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Old 01-17-14, 12:44 PM   #26
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Hollywood Racks . com sounds like it would be something else entirely.
I spoke with the owner of Blackbottoms shorts (cycle wear) at the show and apparently they get the same kind of mis-guided "customers" looking at their site for something else entirely!

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After having discovered sex and drugs and rock-n-roll in the early 70s, I barely graduated from high school. Interestingly, one of the courses I had to make up in summer school was gym. It was about the last time I was physically active before taking up cycling a few years back.

After a couple of decades in IT, these days I work as a clerk at the front desk (Circulation) of a neighborhood branch public library, starting just after lunch and working until closing. It's essentially a customer service position.

I've had patrons stop me in the street to return books and DVDs. Fortunately, there's usually room in the panniers. I've also ridden a few blocks with patrons on their way to the library.

OTOH, while the library is in a borderline area, my commute takes me through what can only be described as da 'hood. I won't stop there. I've been offered five bags for my bike. Although, that was for my now-retired bright yellow full-Sora Trek. My bare Ti full-DuraAce Litespeed has never attracted any attention.
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I arbitrate medical necessity and Healthcare Acquired Conditions with Medicare and Insurance companies on behalf of the hospital and patient. Before that I was a Neuro ICU RN, Emergency RN, Paramedic, and Light Infantry Medic occasionally tasked out to the Sniper platoon. My commute is 20 miles.
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Old 01-17-14, 01:42 PM   #29
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I'm a US Army Warrant Officer. Have served for 14 years and plan on doing 11 more. I mainly ride 20-25 miles during my lunch time.
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I love that you've brought people's books and DVDs back to the library for them!

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After having discovered sex and drugs and rock-n-roll in the early 70s, I barely graduated from high school. Interestingly, one of the courses I had to make up in summer school was gym. It was about the last time I was physically active before taking up cycling a few years back.

After a couple of decades in IT, these days I work as a clerk at the front desk (Circulation) of a neighborhood branch public library, starting just after lunch and working until closing. It's essentially a customer service position.

I've had patrons stop me in the street to return books and DVDs. Fortunately, there's usually room in the panniers. I've also ridden a few blocks with patrons on their way to the library.

OTOH, while the library is in a borderline area, my commute takes me through what can only be described as da 'hood. I won't stop there. I've been offered five bags for my bike. Although, that was for my now-retired bright yellow full-Sora Trek. My bare Ti full-DuraAce Litespeed has never attracted any attention.
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I am a solution architect (sort of a sales engineer/program manager) for a Health IT company in San Francisco (South Beach/SOMA). I have my BS in Computer science. Our office is very bike friendly, with indoor bike storage and a shower for those of use with longer commutes. On an average day there are probably 10-20 bikes in an office of about 100 people. Really nice days might have 30 bikes.

While I think there may be a lot of stereo types about who bike to work and why, I think San Francisco is one of the cities that stereotypes are not true as people with all types of jobs, education levels, and financial situations bike to work for many reasons. I see line cooks at restaurants biking to work, but I also see engineers, startup founders, and executives bike to work in and around San Francisco. I am sure many bike-commuters co-workers think they are odd (particularly those of use with longer commutes) but most people I know seem to think its a good thing, even if they think you are crazy for doing it.
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I teach engineering and physics at a community college in a near-ring suburb of Minneapolis. On really cold or snowy days every student I run into asks, "did you bike TODAY?" In my spare time I play jazz guitar on a nylon-string, although I haven't played outside my house in many years.
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I teach engineering and physics at a community college in a near-ring suburb of Minneapolis. On really cold or snowy days every student I run into asks, "did you bike TODAY?" In my spare time I play jazz guitar on a nylon-string, although I haven't played outside my house in many years.
Hopkins is a nice area. Dated a girl who lived there for awhile.
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I've been lurking here for awhile and I haven't seen any threads on the subject. So, I'd like to know where you all work and what your job entails. I got thinking about it since anyone that I talk to believes that if you commute by bike, you don't have an education.
I'm a team lead in the accounting department at an architecture/engineering/urban planning/etc. firm. On the education side, I have a 2-year college diploma, earned part time over 4 years, and am currently working on a bachelor's degree in the same field.

