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Out of curiosity, what other hobbies and interests does fellow RBR members partake in? How seriously do you pursue them?

Aside from cycling, I have dabbled in photography, but been careful to not be too gung ho in pursuing it as I can easily go broke on lenses. I do still experiment with what I have and enjoy doing time-lapse, long exposure, macro and landscapes (basically anything aside from portraits or people).

One of my long time passions has been automotive work. Both detailing and wrenching. This has the side benefit of doing all of my own vehicle maintenance and repairs. My project car is actually my second car, a 1982 Mercedes 300SD. Had it for 13 years and definitely needs some work. Still have some confidence issues with tackling some of the bigger jobs.

This past weekend, I picked up my first kayak and also acquired a fishing license after 16 years of not fishing. Forgot how much fun fishing can be... now to divide the time between riding, kayaking and fishing.
 

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Good thread.

I keep honeybees. I have fruit trees. Love many things. Bowhunt (not as much now), waterfowl hunt, shoot 5 stand, love all music from bluegrass to classical, sail (25 ft. MacGregor), used to fix up violins, fish, I have built two boats, do yoga, and wish I was young enough to still play soccer and wrestle.

I forgot to mention I like hiking and love to cook interesting dishes. Also bought cross country skis and could enjoy a week of that this winter.
 

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technical cave diving is my other sport/hobby. work on two exploration projects (both in TX), conduct surveying, mapping, water quality research, biological censuses, etc. co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article describing flow velocity measurements at one site.

used to play basketball daily until the knees sought a restraining order.

played golf until I proved conclusively that I sucked at it.

took flying lessons but didn't get the ticket...couldn't justify the expenses involved just to joy-ride on nice weather days.
 

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Bikes, guitars, skateboards...though I haven't skateboarded in over a year. I love tinkering with guitars, doing my own setups, and riffing around using downloaded tablature and the Rocksmith 2014 videogame. I enjoy fixing and setting up my own bikes too; to the point where I've actually turned a small (like $5) profit flipping old road bikes over a few summers. Really, my hobby here is "tinkering."

I dabble in photography...I figure, I know the basics from a few film/TV/media production classes in high school and I've constantly got a camera in my pocket (yay smartphone), so why not make an effort to make the pictures I do constantly take look better?

I fish in the summer...mostly for panfish and bass; occasionally, I'll hit Lake Michigan in search of some trout or salmon (seriously fun, I recommend it if you ever have the chance). I hunt in the winter; I'll be in the woods sometime opening week searching for deer. I haven't small game hunted in YEARS, but that used to be a ton of fun.

Finally, I thirst for knowledge. The Internet is my poison here...the collective experience of humanity is at my fingertips, and with a little bit of homework, it's fairly easy to deduce what's bunk and what's good info. I'll spend my lunchbreaks at work poring over forums, websites, and the occasional book trying to soak up any bits of knowledge I can. I'm everyone's phone-a-friend on Millionaire.
 

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First and foremost, music, music, music.

I have thousands of LP's, CD's, 45's, 78's and even a few downloads. I have an excellent stereo to play them on. I don't care what the genre is. Classical, folk, country, jazz, rock, pop, Sinatra-style middle-of-the-road, world music, opera, etc. etc. All I care is if it touches my soul.

I play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, fiddle and piano. Once upon a time, I played in a couple of rock bands. I currently haunt fiddle jams, whether they be bluegrass, old time or, when I'm extremely lucky, jazz.

Travel. I've been all over Europe. And parts of Asia.

Photography. Yeah, once upon a time I was heavily into large format and medium format photography. That damn 35mm stuff was never quite good enough for my eyes. I actually like digital more. So easy. So flexible. So good.
 

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Kitten-juggling.

Or, as it's more commonly known in Uzbekistan, 'the sport of champions'.
 

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Acoustic Guitars!, All sorts of music, a self proclaimed Beach Boys expert. Aviation, I love aviation. Nothing better than making the base to final turn for landing...was a starving flight instructor. Trout fishing, however, I admit, it is tough to catch the natives. Trail running. Anything having to do with mountains....Beer and cooking.
 

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Cycling, B/W film photography, gardening, reading, music, movies in that order. Family is not a hobby but my family is more important then everything else.
 

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I spend a great deal of time in the woods come fall. Duck, grouse and deer hunting eat up allot of time but in a good way. I can hike 15 kms easily loosing track of time; almost like cycling where you pass several kms deep in thought and you wonder where the time has passed. I also snowshoe in the winter through the same woods.

I also like to fish quite a bit and picked up ice fishing again after several decades away. Once you get back into it again it makes you wonder why you quit.

Add in camping, hiking, swimming and kayaking in the summer months.
 

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The no brainier is first, spending time with my wife and daughter... albeit, she (daughter) is moving out soon. I love to cook and bake crusty euro style bread in winter and bring out the smoker for summer. My bikes are a close second behind my family and my work. I'm a social worker and have been for 30+ years. I love it. It's my passion. You can have some crazy hard days, and I do, but you can have stretches where I'd do what I do as a volunteer. I make big programs. I'm helping make one now and it's an absolute rush. Literally, I get to save lives. I like to swim in summer. But my bikes are my hobbies just next to family and work...
 

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Skiing, skiing skiing. Music is a close second. I'm lucky enough to a have a good stereo and a few guitars to keep my calluses firm. Hiking/backpacking and photography go hand in hand. I also love to cook and almost never follow a recipe as I prefer to be creative in the kitchen. My profession allows little room for creativity or deviation from the established norms.
 

