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Old 10-30-09, 07:00 AM
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I'm a self-employed full-time musician. Unfortunately, I need a car to haul around instruments and gear for jobs. During the week, I teach guitar and piano lessons to the local kids (in their homes). I use my bike almost exclusively for this. My furthest student is six miles away, so it's not like I'm piling on the miles. It's awfully hilly where I live though, so I get a lot of climbing in. I keep music books, extra clothes etc in panniers. I used to carry a guitar in a gig bag on my back. Then I found a tiny guitar that I put on my rack. Recently, I've stopped carrying a guitar all together because my students all have more than one guitar and like the idea of helping me in my bike commute.

During the Summer, I'm the music teacher in a day camp twelve miles from home. The daily twenty four mile round trip causes me to lose some serious weight in the summer. What astounds me is that the counselors are all college and high school students who live closer than I. Every single one of them drives to camp. They think I'm nuts.
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Old 10-30-09, 09:18 AM
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That's pretty cool, Busyboy.

I work part-time as a manager at a pizza shop, and I'm a university student. My major is currently psychology, but I'm considering switching to social work, philosophy, or possibly even going back to community college and just getting a trade. I like the idea of being a car mechanic, despite not owning a car and having no desire to own one, at least right now. Or at least, I'd love to be some kind of mechanic. Wrenching, diagnosing problems, taking apart and rebuilding things is stuff I love doing.

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Old 10-30-09, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
I am an adult day care attendant....well in reality I am a Project Engineer for a national roofing contractor
Im a construction project manager and I feel exactly the same way much of the time, an adult babysitter.
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Old 10-30-09, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by benajah View Post
Im a construction project manager and I feel exactly the same way much of the time, an adult babysitter.
Probably a very similar job description I was called a Project Manager (and a few other things too) prior to the current go around. Job hasn't changed much...nor the pay.

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Old 10-30-09, 07:13 PM
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Or at least, I'd love to be some kind of mechanic. Wrenching, diagnosing problems, taking apart and rebuilding things is stuff I love doing.
If you like diagnosing problems, pulling things apart, and putting them back together... it's possible you would enjoy working on computers. I spend a lot of time diagnosing computer software/data problems, "taking things apart" so that I can see what's wrong and fit a "new part" in place. Mostly without doing programming myself, just making programs accomplish what they're intended to accomplish.
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Old 11-03-09, 10:13 PM
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I just took a job as an assistant, and I can't ride my bike as much any more I drive about 120 miles a day, round trip, because I am doing the new boss a favor and helping out at the wife's store. Then it will be about 60 miles a day. I can't wait to go back to school.
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Old 11-06-09, 08:58 PM
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I am self-employed. I have a house cleaning/ organizing business which allows me to ride when I want. as most of my jobs are local. My clients love that I show up on a bike. On days when I am tired or need to come home in a hurry, I ride my motor scooter. I only take the car out when I need to pick up and haul heavy and large items.
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Old 11-10-09, 09:48 AM
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I'm a nursing instructor at the local community college. The only time I ever need to drive for work is if I go out of town with my students. Once I biked to a clinical site here in town and the students thought I was a little "odd". In this town, most people think that if you are riding a bike, it's because you have a DUI.
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Old 11-10-09, 12:27 PM
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I'm a graduate student in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. When I was in Seattle, the rent prices forced us all the way out to Everett, 30 miles north of Seattle. The commute involved a 2 mile ride to the bus, and then a 1.5 hour bus ride to Seattle. Now, my job has been relocated to Bar Harbor, Maine where I live 1.5 miles from work. This is really great since now I can run home between experiments and grab food and hang out with my wife.
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Old 11-10-09, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by macwild View Post
In this town, most people think that if you are riding a bike, it's because you have a DUI.
My city is the same way. My psychology professor, a fellow environmentalist, had realized that I rode my bike every day to class. One day it was raining, so I drove.

-Right after walking into class, during a pouring rainstorm-
Mr Johnson: Hey Keith, do you want to take your bike inside?
Me: Huh?
Johnson: How did you get to school?
Me: I drove.
Johnson: Is that...legal?
Me: Yeah, I'm licensed and own a car, but I don't use it that often. It's only 4 miles to class.
*collective gasp from all the fat women in class*
Apparently he thought I was an alcoholic freshman taking a sop****re-level psych class.

