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Old 07-13-03, 12:06 PM   #1
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Oh the joys of being in college...


Yes, another newbie. I'm currently at the University of Texas in Austing attempting to get two degrees that will lead me on a career pathway to a bag boy at a grocery store. Music, and Anthropology strange combo, of course! I am a member of the UT cycling team and probably was the least active member as far as riding goes. My current ride is a beater, Diamond back sorrento that weighs more than I want to think. This October I will be heading off to England, Southampton, for a year of study abroad. Hopefully if I can ever find a job I will be able to afford a cyclocross bike. The 30 mile club road rides with yours truly on a mtnbike were no fun lol...special perhaps is the word.

A plus side to owning a lower end bike, you become quite adapt at fixing and tuning your bike since everything needs to be adjusted cleaned or replaced after a few rides. I say its time for a new bike when your rear hub has an eliptical pattern to it when coasting!.

Cheers ,
Brad Rollans

P.S. I'm always game for a ride or hang, if anyone is around Southampton let me know, same goes for Arlington, Tx (the parents pad), and Austin (the higher education recipient of my student loans).
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Old 07-14-03, 05:43 AM   #2
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Go Longhorns! welcome to the forums! you are living in the right town to do extensive research for the degree in music.... The Live Music Capital of the World, and bag-boy convention center. I have family in Austin and am always trying to create plans to go visit. Liz
Where am I going?......

....and why am I in this handbasket?
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Old 07-14-03, 06:16 AM   #3
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welcome Brad!

i was an undergrad at UT from 1989-1994 - also a double major (Plan II and Electrical Engineering) and i was also on the UT cycling team ---- and i too was super poor and rode a beater. i bought a Giant for $300 and had NO money for repairs so it squeaked and everything got fixed. i got made fun of at the start line of all my races for my old stryofoam helmet, non-clipless pedals (cages) and no bike jersey (i had 1 pair of bike shorts and 1 pr gloves)

yeah, riding on sub-standard bikes with no money for repairs sucks, but i was happy b/c i got to ride every day --- and i still beat most of the guys with nice bikes as i simply was more fit! put a big smile on my face to drop guys riding $2000 bikes on my squeaking, cracking beater...

enjoy your study abroad. i tried and tried when i was an undergrad but the Engineering program threatened to take my schloarship, and i was dependent on the cash, so i had to wait until 2001 to do my "study abroad" as i have now been living in Germany for just over 2 years...

note: i am also originally from the Dallas Area - Hillcrest HS in north dallas --- although my parents now live in New Braunfels.

Mt Bonnell and the West Hills... out towards Lake Austin Blvd... 360 --- they weren't quite as sprawled when i was there, but it's still a great area to ride!
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