Nothing like building his confidence, eh ....
Seriously - its a bicycle. It's not difficult. Just don't go at it mash handed (ie don't tighten bolts too much and use a torque wrench, use logic in the way you are routing cables, make sure the brakes are tight to the frame/forks if the headset has play in it at a standstill then tighten it half a turn until it doesn't, etc).
A lot of this stuff is just about having the confidence to do it - there are only about 8 bolts on the whole bike.
If you do it and you're not sure that its good enough, ask a LBS to have a look - it'll cost a tenner and put your mind at ease.
If we were all so scared in doing anything in the first we'd never do nowt.
But seriously - its simple.
People tend to take stuff to mechanics because a) they can't be bothered b) they are too lazy c) they admit that they do not have any idea at all d) they don't have the time.
it's all down to whether one has a "mechanical mind" or not...
Cytech isn't a waste of money if your career depends on it but at the same time I'm sure that Jerry Burgess doesn't work at my local Ford garage ……..
Remember - all the qualifications in the world can't make you a good [insert job here]. I'm surrounded by people every day who are qualified up to the hilt in what we do and boy, can they be so shocking that you just have to shake your head and walk away and hide somewhere safe from them.
How many stories have we heard of appallingly dangerous bicycle repairs carried out by "technicians" at the local LBS?
Agree re mechanical mind, but come on, lets not knock Burtie before he's started - if he starts and finds its too much, then fine, call a mate or take it to the LBS (or even back to Planet X who may even do the build for him for a charge) but personally I feel we should faith in the guy - for all we know he's the next Obree. Or someone else who is really good at building bicycles.
Burtie - carpe diem my son - and well done for giving it a go. Just remember - slowly slowly catchee monkey and don't be worried to ask any questions.
Nah - new inners and outers for that lush new inner and outer change/braking feeling together with the spotlessly clean dried and freshly oiled chain
Then dump all the old shyyyyt in next door's garden