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What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?(37 posts)

What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?tiller
Apr 15, 2001 12:33 PM
Just curious what some of your careers are? And do you still have time to ride after a days work. I love my career as a fireman. We work around 9 24hr shifts per month so we have many days off to ride. We also have 2 hours of mandatory physical training per shift and I often time ride a stationary trainer. Just wondering what some of your cycling friendly careers are? And maybe some of your not so cycling friendly careers are?
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Akirasho
Apr 15, 2001 12:53 PM
Auto industry factory grunt...

While the overtime can be an enormous temptation in many sectors of auto manufacturing... I make a decent enough living to be able to prioritize my time for cycling... even so, because of seniority rules, you could end up working any of the three shifts (one local assembly plant rotates amoung two primary and one secondary shift... yeouch!). Because of this, I built high power, high endurance lighting systems for night rides. I'm gonna get a ride in, one way or another...

I don't know if you'd call my job "cycling friendly" except it allows me to indulge a bit...

Be the bike.
Hey, me, too!4bykn
Apr 16, 2001 8:08 AM
I work at an automotive assembly plant in central Illinois (note:many foreign cars are actually built here in the USA by union workers!). I currently am assigned to second shift, so can ride a couple hours a day when the weather permits. Cycling friendly? I suppose not, I will not ride to work, as my fellow workers see bicycles as toys and are meant to be played with.
Investment GuruPaulCL
Apr 15, 2001 1:04 PM
OK...maybe not quite a guru, but a VP of a regional Investment Firm.
The career allows me to make my own hours, so the job is not the limiting factor when it comes to my riding time. I come into the office two days per week at 9 or 9:30 after doing 30 miles on the bike. I often slip out at lunch for an hour plus of intervals.

My limiting factor is family time. A wife and three children (ages 38,8,6, and 2 1/2). Getting ready for school, soccer games, soccer practice, dance practice, chuckie cheese (god, I hate that place) and just plain family time dominates my off-work life. I am enjoying this stage of life. Pretty soon, the kids won't want so much of Dad's time. Don't get me wrong, I happily give up a few hours a week of saddle time to wrestle with my kids...and wrestling with my wife ain't so bad either!
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Von Zip
Apr 15, 2001 1:09 PM
I'm lucky enough to schedule most of my lessons as a tennis teaching pro, which leaves me time to ride when I like. Cycling is a great form of cross training for tennis.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?I.Y.
Apr 15, 2001 2:16 PM
VP of an international bank (also sponsors a major cycling team). Since I work in Manhattan I find plenty of time to ride in Central Park.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Ian is that you?
Apr 16, 2001 9:50 AM

Is that you? Long time no see at - How are those Colnagos doing? heeeeee heeeeeeee
CelebrityThe Real George
Apr 16, 2001 12:36 PM
I don't know if Roadbikereview readers know hey have a celebrity in their midst. Of course this could be an impersonator. Wouldn't that be ironic?
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?MikeC
Apr 15, 2001 3:36 PM
I was the president of a major public aquarium until a year ago, when I left to start my own attraction referral, marketing, and ticket sales company. Both are high stress, long-hour jobs, so I ride at 5:30 am. Yes, it definitely helps with the stress.
re: Retired....time no problem! (nm)Wessley
Apr 15, 2001 3:49 PM
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?LBS Guy
Apr 15, 2001 5:54 PM
I'm a wrench at the LBS, i have plenty of free time to ride, and i get sweet bikes to ride so its a win win situation. Oh yeah i get even more ride time since my car is in the shop so i ride to work, man life is awesome
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Thioderek
Apr 15, 2001 6:08 PM
I work in a law firm in NYC. I roll out of bed everyday, throw my clothes in my messenger bag and hit the Brooklyn Bridge-what a sight every morning-by 7 am (thank God for casual dress codes). My gym is only a block from work, so I drop stuff off there first. Then I hit Central Park for some laps and head back to the gym to get in some weights. I take a shower there and head to work by 9:30. All told I get in close to 30 miles a day with commute and riding in the park. On the weekends I head out of town to get in some quality riding. It is hard riding through the winter (especially this last one), but you learn to deal with the cold.

