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I love my job!

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 27, 2012 14:54 pm

After spending all of my working life in various office jobs (marketing, merchandising, sales etc) I now have what seems to be my dream job.

I am now a Bikeability Cycle Training Instructor, teaching people how to ride (sometimes from scratch) up to riding out on the road in traffic.
Last week an eight year old girl came in on Monday with her bike on stabilisers.
I took those off straight away and spent a little while getting her on two wheels. Next was getting her riding where she actually wanted to go. Then one handed (so that she could signal) and how to do shoulder checks. After that it was out on the road and how to do all of the proper checks (passing side roads, making eye contact with other road users etc) and road positioning (junctions and out of the door zone). Lots of games to make it all fun and learning stuff even when they didn't know they were learning e.g. slow races to learn control.
By Friday we rode from her school in Marylebone up to London Zoo to have a look at the Giraffes and then into Regents Park for a hot chocolate in a cafe before going back to school.
Her confidence blossomed as she went from the weakest cyclist in the group to one of the strongest.
She may not remember me in decades to come, but hopefully she will remember the lessons I've taught her and will have a lifetime safely and happily cycling. This makes me happy.

A few weeks ago I was cycling with a ~70 year old woman who hadn't cycled for over 50 years and wanted to be able to go riding with her grand-daughter. It really is like riding a bike. She was going in no time and just needed some support/guidance. At the end of the session she was met by her son and telling him to meet her in the park with his daughter the next day so that they could all ride together. This makes me happy.

So far this week I've been soaked to the skin both days and freezing cold but I've loved it.

I love my job and rue all of the years I spent in an office, shuffling paper around, making/taking phone calls and trying to stay awake in meetings.

Who else can say that they love their job?
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Re: I love my job!

Postby Tricycleboy » Tue Nov 27, 2012 14:59 pm

Nope.

Want out- reading your post makes me think i really need to get this organised.

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Re: I love my job!

Postby RobertSims » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:03 pm

Love this story
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Re: I love my job!

Postby rubertoe » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:04 pm

I certainly dont!

Nice one though EKE, it certainly sounds as though you do.
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Re: I love my job!

Postby msmancunia » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:05 pm

That's ace!

(please can you teach me to ride one-handed?)
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Re: I love my job!

Postby TailWindHome » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:06 pm

There are a lot of cons to having kids - I have 4.

They are all balanced by the special moments. Teaching them to ride a bike is up there with the best of them.



2 questions

1- Can you make a 'living' doing this?
2- When you say - remove stabilisers do you mean as a balance bike or straight to pedalling?
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Re: I love my job!

Postby CiB » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:10 pm

An eight year old on stabilisers? What's the world coming to?

Sounds like a good job, although I did wonder where the tale was going when you announced that you'd taken her to the zoo... :wink:

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Re: I love my job!

Postby TailWindHome » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:15 pm

CiB wrote:An eight year old on stabilisers? What's the world coming to?



Not to indulge in Daily Mail cliches but I think it's a symptom of single parent families.

Dad isn't there to do these things



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Re: I love my job!

Postby Veronese68 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:31 pm

Where's the like button?
Really pleased to here this, good for you. I normally enjoy my work in spite of the odd gripe. But the last few days I've really felt like I'm banging my head against the wall.

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Re: I love my job!

Postby Greg66 Tri v2.0 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:38 pm

Anything you like that much is not, by definition, a proper job.

Ergo, you don't commute any more. You have nothing to commute to.

So bugger off out of here and stop making us all feel bad about our lives.

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Re: I love my job!

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:50 pm

msmancunia wrote:That's ace!

(please can you teach me to ride one-handed?)


You can't ride one-handed?! How do you signal?
Yes I can. Here goes:
Whilst riding, sit very upright (this shifts your weight back a little and makes balancing easier).
Lift one hand a little off the handle bar (we're talking millimetres here).
Look at where you want to go.
Keep pedalling as you lift your hand.

