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Old 05-02-06, 04:44 PM   #1
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God people are lazy.

I just got a job as a delivery boy. After driving my car the first two days of work, I'm done - switching to my fixie. Not going to tell the boss about it, since it would be looked down on here.

90% of the deliveries I make are to addresses less than a 1/2 mile away. These people are ridiculous. So tonight I'm going out to grab some lighting equipment and stuff to rig up a drink holder (mess bag is fine for food, but drinks need a rack), and am considering a front brake.

Anyone else do bike delivery jobs in suburban settings?
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...says the man who cals himself "Eatadonut." But seriously, good for you. Cars are so overused in our society.
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But wouldn't you go faster on a road bike?!

If your job is being on a bike all day why work harder & not smarter?
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Are you going to rely solely on your fixie? I could see it for close deliveries, but don't delivery drivers in suburban settings typically deliver over a large area?

Is time efficiency going to be an issue?

That's great though. I'm happy because the high gas prices have driven my wife to ride her bike to work a lot more often now (it's about a 45 min ride). Any instance of people using bikes over cars is awesome IMHO. I'm glad I don't own a car anymore.
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But wouldn't you go faster on a road bike?!

If your job is being on a bike all day why work harder & not smarter?
Because my fixie is plenty fast for 1/2 mile deliveries, and my only geared bikes are a mountain bike that would drive me crazy on pavement, and my racing bike, which I don't trust chained up outside the store.
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Old 05-02-06, 05:21 PM   #6
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Are you going to rely solely on your fixie? I could see it for close deliveries, but don't delivery drivers in suburban settings typically deliver over a large area?

Is time efficiency going to be an issue?

That's great though. I'm happy because the high gas prices have driven my wife to ride her bike to work a lot more often now (it's about a 45 min ride). Any instance of people using bikes over cars is awesome IMHO. I'm glad I don't own a car anymore.
No, unfortunately, I DO have a possibility of delivering up to about 3 miles away, and while it's not that far, it's far enough that it would be much faster by car, which means that I need to do it by car.
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3 miles is only a few minutes in NYC time. how long could it possibly take you?
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we're talking suburbs, nyc is a grid with traffic. bikes move faster than cars in the city, but in the suburbs cars are faster.
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So tonight I'm going out to grab some lighting equipment and stuff to rig up a drink holder (mess bag is fine for food, but drinks need a rack), and am considering a front brake.
What type of food is it. Alot of things I can think of delivering should be put in a box on the back not a bag. I talked this over with my old boss numerous times. But that was in a more urban setting probably.


Three miles might not be far to ride to ride but without traffic it'll take at least twice as long in most suburban settings.
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bikes move faster than cars in the city, but in the suburbs cars are faster.
then suburbs be damned.

but seriously, 20-25mph on a bike is 20-25mph anywhere. granted--a car'll most certainly be faster than that without gridlock and lights every block, but i think we can all agree that the bike is the more satisfying way to roll.
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What type of food is it. Alot of things I can think of delivering should be put in a box on the back not a bag. I talked this over with my old boss numerous times. But that was in a more urban setting probably.


Three miles might not be far to ride to ride but without traffic it'll take at least twice as long in most suburban settings.
Sandwiches.

The store is on the north end of campus, and we cover the northeast part of the city. The close deliveries are all on and around campus (25mph roads and lots of lights and traffic), and the far deliveries are downtown (35mph roads and almost no traffic).

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then suburbs be damned.

but seriously, 20-25mph on a bike is 20-25mph anywhere. granted--a car'll most certainly be faster than that without gridlock and lights every block, but i think we can all agree that the bike is the more satisfying way to roll.
True, I'd be much happier delivering all of my runs on bike, but I gotta make the deliveries to make the cash, and I gotta make the cash to sink ever more money into bikes.
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Who are these lazy "God people" of whom you speak? In the thread title.
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I too was hoping for evidence of people of faith and their slothfullness. Since I dislike the former and practice the latter.
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Sandwiches.

The store is on the north end of campus, and we cover the northeast part of the city. The close deliveries are all on and around campus (25mph roads and lots of lights and traffic), and the far deliveries are downtown (35mph roads and almost no traffic).
Talk to your boss mine was actually willing to pay me more and give me all the close runs if I did them on my bike. It wasn't like he was pro-bike or anthing either he just accepted that I would be more productive on a bike. It never happened however because I couldn't figure out how to make an acceptable box cheap(wings and burgers would not fare well in a bag) and the "close" runs would have included the projects as well as campus.
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then suburbs be damned.
i think we can all agree that the bike is the more satisfying way to roll.
ha, agreed. but i've seen what happens when you make hungry people wait for their food!
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Who are these lazy "God people" of whom you speak? In the thread title.
I refuse to say my title is incorrect.

This IS the bible belt.
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Indeed - are you at OU/in Norman?
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does the food ever get tossed around in your bag? that seems like that may be a problem.... glad to hear about another happy bike "commuter".
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Jimmy John's sandwiches seem pretty solid and baggable of an item, as long as they dont get crushed somehow, I would think.
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I used to do the same thing at the Pita Pit here in Columbus. If your boss is anything like mine was, he'll get pissed about you being faster than car delivery people. Don't let him figure it out!
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maybe you can get a rack and hang some cloth or wire panniers off it?
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I used to do the same thing at the Pita Pit here in Columbus. If your boss is anything like mine was, he'll get pissed about you being faster than car delivery people. Don't let him figure it out!
Ha! a veggie like you would work at Pita Pit. I almost did, but JJ's called me first I love 'em both.

My boss seems pretty cool, but I've only been there a few days, so we'll see.
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Ha! a veggie like you would work at Pita Pit. I almost did, but JJ's called me first I love 'em both.
That happened to be another thing my boss didn't like. Republican frat boys shouldn't own places with good food like that.
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