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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
Yeah, but "perks" don't pay the bills. I spent 12 years in the bicycle business before getting out. I'm now on my third career, have decent health insurance and money going into retirement savings. And I still have money left over for buying cool bike parts.
Not sure what side of the bike industry you were in but getting out of the retail side of things and in with a manufacturer was a night and day difference. Now it feels like a "real" job, pay is still not fantastic but it is enough to raise my family on and there are also some benefits as well. I actually have most weekends off as well which is unheard of in the retail side. I am convinced, if you want to be a career bike guy, the only way to do it is get out of the retail side of things.
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