Was cruising through the forums and saw 'Framebuilders'. I asked myself "How could I have missed that?" and then upon entering realized it's brand new... cool!
I just received (today) the 'bike frame building kit' I ordered off of eBay. It's my Christmas present... my wife was surprised she was already done shopping for me.
I've already got a few irons in the fire (1st baby due Jan 2nd) so I don't anticipate starting on it for a few months yet.
The 'kit' is basically all the parts to put together a road bike frame. I'll post the pafts list.
This is my first frame build.
I already know a few things about what I'll get out of this.
It will be heavier than a cheap store bought bike.
It will be more expensive than buying a complete bike. (new or used)
It will likely not be as pretty as a purchased bike.
It will hopefully fit me nicely. (I'll get fitted properly at a LBS before starting any cutting)
It will be *my* bike.
It will take a lot of work.
I already understand that I can't compete with cheap east-asian labor on my first frame. Those hands have built a lot more frames than I ever will, and have access to better tools.
I'm in it for the process, and don't need a 'bling' bike at the end of it to be happy, just something hopefully comfortable to ride and functional. I already understand the builder/purchaser difference. My other hobby is radio control airplanes, and you can now buy complete airplanes that are cheaper (and likely better_ made from a store than you can make yourself. I still went and bought a bunch of balsa, cut all my own parts and built an airplane from plans last winter.
I know that my first frame will be a long and sometimes frustrating process, but I want to learn and hope I have the patience to see it through.