"It is during these times that I come back to the bicycle, the reason my journey into this world began, the most benevolent machine we’ve invented. Its use offers me freedom in the form of adventure and self-sufficiency, and its fabrication helps me regain my relationship with capability, intelligence, and identity. When I don’t see myself reflected in the communities that I am a part of, it is difficult to feel a sense of belonging, and in turn to think of myself as part of these groups. And without the active act of inclusion, it can feel impossible to stay. Receiving diversity and inclusivity scholarships, such as this one, provide access to resources, skills, and networks that I otherwise would not have. But truly changing the culture of framebuilding, fabrication, engineering, and beyond, will take time.
"I have been fortunate to work with people in this industry who have used their power and experience to elevate mine: my teachers, mentors, and coworkers have shared their experiences and lessons so that I may cultivate my own style and craft. I have been framebuilding for about 6 months now, working part-time with Janus Cycle Group (the makers of Dean and Merlin titanium bikes) in Boulder, CO where I am also a graduate mechanical engineering student. I am beyond grateful for the support of their hard-working, creative, and talented team, without which I am not sure how I would’ve built this frame. It is the bike of my dreams, and quite possibly the nicest one I will ever own: a flat-bar, titanium gravel bike that I designed for long-distance bikepacking. My dream now is to ride the Tour Divide and Baja Divide on it in the next year. Beyond that, I hope to carry the joyful spirit of the bicycle with me as I approach the complex challenges of the climate and energy crisis of our generation."