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What is the best career to maximize your cycling/racing time?

Old 01-23-14, 09:59 PM
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What is the best career to maximize your cycling/racing time?

A 7-3 weekday job with some amount of moderate walking involved where your not stuck on your bum at a desk all day?
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Old 01-23-14, 10:04 PM
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Old 01-23-14, 10:51 PM
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What a great question. Definitely not what I'm going into.. 9-5 city. FML.
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I disagree. At least as a band teacher. 50-60 hour work weeks do not time for cycling make.
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Old 01-23-14, 11:14 PM
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Old 01-23-14, 11:17 PM
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I disagree. At least as a band teacher. 50-60 hour work weeks do not time for cycling make.
Yeah, but you do get to go to band camp.
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A career with alternating boom / bust cycles. You can get a lot of riding in while laid off.
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This guy had to retire to make it work.I highly recommend retirement!

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My work hours are 4:00pm - 11:00pm, and I live 1.5 miles from work.

I can't beat that for cycling purposes.
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IT....every person I meet that rides a lot seems to be in IT
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IT can be good, depending on your circumstances. I work 6am - 2pm and work from home two days a week. I can be on the bike by 3pm when I commute, and 2:01pm when I'm home.
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This guy had to retire to make it work.I highly recommend retirement!
Best vocation I have ever pursued!
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Outside sales.

And if you're good you can make big money on 20 hours a week, max.
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Tax. Heavy workload in the crappy months ample free time in the good months.
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Originally Posted by dave1442397 View Post
IT can be good, depending on your circumstances. I work 6am - 2pm and work from home two days a week. I can be on the bike by 3pm when I commute, and 2:01pm when I'm home.
yup, IT ~can~ be good, for instance, my circumstances allow me to 'work from home' just about any time I feel the need and my hours are flexible enough to be where I could do all evening hours if I chose to. I live about 25mi from teh office but a coworker lives about 10 away so I drive to his place and ride in each day (weather permitting). we are soon to relocate our office (our company split and I'm going with the new company) which will increase my cycling commute to about 15ish each direction. on riding days I get to the office about 630a and typically work thru lunch and leave around 2 or earlier if I need to so we are ahead of rush hour traffic.

the flexibility in remote working and IT scheduling makes it a very appealing industry for folks that wanna live an active/fitness lifestyle. and the pay aint bad either
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Industrial manufacturing jobs (either white or blue color) often start and end early in the day. Even the technical jobs at such companies usually follow the plant's early schedule. Most of my career as a chemist for big chemical and big oil my workday ran from 7:30-4:00. If you have duties in the plant or labs, there is usually a lot of mobility mixed into your workday. Many of the facilities are on large campuses, and it is fairly common to walk to distant buildings for meetings. Also such facilities are often located in semi-urban and suburban locations so that long commutes into the city are not required. For years I was home, changed, and on the bike by 4:30. In a city located in the middle to western part of a time zone and not too far north, there is usually rideable light until 6:00 PM even for most of the winter. Once I fell into the weekly travelling assignment trap, of course, that all changed.

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Agree. You can likely get out a little early and can likely get your summers off to race/ride, if you so desire.

Of course the pay sucks so you can't afford the nice schwag, but that's the tradeoff.
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