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Old 03-21-11, 09:04 AM   #26
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Do not forget to put on pants before going to work. I know that if I was not working, I would lay around in my boxers. Oh and congrats on both jobs.
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We went to the bike shop to pay for my new bike (the frame is in and they're planning on building it this week.) We know the owner well and we were just chatting with him. I happened to mention that I was offered a job yesterday. He offered me a job at the bike shop. They need a seasonal employee to help build bikes and work with customers. Looks like the first bike I'll be building there is my own.
Wait...I thought public jobs made you rich and provided all kinds of cushy benefits that mere mortals don't get?

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congrats man. Best wishes whichever way you go. Would the parks job be longer term than the bike shop?
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congrats man. Best wishes whichever way you go. Would the parks job be longer term than the bike shop?
They'd both be about the same length. The parks job is standard hours while the shop would change from week to week. That's about the only difference in terms of work schedule.
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They'd both be about the same length. The parks job is standard hours while the shop would change from week to week. That's about the only difference in terms of work schedule.
Tough choice: work on bikes versus stumble upon two guys doing it in the bushes while walking the park with your pooper scooper.
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Tough choice: work on bikes versus stumble upon two guys doing it in the bushes while walking the park with your pooper scooper.
unless you're into that sort of thing (or want to know where all the pot plants grown on public land are).

or if the parks job has a better chance to lead to something permanent (or just pays better - and don't count that lbs employee discount as pay as you'll be buying a lot more with it that you would if you didn't have it).
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Well, last night I talked with the LBS. They're friends and I wanted to let them know exactly what they'd be getting into. We live about 25 miles from the shop and we only have one car which <3 uses to drive the kids to school and back. We did figure out a way to shorten the trip as she comes to within 6.5 miles of the shop but that means there could be days when I'm commuting 50 miles round trip by bike. They were fine with working around my schedule.

I start work at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
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Well, last night I talked with the LBS. They're friends and I wanted to let them know exactly what they'd be getting into. We live about 25 miles from the shop and we only have one car which <3 uses to drive the kids to school and back. We did figure out a way to shorten the trip as she comes to within 6.5 miles of the shop but that means there could be days when I'm commuting 50 miles round trip by bike. They were fine with working around my schedule.

I start work at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
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Well, last night I talked with the LBS. They're friends and I wanted to let them know exactly what they'd be getting into. We live about 25 miles from the shop and we only have one car which <3 uses to drive the kids to school and back. We did figure out a way to shorten the trip as she comes to within 6.5 miles of the shop but that means there could be days when I'm commuting 50 miles round trip by bike. They were fine with working around my schedule.

I start work at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
50 miles a day isn't that bad once you get used to it, at least during the warm months.
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Very cool. congrats UA! Nice to see Foo hasn't changed since I've been gone. Sort of like a time warp, in a warm and fuzzy way...
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Most excellent... bikes are not nearly as complex as something like... ummmm... aircraft.

You have mad skilz which makes me wonder why you'd let a bike shop do your work for you ?

You know that most bike shop mechanics are hacks right ?
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You have mad skilz which makes me wonder why you'd let a bike shop do your work for you ?

You know that most bike shop mechanics are hacks right ?
Thanks, Sixty. I'm really excited. It'll take some time getting used to the fact that I'm not working on bikes for myself and that I may not be as thorough as I normally am but I'll get used to it. Plane people and bike people aren't really that different.

<3 made me buy a new bike and we went in to pay for it on Sunday which is when this whole thing got started. With the unbelievable wedding presents given to us by some amazing people, we haven't had much reason to take the bikes in. It's mainly just been small parts with <3 actually doing the work. She's been a quick learner and has already (with a little help) stripped and rebuilt her bike.

I woke up at 5 this morning. I feel like a kid on Christmas day.
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<3 stripped? You got any pics?
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Thanks, Sixty. I'm really excited. It'll take some time getting used to the fact that I'm not working on bikes for myself and that I may not be as thorough as I normally am but I'll get used to it. Plane people and bike people aren't really that different.

<3 made me buy a new bike and we went in to pay for it on Sunday which is when this whole thing got started. With the unbelievable wedding presents given to us by some amazing people, we haven't had much reason to take the bikes in. It's mainly just been small parts with <3 actually doing the work. She's been a quick learner and has already (with a little help) stripped and rebuilt her bike.

I woke up at 5 this morning. I feel like a kid on Christmas day.
You will have to be more thorough when you work on other people's bikes... and then you will develop a reputation as the guy to see regardless of where you work.

One of my friends just switched shops after 5 years at one location and he pulled a lot of clientele with him as he was the reason they went to the first shop... figure he went to a better shop in that I know he will enjoy the work a lot more and will be working with a really good crew.

I always repair bikes with the thought that the person who owns this bike brought it in because they don't know as much as I do and won't be able to handle little mechanicals and there should be no major troubles... if I do my job right I don't see them very often and they only come back for regular tune ups or when they have worn things out.

Basically... just do it right the first time.

Test drive every repair too... some things do not manifest themselves until the bike is under working loads.
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Sixty, awesome input.

I will not let a bike I work on go back to it's owner unless I can ride it first. This can be problematic when working on a 16" bike for a 6 year old.... Also, I am a garage bike mechanic and do not do a lot of work for friends, but have done some. I try to do all my work, within reason.
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Sixty, awesome input.

I will not let a bike I work on go back to it's owner unless I can ride it first. This can be problematic when working on a 16" bike for a 6 year old.... Also, I am a garage bike mechanic and do not do a lot of work for friends, but have done some. I try to do all my work, within reason.
I work in my garage too...

It is nice to have a 32 step commute to work (sometimes I can't walk much farther) and it keeps me close to home and the girls and I often need to take frequent breaks.

If we get a new shop space here (we are looking) it will be no more than 10 minutes from my house (by bike) and have a comfy mechanic's lounge.
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Congrats on the 2 new jobs!!! They both sound like potentially fun jobs (outside and bikes -- lucky!!) and I hope you enjoy them.
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You will have to be more thorough when you work on other people's bikes... and then you will develop a reputation as the guy to see regardless of where you work.

One of my friends just switched shops after 5 years at one location and he pulled a lot of clientele with him as he was the reason they went to the first shop... figure he went to a better shop in that I know he will enjoy the work a lot more and will be working with a really good crew.

I always repair bikes with the thought that the person who owns this bike brought it in because they don't know as much as I do and won't be able to handle little mechanicals and there should be no major troubles... if I do my job right I don't see them very often and they only come back for regular tune ups or when they have worn things out.

Basically... just do it right the first time.

Test drive every repair too... some things do not manifest themselves until the bike is under working loads.
That's always been my philosophy when working on airplanes. I doubt I'll have much difficulty translating it to bikes.

First day was awesome. It's nice to be back working, even if it was only for a few hours and even if most of that was spent building my own Salsa Vaya.
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That's always been my philosophy when working on airplanes. I doubt I'll have much difficulty translating it to bikes.

First day was awesome. It's nice to be back working, even if it was only for a few hours and even if most of that was spent building my own Salsa Vaya.
You mean you get paid to build your own bike? you lucky, lucky bastige!
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