Completely Flabbergasted!!!

For those of you that know me personally, you know that I have never been short on words – EVER.  I always have something to say, and it’s usually something that I find to be hilarious even though everyone else thinks it’s stupid.  Well, yesterday I was left totally speechless.

You see, I was completely blind-sided.  It seems everyone was in on this little shenanigan (except me of course).  My wife knew about it.  My brothers knew about it.  Nick at Redwheel Bike Shop knew about it.  My parents were the culprits behind it.  I think I was the only one left in the dark.

When my parents stopped by my house yesterday evening, my mom asked me to help her carry something out of the trunk of their car.  I walked outside, and out of the corner of my eye I see this propped up against my van:

Specialized 2010 Stumpjumper 29er


Umm… Yeah… At first I walked right past it.  I thought it was my buddy Phil’s spare bike since he has a white Trek.  I thought it was odd that he would leave his bike at my house, though.  Then I noticed it wasn’t a crappy Trek, but it was a Specialized Stumpjumper 29er.  I did a double take, and I had no idea what was going on.

Things got kind of fuzzy at this point.  As I looked at my parents, I started to figure out that it was a gift from them to me, but I’m not really sure how I reacted initially.  I think I squealed, “Whaaaaat?!?!?!?!” in a pitch so high the neighbor’s dogs were yelping in pain.  After that, I don’t really remember anything else.  I was in such shock that I didn’t even say thank you to my parents for at least 20 minutes while I was ogling and caressing my new Stumpy (that sounds really dirty, doesnt’ it?).

Luke with his new '10 Stumpy 29er

I hopped on and rode up and down the street several times.  It is ridiculous how light and fast this thing feels compared to my 400 pound Rockhopper.  The Reba Shock felt amazing.  I loved the Body Geometry Ergo Grips that Nick threw on.  And I absolutely love the white frame.  I didn’t think I’d like a white frame, but this thing looks soooo sweet.

The only negative to this whole thing is that it might be hard on my marriage. I’m going to want to ride way more than I already do.  Not only that, but Becca had to sleep on the couch.

Bike in Bed

Becca snapped this shot this morning right before she punched me in the face.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get my new ride out on the trails anytime soon.  I think the trails are going to be pure mud for the next week or two (at least) according to the forecast.  If it gets cold enough to freeze the trails, I’ll definitely take her out.

There’s a huge gravel road ride this weekend here in Jeff City, so I’ll probably ride her on this (although I’m not sure I’m ready for 56 miles yet – but maybe it’ll be easy with my new, sweet, sweet ride).  I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on how she rides.

And to my parents: THANK YOU, thanks, seriously thank you, THANK YOU SO MUCH, I don’t deserve this, but thank you, I love you guys!!!!

About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on February 2, 2010, in Gear and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. You say you don’t deserve it, but I don’t believe you. You deserve it! A great bike for a great guy. Congrats Luke!!!

  2. Nice ride. I was hoping for a pose of you on your deck, holding the bike over the hand rail, with your fly down. I think you’ll love her. You will have more fun and go faster with less effort.

    Now you have to name her. I imagine that you will have to ride her a bit first. You do deserve the bike for so many reasons. Let us know how she rides. Enjoy your new bike.

  3. Holy Shit! Nice work mom and dad. Welcome to the big wheel revolution homey. Your life will never be the same. See you on the ride this Sunday!

  4. Brandon, you’re too kind, but thanks.

    Casey, I thought about getting a pic with my fly down, but I was too lazy. I was thinking maybe “Big Betty” for a name. The “Big” because of the big wheels, and “Betty” after the beautiful Betty White (since the bike is white). I dunno, we’ll see.

    Storm, I’ve never been more excited to ride than I am right now. I’ll see you Sunday.

  5. Congratulations, Luke. That’s an awesome bike!

  6. Thanks, Peat! I love it already. Just can’t wait to get out on the trails. Damn you muddy winter!!!

  7. Holy ballsack, I thought you were getting one of the silver ones. That white frame is sick!

    Ergo grips? 29’er wheels? A Reba Fork???

    Look at that saddle!!

    YOU DICK!!

    That is so awesome. This is going to open up whole new worlds for you, man.. Holy shit.

  8. Nice ride. I expect you to turn 40 min laps at the next Tall Oaks Challenge on that ride. Will your parents adopt me?

  9. I’m not sure if there are 40 minute laps in my future, but I’ll give it a shot. I’ll definitely have better times than last year, though.

    And no, my parents won’t adopt you.

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