There are some days that I will work till 2 or 3 in the morning. I will either take a car service home or actually ride my bike. It all depends on how tired I am. I would like to ride more than I do, but I have built my little routine to fit the bike in enough that I dont feel like I am shortchanging myself. Living in NYC you have to make some sacrifices.
Apr 15, 2001 6:34 PM
Retired, the sky is the limit. I have been down due to a lower back injury and should be back riding soon, weather permitting. Yes, there is life after retirement, the major obstacle is the one between your ears and motivation. Actually riding was more fun when I had a career and just got on my bike and rode when I could get the time in. A good way to releive stress, now I have no stress. Yep, age has it's advantages I'm sad to say. Use it or lose it. Don't stop...
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?bayman
Apr 15, 2001 7:02 PM
Right now I have plenty time to ride, I'm in the Coast Gruard and work 2 days on and 2 off at a station. Come July it's time to go back to sea, most of the time for 48 to 60 days at a time. I guess I'll ride some of the islands down south when I can. I'll just have to make the best of it for the next three years.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?slbenz
Apr 15, 2001 7:16 PM
I'm an independent consultant in sales, marketing and venture capital. Because of my flexible schedule, I usually am able to ride anytime after 5pm or during lunch. It also gives me time with my wife and two sons, ages 3 and 9 months. Someday soon I'll buy a tandem and connect the Burley trailer I have so that the whole family will ride together!
Drafting Consultant...biknben
Apr 15, 2001 7:17 PM
You know the guys who make those nice blueprints of your house? I do that on the computer. Actually I spend most of my time designing cellular towers.

I work as a consultant to large engineering firms. When they get overloaded or need someone with expertise, they call me. The good thing is that if the work gets down they don't care when I do it. I often spend a few hours on the bike during the day and work in the evenings. Unfortunately, I sometimes have a great ride planned and then the phone rings and my plans get thrown out the window. Oh well.
CPA-this time of year, no. But in another 20 hrs...........(nm)Jim Lukens
Apr 15, 2001 7:26 PM
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?boy nigel
Apr 15, 2001 8:07 PM
Interesting post. Thanks.

I was quite pleased to have seen I.Y. and Thioderek from NYC in the responses. Haven't seen too many New Yorkers here.

I'm an editor of a magazine. Mags are notoriously casual with hours. I get in at about 10:30, do my writing and copyediting, and leave at about 6:00 (or come in earlier/leave earlier), so I've got time to ride in the evenings (especially as the light stays around later) and occasionally in the mornings. I usually ride Central Park, but will sometimes do Prospect Park in Brooklyn (my old stomping grounds), and almost always do some 9W-type riding on weekends (got to get away from city traffic). As the sun sticks around more, I'll even do 9W during the week.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Maui
Apr 16, 2001 7:17 PM
boy nigel,

For some reason, I thought that you were from the city. I was just in town a few weeks ago to ride Ringwood, have some sushi at Iso and visit some friends.

I lived there for 6 years, but left the city after buying a chain of retail stores in Cleveland a few years ago.

I hope the Sigma treats you well, and I'm sorry to hear that you're confined to the city riding.

re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Starliner
Apr 15, 2001 8:28 PM
I'm a sometimes struggling artist doing most of my stuff within the California wine industry. Some of my best ideas and solutions to problems came to me during my times on the road. Am divorced with two teenagers every other week, so I can find lots of time to fit in some rides, although my work has grown as of recent and the blocks of free time seem to be getting smaller. I just work later in the night.