You WILL wobble. When you do, grip the handle bar as usual, get your balance again and get back on line.
Try again.
Try again.
Eventually you will go further between wobbles so lift your hand further from the handle bar.
Keep practicing.
Don't forget to do this with both hands, its no good being perfect riding with only your left hand on the bar and then all wobbly with riding with only your right hand of the bar.
TailWindHome wrote:There are a lot of cons to having kids - I have 4.

They are all balanced by the special moments. Teaching them to ride a bike is up there with the best of them.



2 questions

1- Can you make a 'living' doing this?
2- When you say - remove stabilisers do you mean as a balance bike or straight to pedalling?

1: I have definitely taken a cut in my salary. Buying a yacht is even further away than it was before (and it was never very close at all).
I'm new to it and it has been hard getting started, but I've made some good contacts so things should be better going forward. I've just been getting into the swing of things and now the seasonal lull is kicking in.
All of the other instructors I've spoken to say it is a very seasonal job. Crazy busy in summer, thumb twiddling in winter.
I doubt I could be doing this if I had four kids and a mortgage to pay.
2: Stabilisers and pedals off.
About a quarter of an hour doing the balance bike thing (a slight slope to roll down helps). From walking to scooting to running then pedals back on and time to learn how to put the pedalling (which they already know how to do) and balancing together.


I was at a party over the weekend and the cyclists all found each other and started talking bikes. Eventually someone asked me what I did for a living and I told them. One said "I didn't know that job existed. It must be great teaching kids how to ride all day."
He was right, it is, but most of the kids can already ride so my job is about teaching them how to ride safely on the road, so I spend a lot of time shouting at them to cover their brakes, to not use their feet to stop, to do shoulder checks before changing direction/stopping etc.

TailWindHome wrote:
CiB wrote:An eight year old on stabilisers? What's the world coming to?



Not to indulge in Daily Mail cliches but I think it's a symptom of single parent families.

Dad isn't there to do these things



(Christ only knows who puts the bin out)

Both parents still together, neither of them can ride.
All of my nephews and nieces (5 kids between my three siblings) are in single parent families and the four older ones can ride well. The youngest one is three and a bit but is riding on stabilisers (error in my opinion). I didn't teach any of them how to ride.
Like so many things in life, it depends on the parent/s, not the make up of the family.
Stop using the Daily Fail to form your opinions.
Greg66 Tri v2.0 wrote:Anything you like that much is not, by definition, a proper job.

Ergo, you don't commute any more. You have nothing to commute to.

So bugger off out of here and stop making us all feel bad about our lives.

Git.

Old Chinese proverb wrote: Find a job you enjoy doing and you'll never work a day in your life.

It certainly felt like a commute when I was cycling in the rain at 7:45am knowing that I had another hour on the bike and riding in primary to stop idiot drivers cutting me up.
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Re: I love my job!

Postby TailWindHome » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:05 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:
TailWindHome wrote:
CiB wrote:An eight year old on stabilisers? What's the world coming to?



Not to indulge in Daily Mail cliches but I think it's a symptom of single parent families.

Dad isn't there to do these things



(Christ only knows who puts the bin out)

Both parents still together, neither can ride. All of my nephews and neices (5 kids between my three siblings) are in single parent families and the four older ones can ride well. The youngest one is three and a bit but is riding on stabilisers (error in my opinion). I didn't teach any of them how to ride.
Like so many things in life, it depends on the parent/s, not the make up of the family.
Stop using the Daily Fail to form your opinions.



I don't read the Daily Mail. It was a fairly throw away comment.

I form opinions partly on observation of what I see around me.

It would be foolish to suggest that this then applies to all 20 odd million kids in the UK. I didn't.


EDIT - Their local council is probably run by the Looney Left. Right thinking people wouldn't allow two non cyclists to procreate.....they probably got some sort of grant
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Re: I love my job!

