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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Haha a Trek 1.7 from 2009. My first purchase in a full time job. So it's not a Madone
    A 2009 model? Are you at the point where you starting to dream up reasons for a new bike yet? I've got a 2007 Pinarello and was just thinking the other day I might start dropping hints that bikes should be upgraded every ten years at the very least. The fact that it's an alloy frame, is totally rock solid and will last a lifetime is beside the point don't you think?!
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    Oh boy. Checking in for the camera hobby, plus astronomy, plus coffee machines. Looking to combine astronomy and camera into an astrophotograhy hobby to make me feel better about my expensive hobbies, but that rabbit hole is deeper than first imagined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Yeh, well you chaps should thank your lucky stars that you aren't addicted to collecting paper clips. It's not as if you can just buy them in shops.
    Haha. Or antiques like copper wire...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    A 2009 model? Are you at the point where you starting to dream up reasons for a new bike yet? I've got a 2007 Pinarello and was just thinking the other day I might start dropping hints that bikes should be upgraded every ten years at the very least. The fact that it's an alloy frame, is totally rock solid and will last a lifetime is beside the point don't you think?!
    ha ha, just do what i did, have a stack on the bike, and go purchase a new one to make yourself feel better....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    ha ha, just do what i did, have a stack on the bike, and go purchase a new one to make yourself feel better....
    That's how I ended up with the Pinarello. It replaced a Look 555 that snapped when I got hit by a car. Not keen on that avenue again as I broke my neck last time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    A 2009 model? Are you at the point where you starting to dream up reasons for a new bike yet? I've got a 2007 Pinarello and was just thinking the other day I might start dropping hints that bikes should be upgraded every ten years at the very least. The fact that it's an alloy frame, is totally rock solid and will last a lifetime is beside the point don't you think?!
    My roadie is a 2008 CELL!

    (we won't talk about my other bikes, ok? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    That's how I ended up with the Pinarello. It replaced a Look 555 that snapped when I got hit by a car. Not keen on that avenue again as I broke my neck last time.
    ouch, mine wasnt so bad, speed, tram track and asphalt.

    bike was a fuji team rc 2008, have completely stripped it, and from the outside looks ok, but taking it to luescher teknik to get an ultrasonic scan done on it just to be sure.

    In the mean time, thought what the hell, time for a new bike...
    looked at the pinarello dogma f8, but was going to stretch the budget too far, even at the sale prices, so ended up with a giant propel advanced Sl 0 with sram red etap
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    That's how I ended up with the Pinarello. It replaced a Look 555 that snapped when I got hit by a car. Not keen on that avenue again as I broke my neck last time.
    On the upside, at least it helps justify the upgrade to a ti or carbon neck I guess?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I'm not going back Rocky, have never removed my turntable from the system.
    Not suggesting you're a bit backward, Yelta, I still have a turntable hooked up to my stereo plus a collection of (old) vinyl. (the ones I can't bear to chuck)
    What I'm saying is that for me it would be a retrograde step as I am happy with the sound of CDs and don't miss the hiss and crackle of a well used LP.
    I don't appreciate the 'difference' in sound quality from vinyl to CD enough to go back to collecting music on vinyl. I like the compactness of a CD although I don't like the fact that they are just as prone to damage as vinyl, and I do miss the big arty LP sleeves.

    My only extravagance is watches and I have that under control (or more accurately, the Exchange Rate has that under control).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Not suggesting you're a bit backward, Yelta, I still have a turntable hooked up to my stereo plus a collection of (old) vinyl. (the ones I can't bear to chuck)
    What I'm saying is that for me it would be a retrograde step as I am happy with the sound of CDs and don't miss the hiss and crackle of a well used LP.
    I don't appreciate the 'difference' in sound quality from vinyl to CD enough to go back to collecting music on vinyl. I like the compactness of a CD although I don't like the fact that they are just as prone to damage as vinyl, and I do miss the big arty LP sleeves.