I recently got involved with a woman who is an active cyclist, so that helps out too.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Lazy
Apr 15, 2001 8:50 PM
I work at the deathstar (AT&T). Not bad actually. The company is a little stuffy, but I have a great boss who let's me work 4x10. So, I take every Wednesday off as well as the weekends. Couldn't be better. Lot's of time to golf, snowboard, ride, do nothing, etc...
Hey, Lazymike mcmahon
Apr 15, 2001 10:15 PM
Hey, Lazy, your handle seems appropriate for an ATT employee. ;-)

I work in the legal department doing litigation for ATT's sworn enemy, SBC (actually its subsidiary Pacific Bell). After working in a big firm for years, going in-house was a nice life-style change, giving me more time for my family and riding. My job allows me to get out two or three mornings before work. However, with my office in downtown L.A., no showers in or near our building, and the need for a car to get to and from court appearances and depositions, commuting isn't much of an option.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?sbw
Apr 15, 2001 10:16 PM
I'm working as an Senior Executive in a Telecommunication company. I only had chance to ride on Saturday afteroon and Sunday. My working hours is long 9.30 am to 6.00pm. I'll be able to ride in the early morning 6.30 am for an hour but too risky (punture etc).
University ProfessorPsyDoc
Apr 16, 2001 4:25 AM
I am in my third year as a professor at Valdosta State University located in South Georgia. My schedule is typically such that I can get in a good 2 hour ride each day, but that depends a good bit on the semester. For example, each Fall semester I teach a graduate level course that meets on Saturday. The weather down here allows year round cycling, which is an attribute I missed while in grad school in Lexington, Kentucky.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Duane Gran
Apr 16, 2001 4:30 AM
I do web development and programming through my company, which I'm a part owner. I'm one of these young dot-com guys (actually a .net) but since we aren't public and haven't borrowed money we are avoiding the fallout as of late. The site where I do contract work is very flexible about hours, so I can arrive around 7am and leave around 3:30pm, which gives me a good 2-3 hours of riding per day. As it gets warmer I will switch this to morning rides and arrive a bit later. Flex time is wonderful, and every employer should offer it.

The only problem is that owning a business means that you can't entirely "clock out" at will. Sometimes there are burning issues which require my attention. Usually I can put them off until after my evening ride, but every evening involves putting out some fires and addressing some client needs. I'm hoping this aspect of owning a business will settle down a bit as we grow. I can't really complain though. I keep very busy, but I'm still able to put in 15-20 hours of training and race almost every weekend.

I read something interesting about this topic. Consider that there are 168 hours in a week. If you start chipping away from this the things you *have* to do (work, sleep, commute, hygene, etc) it is surprising how much time is really left. If it is carefully planned and there aren't too many curve balls then it becomes clear that the time is really there.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?Mel Erickson
Apr 16, 2001 5:50 AM
Planning Director. Regular 8-5 with many night meetings. Tough to get away. I can flex my schedule somewhat. I start work at 7 or 7:30 on T & Th so I can get in 1-1.5 hours at noon. M-W-F I try and get in an hour each evening if I don't have meetings. Weekends, 2-3 hours each day, if the schedule, work around the house, fly fishing & wife permit. Kids are no problem anymore, both in college. Lukily 10 minutes from my door are wide open, well paved, low traffic county roads for as many miles as I can ride. I can go a month without repeating a route.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?LLSmith
Apr 16, 2001 6:49 AM
Real Estate N.E. Atlanta. It gives me time to ride, but not a scheduled time. I do most of my riding at sunrise or in the evening. Keep the bike in the back of my car with a bag of clothes. When I can I change at the office and head to the park.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?zelig
Apr 16, 2001 8:19 AM
20+ years in finance with Banks in Boston and New York. Hours are long and commuting into NYC from CT (a little under 2 hours door-to-door each way) put a real crimp in mileage. Relocated to London for the World's largest finance company and have been here for the last 2.5 years. I've been able to get in 15 miles a day (get up at 6AM and roll out into the dark), before work and anywhere from 50-100 on weekends. Weather's a bit different from the Northeast and its wetter. However, you can ride through the full year if you don't mind getting wet. Not big on the turbo trainer and prefer playing in traffic. Returning to CT will result in a decrease in cycling.

