Written by Stephen Glass
In every UBI frame building class, the instructor builds a bike in tandem with the class. This serves as an instruction piece, to demonstrate each step of the process. These frames most often end up being used in mechanic’s classes or as trade show bikes. Occasionally, however, the bike being built is for an employee…no doubt a perk of the job. About a year ago, I had the good fortune of having a frame built for me in the titanium TIG welding class. As with every frame building student, I got to design the frame that was being built. This design process can feel a bit overwhelming without a clear vision of what the bike is meant to be. I only knew I wanted a gravel road bike that fit like my other standard road bike. Having a vision of what type of bike I was wanting was only the starting point; it was necessary to consider three critical aspects: handling, fit, and components.