I'm sure a lot of you guys have other things you like to do when your RCs are down and out, so let's see what kinds of hobbies and sports you guys are into! I'll start off with a few of mine.
Last summer I got really into car audio. I learned a lot about what went into building good subwoofer enclosures, about how to wire everything up properly, and even got into how all the electrical components work to an extent. I used all that knowledge and put together a system for my truck. All of this was done by myself, with the exception of getting one or two friends to help cut out some bigger pieces of wood.
For those interested, my substage consists of fully loaded Fi Q12 running at 1 ohm off of a Crescendo BC000d. And my front stage is made up of a set of Crescendo Mezzo components running active off of a Crescendo C1100.4
Another hobby that I've had for some time now, is riding dirtbikes. The majority of my friends have all been riding since they were little kids, so it was only a matter of time before I got myself a dirtbike. I started out on a TTR 125 when I was 14, and then I upgraded to a YZ250f a couple years ago. I do mostly trail rides, but I'll make it out to a track every once in a while. Here's my 250.
And then the hobby that has really taken over my life the last several months, is mountain biking. I've been doing downhill and freeride mountain biking for the last 4 or 5 years, but it wasn't until this summer that I got really involved with it. When I first started biking, I was riding a 2003 Bighit. There were quite a few things that needed to be fixed on it, but I never really rode it enough to justify dumping all the money into it that it needed. Finally, I got myself a new (to me) bike back in May. It's a 2012 Norco Aurum 1. After going riding on my new bike, I completely fell in love with just being out in the woods with just me and my bike (and my buddies). One of my friends has been racing Downhill for a couple years, and he convinced me and a lot of my other friends to try it this year. The racing season is now over, but I had a blast doing it! Racing won't start again until spring next year, but I really can't wait to do it again! Mountain biking is really where my passion is, and it'll probably be the only hobby that I continue to do throughout the year.
Here's a couple pictures of my Downhill bike
And here's a picture from my first race.
So let's see what else you guys do with your spare time!