Mix the yeast into 1 cup warm water and allow it to get foamy for about 20 minutes.
Measure the flour, sugar, salt, oil and remaining water in a large bowl.
Pour the yeast and water into the flour mixture and knead until smooth, adding more water if needed.
Move the dough to a clean surface and divide into 8 pieces.
Allow the pieces to rest for 10 minutes, and then roll each piece into a rope, joining at the end to form a ring.
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Boil the bagels for 1 minute, flip and boil for one more minute.
Remove bagels from water and add toppings if you like (sesame seeds, salt, or poppy seeds would all be tasty)
Bake your bagels for 20 minutes or so, until brown and crispy.