|Moving to Texas to Train with US Postal...||Jim Burton|
Jun 14, 2001 11:02 PM
|Well...maybe I'm REALLY moving there for graduate school. Are there any cyclist from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that can put me in touch with some riding groups? I am actually going to be in Denton, TX, which is about thirty minutes north of Ft. Worth.
As I understand it, everything in Texas is bigger, including the trucks. Having a group to ride with sure would make me feel better. Can anyone tell me the attitude non-cyclists have in that area to us? Amiable? Belligerent? Down right aggressive?
Any other advice would be appreciated, also (good bike shops, routes, races, etc.). Or, if someone out there is looking for a riding parter...
|re: Moving to Texas to Train with US Postal...||dustin73|
Jun 15, 2001 1:33 AM
|hey, i'm guessing you're going to UNT. what are you going for? the only thing i know about UNT is that the 1 o'clock Lab Band is just about the best jazz combo in the nation, and UNT is a legandary music school. i was this close .-. to going there, but i decided on UT 'cause the sax professor is considered the best in the world...too bad he's a bastard, but oh well. it's been said of him that he had the choice of being a descent human, or being a musician, and he chose musician.
oh wait, i guess you could also be going to TWU...
|Thanks MJ!||Jim Burton|
Jun 15, 2001 9:16 PM
|Actually, I do both on and off road with the main portion being Road. Sounds like you like the area! I will give Mark a holler (as they say in Texas) when I get settled near late August just as it's getting nice and hot. Of course, I am used to the hot and humid deep south, so the heat won't be anything new.
I am already familiar with Dan's Bar. Some of the current Grad students swore to get me drunk there before the first week of school is over.
How far is Bedford? I have only been to the area once and only for a day and a half, so I didn't get a good feel for the place. The shops and bars around the North end of campus near the Art Department seem really cool, though. Any good old school punk venues near?
As far as the bike lock, I have my own painting studio on campus, so if I commute, I can lock it up inside every day. With a bike that costs more than my first car, I don't generally take chances! I would appreciate any other info that you can give me, bike related or not. I really don't know anyone there, and my girlfriend and I will no doubt get pretty sick of each other's company fast in a vacuum!
Thanks a bunch MJ. I really wasn't certain that anyone on the list would even know where Denton was! No one around here has heard of it. I just tell people I'm moving to Dallas to avoid over explaining...
|plently of groups to ride with||Dave Hickey|
Jun 15, 2001 4:53 AM
|Jim, the closest serious bike store to Denton is Blue Bonnett Bicycles in Lewisville. They have group rides a couple of times a week. My list of the top stores in metroplex are.
1. Richardson Mike Mart
2. Bicycles Inc-Bedford store- they also have two others
3. Plano Cycling and Fitness
4. Debo's Cycle Sports
5. Blue Bonnett Bicycles
6. Fort Worth Cycling and fitness
All of the above stores have group rides at least twice/wk
|Thanks Guys||Jim Burton|
Jun 15, 2001 7:11 AM
|Actually, I am getting an MFA in Painting and Drawing. I have been especially looking forward to the great music I will be surrounded with. The school seems to be easily as progressive as the schools I visited in New York. I chose UNT because the Fine Arts department has professors who exhibit in major shows country wide and seem to have a finger on the vien of contemporary art.
Thanks for the info. More guys can feel free to email me with more information if needed.
Jun 15, 2001 6:38 PM
|You're going to like Denton. I went there for undergraduate back when it was NTSU. My brother did graduate work in Art there. The music school is one of the best in the country. It's one of my favorite places. Hope you like wind!|
|NOOOO! WIIINNDD!!!?||Jim Burton|
Jun 15, 2001 9:04 PM
|Ho man! Don't tell me that about the damn wind!! It feels windy to me this year down in South Georgia!!! I was afraid that it might be a little windy. All the open spaces and all.
I understand that Denton is a fairly cultural town. When did you do your under-grad at NTSU? A friend and professor of mine did his undergrad at Texas Christian University in Ft. Wth. and his Graduate work in Denton. This was the early seventies. Are you still in the area?
Jun 16, 2001 1:31 AM
|It's not that bad - good for you - remember you get to ride with the wind, too! I graduated in 1967 - BA. My roommate (masters student) went to TCU. I'm still around - about 30 miles south of Dallas in Waxahahcie. I still go to Denton every chance I get. UNT has the best radio station in the area, KNTU FM, 88.1. You may be able to check it out on the web. The first thing you should do when you get here is set your car radio to 88.1.|
|NOOOO! WIIINNDD!!!?||Jim Burton|
Jun 16, 2001 3:28 PM
|You will have to drop me a line in Late August if you are looking for a riding partner in Denton...email@example.com...different from my list address, but more permanent.
I actually discovered that radio station when I visited the campus in May. Great Jazz. I am hoping to get my fill of good music while I am there.