Nothing as specialized as that. I’m on real tight budget these days, so I’m just doing little upgrades on my commuter bike. It’s a public bike, just like an old-fashioned, aluminum road bike. If the hobby really sticks, I see myself ending up with a proper road bike and something for gravel/camping/whatevs. Those are the two areas that I’m already really into and I’m just making it work on the bike I have.
None of my hobbies are as costly or as gear oriented as music making.
These are mostly: - cycling, of which I have a cheap (€400) single speed one. Though this might get converted to carry things and whatnot for city living and I might get a better one for fun if I have the use for it. - cooking, though I keep the gear simple and affordable, it’s more about making solid combinations of tasty and healthy. - reading, mostly science fiction / heroic fantasy or nerd things like economics. - I’m also a big cars, airplanes and trains and energy / power generation nerd, but that’s mostly about documentaires and books. - I do sports like going to gym and yoga and some running, but same as cycling, not very gear oriented (a pair of running shoes I like, a couple pairs of tights and shirts and a rain jacket for running... a backpack with chucks, water and a towel for the gym...) - I do however collect socks and have to admit enjoying shopping for clothes every once in a while.
I consider myself a fairly serious home cook. Ms. Diver may be a master baker, but she will wholly admit that I can a knife much better than she can.
I used to play rugby and SCUBA dive, but the former ended after my joints were practically disintegrated. I also have an eye condition that keeps me from doing the latter. I can still snorkel and shallow dive, though, but have been too busy with work and life to really get out and splash.
Strangely, though, I can still lift heavy and do Olympic lifting. Also, living in Austin gives me access to a LOT of rivers, so I may take an interest in rowing/canoeing/kayaking in lieu of diving. I already use a row machine for cardio, so why not do the real thing?
Location: somewhere between Jerry Garcia and Neil Halstead...OK, Charlottesville if you must
Re: Non music related gear addictions / hobbies
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:10 am
well, since i posted in here a year ago i spent a metric fuckton of money on clothes and camping gear. in the past 2-3 years i lost 40+ pounds and 6 inches off my waistline, so literally none of my clothes fit any more. pretty much everything i've bought has been used or end-of-season remainders, or it would have been 3 times as costly. i mostly went in for outdoors/hiking/camping/climbing clothes because outdoor clothing is usually more durable and comfortable than civilian wear. the camping gear has mostly been shoes and small things to use while car camping, but i did get a super-lightweight Nemo sleeping pad that's like 5" thick. the best thing, though, has been a little headlamp from BioLite...it's lightweight, comfy, has long built-in battery life, and recharges via a mini-USB port. and was only like $49. i also have a really bad addiction to buying band t-shirts on eBay and Etsy...lately the disease has gotten worse to where i'm spending $75-$150 per item on ultra-rare shirts, e.g. an original 1972 Hot Tuna shirt issued by Grunt (the Airplane's record label) that i'd never even *seen* before. i justify this by noting that all i ever wear on my top half is t-shirts.
anyway, i'm looking to get an ultralight backpacking thing together. at this point i have the vast majority of what i need other than a suitable pack, a lightweight freestanding tent, and maybe a lightweight/colder weather sleeping bag since my current ones (i have 2) are semi-rectangular 30° bags. i had to move the Rocky Mountains trip down to next year, so that gives me a year to get ready.