Hi, I used to bike when I was younger. I was into street bmx and flat land, I had two GT's for the different styles. This was before they went all crappy.
Anyway now I've been wanting to get back into good shape in anticipation for police academy and thought biking would be a great way to do this and spend time with my son.
I decided on road biking. First I looked at used craiglist/ebay bikes but didn't find anything I was willing to spend money on. I found one bike at walmart (don't flame me, I know) that's was decent, but I'm not big on walmart bikes. And lbs bikes are way out of my budget.
So I've decided to build my own. I've always learned everything by diving headfirst. Cars, I built my first turbo car, paramedic school I went straight to the m.e's office for my first clinicals etc. So I've been trying to learn as much as possible about building and figured it will be a great way to learn and become very familiar with my bike. Also a good way to have a nice bike on my budget. I've pretty much decided on a fetish cycles frame, depending on the frame I can find I will start to plan out components. I don't need top of the line components since I can always upgrade later, but I'd like to have a decent frame as a platform. I'm shooting for an aluminum frame with carbon forks and a finished product of 20lbs give or take.
Oh I'd appreciate any advice on how to choose the right components etc as I'm not yet too familiar with what all the gear ratios and stuff means. Anyway, glad to be part of another community and looking forward to getting into this sport.