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Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?(26 posts)

Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?zeeno
Aug 13, 2002 1:29 PM
I was just curious if there is very many blue collar people out there that are into road cycling and racing? It seems that most of the guys that are into this sport call thier work place "the office". I'm an airline mechanic but really love the sport. Take Care, Zeeno
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?tmotz
Aug 13, 2002 1:44 PM
I made auto parts for the big 3.At work I climb all over machines smelling like oil and hydraulic fliud.The closest I have to an office would be the mens room.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?roadcyclist
Aug 13, 2002 1:57 PM
I'm a letter carrier for USPS (actually wear a blue collar).
Been riding for about 25 years - I raced on the road back in the day (Cat 3 pack fodder), on the track (Cat 4 pack fodder), I've toured (bicycle camping and Inn-to-Inn), occasionally commute (22 miles each way). I was into mountain biking way before it became popular. Now mostly I just ride for fun, although I'm getting my 12-year-old into it by riding together on a tandem. Oh, so the wife doesn't feel slighted - our honeymoon (20 years ago) was a tandem bike tour in Vermont.
Since your employer sponsors a cycling team,Fez
Aug 13, 2002 2:16 PM
do they extend some of the perks to the letter carriers?

Maybe a special discount on team issue gear, Shimano parts, OCLV frames, you get the idea... Maybe a flex schedule to allow for some riding as well?
Since your employer sponsors a cycling team,roadcyclist
Aug 14, 2002 4:43 AM
NO discount, NO schedule flexibility, can't even get a poster or a cap. Pretty much, the working stiffs at USPS have NO clue about the team, and those that do (except cyclists) are against the sponsorship considering we have to fight for abysmal raises (1st contract in 14 years that didn't have to go to arbitration, we got 1.8% raise).
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?Akirasho
Aug 13, 2002 2:35 PM
...factory floor grunt for a Major OEM auto parts supplier... it payz da billz...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?GregJ
Aug 13, 2002 3:34 PM
Self-employed housepainter here. I have raced a bit and have been riding for over 20 years. On my small weekend group ride, I regularly see 2 teamsters(bus and UPS drivers), and a carpenter. Mostly we are outnumbered by white collar types though. I have always gotten a kick out of how active this board is during the daytime, and how quiet it can be in the evening.
Does computer tech support countPhatMatt
Aug 13, 2002 3:45 PM
I am a tech suport person for a telcomm, it that counts.
I wear a blue collar everyday ... above my silver badge andj-son
Aug 13, 2002 3:47 PM
black Glock. I have also always been amused by how busy this site is during "regular" working hours. I generally log in between those same bankers' hours. But then I go to work at 2000 hours (8 pm for those of you who don't wear a uniform to work) and get off at 0400 (four in the mornin').

I actually think this is a very egalitarian sport. In my area, several other police officers ride, a few attorneys (the district attorney is a very active cyclist), a doctor or two, numerous college students (I live in a college town), and a few construction workers (the actual nail-drivers, not the construction engineers wearing hardhats and shortsleeve dress shirts).

What other sport (besides running) is the cost of pro level gear so low? Just about any middle class schmoe can afford (granted, with a bit of carefull penny pinching and observant online purchasing) a truly elite 'good as it gets' bike.

Also, cyclists tend to be pretty open and tolerant, at least on the road. The only time I've been made to feel less than welcome on a ride was when I happened upon some college kids riding mountain bikes in the woods. We rode together for a while and chatted a bit. They wheedled it out of me that I was an officer (I don't openly broadcast this fact) and the conversation died down immeasurably. Go figure ; )

Hey brother in law.Pygme
Aug 13, 2002 6:53 PM
I would be one also. Houston PD.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?TREKY
Aug 13, 2002 4:03 PM
Electronic technician for a Telecommunications company.I also ride with an airline mechanic and a truck driver for UPS.
Pretty sure I qualifySoultrain
Aug 13, 2002 4:50 PM
second class petty officer(E5) Enlisted in the Navy for almost 4 years. I'm always in a blue collar. I Administrate a calibration lab overseas, for Calibration and repair of mostly electronic test equipment, some torque, force and dimensional items, pressure gages, and some misc stuff.
Get my hands dirty every day. Have quite a few friends that are into the sport as well. just converted a couple of buddies from running to cycling. The two guys just got their reinlistment bonuses, so they bought new NICE bikes.
Been too busy to get in a lot of riding latlely as you can probably imagine.
I have been subsidizing my riding with gym work and I do have a healthy sprint now. My enlistment is up in two months and I plan to start going to college, Gotta love the 45,000 from the govt for school.
Take care,
Daniel H.
Pretty sure I qualifybear
Aug 13, 2002 5:43 PM
Plumber/construction for a gas utility company.......very blue colar!!!
Count me in.IAM
Aug 13, 2002 6:50 PM
Working shifts and swinging sheet metal at GM counts doesn't it.

