Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meet Leeloo Jenkins.
Of course, when this picture was taken I had owned the bike for longer than 5 minutes so it’s completely filthy. Leeloo is an Epic 29’er Comp, and I really wish I would have bought this bike first. All bikes have their purpose, but I’ve got a bit of a hunch that my other 2 mtb’s are going to be gathering dust now.
Right now I’m sitting at work looking at it through the window. It’s sunny and 68 degrees outside….I’m about to completely lose my mind.
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:
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?).
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.
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!!!!