    My only extravagance is watches and I have that under control (or more accurately, the Exchange Rate has that under control).
    Have to say the SME tone arm and Shure V15 cartridge tracked extremely well and were very gentle on records, most of my collection plays like new, except for a couple my 3 YO daughter got to many moons ago, they're still in the collection as a reminder but unplayable.

    Know what you mean about the convenience of CD's, yes some of the album covers/sleeves were certainly works of art in their own right.

    I do have a pretty fair NAD CD player in the system as well, so all is not lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    On the upside, at least it helps justify the upgrade to a ti or carbon neck I guess?
    It's part titanium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    It's part ti.
    Yikes!

    Now that *is* an expensive hobby!
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    Ouch Leeroy, you are a lucky lad.....lucky to be walking.

    Theres Old Motorcyclists & there Bold Motorcyclist.......but there aren't many Old Bold Motorcyclists.....except for Andy



    I love motorcycles......passion I've had since about age 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Haha a Trek 1.7 from 2009. My first purchase in a full time job. So it's not a Madone
    Think I just saw a photo of you with your kit Al!!

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    Oh no, $10,000 probably wouldn't have covered those cymbals... here's my kit:

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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Oh no, $10,000 probably wouldn't have covered those cymbals... here's my kit:

    DSC03349.jpgDSC03365.jpgDSC03360.jpg

    I always pray pray no bugger like you moves in next door to me. :0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smee View Post
    I always pray pray no bugger like you moves in next door to me. :0
    I live in an apartment... and my drum kit lives... elsewhere. It's sad, I don't get to use it nearly as much as I'd like to.

    Once I move back to Tassie, I intend to live in the bush!
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    Many moons ago we had a young neighbor learning drums, never did see him/her and whats more the budding Gene Krupa never improved.

    He/she was tenacious though, kept at it for years, never seemed to improve, just the same old beat hour after hour, day after day, month after month, bloody nightmare.

    We finally moved, GREAT SUCCESS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Oh no, $10,000 probably wouldn't have covered those cymbals... here's my kit:

    DSC03349.jpgDSC03365.jpgDSC03360.jpg
    Nice mate. That's a classic set up you got there.

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    Expensive hobbies.

    [QUOTE=LeroyC;601442]It's part ti.

    May want to pull the xray? Looks like it has real name and date of birth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melbroaster View Post
    May want to pull the xray? Looks like it has real name and date of birth?
    Well spotted. I've got one somewhere that doesn't. That was a bit dumb of me. Maybe the mods can help remove the offending pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Musical instruments are also expensive hobbies! My drum kit hurt my wallet to the tune of $10k. But it was a buy once buy well kind of scenario... the only way up from this one is fully custom, and I don't know enough about wood resonance and densities, nor metal alloys, to ever find myself in that scenario.
    ...and then there's "a crate with a loose wire inside"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    ...and then there's "a crate with a loose wire inside"
    That doesn't belong to me.. I just played it. But they do cost up to $500 which seems a bit insane to me.
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    Hmm, so you need to buy one?

    So happens I picked up an old apple crate from the footpath the other day and I'm sure I have some wire somewhere...

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    Cool

    Getting back to audio I used to have a 1966 ROWE EMI juke box full of rock 'n' roll vinyl. I still reckon it sounded better than any CD player after. Hobby $$ these days are Australian art and playing with Mercedes cars.

    edit; all of the above is after my coffee machine fetish
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    Photography and video gaming are my other vices. Nothing intrigues me like coffee though - and it is the only machine of the three types that I use daily without fail. That said, taking my camera to the birthing suite to capture my first born's delivery was remarkable. Some ripper shots of the little man as he was given to mum for first cuddles (making sure I enjoyed the moment sans lens of course). Gaming is the other one - I've a three hour return trip to work each day so it's handheld these days. Just preordered a Nintendo Switch to get some console quality gaming on the go. Lands March 3rd.
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    Hobbies are coffee, cameras and fishing (yes I own a boat). I think out of the three, coffee is relatively inexpensive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    Hobbies are coffee, cameras and fishing (yes I own a boat). I think out of the three, coffee is relatively inexpensive
    For some reason, this quote has always stuck in my head: "the second happiest day in a man's life is the day he buys his first boat. The happiest is the day he sells it."