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Silhouette, mid and long range target shooting of single shot black powder cartridge rifles(BPCR), with a technology that had to exist prior to 1885.
 

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Good thread.

I keep honeybees. I have fruit trees. Love many things. Bowhunt (not as much now), waterfowl hunt, shoot 5 stand, love all music from bluegrass to classical, sail (25 ft. MacGregor), used to fix up violins, fish, I have built two boats, do yoga, and wish I was young enough to still play soccer and wrestle.
I used to have a Venture 25 (later called the MacGregor 25). It was a pretty sweet little pocket cruiser, but I decided that I really couldn't afford to dedicate the time to it that it required so I sold the boat.

Aside from cycling and sailing, my other interests are hiking/backpacking, cross country skiing, travel, history, wargames and RPGs. I used to dabble in photography but felt that I was taking too much time with it and thus preventing me from just absorbing my travels. I still shoot photos, but not am not nearly as fanatical about getting that perfect shot, so my ratio of really good shots has dropped. Thank god for digital photography!

When I was in high school I used to competitively shoot Civil War rifle/muskets (N-SSA) and worked for the USNPS as a CW soldier in the simmers. Moving 500 miles away for college ended that (and being broke - that is another quite expensive pastime).
 

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main things are hiking/backpacking, and flying. I fly cessnas for leisure only though. Also kind of love flying models by 'FPV' (ie camera in the cockpit, video goggles on my eyes) maybe even more than flying the fullsize ones. Though cruising the cessna through the mountains is eye watering too. occasional ocean kayak trip, haven't golfed in a couple years but might go back to it

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Besides bikes, the biggest is music. I had about 4000 lps, jazz, rock and classical. I digitised the jazz/rock collection, about 2300 lps at 192/24, taking up about 4TB on a NAS and stream it now into my stereo system. Those lps I sold but still have yet to make significant inroads on the classical. I still go to see live music locally in Connecticut and in NYC, traveling as far as Nashville to see bands. Living in Asia for eight years will do that to you.

Travel a lot, seeing sights, museums, hiking, eating and drinking. Traveled extensively in Europe and all parts of Asia, a function of living and working in London, Shanghai and Singapore. Before that had traveled extensively in the US. Working on South America, Africa and the Middle East. Saw the TDF the six years we lived in London and went to the Worlds in 2001/Lisboa and 2004/Verona. Plan on going to Bergen next year.

Retired since 2013, we spend our time traveling as well as seeing family and friends.
 

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Kinda on a hobbie downswing. I rode motocross for a large part of my life, drifted away from that about 10 years ago. I played guitar and bass (though neither particularly well) since age 12 but have kinda drifted away from that too. Sold everything except one acoustic a few years ago. I was very heavy into whitewater kayaking for many years but there's no whitewater within a 5 or 6 hour drive of where I live now so that kinda faded away. I've considered getting a touring kayak. I've went out a few times in my BIL's boat and I'm surrounded by lakes where I live but I'm not convinced I want to make that investment. It's not bad but not really the same as whitewater. I gave golf a try, found out I'm not that good at it. To quote my late grandfather who was an excellent golfer "he can hit the ball a mile but it rarely ends up in the intended fairway".

In a complete departure from everything else I do/have done as hobbies, I fairly recently took up making chocolates. I bought some molds and other equipment and jumped in. It's an interesting hobby and a good exercise in patience (which is not one of my stronger characteristics). Chocolate is a merciless, fickle master. Just when you think you have it figured out and know what you're doing, you're wrong. I don't really eat it other than maybe a bite to check a new flavor I'm trying so it's a hobby other people like because they get the experiments.
 

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- Hiking, backpacking, camping of all styles (working on ADK high peaks currently)
- Remodeling my house (winter 'hobby')
- Lock picking (new hobby)
- Growing certain plants
- Booze
 

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Guitar and bass. I have an excessive amount. Haven't been in a band in a few years due to a lack of good bands. I also have 2 young kids and a very demanding job. I still practice a good amount. I'm thinking about getting some recording gear and working on a solo album.

Brewing. I have only brewed 3 times in the last 6 months. I need to brew something new as soon as I empty my keg.

Photography has taken a back seat to cycling. I need to go places and play with the camera more.
 

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Jogging, hiking, gardening, skiing, cooking, reading, French language, bit of craft stuff (wreath on front door- I try to re-use materials for each season.)

I have a new DSLR, but feel stuck- used to love photography with my old SLR and have a bunch of enlargements framed around the house (including a 40"x60".)

Lately, it seems pointless to even try, given all the incredible stuff I see online. Plus, whenever I travel, it's something active, so I don't want to bring the "good" camera.
 

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Others have listed music, but for me it's not so much a hobby as a need. I've actually suffered withdrawal when it's not been available in sufficient quality and quantity. Played drums off and on since 1966. One band went far enough to open for The Flock and later Joe Walsh in his Barnstorm days. Would love to spend more time with my guitar but a mangled left index finger tip from 1972 screams too soon for that to happen.

I've loved cars, probably since birth. I've owned Mustangs, German Capris, a TVR Vixen, Porsches, but now find them too much of an imposition to own so I get my driving pleasure from karts.

These days I travel a frequently because my wife seems addicted to it.........another bike trip in France coming up. Main personal indulgence now is vintage watch collecting.
 
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