An opportunity may come up in Tokyo for a 2 year contract. Anyone have any experience living, working and riding in Tokyo?
IT guyIxnixit
Apr 16, 2001 10:16 AM
I manage computer operations for one site in a large (25b) semiconductor firm (guess who.) essentially CIO with 200 people in my department. hours are pre-8am to post 5-pm daily - can ride during daylight savings time after work, otherwise it's the weekend. since I live in the southwest, I can comfortably ride throughout the year, but life also gets in the way. 3 hours on Sat/Sun is the best I can regularly hope for as I have loads of property related responsibilities (2+ acres covered with Appaloosa horses.)
Farmercarbon man
Apr 16, 2001 10:21 AM
Yes, it's true, FARMER. I am 28 and one of the only cyclist in a community of around 6000 people or more. I get to ride anytime the weather lets me in the winter and when it is to wet to work in the field in the spring. But once the crops are in and growing there is always plenty of time to ride in the heat of the summer. Just wish more people rode around the area, people around here are not used to seeing cyclist on the road.
Distribution Center ManagerKen56
Apr 16, 2001 12:55 PM
My hours are basically 8 to 5, 5 days a week. I can get in almost 2 hours on a weekday evening during the height of daylight savings time. Most weekends I can usually ride for a couple of hours each day. I too have property related responsibilities. I am a compulsive gardener and it is difficult to balance two hobbies that conflict with each other. But I usually can get out to ride 4 or 5 days a week, except this time of year when I need to be in the garden nearly every day for the next couple of weeks. I'm fortunate that I can roll right out of my driveway and in 10 minutes I'm riding past farms and rivers through some nice picturesque rural roads. Looking forward to retirement in 3 more years and much more riding.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?DERICK
Apr 16, 2001 1:28 PM
I work in a restaurant as a waitor.I generally don't have to be at work until 5:00 or so. This schedule gives me plenty of time to ride 30 to 50 miles almost every day. Living here in Forida the weather lets me ride throughout the whole year. I would definatley say my job and lifestyle are cycling friendly.
Apr 16, 2001 1:44 PM
nice topic. Currently, i work as a carpenter. It works out pretty good for riding as there is some flexibility. I choose to work 8 hours straight; no breaks and no lunch, and usually get home at 4:15, which leaves time for riding before it gets dark even in the short days of winter. Most carpenters don't have it so good though, as there's normally alot of time spent traveling to job sites. It also gets old explaining to people I work with that when i say i'm going to ride my bike, i actually mean a bike and not a motorcycle. later.
2nd shift is greatErik Welch
Apr 16, 2001 3:06 PM
I'm a test technitian for a company that makes printers. I consider it just a job, not a career. I work 40 hrs. a week and avoid overtime if at all possible. I live well within my means. My work hours are 3 pm to 11:30 pm. I usually go to sleep as soon as I get home and get up around 7:30 or so. I have the whole day to ride if I want (which is great in the winter with the early sunsets). I try not to exaust myself during the day, but if I do I don't mind dragging a little at work. I'd rather wear myself out doing what I enjoy then wear myself out at work.
Not sure right now on either count ...Humma Hah
Apr 16, 2001 3:43 PM
I'm in the process of changing careers from nuclear rocket scientist to -- uh -- something else. Don't quite know what yet.

My job had me living on the wrong coast from my wife, but left my weekends open of all the riding I could stand. My commute was only a mile each way, hardly enough to count. My hours were pretty long so I did little weekday riding.

If I end up as a consultant/writer, I'll probably have time to ride a little on weekdays, but will usually do other things with my wife on weekends.

If I end up with an "honest job" I'll probably end up doing most of my riding as commuting.
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?look271
Apr 16, 2001 6:21 PM
I'm a medical technologist in charge of the evening and night shifts at a hospital system in Harrisburg, PA. Working 330pm to 12midnight allows me to ride during the day, as well as commuting to and from work. Now, if I could only get rid of the wife and kids.....
re: What is your career? And does it give you time to ride?HansNIgor
Apr 17, 2001 8:47 PM
diesel fitter -- my buddy is a crotch seamtress. His job is to sew the crotches into panty hose. My job is to take the freshly sewn panty hose, stretch them over my head and yell "diesel fitter". Because we work such long stressful hours, we don't have time to eat or sleep -- so we just ride! If we didn't need the money to fix our bicycles, we wouldn't work either -- we would just ride even more!