Oh, that IS nice.
Specialized Allez Elite that's probably six or seven years old now, over here, so I'm probably not far off from an upgrade myself. I'm not much more than a recreational rider (work gets in the way), but I'm into fairly long distance rides - I rode the Pan Mass Challenge back in 2012, took 2013 off with a torn ACL, and after surgery in the winter set a century as my recovery target and did a one-day 120-miler from Boston to Provincetown at the tip of the cape with a few buddies. We're looking forward to build off that this year - probably do that same ride, a spring century run by a local cycling group, and then maybe the Harpoon Point-to-Point this fall (about 140 miles - I want to do the Brewery to Brewery, but that might be a little too brutal for me right now).
Enjoy that thing, and glad to see a few more cyclists here!
Nice one on the amps. I'd say I'm equally as anal when it comes to Gear. If you're gonna do something do it right.
There's a certain amount of picking your battles, but I agree - I think my three "big" hobbies are guitar, riding, and cooking (at least, the expensive ones). I spend a lot of money on that, and then stuff that I enjoy but I'm less crazy about (skiing, for example - I'm an avid hiker, but "good" hiking gear isn't that expensive, bigger picture) I just spend enough to have fun. You can't have the very best of everything, alas.
EDIT - actually... being totally honest here, really guitar is the only hobby I spend disproportionate amounts of money on. My Specialized is a great bike, but definitely "weekend warrior" material and while I may upgrade to something nicer, I'm not likely to go fully up to "pro" level, like I have with guitar.