    Kinda glad I fell out of fly fishing in some ways as it's another technical/gear heavy hobby, but I do miss the places it takes you. I guess there's no rule against taking a packed lunch and wading along alpine rivers though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElShauno View Post
    Photography and video gaming are my other vices. Nothing intrigues me like coffee though - and it is the only machine of the three types that I use daily without fail. That said, taking my camera to the birthing suite to capture my first born's delivery was remarkable. Some ripper shots of the little man as he was given to mum for first cuddles (making sure I enjoyed the moment sans lens of course). Gaming is the other one - I've a three hour return trip to work each day so it's handheld these days. Just preordered a Nintendo Switch to get some console quality gaming on the go. Lands March 3rd.
    Was heavily into gaming as a lad; picked myself up a PS4 and found I'm just not that into it anymore.

    Shame really as the graphics and gameplay are incredible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Was heavily into gaming as a lad; picked myself up a PS4 and found I'm just not that into it anymore.

    Shame really as the graphics and gameplay are incredible!
    Just sold my PS4, actually, as I'd given up on gaming as a dad of a newborn

    Fortunately I get alone time on the train for handheld gaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Was heavily into gaming as a lad; picked myself up a PS4 and found I'm just not that into it anymore.

    Shame really as the graphics and gameplay are incredible!
    Oh no, how sad I love my PS4 along with photography, target shooting, fishing and my old 280 S Mercedes. Now that old girl is a money pit !
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    From one gamer to another. Do yourself a favour and get hold of a PSVR or at the very least, find somewhere to try one. I now spend a few hours a week in absolute awe playing VR games or watching VR movies. I would say its about as much a game changer (pun intended) in the gaming world as the wii was when it was first introduced (although I think entry price and supply constraints will kill its chance of being as popular).
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    Expensive hobbies.

    Hmm, will do. Though I also bought a wii back in the day on a whim and it also gathered dust...

    TBH I think I've just moved on... leisure time is so limited I'd prefer to spend it outdoors or doing something a bit more... tactile I guess.

    I think partly there's a critical mass with any game where you get good enough to find your flow, and get invested in the storyline. And I don't think the time I have available is enough for either...

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    Does anyone own Pinball machines? I have been getting quite into playing them now that a Bar/Arcade is going pretty strong in Fortitude Valley.

    I'd love to own 1 or a few, too bad the popular/rare classic machines are around $9000.
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    Specialized Crux and a Venge Lunch Ride
    Single speed Niner MTB
    Steel FBM Sword fixie
    .... and of course a whole lot of parts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by xraychump View Post
    Specialized Crux and a Venge Lunch Ride
    Single speed Niner MTB
    Steel FBM Sword fixie
    .... and of course a whole lot of parts....
    You can never have too many bikes. (Although I reckon the guy I know that had 6 Specialized road bikes plus a Chinese Venge knock off at one time was coming pretty close).

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    Only a 2012 CAAD10 and a Cervélo r3 disc here. But each is worth more than the car :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    You can never have too many bikes. (Although I reckon the guy I know that had 6 Specialized road bikes plus a Chinese Venge knock off at one time was coming pretty close).
    Rule # 12

    While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three. The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapeau View Post


    Rule # 12

    While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three. The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
    In my case using this principle, substitute target shooting gear and the outcome is identical...

    Mal.
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    Bicycles, man... bicycles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Bicycles, man... bicycles.
    Yep. Totally.
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    Musical instruments - try pianos. If one day my little two man outfit somehow becomes a billion dollar success story I'll be going straight to the Steinway Hamburg factory for my Model D (if millions, C will do). And then there's the size of the room to put it in, and the climate control, and, and...

    I guess the car guys have it worse.

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