You’re a bike tinker. You might not be a Real Mechanic, but people know you like bikes and can poke at them with a blunt stick. People might ask you for advice sometime, about how to build up a bike from a bare frame?
Before you answer, you might want to ask a few questions first:
- Are you doing this for fun, or do you feel obligated in some way? (e.g., saving money, proving manliness)
- Are you at all mechanically inclined? Do you enjoy solving problems?
- Is there a local shop you trust for final adjustments? Are you humble enough to take the half-built bike to them and say “I got in over my head?”
- If something goes wrong will you blame me for this advice?