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    Hey all,

    This week, I worked with my cousin for around 4 days, harvesting pecans in our area. We then sold the pecans (REALLY good price this year) and I ended up making a cool $400 that'll go towards a new bike. 400 bucks in 4 days isn't so bad, especially considering what the reward will be!

    This got me thinking, and I think it'd be interesting to know: what strategies (crazy or mundane) do you all use to make some extra cash to feed your mtb addiction?

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    ....Fine, you got me...

    I'm at the corner on Monday and Wednesday nights..... The ladies love those cyclist's thighs.
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    I have this neat little business where I send people a bogus check for too much money from a Craigs List ad, then ask them too send me the xtra back. The only drawback is I have to move around a lot.

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    Ebay, it may look like junk, but someone out there wants it.

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    I have no really good ones, that's why I'm still poor..................

    I play the stock market too, and that is also why I'm still poor.....

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    I work at a bike shop on the weekends...Employee Purchase is the shizzle.

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    I knew that response was coming, Erik...it was just a matter of who went there first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    I knew that response was coming, Erik...it was just a matter of who went there first.
    Are you saying that I was baited?
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    Easy. I stay single and childless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245
    Are you saying that I was baited?
    Not exactly. I was just thinking of what I would say if asked the question...and I knew somebody else would think the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkslide18
    Easy. I stay single and childless.
    I'm not so sure about single myself...but childless is the way to go!

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    Ditto

    Quote Originally Posted by yoohoo
    I work at a bike shop on the weekends...Employee Purchase is the shizzle.
    I too work at a bike shop on the weekends. Trying to keep from wanting to buy every new toy that hits the market is work in it self!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoohoo
    I work at a bike shop on the weekends...Employee Purchase is the shizzle.
    I too work at a bike shop on the weekends. Trying to keep from wanting to buy every new toy that hits the market is work in it self!
    Some of my happiest memories in life took place on my bicycles. - Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    what strategies (crazy or mundane) do you all use to make some extra cash to feed your mtb addiction?
    I charge my girlfriend rent.

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    Yeah, I'd think working in a bike shop would be a double edged sword. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    I charge my girlfriend rent.
    Hmm. Good luck keeping that going.

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    I just commute by bike, convert the fuel saved (supposedly) into money and use the sum towards the MTB thing. Or at least, it is my excuse, when my wife begins to ask, what black hole all our hard earned income disappears in.

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    I remember those days

    Quote Originally Posted by xenon
    I just commute by bike, convert the fuel saved (supposedly) into money and use the sum towards the MTB thing. Or at least, it is my excuse, when my wife begins to ask, what black hole all our hard earned income disappears in.
    when I used to bike commute to work, for every day I bike commuted to work and back it saved two days of gas in the car for driving to work and back. It was so nice to not have to fill up my tank so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erosive
    Ebay, it may look like junk, but someone out there wants it.
    Boy, ain't it the truth? My SIL has sold some of the most bewildering crap on Ebay over the years. She makes some pretty good coin at it too. It amazes what people will buy.

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    My day job provides for my wife and I.

    www.uglypads.com - provides for me.

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    i work a regular monday thru friday job. 40 hours a week is more than enough for me. i enjoy my free time more than i enjoy having money to play with

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    I only have one job but whenever I come across extra money or change, I throw the money into the rainy day fund. It can be a piggy bank a bucket, whatever makes you happy. The main thing is to constantly be throwing some money into it whenever you can.

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    White Gold. plow, shovel, remove, melt, salt, etc........when it snows I make the coin.........come awn snow. O.K I really hate the snow and cold but it does pay well.

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    For me it is my side business doing web development work and computer training. My wife is a hairstylist so she whores me out to her customers. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is not. I also like to take the cash out of her drawer when she is working to "go make a deposit" sometimes it stays in my wallet, sometimes it ends up in her business account. Her dad is an account, does her books, and constantly tells us that "She makes no cash right?!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash
    Her dad is an account, does her books, and constantly tells us that "She makes no cash right?!"
    It's really a bad idea admitting this sort of tax fraud on the internet. Just sayin'...

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    i push that black tar and ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    i push that black tar and ice.
    How much for a gram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    How much for a gram?
    its out of your league killer

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    its out of your league killer
    I didn't know dealers had the brains to be elitist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoohoo
    I work at a bike shop on the weekends...Employee Purchase is the shizzle.
    I keep throwing around the idea of talking to the owner of the LBS I go to about part time employment. I have also thrown around the idea of seeing if he's interested in doing some advertising on the web, on different forums, I could advertise about specials he's having, group rides, races he's sponsoring, etc. Also, updating his (outdated) website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85
    I keep throwing around the idea of talking to the owner of the LBS I go to about part time employment. I have also thrown around the idea of seeing if he's interested in doing some advertising on the web, on different forums, I could advertise about specials he's having, group rides, races he's sponsoring, etc. Also, updating his (outdated) website.
    Go for it. There's no harm in trying, right?

