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Old 09-06-05, 05:30 PM   #1
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Jobs involving riding

I need some help brainstorming...what are some jobs where you're RIDING a bike most of the time? I'm excluding jobs like mechanic, bike salesperson, etc...because while you're around bikes, you're not actually riding them.

All I have come up with so far are the obvious ones, like pro racers (road, XC, triathlon), sponsored riders (for DH, FR, bmx, etc), and messengers. I'm trying to think of less obvious jobs where biking might not be the norm, but perhaps it could be worked in. Maybe gas/electric meter checker, if you're in a city where the houses are spaced apart, and the checker device just required a scan and not writing.
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Old 09-06-05, 05:34 PM   #2
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What about a rickshaw rider?

Don't think the pay is very good though.
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Security. The airports have security cops on bikes inside the terminal, and there are non-cop security guys/gals who patrol the parking lots at the airport.
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Pedi-cab and in days gone by, paper boy and mailman.
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Old 09-06-05, 05:53 PM   #5
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Bicycle Tester - I call dibs on this job, so...

Scenic Photographer - Ride to pretty places and take pictures.

Short-Range Pizza Delivery. I say short-range, only because pizzas get cold and need to be delivered rather fast. Depending on how dense your area is, this might actually be better than a car, since you can probably weave in and out of traffic/residential areas faster.

Bicycle Cop.

Bicycle Security - I guess you would ride around in parking lots and stuff.

Mobile car wash. You would have a trailer with equipment (including an electric/gas pressure washer (hopefully lightweight!)) that you take around to local offices and businesses, and wash cars for the executives or employees. You might be able to set up a monthly/bi/weekly contract with local businesses and it would be a perk for their employees. You could do interiors as well. You probably would only be able to make about $15 an hour doing this, because you wouldn't make money while travelling. If you got a bunch of cars at one location, though, you could make more money, but that defeats the purpose of travelling on the bike.

Mountain bike tour guide... I don't know about this one... Seems like if a mountain biker needs a guide, then they are just going to be having frustrating technical difficulties/riding inability.

Mobile advertisement. You might be able to get a local business to pay you to ride around town dragging a custom trailer/billboard. You could have them pay to make you a jersey as well with their logo and such. You could combine this with a rickshaw thing. As a bonus idea, you could charge for regular rides, but any ride to the destination you are advertising would be free to the customer, and perhaps the business would pay you a commission?

Perhaps the park services (park ranger) have some opportunities for bike riders?

Ahh... Can't believe I forgot about this one:

Paper Delivery Boy/Girl/Person

heres another one..

Look around at your local grocery stores and other places that are similar. Try to find some of those locally printed magazines that list apartments, cars for sale and similar (like the "Thrifty Nickel"). Grab a few of them and make a call to find out if they need anyone to drop those off at the stores. You might be able to get work that way.
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Old 09-06-05, 06:17 PM   #6
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The problem is that bike type jobs don't pay all that well... so you see few (if any) doctors doing house calls on bikes, or engineers riding between labs on bikes.

Now if pay is not your goal, go for the really fun job... personally I think leading tours on bike might be fun.

I was a Pedicab driver for about a year; actually the pay wasn't bad compared to say working fast food.

How about ice cream delivery like the old Good Humor days?

Perhaps your own business...

Or better yet... a job that might even pay well and get you on a bike... local government bicycle transit coordinator. I really don't know the pay, but larger cities have a "bike person" in their traffic departments... and certainly "taking to the streets" has to be one of their functions, eh?
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Old 09-06-05, 07:43 PM   #7
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As others mentioned, bike security is good. I work at the Cincinnati Zoo and we have several bike security guards. They ride around on Giant Iguanas (the bike, not the animal) all day patrolling the park.
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I owned a pedicab business in Eugene, OR. I had five pedicabs. As far as pay goes, it's a good gig if your expenses are minimal. You are not going to support a family of five on what you make as a pedicab driver. On the other hand, working good venues can be very rewarding. An Oregon Duck game was worth $300 if you're lazy and $1000 if you want to stay in the saddle for 12 hours. Bar nights downtown for a 5-6 hour shift were $80 on a bad night and $200 on a good night. Music festivals were $200-$400 a day. Most festivals ran three days. When work is available, it's a fun job. The ideal situation is to work a city where there is something going on all the time. Eugene was good May-November, but you could starve the rest of the year. I always Denver would be a good spot. Pro football, basketball and baseball all downtown. People take the train into the city and need a ride to the stadium. Perfect.

Currently I deliver sandwiches for Jimmy John's in Winston-Salem, NC. I work from 11-2 or 11-3 five days a week. Minimum wage in NC is $7.25. Tips can vary. On a rainy day a few weeks ago two of our drivers made $100+ for a four hour shift. I made $40. Had a flat tire right at peak order time. Damn!

