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Leaving the 9 to 5 world(11 posts)

Leaving the 9 to 5 worldAlpedhuez55
Aug 29, 2003 8:15 AM
I have been working customer service call centers for more than a decade now. It is not the worst job, but it can be pretty stressful. It seems like all I do is get calls from people complaing about the payment on their insurance claims. I have felt burnt out for the last year. I am putting that behind me though.

I am starting Tuesday as a manager at the Cycling Department for Decathlon Sports. They are big French Based Sports Retailer in Europe but only have about 20 stores in the US. They also make the bikes ridden buy Cofidis & AG2R. THey have some pretty good bikes. The road bikes are pretty sweet. We actually have a bike on display ridden to a stage win by Jaan Kirsipuu in last years tour. THe mountain bikes and hybrids seem to be a good value too. There may be a Decathlon hard tail MTB in the near future for me.

I will be managing their only store in North America that sells bikes but will help open more stores to bikes in the next year. It is actually like a self contained shop with a full service area. There seems to be a good chance for growth. I have never worked in a bike shop before so this will be a pretty big change. The retail hours will take some getting used to. But it will be nice to not be tethered to a phone sitting in an uncomfortable chair all day!!! I just hope I keep the same passion I have for bikes when I am around them 40 hours a week.

Mike Y.
congrats nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 29, 2003 8:25 AM
the grass is always greenergtx
Aug 29, 2003 8:32 AM
having done both types of work--cubicle and bike shop--all I can say is I hope you're not taking too big of a pay cut. Good luck!
the grass is always greenerAlpedhuez55
Aug 29, 2003 8:43 AM
Actually, I did not have to take a pay cut. With bonus it should be a modest increase. I will lose out on a week of vacation and will have to pay more for my health insurance though. I have worked retail before part time. I enjoy it more than than office work. I was once offered a spot in the Management trainee program at Macy's but money was an issue. Here the money was not an issue.

Mike Y.
Aug 29, 2003 8:49 AM
well, I always figure change is good. And at bike shops you usually end up working with a fun group of people. Keep us informed to how it goes.
So how you gonna react whenOldEdScott
Aug 29, 2003 8:55 AM
we all come trooping in and ask you to price match Colorado Cyclist?

Thumbs up on the change. There's nothing more deadening that being in a job you've burned out on.
So how you gonna react whenAlpedhuez55
Aug 29, 2003 9:44 AM
Actually, they beat mail order on some of the items. I went in and bought a pair of Look Pedals for $45. The best mail order I found on them was $60. I was in the shop to check it out and get a few things. THe the product manager was there and started asking my opinion on things. As I was leaving he asked me for a resume. It really was an opportunity that fell into my lap.

They also have some sweet deals on clothes. $12.99 shorts and $19.99 on bibs for the cheap ones. They have some real nice pro line bibs for $35 if you do not mind the sublimated decathlon logo.

It was time for a change. It is a bit of a risk, but I think I will enjoy woking in the industry.

Mike Y.
Decathlon bikesTri_Rich
Sep 2, 2003 6:41 AM
I really liked the time trial bikes from the tour, were they Decathlons or (heaven forbid)rebadged?

If the are Decathlons can we get an RBR discount, you know market exposure etc.

Decathlon bikesAlpedhuez55
Sep 2, 2003 5:37 PM
I am not sure about the TT bikes but would not be suprised if they are rebadged. We do sell the aluminum road bikes. They use Dedacciai tubes. THey are only selling complete bikes at the moment. Today was my first day. I have not had the chance to ride them yet.

The bikes seem to be well made. They compare favorably to other bikes in the price points. They have some of those flat bared road bikes that are being sold in Europe that look pretty good. I also like one of the full suspendion MTB's I saw in the catalog. I hope they import that one soon.

We have some great deals on clothes. $12.99 shorts and $19.99 bibs. They are on sale 30% off at the moment so if you are near Boston, check them out. Burlington is the only store at the moment with bikes, but most of the other stores will stock some of the clothes.

Mike Y.
Happy Trails...PdxMark
Aug 29, 2003 9:38 AM
It sounds like a nice change. I'll be looking around for Decathlons on the road. Good luck.
re: Leaving the 9 to 5 worldspankdoggie
Aug 29, 2003 11:25 AM
That sounds really good Alpedhuez. I hope it works out for you. It sounds like it will. Take care.