If there was a physical quesiton of where, it's a downtown office, in a pleasant historic building. Working for architects is awesome, we get some pretty sweet digs.
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I'm a team lead in the accounting department at an architecture/engineering/urban planning/etc. firm. On the education side, I have a 2-year college diploma, earned part time over 4 years, and am currently working on a bachelor's degree in the same field.

If there was a physical quesiton of where, it's a downtown office, in a pleasant historic building. Working for architects is awesome, we get some pretty sweet digs.
Opposite for me. Large factory and the priority is on the manufacturing side. Carpet is from the 60's furniture is all a mishmash. Some of the higher ups have slightly nicer furnishings and the sales department has slightly nicer carpeting (since customers see it). I have windows though so it's not all bad.
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I just started working as a consultant at a tech company, doing programmer-type stuff. It's 60-odd miles from home, so they're letting me work from home four days a week. Two hours each way, one day a week. I can't complain. I can take the train, which beats the pants off driving.

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It's at the old American Standard toilet factory! This is in Hamilton, NJ, near Trenton. "Trenton makes. The world takes."
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I just started working as a consultant at a tech company, doing programmer-type stuff. It's 60-odd miles from home, so they're letting me work from home four days a week. Two hours each way, one day a week. I can't complain. I can take the train, which beats the pants off driving.

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It's at the old American Standard toilet factory! This is in Hamilton, NJ, near Trenton. "Trenton makes. The world takes."
That place is huge. I'm assuming there is more than one business located there?
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That place is huge. I'm assuming there is more than one business located there?
Yes, there are very many businesses there.

Interestingly, the only highway that runs by it is I-295, which is a relatively new Interstate. So in the old days, I guess the factory workers were expected to ride by train. The train is a short walk. Driving there takes a long time because of the lack of highways.
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After having discovered sex and drugs and rock-n-roll in the early 70s, I barely graduated from high school. Interestingly, one of the courses I had to make up in summer school was gym. It was about the last time I was physically active before taking up cycling a few years back.
I managed to graduate from high school by "majoring" in Band and Shop. (sex and drugs and John Phillip Sousa?- The Sousa actually prevented the sex, which led to the drugs. )

After a stint in the military, I had the good fortune to be able to do high school over at a community college, eventually transferring to, and getting a degree from a state university.
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I work for a bulk food distributor, in the warehouse. I am very fortunate since I can wheel my bike to my desk and keep it there. I am the only commuter of about 250 people that are employed at my location.
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I've been lurking here for awhile and I haven't seen any threads on the subject. So, I'd like to know where you all work and what your job entails. I got thinking about it since anyone that I talk to believes that if you commute by bike, you don't have an education. I'll start it off...
Since you asked, to support your contention that educated people cycle-commute, I'm a decades-long, year-round, cycle-commuting pathologist at a suburban Boston hospital, with an MD degree and board-certified in four specialties. I do admit that many at work call me crazy, but Iíve also been called a saint.

My hospital is an ideal destination for a cycle commuter. I bring the bike inside near my office, and have a place to hang my cycling clothes and a table fan to dry them off. For the most part I wear surgical scrubs all day so I don't necessarily have to clean off on arrival (I shower at home before the ride). I do have shower facilities though, as well as a coffee shop and cafeteria on site. Finally, almost all my personal service needs like barber shop, dentist, dry-cleaner/tailor, supermarket and drugstore, and good take-out restaurants are all within walking distance, or a short hop on the bike.
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Me dum wit no edukation either . . . straight D & F hi skool stoodent ~ After such a horrific experience I swore off education forever. Now work in a niche, non-profit who researches/makes educational and adaptive products for blind or impaired individuals. I know braille and use it to transcribe books, tests, other material, and create the tactile artwork for that material. I am proud that I was an integral part of a new printing technique that is revolutionizing the industry
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