If I hadn't gotten the Jimmy John's job, I was going to approach restaurants with a completely different approach. I ride a Bike Friday Tikit folding bike and haul a Samsonite suitcase behind me. My idea was to offer restaurants an ad on the top of the suitcase while delivering. The Bike Friday and suitcase already turn heads, but what if you did something really different, like dress up with bow tie, knickers and cycling cap? I know I could have sold this. I've only been delivering sandwiches for six weeks and my reputation has already permeated the cycling culture in this town. One of my fellow drivers was in a local bike shop recently. When he told them he delivered for Jimmy John's, the response was, "Hey, don't you have a guy delivering sandwiches pulling a suitcase?"

Do something different people. Another pizza delivery guy is what people don't want to see. If you really want a job using your bicycle, it can be done.
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Do something different people. Another pizza delivery guy is what people don't want to see. If you really want a job using your bicycle, it can be done.
I would hope that over the past 11 years @koan has found work.
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Old 12-20-16, 07:52 AM   #10
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I could imagine meter maids riding bikes or specialized trikes. Just have to convice the cities to try it.
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Old 12-20-16, 09:19 AM   #11
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Pedal cab in any dense downtown area during drinking hours.

Jimmy John's delivery rider.
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Old 12-20-16, 09:35 AM   #12
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Start a business delivering hot gourmet food , a cart, door to door ..

Own one of those Pubs on wheels .
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Great ideas. I'm going to be retiring in a few years and would love to have "job" that paid me to bike. I've thought of some the ideas that others have offered but haven't ever tried to do them. Good luck with your efforts.

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I could imagine meter maids riding bikes or specialized trikes. Just have to convice the cities to try it.

Seems like it would be inefficient, at least in large cities. You have to walk by each car and look for the parking receipt on the dash or check to see if the meter has expired. In areas where there are time limits, you have to note the plate of each car and check back on them to see if they have been parked for too long. A bike would be a cumbersome appendage to accomplishing things like this, and they would take up sidewalk space.
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Plenty of Chinese food delivery guys riding bikes in Philly, although most of them now use eBikes.
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Old 12-20-16, 03:33 PM   #18
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Seems like it would be inefficient, at least in large cities. You have to walk by each car and look for the parking receipt on the dash or check to see if the meter has expired. In areas where there are time limits, you have to note the plate of each car and check back on them to see if they have been parked for too long. A bike would be a cumbersome appendage to accomplishing things like this, and they would take up sidewalk space.
I suppose it would depend on the city.

Most of the meter readers I've seen use a small 3-wheeled vehicle. Mini Pickup. And, slowly driving along the street. In some places, marking tires with chalk.

Then when they find a vehicle in violation, they leave their mini-pickup parked on the street, and fill out the paperwork to attach it to the windshields of the vehicles.

I could imagine a little pedal trike, or perhaps an electric assist trike performing the same task. Or, even a small cargo bike like the Bike Friday Haul-a-Day.
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no, we already have DOZENS of those.....

I suppose maybe a purse-snatcher; a bike would make your getaway a lot quicker....
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Any job which involves riding a bicycle usually doesn't pay enough to make a decent living. It's a lot better to commute to a real job then ride around and try to make a living out of it.
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I rode my Mongoose bmx bike when I had a paper route in the 5th grade. Back when kids had jobs.
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Hi, if you live in a urban area, you should probably start a moving company or an ice cream bike business. :-)

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I'm a Jimmy John's Delivery driver and I say the pay is awesome when the people tip, but otherwise it's so bad that getting hit by a car seems like the best thing that can happen to you. I still love biking, but that's a job requiring a bike fyi.
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Any job which involves riding a bicycle usually doesn't pay enough to make a decent living. It's a lot better to commute to a real job then ride around and try to make a living out of it.
Well Wolfchild I think it depends on what you regard as important. One of my fellow Jimmy John's drivers is 38 years old and doesn't put a lot of value in money. He works nine months out of the year, quits and travels for three months. He's been doing that for 17 years.

Other people will take the route you suggest and get a "real" job. Save all their lives and retire to do the things they want. Remember though no one ever said on their death bed, "I wish I had worked harder." I think it comes down to personal choice.

Had I to do it over i would take the route of some younger folks like Mr. Money Mustache who saved 75% of his salary for 10 years, invested it, and retired in his 30s. That route is available to more folks than you might imagine, but the discipline to live like a homeless person for 10-15 years is too much for most people. I started saving aggressively at 50 and now 17 years later i can call myself financially independent. I do wish I had started at 25 though!
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