I have always wanted to learn to build wheels. I took a course at the local shop last month and with some ebay parts I built up a low end front wheel that I can use as a backup. Ended up with a 105 hub ($10 ebay), Sun CR18 rim ($15 ebay) and basic 14g spokes. After about 4 hours of alternatively tensioning and reading my Jobst Brandt book I think I ended up with a decent wheel. I know this is no big deal for many of you, but I viewed it as some kind of bike mechanic milestone. Anyway its raining so what else am I to do?