Hello hello Bike Forums family.
The name is Dunte. I've stalked around this forum for the last 9-10 months or so, picking up little tips working on cycles and such.
I'm a mechanical engineering undergrad in west Texas, generally interested in bicycling dynamics. I'd really love to make a career out of this cycling business and help bring realization to the "road bike for the masses" concept--while being stronger, lighter, and faster than the bikes of today!
I, like many many many other poor kids, started off on Wal-Mart mountain bikes and bashed, crashed, and smashed several throughout my childhood. Last year I borrowed a 1980s era Panasonic road bike (so stripped of paint & decal that I'm actually unsure of the year and have no way of knowing the model) and took up road cycling and know that I can never really look back.
Apparently, though, I can kind of look back because I'm on a Wal-Mart variety Kent GMC Denali these days (which I have no issue taking completely apart and rebuilding from time to time) until I graduate and piece together the cash to get the Jamis I've been eyeing (unless another steals me away).
I make my money as a freelance personal trainer in the area (and incidentally work the university gym as well); between training (which, as a blend of fitness & teaching is possibly the most "me" job I've ever found), attending class, prototyping new bicycle designs in Inventor, playing with my baby girl, and training for a triathlon (still a terrible swimmer), I can't honestly say I find myself bored at any time.
Hopefully I can make a few contributions to this forum...if not, I'll just continue stalking as a very quiet member!
If you have any questions about me, they're probably summed up well at http://www.thefitlife.me/ (my Lifestyle Fitness blog) or just shoot me a message!