...a downhill bike is pretty intimidating to learn beginner maintenance on. I don’t think that it is fair to me or my sponsors to have to deal with preventable mechanicals and a mediocre working bike...I want it to be the best it can be. I want to be able to talk about my bike and its components with real knowledge and have a real understanding of the products i am representing. I want to be able to fix something when it breaks...I hate feeling so helpless, its awful. I am so excited to learn all this stuff...I love it. I have learned that I really enjoy working on my bike- its pretty cool. The instructors here are great...such good teachers they break it down for us dummies. hahah. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone and everyone that loves bikes. Do it!! Oh yah also there is a race here this weekend so I am going to check that out. It is called the Spring Thaw. I am not sure what the weather is going to do the weatherman has been wrong every day since I have been here. I just hope it doesn’t snow...I have become a baby to the cold since I have been chasing the sun this winter.