First of all, I have way too many "hobbies". I like to golf. I adore biking. I wish I were better at it, but I do dabble in photography. Backpacking is something I look forward to when I get the opportunities.
The problem with my hobbies is that they are all expensive. Golf can add up: the new wedges I covet are about $120.00 retail and an afternoon on the links averages about @40.00 a round. I have a great camera body (Canon 40D), but I wish I had that fisheye lens, 100mm macro or sexy "L" lens ($200-1200). Backpacking equipment can add up. I've acquired mine over years, but it scares me to think about how much I've spent on tents, stoves, bags and such over the years.
Which brings me to biking. I had a choice this year: a new bike or redo the bathroom. Bath could sure use an update. However, I want to do a long distance ride and the tour last summer on my road bike was doable, but a little harsh. A sensible person would have done the responsible thing and invested in upgrading their home. Especially a person who already owns two bicycles. Unfortunately, I'm not sensible.
Here's my new Surly Long Haul Trucker. It arrived last week. It's going to take my bum from Oregon to North Carolina (and become my in town commuter). It's a gorgeous bike, with touring geometry (longer chainstays, more comfortable position), bar end shifters, replacement spokes and great reviews. I added the rear rack, fenders and a new Crank Brothers Candy pedals are on the way. It doesn't add to the resale value of my home, but hopefully it will add some zen to my life (and adventure to my summer).