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making a living with a bike(9 posts)

making a living with a bikeStarliner
Apr 3, 2001 9:46 PM
Other than bike shops, pro racers, and bike messengers, does anybody know of people earning a living by substituting a bicycle for a car or truck? Here's an interesting one.

Here in the S.F. Bay Area are two brothers who run a telephone installation business using bicycles instead of trucks to go to the job sites. They ride modified frames with heavy-duty features since they haul up to 150lbs of gear. The business (Affordable Telephone Installations; tel. 510/655-5419) covers the East S.F. Bay area and is now beginning to pick up jobs in the City by taking their bikes and gear aboard mass transit from the East Bay.

Considering the steepness of some of the hills around the bay, I think it's pretty commendable what these guys are doing.
re: making a living with a bikeLazy
Apr 4, 2001 6:00 AM
Wow, that's pretty incredible. I bet they can climb like crazy when they unload all their gear.
re: making a living with a bikePeetey
Apr 4, 2001 7:48 AM
Here in Boulder we have city workers who maintain the network of bike paths on a bike. Snow removal, however, is done with small plows and rotary brushes.
re: making a living with a bikePyg Me
Apr 4, 2001 9:50 AM
Dont forget Bike Cops. I exclusively ride a bike at work instead of a car. I live in an area that is criss-crossed by an extensive network of hike and bike trails. (About 70 miles worth) I routinely ride 30-35 miles a day. I also hit the areas with singletrack to "patrol." I get no enjoyment out of that whatsoever ;)
where are you? (nm)Haiku d'état
Apr 4, 2001 10:59 AM
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Kingwood (Houston) Texas (nm)Pyg Me
Apr 5, 2001 10:06 AM
Kingwood (Houston) Texas (nm)Gary
Apr 5, 2001 12:38 PM
Hey cool...you're in Houston? Hmmm....I know a bike cop that rides out at IAH. Does some mountain bike racing. His fav bike shop is Bike Lane; that's where I usually see him.
re: making a living with a bikeTypeOne
Apr 5, 2001 11:23 AM
I see lots of guys here in Seattle riding 3-wheeled bike cabs--kind of a rickshaw with pedals--to haul tourists around the waterfront. They don't go very fast or hit many hills, and I see one guy smoking on his breaks between fares. He rings his bell hello when I go by. So they aren't in great shape like the telephone guys or bike police would be, but it would still be kind of a cool job.
Lawn service.Ian
Apr 5, 2001 1:00 PM
I live in FL and there is guy in town who has a lawn service and rides his bike to jobs. He tows his mower and other items behind his bike.