HH: Buy a bike and a manual, tear it down, and then figure out how to put it back together. For my first bike, I just searched “vintage Honda motorcycle” on Craigslist and found this rust bucket of a bike that someone was selling for a couple hundred dollars. I borrowed my mom’s Subaru Outback and didn’t tell anyone where I was going or what I was doing — I was 19 at the time. I went and checked it out and decided to buy it, so I laid it down flat in the back of the car, and when I turned around the owner looked so bummed out about that. I took it to this woodworker I was apprenticing under for college who rode an old BMW he had restored, and he told me to get a manual and read it from cover to cover. What I’ve learned is to be confident when you’re working on a bike, because whatever you’re going to do that bike with intention is probably going to make it 100 times better, because you’re going to make it safer and it’s going to look cool when you’re done.