I posted a lot here last winter but now that the nice weather is here I don't have the time because I am either riding or doing yard work. I still look in regularly and you can tell who of us has the time to post at work(office). I'll spend more time here when the weather turns cold again.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?AC55
Aug 13, 2002 7:02 PM
Journeyman Ironworker here allthough I love to mountainbike I've just started to road ride.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?supercorsa
Aug 13, 2002 8:46 PM

tech in the semiconductor industry. describe myself to folks as "a very clean mechanic". lots of cyclists here at work; racers, commuters, roadies, off-roadies. most of us do it all. i've been riding seriously for almost 35 years, currently sporting a stable of 8 machines that are all over the map.

my fiancee' is a nurse, so she qualifies as blue collar too. she was a mtb-only type when i met her, one ride on the ex's ciocc and she was hooked. now she's got her very own gios and absolutely loves road riding. another convert!

keep the rubber side down, eric.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?rbb
Aug 14, 2002 3:53 AM
I used to be. I was a toolmaker(moldmaker) right from graduation of high school and did it for four years(too long) working anywhere from 45 to 65 hours a week!! I had enough of that crap and started going to school at night to be a geographic information specialist. I now sit at the computer for 8hrs. a day and get paid much better!! i'm glad the forum is available for some breaks in the monotiny(sp?)!!
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?mfuchs1
Aug 14, 2002 4:06 AM
Another airline mechanic here. Who do you work for and where? I'm in Atlanta at Delta Techops.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?zeeno
Aug 16, 2002 3:59 PM
I work in Portland, OR Line Maintenance for Alaska Airlines, 14 years. Moved down here from Seattle about a year ago. Nicer people, less traffic, great road and MTB riding around here.
supervise Teamsters + AFSMEoff roadie
Aug 14, 2002 7:05 AM
I got kicked up to management maybe 9 months ago, so now I'm in the state clerical union, but the position I used to hold is Teamster or AFSME. I run an area where we take care of lab animals for sceintists- basically, I'm a glorified head stable hand, except its mice instead of horses. I liked the job more when I wasn't managment, but it was boring as hell. Now I have a computer and an office that literally was a storage closet, but I'm still handling rat poop (literally) pretty often.
re: Are there any "Blue Collar" roadies out there?mackgoo
Aug 14, 2002 7:09 AM
Chem tech at a nuc. Can you say Hommer?
"Blue Collar" guy trapped in a "White Collar" world.94Nole
Aug 14, 2002 11:12 AM
I am currently a CPA and hate it. Thought I had to keep up with the wife's educated family. Stupid me.

6½ years in the woodyard of a papermill then 4 years enlisted in the active US Air Force + 4 years in the Reserves while in school.

Blue collar life is generally so simple and fun. I have found that most white collar weinies are generally such fake people.

Oh, to be blue collar again. At 42, too late to turn back.
"Blue Collar" guy trapped in a "White Collar" world.rbb
Aug 15, 2002 3:58 AM
94nole- you speak such truth!! I'm 22 and have found out already about the pros/cons of blue collar vs. white collar and am utterly confused!! I have much more time to ride now that i sit in front of the computer but find i'm bored as hell and not very happy without the comrardarie(sp?) of "the guys"!! I long for the day when i can open my own bike shop and reap the benefits of both worlds!! Take care
"Blue Collar" guy trapped in a "White Collar" world.tmotz
Aug 15, 2002 9:23 AM
Its never to late to be happy.
Money is one thing but happiness is another.
Bicycling is Relatively Expensive so it is LimitedMaartin
Aug 15, 2002 8:36 AM
Bicycling appeal is limited by the high relative cost. I know some people do not think so but by the time you have a decent bike, clothes shoes, cleats etc you are at $4,000 to $5,000
Yuppy mentality............zeeno
Aug 16, 2002 4:06 PM
You don't have to spend near that much to have a great bike,good gear and still have fun. It's just that Yuppy mentality that says you gotta have the latest and greatest stuff.