I think I'm about a year or two away from a new touring/commuting bike. I'm budgeting about $1500, for now.
Instead of buying a package or having a bike shop put together something for me, what I would like to do is learn how to build one of my own from scratch. I can do basic maintenance: fix flats, adjust and replace brakes, replace chain, oil/lube work. But I don't have the skills, tools or confidence to start with a blank canvas.
That means learning how to build a wheel, choose a gear system, wire up the gears and brakes, wrap up the handlebars, and choose the right frame that can manage all of that. All the things I might otherwise pay experienced bike professionals at the local bike store to do for me, but, this time, I'd like to learn how to DIY.
Are there courses in the Seattle metro area that walk a n00b through the process, from start to finish?