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What does everyone do for a living?(26 posts)

What does everyone do for a living?Americano Cyclepop
May 9, 2002 5:40 AM
I need to find out so that I can afford this great sport!!
not importantDougSloan
May 9, 2002 5:44 AM
It's not so much a matter of what you make, but what other things you spend money on -- priorities. I've seen plenty of students and low wage people do very well in the sport.

Plus, and this might sound strange coming from me, you don't need a $6,000 bike to have fun and be competitive. A used $1,000 bike will do fine. Most of the money spent on this sport is not necessary, but pure icing on the cake, hobbiest stuff, or maybe gaining very, very small increments of speed.
well said (nm)Jekyll
May 9, 2002 6:04 AM
not importanttanman
May 9, 2002 6:09 AM
Agreed. I started riding when I was a student on a Trek 830 mountain bike--paid about $300. It was the most fun, so from there the sport grew for me. From seeing ads and auctions, you can probably get a good used bike (albeit not top of line, state of the art) for $500-1000.

Try to separate the "stuff" from the sport--the marketing companies out there are trying to confuse cyclists with the notion that the equipment IS the sport, when the reality is that the equipment allows us to enjoy the sport. About a year ago, Bicycling profiled a man who had ridden something like a milion miles--and he rode a basic road bike, nothing fancy or hi-tech. A few years ago, "Winning" did a series of articles taking a stock Bridgestone for racing. A conclusion was that you could get a very raceable bike without going hog-wild on all the latest equipment. See:

Hope this helps.
re: What does everyone do for a living?RadicalRonPruitt
May 9, 2002 5:47 AM
None of your bizwax.
re: post on this board?cyclopathic
May 9, 2002 5:51 AM
I am lost why anyone would have to work for living, we do it for fun 8-P
Post On This BoardRadicalRonPruitt
May 9, 2002 5:57 AM
That is my job. I post on this board as many others who sit in a cubicle all day hoping not to get caught by some snotty nose manager who is barely 13 years old.
Adult film star. Shaved legs look great on camera.Quack
May 9, 2002 6:14 AM
Work is a four letter wordDrSchu
May 9, 2002 6:19 AM
All I know is that it keeps me from riding as much a I would like!!!
Agree with everyone else...and I am experienced in spending way more than I should have...

It doesn't take alot of money, it takes alot of heart.
work keeps me from riding...Wannabe
May 9, 2002 6:24 AM
Just this morning on my way in I was thinking how nice it would be to have say a 3rd shift job so I could ride in the afternoons everyday...

Well, it was a thought...

Yes.. Work interferes with my life. (NM)High Gear
May 9, 2002 5:33 PM
Work is a four letter word- YES IT IS!RadicalRonPruitt
May 9, 2002 6:34 AM
re: What does everyone do for a living?t-bill
May 9, 2002 7:07 AM
I am a shepherd. I post on this board from my PDA, as I watch over my flock.
Now thats funny! Thanks (nm)grandemamou
May 9, 2002 9:12 AM
Started out in cucumber waxing. Nowdesign diesel swizzle sticks.128
May 9, 2002 7:15 AM
I'l apologize for the group for the sound rebuke to a rather innocent (seeming) question. Look at that 'who's who" thread under WOW! HOT TOPIC! thread above for more smart a** answers to your query....
That's where the hardcore voyeurs hang...
Proud of My Joblacofd33
May 9, 2002 7:33 AM
I have the best job in the world. Firefighter. No job out there that is more rewarding.
where are you a firefighter?nyedid
May 9, 2002 8:15 AM
where are you a firefighter? i'm search and rescue in new mexico. been at the fires near us?
I'm a petroleum engineer and part time SUV salesman (nm)grandemamou
May 9, 2002 8:35 AM
re: What does everyone do for a living?netso
May 9, 2002 8:56 AM
I am Superintendent of Public Works for a small municipality in Florida. I am 59 going on 60, this is my retirement job because it allows me time to ride my bicycle.
I live only 5 minutes from work.
Defender of FreedomJoshua
May 9, 2002 10:50 AM
In the United States Navy, however I have spent a majority of my time stationed with Marines. Great "job" but the pay could be better.
Wouldn't happen tograndemamou
May 9, 2002 11:03 AM
be a corpsman?
Yep i'm a corpsman (nm)Joshua
May 9, 2002 11:36 AM
Cool so wasgrandemamou
May 10, 2002 4:00 AM
I in another life, 84-88. Spent a little time with the Marines myself most of the time in Rota, Spain. There were quite a few corpsman who rode. Thats where I picked up this nasty habit.
Air Force pilot...DT
May 9, 2002 11:01 AM
...just graduated from pilot training, and am on my way to Germany for the next 4 years to fly generals around in the C-21 Learjet, a small business jet. I could have flown fighters if I wanted to, but, as far as I know, Yakima doesn't make a rack for an F-16! I was enlisted in Air Force Special Ops for 10 years before I got my commission...all those guys calling in air strikes in Afghanistan lately are my buddies from my prior hat's off to all of them!
Bong Test Pilotgrzy
May 9, 2002 2:04 PM
Well, not really, I'm an engineer. Off hand my first reaction would be to advocate some sort of professional occupation (i.e doctor, lawyer, engineer), but having made it to the "ripe old age of 40" I think it's more important that you pursue something that you really like, _but_ can still make a living at. Being a bong test pilot isn't one of them - even though some may love it. However, you can mkae it as an artist if you're tallented, committed, and patient. I've met great people riding all sorts of bikes from many walks of life. The only thing that really seems to be common is a great attitude. In contrast some folks with the high dollar/stress jobs may drive swank cars and exotic bikes but they aren't necessarily very happy. They collect material stuff like it's the key to happiness and never realize that the best things in life aren't things. Many of my buds from B-school are grinding it out in NYC and have gained an alarming amount of weight, are in poor shape, and are right on track for a divorce and a heart attack. Of course they look at me as some sort of hedonistic slacker. No one ever went to the grave wishing they'd spent more time at the office. This will all come home to you when you get dropped by a middle aged mom riding an ordinary bike with a huge smile on her face - not that it happens that often.
Hey, I represent that remark!!theBreeze
May 9, 2002 6:34 PM
I am a real-live middle aged mom, OK, maybe not on an "ordinary" bike. You bet your A55 I could drop you on a ride, and love doing it. That's where the huge smile comes from!
Seriously, today I realized my favorite thing about riding as I was out of the saddle powering up the last stretch of a monster hill today. When I am really cookin' on the bike all labels are gone, I'm not Mom, wife, even female. I am simply a strong human body; bone, muscle, heart and lungs. All else is delusion.