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Old 08-25-05, 04:13 PM
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Newspaper delivery: finally a positve

I've seen many, many threads where people have stated that the newspaper in their area would not let them deliver via their bike, being that I'm an editor of a newspaper and a college student who commutes 100% by bike or foot, I thought I'd try for some extra cash with my wife out of work (she's 7 months pregnant) currently until at least mid-October.

So, I went across the hall and asked for a delivery route; spoke with the manager, got permission from my boss (the full editor) and was given a route. Interesting thing is, they know I ride only a bike, and they tested me by having me deliver the route the last 2 nights on bike - they're impressed as I beat the car time by 15 minutes and I don't know the route by heart yet.

So, there are newspapers that will allow you to deliver papers on bike still, and I work two jobs now apparently at one of the better ones.

Only crappy aspect is:

9 a.m.-noon (5 days a week) - I'm in my college courses
2 p.m.-midnight - I'm in the newsroom
1 a.m.-3 a.m. - I'm out delivering newspapers
Total commute miles: 23 if I go short routes; delivery miles 15 daily - add in my 50 miles of running a week, etc. this gets ugly
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Net result, between study time and spending time with my wife and son I'm down to about 4-5 hours of sleep a night; I'm thinking my diet & training will suffer a bit until she goes back to work.

But, I was able to find a bicycle route. Now to try it on the fixie next week
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Most excellent. That's pretty cool. And congrats on the kid-to-be too!

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Never considered a paper route, how much do those pay these days?
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Treespeed,

389 every two weeks; bonus is I'm one of the editors of the paper I'm delivering, so I'm here til the press runs either way.

Not bad bones for a 2 hour a night gig.

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I was just wondering because we have a little one on the way too and it might be nice to have a few extra bucks.
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How many deliveries do you have on the route? I think the reason they want cars to be used is many routes, at least in my area, are a few hundred deliveries. I'm not sure how that would work with a bike.
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Old 08-25-05, 10:31 PM
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Its a 105 paper route. While not the 'best' approach to use a bike for any route, imho, its still viable - which was the point; others have said they've been turned down countless times because they wanted to use a bike.
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That's a good sized route, and just about can't be beat by using a bike to do it. I have mental memory pics of a Schwinn Heavi-Duti with high handlebars running through my head.
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These days paper routes are considered desirable work and the kids don't get a chance, too many adults fighting to get the work.
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During all that free time you have, you should practice your paper tossing.
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1-3am... In a couple months you'll be glad to be on the bike at that time. With that baby around, however, 4-5 hours sleep will be hard to get.
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Originally Posted by lilHinault
These days paper routes are considered desirable work and the kids don't get a chance, too many adults fighting to get the work.
Desirable Work? - In what community and by whom? - Other than children and adults in need of a few extra (or desperate for any) dollars for part time/no benefit work?
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Desirable Work? - In what community and by whom? - Other than children and adults in need of a few extra (or desperate for any) dollars for part time/no benefit work?
Around here, the work is done by recovering homeless/addicts for the most part. Of course, this is in the city and it is almost all done on foot.
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Originally Posted by Santaria
Net result, between study time and spending time with my wife and son I'm down to about 4-5 hours of sleep a night;
When the baby arrives you'll look back on 4-5 hours wistfully.

Congratulations. You sound like a hard worker. The early years are tough but they pay great dividends.
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Very nice. Sorry about the lack of sleep. So you're running 50 miles a week in addition to 38 miles/day (if my computations are correct); that's very nice. Keep up the good work!
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Originally Posted by B10Cycle
Very nice. Sorry about the lack of sleep. So you're running 50 miles a week in addition to 38 miles/day (if my computations are correct); that's very nice. Keep up the good work!

I am, and I am.

Albiet, the running is going to be put on hold for a week or two (to avoid overtraining) so I can cycle off schedule and back onto my marathon one (in preparation for the Oct. 23 Waco Marathon I'm training for; that's when my schedule should get challenging - in addition to the daily legal briefs and multitude of abstracts due soon...
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