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!.
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).