The experience of building a bike is humbling, putting whatever bike skills you have into perspective by showing you a dictionary of the things you don't know. If you're interested in frame building, I do whole-heartedly recommend taking a class, if not only for improving your understanding of these machines. Just make sure you take a class with the traditional lugged construction method so you can do build it all yourself from scratch—which I later did.
Well, not quite from scratch. The next step for me is going to the mine, yanking out the ore, and mastering the art of smelting.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an amateur frame builder and the Deputy Editor at Supercompressor. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.