Postby CiB » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:10 pm

EKE - I spent an enjoyable couple of hours in A&E on Saturday so used it wisely by re-reading most of Cyclecraft. It's v good, esp the bit for parents that recommends not putting stabilisers on the bike, just make them do it right first time. I'd heartily recommend you buy a copy of this excellent book. :wink:

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Re: I love my job!

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:12 pm

TailWindHome wrote:
EKE_38BPM wrote:
TailWindHome wrote:
CiB wrote:An eight year old on stabilisers? What's the world coming to?



Not to indulge in Daily Mail cliches but I think it's a symptom of single parent families.

Dad isn't there to do these things



(Christ only knows who puts the bin out)

Both parents still together, neither can ride. All of my nephews and neices (5 kids between my three siblings) are in single parent families and the four older ones can ride well. The youngest one is three and a bit but is riding on stabilisers (error in my opinion). I didn't teach any of them how to ride.
Like so many things in life, it depends on the parent/s, not the make up of the family.
Stop using the Daily Fail to form your opinions.



I don't read the Daily Mail. It was a fairly throw away comment.

I form opinions partly on observation of what I see around me.

It would be foolish to suggest that this then applies to all 20 odd million kids in the UK. I didn't.


Good.
There are a lot of single parents in my friends and family so I get a bit 'knee-jerk' in my reaction to statements about single parent families. Amongst my single parent circle of friends and family, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the 'kids' are above the national average for degrees (many have Masters degrees) and NONE have any criminal records or habits. Most of them grew up in council houses.
It is about the quality of the parenting, not the number of parents in the house.
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Re: I love my job!

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:16 pm

CiB wrote:EKE - I spent an enjoyable couple of hours in A&E on Saturday so used it wisely by re-reading most of Cyclecraft. It's v good, esp the bit for parents that recommends not putting stabilisers on the bike, just make them do it right first time. I'd heartily recommend you buy a copy of this excellent book. :wink:


I see your Cyclecraft and raise you a Tales Of The Road. Its the DfT's 'highway code for kids'.

One of the things that points out the kids who learnt on stabilisers is them sitting on the saddle and putting both feet on the pedals simultaneously. They literally have to be taught how to sit on a bike without it (and them) falling over.
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Re: I love my job!

Postby mudcow007 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:16 pm

msmancunia wrote:That's ace!

(please can you teach me to ride one-handed?)


just lean back slightly

faster you go more stable the bike it
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Re: I love my job!

Postby bushu » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:23 pm

Sister used to-do such things, personally i'd get fat snacking on those little munchkins :?
Having a depressing lul at work, but at least the systems I setup does as i tells em :x

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Re: I love my job!

Postby TailWindHome » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:29 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:
msmancunia wrote:That's ace!

(please can you teach me to ride one-handed?)


You can't ride one-handed?! How do you signal?
Yes I can. Here goes:
Whilst riding, sit very upright (this shifts your weight back a little and makes balancing easier).
Lift one hand a little off the handle bar (we're talking millimetres here).
Look at where you want to go.
Keep pedalling as you lift your hand.

You WILL wobble. When you do, grip the handle bar as usual, get your balance again and get back on line.
Try again.
Try again.
Eventually you will go further between wobbles so lift your hand further from the handle bar.
Keep practicing.
Don't forget to do this with both hands, its no good being perfect riding with only your left hand on the bar and then all wobbly with riding with only your right hand of the bar..



Funny just thinking about that this morning. Or rather how I could learn to 'undress' while riding - ie taking off a gillet and stuffing it the the jersey pocket while riding.

Presumably the technique is the same?
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Re: I love my job!

Postby TheStone » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:29 pm

Sounds like a great job, but I'm gonna be really miserable here and ask how is it paid for?

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Re: I love my job!

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:38 pm

TheStone wrote:Sounds like a great job, but I'm gonna be really miserable here and ask how is it paid for?


I'm freelance and the companies I work for have contracts with local councils, so it is the councils who pay for it.
I am also in contact with a bike manufacturer and hope to become their Bikeability trainer, teaching their customers who want to start riding to work. I imagine this will be more lucrative but more sporadic.
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