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Old 08-17-08, 01:15 AM   #1
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Pizza Delivery.. doable?

I live in basically a suburb.

I was thinking about getting a part time job delivering pizza, but bringing both my bike and car to work. For long deliveries I would take the car, but for short ones I would just use the bike.

This seem doable? I know it's crazy.
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Old 08-17-08, 01:16 AM   #2
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Impossible.
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There's an old thread in Utility Cycling on a similar topic, "Transporting a Pizza." I included my solution for transporting one pizza on my rear rack. You could probably just buy a multi-pizza bag instead of the single pizza bag I purchased. Here ya go: Transporting a Pizza?
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There's a pizza chain around Boston that delivers via bicycle. It's called Upper Crust. You see them all over the city. They've got these big boxes on the backs of their bikes that looks like they could hold 10 to 15 pizzas.




Their pizza is excellent, btw.
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Old 08-17-08, 10:20 AM   #5
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Old 08-17-08, 11:03 AM   #6
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I live in basically a suburb.
Therein lies your answer. Suburb = longer delivery runs and easy parking. More deliveries = more money.
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Old 08-17-08, 11:40 AM   #7
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Several days old, but here's one:
http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/bik/766039247.html

I think if you live in an area where most of this is done by car, you'd find it too slow to do by bike.
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There's a pizza chain around Boston that delivers via bicycle. It's called Upper Crust. You see them all over the city. They've got these big boxes on the backs of their bikes that looks like they could hold 10 to 15 pizzas.




Their pizza is excellent, btw.
Do they deliver emergency Red Sox paraphernalia, as well?
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Old 08-17-08, 12:45 PM   #9
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95% sure they would be using bikes already if they made sense.
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No. And I'll tell you why.

When I delivered pizza, it was well known that the boss would assign the better runs to the fastest guy (or gal, to be fair). Plus, you usually get paid piecemeal, and it's not worth it if you can only do 2 or 3 deliveries an hour when the guy in the Civic can do 5 or 6.
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Not in the suburbs. You would have to convince the dispatcher to send you only to nearby addresses (so that you could get them delivered on time), and if you managed to do that, the other drivers would hate you for taking the close/quick deliveries.
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If I am managing a pizza shop, I am finding it hard to see how your delivering on a bicycle benefits me. In some more urban areas, where parking and traffic are problems, I could see it working. But in the siburbs? No way. Its all about the $$, and as I see it, you aren't making me any.

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Well, in Krakow, bike deliveries are commonplace. But there's a reason. Much of the old city center is off-limit to cars, so bikes are used, and in some areas, just outside that zone, scooters. You typically don't see cars until you get outside the outer loop. I've had deliveries made to me at work many a time via bicycle. Bicycle deliverers typically wear backpack design that keeps the pizza level. Some scooters have a trunk, but most are also made with these special backpacks. So, yes, it is entirely feasible--but with the right equipment.

But also, as you see, gotta be in the city to make it work. No use outside the center. Not only that, but I suspect that your customers wouldn't be happy to see you wheel up on a bicycle. :-)

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In central Athens all the pizza deliveries are by scooter. No way you could deliver a pizza by car there.
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Yes, it's possible. A pizza place about four blocks from my apartment does ALL their deliveries by bike: http://www.snoosejunctionpizzeria.com/index.html

You see them dashing around Ballard at all hours of the day, riding like bike messengers, including when it's icy and snowy in the winter. Good pizza too.
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Remember PotatoSlayer did indicate he would only use the bike for shorter deliveries. I'm not sure where you are located, but weather would play a huge factor. Making a 2 mile delivery in Nebraska in the dead of winter would result in a frozen pizza. Hey maybe a hotplate could be set up with a bike generator....kidding.
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You see them dashing around Ballard at all hours of the day, riding like bike messengers, including when it's icy and snowy in the winter. Good pizza too.
Dude, that's Ballard, which is semi-urban. You'd never get away with it somewhere like Lynnwood.
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