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Old 06-27-12, 09:22 AM   #1
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1 week to new bicycle day!

After much hemming and hawing here about bicycle suggestions and finally realizing that bicycle suspension technology has caught up to my size, I placed an order.
Sadly, there were problems with that order, things got delayed, other options were not readily available at that shop, etc. So a friend with a different shop stepped up and offered me a similar deal with a much quicker receipt date and I finalized an order last night.

July 3rd, not only will I leave my current job which is draining the life out of me, but I will also take receipt of a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO. Barring extraterrestrial attack or zombie apocalypse, I will leave early that day and go get it dirty before taking it home.
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wow, thats a lot of change for one day!

Hope the new job turns out to be better than the old.

I am always worried about the grass is greener scenario!
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Are you going to be using this for cross races, or are you taking it to the eastern Cascades?

You'll have to let us know what you think. I'm starting to shop for a mountain bike.
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July 3rd, not only will I leave my current job which is draining the life out of me, but I will also take receipt of a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO.
Would that I could do the same. God knows I need to do at least one of those things.
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Are you going to be using this for cross races, or are you taking it to the eastern Cascades?

You'll have to let us know what you think. I'm starting to shop for a mountain bike.
Definitely not for racing CX. I've got a super lightweight singlespeed rig specifically for that job. This is the big bruiser long travel full suspension bike that I can slam down flights of stairs, jump off loading docks, and take to the Duthie Hill MTB Park to pretend I'm awesome while getting shown up by 13 year olds.
At some point I'll get an Extra-Wheel trailer for it because I'd like to do some long-trail bike camping along the Iron Horse railway trail that crosses the entire state.
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Where about are you working in Bellevue? I used to be a private chef for a family in Hunts Point Medina area and was the Exec Chef for Pacific Regent in Bellevue.
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I soooo thought I wanted one of those in the 29'er variety, until, I demo'ed one along with the Camber and Epic. At least in the 29'er version, you are very correct about it being a "big bruiser". I realized that I was vastly quicker on the Epic going up hill and no slower on the downs. My 42 year old brain doesn't seem to allow riding to the limits that the Stumpy is built for. Good luck at staying within sight of those 13 year olds. I don't heal quickly enough anymore to even concern myself with such:-)

Meanwhile back at the ranch. I left my job, but,...........that didn't seem to result in any new FS mountain bike. What did I do wrong? Can you provide some advice on how to achieve such in the future?

However, taking back posession of my sole, some personal time and losing 50lbs has netted a positive life change, even if it did come at the expense of the job.
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I did the job change ~4.5 yrs ago, and began biking ~4 years ago. There is a strong correlation between the two. Instead of calling Mrs. Zoxe to say I'd be home late (for the 4th or 5th night in a row) due to a last-minute meeting scheduled by my boss's boss, where most of the decisions I'd made throughout that particular day would be revoked, reversed, or just plain pooped on, I now come home after 8hrs, carpool with Mrs. Zoxe and have an extra 2 hrs each evening to bike and cook a real dinner rather than ordering pizza or chinese delivery. (How's that for a run-on sentence).

Now 55lbs later, with 30 points off my BP, a stronger marriage after ~14 yrs than at 5 or 10, and ~8 inches off my waist, I don't think I could ever go back.

All this to say: Congrats Clifton. New bikes are cool, full suspension bikes make me drool, and I'm happy for you. But anyone that can dump a life draining job deserves a thumbs up.
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Where about are you working in Bellevue? I used to be a private chef for a family in Hunts Point Medina area and was the Exec Chef for Pacific Regent in Bellevue.

I actually work in Woodinville (for another week) then I'll be moving to Sonosite portable ultrasound, in Bothell. The missus and I live in Bellevue, right at the edge of downtown in The Bravern.
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Video of jumping off loading docks or it didn't happen...just sayin.
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Video of jumping off loading docks or it didn't happen...just sayin.
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Video of jumping off loading docks or it didn't happen...just sayin.
As people here know, I loves me some video; so I guarantee there will be some awesome footage of me dropping and jumping off things of various heights and inclines. (And probably falling down, too!)
It's been a long time, so I wouldn't count on the double diamond runs at Duthie Hill in the next week or two. Maybe a few staircase runs and little 2 footer drops until I'm comfortable with the new equipment.
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Cool! Doubled!
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Picked it up last night after my last day at the old job. I've got free time until Monday when I start the new job.

Clean and shiny, still with factory stock bits and stickers to come off...


Less clean and shiny after some awesome trails with a teammate and some of his pals...
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Sweet bike man! Enjoy!
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