If you asked me what I did for fun as a kid i would say: eat hot Cheetos, ride my bike, and play video games. Years pass and its just Cheetos and video games. Pass a few more years and it's just Hot Cheetohs.
Growing up is interesting. How do you decide what hobbies to have? Access to the crap you need to do them and HOPEFULLY friends with similar interests. Friends make things more fun and also provide an avenue to do these things in good company. Unless your friends are dick heads then GG.
I first got back into cycling back in college when a classmate invited me to go on a ride. I didn't have a bike. He was super stoked about riding, so shit, I bought one. Poor me. I was thinking it was going to be a leisurely cruise to the beach. That was the day i discovered what exhaustion was.
Roughly 66 miles round trip. While this is hardly considered a feat by avid cyclists, as a newcomer this KILLED ME. Firstly, the pain I felt in my ass still haunts me to this day. A tender gouch isn't fun for anyone. Then my legs got sore and began to cramp intermittently. Cycling posture was making my back sore and after a while that was getting to me too.
Oh, did i forget to mention that this was during the fixed gear hype train that swept the world? The gearing was super heavy and I didn't know a damn thing. The chain was tight and the tires had air. We're good. Eventually I bought a nice bike and kept at it for a bit. School came to an end, people went their own directions, and I lost interest.
Now here we are, fall of 2016, and some of my friends have bought bikes again. Like most people of my age group I have a thing for old shit, call it hinkering for something vintage. I decided I wanted to get into cycling again. So I hopped on OfferUp to see what I could find near me.
Product photography was not one of his strengths. I offered him $75 and he went for it. Score! A quick look over and the bike was not in bad shape. No rust on the frame and the paint is in good condition for its age. The tires were old and cracked. The chain needed a clean/lube. Not big deal. Hopped ebay and ordered tires and sprang for some cool Cinelli bar tape. I like how it came out. I kept a Specialized Roval carbon wheel from back in the day. It's not period correct but I could care less. It looks cool imo.
The hardest part about riding or doing anything in general with a group of people is having the same availability. Having the free time and ability to throw money at something with nominal returns, aka hobbies, is a balancing act. As a kid you asked for something and when Christmas came along you maaaybe got it. As an adult you have to work for everything you want. There are a ton of bills and responsibilities to take into account first. Can you put a price on happiness? Most of the time, yes, yes you can. Here's to another hobby!