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    Anyone work for Jimmy Johns bicycle delivery?

    Just wondering if anyone has any experiences they'd like to share. I'm thinking about applying at a Jimmy Johns in Gainesville near the university. How dangerous would you say it is, in terms of accidents and whatnot? Do you think it's more dangerous for girls? Would a Trek FX be a good bike for the job? How many miles would you ride per shift?

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    Definitely more traumatically dangerous than working at Taco Bell. How, where, and when you ride determines the hazard and risk levels. As a delivery person, you can control how you ride, but not where and when you ride. You need to take a look at where and when you'd be riding and make the assessment for yourself.

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    I work at JJ in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We cover 4 square miles of college campus and surroundings. I've been doing it for 3 weeks, 25hrs/wk, 5 days/wk. It's a small area, I match up with drivers most days. There have been a good amount of days when I beat some drivers including game days. I average about $16-18/hr (~$5 hrly + tips), some days I hit $25-30, some slow days (not that frequent) $12-13. I'm scheduled for 5 hrs a day, but on slow days I get asked to leave maybe an hour or so early, no big deal since I wouldn't be making runs anyway. I don't have to make sandwiches, but I might have to take phone calls or help sweep or something if it's really slow. Manager's enthusiastic and supportive (got a tear in my sidewall today, and since the day was dying out he was ok with me going home 1.5hrs early instead of running the risk of blowing the tube I had just installed). He said he's ordering a bike jersey for the shop so i can use it. I ride a bikes direct windsor the hour track bike with almost no original parts but the frame, have a rack with plastic crate for the sandwiches. No accidents, but I'm pretty comfortable with riding in traffic (I'm from chicago). Expect fatique at the end of the day, but you really determine your own pace (there's a mountain bike delivery guy who prolly delivers at half my pace but it's all good). On rainy days I just accept the fact that I'll get soaked for a few hours and try to enjoy riding (plus it doesn't hurt that those days are usually 20-25/hr). I'm sure trek fx would be great, expect curb jumping so go for 28c+, or good quality 25c+ (i do 23-28f/28r).

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    Man, that sounds like a decent gig for a fit person. Too bad that there I'm in stl, and if there were jimmy johns bike delivery positions, I wouldn't risk it. All our locations are in or near the City. A few months ago a pizza driver got shot point blank for a few pizzas

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    Wow that sounds really intense. I would definitely not be up for this job in a bad area (around campus, i dont even feel the need to lock my bike if im just running up a floor or 2, if it's further i just padlock the crank and chain). But yeah bike delivery in a campus area is a really sweet gig. Plus if you have decent management your level of fitness only determines your hourly cap, I can't see someone making less than like $9 (2 deliveries/hr). I'm definitely gonna miss having bike related work when I graduate, it makes it so easy to justify buying parts =p

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    So I ended up getting the Jimmy John's bike delivery job, and it's awesome. I've been working there for about 4 weeks now. I'll write about my experiences here too because before I got the job I couldn't find any information about what it was like.
    I got hired at the store right across the street from University of Florida. So there's lots of shifts that have a constant flow of subs needing to be delivered. I have to work every Saturday, because they're game days, but unfortunately I've only been given In Shop shifts instead of delivery shifts. The guys who bike on those days make around $200-$300 in tips if they work all day. I'd say when I deliver, on a decent night I'll make around $10 an hour in tips, plus minimum wage. I ride a mountain/road bike hybrid which works just fine for the job, although I want to trade it in and get a road bike. People here have mountain bikes, road bikes, and some of em ride fixed too. And you choose how fast/crazy you want to ride, too. I try not to be aggressive and piss people off or do anything too risky. For the most part I'll ride with traffic. Also it's great to be a girl with this job. I thought it would be creepy delivering to drunk frat boys and biking through the shadier parts of Gainesville but it's actually not bad at all. And I think since I'm a girl I get fewer ******** who "forget" to leave a tip, heh.
    The best part of this job, though, is getting to feel like the omnipotent creator/destroyer of the universe. You get to watch all the people going through all their activities by themselves, when they think no one's watching. You see all the people leaving the clubs and bars, and which guys got to go home with a girl and which ones didn't. And which ones are going through the negotiating process. You see cops on facebook in their cars, drunk people throwing cups of powerade at other drunk people, and some pretty cool sunsets.

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    Hey! I'm also in Gainesville and watching the JJ bikers zoom around all day while I have to bike to class sparks envy in my soul, and so I thought about applying! How was the interview process? Are they hiring? Would a Trek Lexa be any good? Advice? Being a girl, I was nervous to walk in there and inquire since I only ever see guys riding, but then I found this thread! Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlymindful View Post
    Hey! I'm also in Gainesville and watching the JJ bikers zoom around all day while I have to bike to class sparks envy in my soul, and so I thought about applying! How was the interview process? Are they hiring? Would a Trek Lexa be any good? Advice? Being a girl, I was nervous to walk in there and inquire since I only ever see guys riding, but then I found this thread! Thanks a lot!
    Please note that you are replying to a thread from 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Please note that you are replying to a thread from 2012.

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    Back when I was attending Ohio State back in the '70s, we obviously didn't have Jimmy Johns, but we had a sub shop called Hymie's that had delivery. Much of OSU's campus was car-free, and there was no student parking at the dorms, so bicycle delivery was very popular.

    When I was delivering mail in downtown Cleveland a couple of years ago, the JJ's location in the heart of the business district didn't use bicycle delivery - probably because the companies in the office buildings in the area would order too many subs to carry on a bike - I mean anywhere from 20-100 sandwiches and drinks. The delivery people used stainless steel push carts that they could take in the high rise elevators.

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