As for my job, I don't have one right now. I'm a full-time student, but I'm hoping to hear back on a seasonal job at Bergner's or Shopko.
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Old 11-10-09, 11:40 PM
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Since December '08,I've been a Mr. Mom (due to D.O.T. suspending my CDL's,along with my Doc's strong recommendations to do so-due to a spinal injury from 2001.Hmmm...it was'nt bad enough to keep me off the bike,yet they said I couldn't hold a steering wheel if it's attatched to a CDL truck-weird,yet kool ).

We live over 20 miles from the nearest town or grocery store-and that's the short rte across a fire road-and the only thing really accessable is a diner,convenience store (which,with their pricing really isn't),and the post office (if you trust riding next to drunken rednecks who get off on mucking with you just because yer on a bike)...all of which I ride to when I need to go (except during the two months +or- I was healing a torn hip muscle from a riding mishap recently),and here lately,even in pouring rain and with dropping temps,me and the kids have been enjoying the mile walk to the s'kool bus stop every day
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Old 11-15-09, 02:42 AM
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I wanted to reply to this when I first saw the post. My web site was being built and my book "How to Be Debt Free Fast!" was being finalized into an e-book with an advertising campaign that wasn't in place. Part of that campaign was setting up free samples at the site. All of that is done.

I don't need a car right now. My work is done sitting in front of my computers at home. I'm not anti-car and probably will own one again. Sometimes I want to get a small RV that could also be used as a car. In the winter I really would like to have a car yet I still can't bring myself to get one to drive about thirty miles per month.

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Old 11-19-09, 04:58 PM
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I'm a Professor. I don't need transportation for my job so I just use the bicycle to get to and from work on days I teach. I park it in my office. I live where the weather is always nice and the buses all have bicycle racks. What I can't figure is why everyone else isn't on a bicycle? Not too many other bicycle commuters where I work.
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Old 11-28-09, 01:59 PM
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I ride 8.2 kilometers each way, (~ 5 miles), to our family store 6 days a week. My brother and I have run this 7 employee retail store for over 20 years. He heads up the parts and service end of things while I take care of the retail end as well as some bookwork, buying, payroll etc. I own a 1993 Buick, which has only 39,680 miles on it because it is only used once a week for groceries and delivering clean laundry to my office. Occasionally the Buick is used for a trip to Toronto for either business or to bother a good friend who owns a bicycle store.
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Old 12-03-09, 10:12 PM
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I'm a lucky dog. I'm a bicycling advocate. I work for a statewide nonprofit bicycling organization here in Colorado called Bicycle Colorado. I run our Education department. Ironically, when we are the busiest, I am riding my bike the least. Shame, isn't it?
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Old 12-09-09, 09:58 AM
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Old 12-10-09, 12:12 PM
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Old 12-14-09, 12:20 AM
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I am a rock climbing wall attendant at an outdoor store so it has no effect. My boss uses it as a plus to show how earth we are and i bring my bike inside after he leaves . Did I mention it is only two miles away? It is really not bad at all.
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Old 12-15-09, 08:34 AM
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I do stress analysis for an aerospace company.

No, there are actually a good amount of people right around my desk that will ride in, though I think my commute is the longest.
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Old 12-15-09, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by audi666 View Post
I do stress analysis for an aerospace company.

No, there are actually a good amount of people right around my desk that will ride in, though I think my commute is the longest.
So, in your professional opinion--Aluminum, steel, CF, ti, or bamboo?
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Old 12-15-09, 12:33 PM
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I'm not really sure what I do at the moment. I just switched jobs within my company and haven't come up to speed on the new assignment yet. I just got here an hour ago and just met my new boss.
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Old 12-15-09, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
I'm not really sure what I do at the moment. I just switched jobs within my company and haven't come up to speed on the new assignment yet. I just got here an hour ago and just met my new boss.
UM...might not be a good time to be playing on the company computer? You never know, the new boss might ber a lot stricter than the old one!
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
So, in your professional opinion--Aluminum, steel, CF, ti, or bamboo?
Tough one... have never had an oportunity to ride Ti/bamboo before so I cant say much in those cases..

But composites are always a nice solution since they are not isotropic and therefore can be laid up easily to achieve whatever goals the manufacturer has.
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Old 12-17-09, 10:39 AM
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I work second shift, until 11:30 PM. At first night riding scared the crap out of me, but I got to love it when I got good lights and got used to it. The crime worries me some, ever since a couple guys tried to jack my bike.
Work second shift also and I feel much safer on a bike compared to be on foot at midnight.
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Work second shift also and I feel much safer on a bike compared to be on foot at midnight.
I won't walk at night any more, although I did for years before i thought to get a bike. If I can't ride my bike at night I will call a cab before I walk.
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