Anyone broken free from professional life? Warning: rant

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  • Do you also play bike polo? ;)

  • Keep meaning to drop in at some point, looks like a tidy little shop. Congrats on finding your way :)

  • We’re fair weather polo players, April-September...

  • Thanks mate. Come by for a coffee some time.

  • @cycleclinic Congrats. That sounds amazing. Looking to make a similar move to you guys at some point soon. Really inspirational and glad you guys derive some joy out of it.

  • Thanks for this, I've been at Brixton Cycles since the summer, initially only for 10 weeks but I'm still there and all thanks to ya!

    Did 5 years in the City, as a structured finance analyst then promoted to deal closing analyst. Decided I wanted some time off, why not give bike spannering a go and went for it.

    It was not all smooth sailing, was initially offered a place to start my own bike shop, the day I was supposed to take the keys, Mr. A told me Mr. B said the space has been given to someone else, rang Mr. B and apparently Mr. A said the space was given to someone else.

    Did some shifts at a few bike shops prior too, 2 ghosted me after less than a handful of shifts, the other was just pure toxic - racist, homophobic, misogynistic owners and yeah 'they can only afford to pay me £8.40/hour'.

    I'm loving it at BC, 8-6 is fine (done more than that before...), quirky and demanding clients (pretty used to screaming and swearing bankers, doesn't faze me at all), working with bikes is a dream come true!

  • I have gone from being the least civil civil servant to a contended cycling instructor and these days I specialise in training instructors and teaching maintenance.

    I was at a jump or be pushed moment in my old work and was lucky to work for CTUK where I was keen to take opportunities to develop and they let me do so. Now I work freelance but get to chose when I work and do loads of fun stuff. Recently all cycle training trainers had to undergo retraining and one of the companies I freelance for paid for my retraining. As an instructor trainer there have been other things come my way. Developing new training products, working on pilot schemes and a lot of mentoring and support work.

    Last year was a bit of a hiatus from training work, just doing little bits as I was project managing building work. Now the building work is almost wound up I set myself goals of days per month and income for the year. Plan was to gradually ramp up the work and had clear goals as to where I wanted to be by the middle of the year. After the first month I had already met my June target for monthly income and am working less days than I expected. Last week more options were offered to me and again I am being given more training to deliver additional products (one of which I did consultancy on during its development).

    TLDR I am amazingly lucky and have found sustainable income at a gentle rate. Doing work you love is worth a pay cut.

  • Doing work you love is worth a pay cut

    It’s worth more than it’s weight in gold

  • I am working in Cardiff next week

  • Come by and say hi. I’m literally always there.

  • Could anyone point me in the direction of cycle coaching and cycle mechanic courses for some research? I'm currently in Spain and thinking of going down to some LBSs to propose an apprenticeship.

  • The main UK cycle mechanic qualifications are City and Guilds or Cytech; I don't know about coaching. No idea what the Euro equivalents are.

  • Butternut Bikes - anyone on here ? Great to see - smart to set up in a furloughed pub too.

  • One of them is part of my local mutual aid group...

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