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    Help! I'm Spiraling Out of Control!!

    Ok, unlike most of you people I am man enough to admit that I have a serious problem.
    "My name is Cautious_Chris, and I'm an addict."
    I guess I can really blame it all on my job. You see, I sit at this desk all day, 17 floors above sea level, thinking about my bike and what I can buy online to make it better than your bike. I've not always been this way. My wife says there was a period of time when I was just an average person, not addicted to seeing my own bones protruding from my skin, not worried about if my carbon bars are lighter then yours. Something in my life changed several months ago. I'm struggleing to get a hold of my life, to understand that true happiness comes not through riding faster than you, or having a better bike than the looser I left in the dust a couple miles ago, but rather, true happiness comes from finding a way to go on short term disability get 80% of your pay, and still ride your bike everyday....
    I need a hug now....or at least a cold beer....its going to be a long day at the office.....
    Thanks for listening
    Yours Truely,
    Cautious_Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by cautious_Chris
    "My name is Cautious_Chris, and I'm an addict."

    psst, Chris. Yeah you. Come over, I got something for ya. (all said in best pimp/crack dealer voice) You like parts, huh? I got parts, lots of em, cheap. You want a little somethin? Whatcha need? I' got ya covered....

    due, you got it bad but take heart, you're not alone at least. I too, am an addict and it just gets worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse......
    though hope is frail, it must prevail - Taj Weekes

    betam eh-wud-eh-HA-lehu y
    eh-nay Ityopia!

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    . . . and there is no cure, not even a ten step program. And it doesn't matter what you buy, the latest and the greatest, the trickest, lightest, most rad stuff
    IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH

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    Quote Originally Posted by namaSSte
    psst, Chris. Yeah you. Come over, I got something for ya. (all said in best pimp/crack dealer voice) You like parts, huh? I got parts, lots of em, cheap. You want a little somethin? Whatcha need? I' got ya covered....

    due, you got it bad but take heart, you're not alone at least. I too, am an addict and it just gets worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse......
    The really sad thing is that I actually want to know what you've got. I'm doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofarther
    The really sad thing is that I actually want to know what you've got. I'm doomed.
    the beginning of the end my friend. get yourself checked in immediately before you get any worse. the shakes will only last about two days, fyi, the headaches, much longer....
    though hope is frail, it must prevail - Taj Weekes

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    Ok, ok, yes, i'm addicted also. I hope nobody I know see's this thread.
    Your bike can take you anywhere, anytime, over any terrain but, you have to force it to GK 2004. BB1, who started it?

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    Yep, I know how you feel. Ever since I took time off work to go to Whistler last year I have been toast. It was soooooooooo good to have the only thought going through my head be about what trail I was gonna ride tomorrow and how sweet the flow was going to be. Now riding vacations and the new parts that I need to get to make it all happen are all I can think about.

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    There is a light... Just see it!

    after a while you understand that while it does get worse and worse worse and worseworse and worseworse and worseworse and worseworse and worseworse and worse its really only getting better and better and better and better andbetter and better andbetter and better andbetter and better and better. Before you know it, you realize what you have is not the sickness (although everyone else thinks it is) but the medicine.

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    Addiction

    Hi, my name is Doug, and I am an addict..... I am happiest when I am riding......When I'm not riding I am dreaming of riding, or planning my next ride, or thinking about my last ride....My wife remembers a time when I was a normal guy(although she's diggin the new trimmed down more in shape me)....My friends and family tell me I need help--I think I just need more bike gear....I have no problem justifying my impending $3000 bike purchase.....I can't wait to ride tomorrow.....I have called in sick to work just to go ride....I'm so ashamed......Wait, no, I'm not
    I hope you have a big trunk... 'cuz I'm puttin' my bike in it.

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    I live in south tahoe. Just quit a full time IT job, benefits, salary, largest casino chain in the US, blah blah..... I'm in poker school right now. Summer, working 3 days a week, rim trail, hell yeah! Wait, something about finishing my degree or something...... Yeah right....

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    there's good addictions and bad ones. Biking is a good one. Indulge.

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    So what else do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by cautious_Chris
    Ok, unlike most of you people I am man enough to admit that I have a serious problem.
    "My name is Cautious_Chris, and I'm an addict."
    I guess I can really blame it all on my job. You see, I sit at this desk all day, 17 floors above sea level, thinking about my bike and what I can buy online to make it better than your bike. I've not always been this way. My wife says there was a period of time when I was just an average person, not addicted to seeing my own bones protruding from my skin, not worried about if my carbon bars are lighter then yours. Something in my life changed several months ago. I'm struggleing to get a hold of my life, to understand that true happiness comes not through riding faster than you, or having a better bike than the looser I left in the dust a couple miles ago, but rather, true happiness comes from finding a way to go on short term disability get 80% of your pay, and still ride your bike everyday....
    I need a hug now....or at least a cold beer....its going to be a long day at the office.....
    Thanks for listening
    Yours Truely,
    Cautious_Chris
    So Cautious Chris, if you really want help, try asking yourself these questions.

    What other sports do you do?

    How good are you at those?

    How much do you spend on gear for those?

    Do you spend as much on equipment for other sports as you do on your bike?

    How many people are you buying bike parts for? Are you buying for just yourself, or do you have a wife and kids to outfit too? If you have a wife and kids, do you spend as much on their bikes, or are you selfish and only spend on your own?

    Do you have a house, a car, a boat, and/or a swimming pool?

    Do you have investments?

    Do you take vacations to distant places?

    Your little bicycle is really not very important in the larger scheme of things. Could you be obsessing out of proportion to relevance?

    Could your bike obsession be some sort of crutch for an otherwise lackluster life?

    old_dude

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    Wise old_dude

    I'm confussed. What are these things that old_dude speaks of?
    Wife? Kids? House? Pool? Retirement? I don't understand?
    Please speak to me in bike jargon... I'm feeling weak just at the sight of these non-bike words....
    Is it possible that old_dude has the cure that I'm despreatly trying to avoid?
    It has been said, "It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed."
    I simply want to create the lightest, fast bike ever, and then release it to its rightfull owner, the most wicked singletrack I can possible find ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD!!!!
    "An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit."
    Manifest plainness,
    Embrace simplicity,
    Reduce selfishness,
    Have few desires.

    --Lao-tzu

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    here's a cure: buy a house...

    then you can spend your time obsessing about TWO things instead of one and driving yourself crazy trying to divide your time to get everything done.

    rt - let's see....if i get up on Sat before dawn i can be at home depot when it opens, buy all the stuff i think i need (until i get home and realize i've forgotten half of what i needed and didn't realize the rest of what i needed), go home, eat, work in the garden, go for a long ride, go back to home depot for all the stuff i forgot, eat, work on the house, eat, go back to home depot for the rest of the stuff i forgot, eat, oh look, it's dark out, shower & go to bed.
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    Perhaps what you need to realize is...

    you have found your cure and everyone else working in the 17th floor needs to find theirs.

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