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    I have a strategy, get a good education and work hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I have a strategy, get a good education and work hard.
    I am currently on that road. In both respects.

    My question pertained more towards what people do on the side to make a little extra cash.

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    My day job paycheck is dedicated to my family. My side job takes care of biking money. My best friend and I have an acoustic guitar act that pays pretty well. I played guitar for many moons to purchase my cannondale rize.

    Say, I kind of like the fact that I really earned my bike.

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    Like the guy said talking about a 40 hour job and enjoying free time regardless of money..I want to be there someday. For now I am stuck in a job where I work a ton of overtime (not optional) and I rarely get a day off when it is really busy. I make pretty good money so I have a little extra to put towards bikes. When I have time (like I said - rarely), I build custom knives and here lately I have gotten into building lights. I'm a toolmaker at my day job, so I can do things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash
    . My wife is a hairstylist so she whores me out to her customers. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is not.

    Do you, by chance, live in Pahrump, NV?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I have a strategy, get a good education and work hard.
    some have to work hard first to afford the edu...but the drive and motivation is similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by cncwhiz
    Like the guy said talking about a 40 hour job and enjoying free time regardless of money..I want to be there someday. For now I am stuck in a job where I work a ton of overtime (not optional) and I rarely get a day off when it is really busy. I make pretty good money so I have a little extra to put towards bikes. When I have time (like I said - rarely), I build custom knives and here lately I have gotten into building lights. I'm a toolmaker at my day job, so I can do things like that.

    Hence the name "cncwhiz," eh?

    I've always loved knives and lights...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    I didn't know dealers had the brains to be elitist.
    it takes a brain to be elitist? i just dont want you getting over your head and giving my merchandise a bad rap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    it takes a brain to be elitist? i just dont want you getting over your head and giving my merchandise a bad rap.
    Hmmm. Good point.

    And you don't have to worry about me giving your merch a bad rap...it'd kill me before I had a chance to do anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I have a strategy, get a good education and work hard.
    Been there, done that... Still don't make good money (recent analysis shows we are underpaid by 20% compared to other local companies). I have two degrees and looking at a third just to make it so we can start a savings. Pretty said that having an MBA and BSIT with GPAs over 3.6 the entire time for both is considered "average." Your college degree is the new high school diploma and your MBA is the new college degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I have a strategy, get a good education and work hard.
    Agreed.

    From the age of 5, I wanted to be a "commercial artist" when I "grew-up". Well, a BS in Graphic Design 20 years later, I got the job.

    I have two US design patents and I was the Creative Director for a start-up company back in 2001. I was the artist behind this karaoke machine:



    But in 2003, I got laid-off.

    Roaming around with this idea of "Well, I'm a hot shot designer with two design patents la-di-da..." nobody would hire me.

    That's when I made a career change for the good - completely different industry that I never went to school for. Got my insurance license and I am a very successful agent for a fraternal insurance company.

    So, although I do believe that a degree has very little worth in today's day-and-age... I feel ingenuity and the ability to change quickly is most important. There are a lot of opportunities out there, but I just don't think many people feel comfortable about pursuing them. If you want more money, put your nose to the grindstone, be smart/ethical about it, and you can really make some good cash.

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    I go out on trash night and take home good stuff that people are throwing away and sell it on craigslist. easy money. not alot, but easy enough

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    On vacation from college, I go home and bust myself on the parents' dairy farm. They don't pay me a fixed amount; they just throw some dough my way when I leave. The $300 I got from Christmas break is paying for my DH wheelset I have coming.
    Go ride your bike.

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    I refinish guns on the side. Business is VERY good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshman108
    I go out on trash night and take home good stuff that people are throwing away and sell it on craigslist. easy money. not alot, but easy enough
    People really throw some good stuff away. I don't blame you. My uncle has scored some decent furniture that people have left on the curb for the trash-scooper truck. It's kinda sad what people throw away, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sambs827
    On vacation from college, I go home and bust myself on the parents' dairy farm. They don't pay me a fixed amount; they just throw some dough my way when I leave. The $300 I got from Christmas break is paying for my DH wheelset I have coming.
    Nice! My parents do the same thing for me as well (sort of). We got a new-to-us house in a new town, because my dad got a new job. The house is large but it's what they like to refer as a "fixer upper." I spent all of my Christmas break working on that house and got a cool amount of cash out of that. That, plus pecans made for a very profitable winter break for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytrekex8
    I refinish guns on the side. Business is VERY good.

    www.hoosierguncoat.net
    Nice! Actually, I have a question for you. I'm thinking about giving knife-making a try this summer. Would you happen to know if gun blue would make a good finish for a knife blade? I'll be using O1 or A2 tool steel, if that makes any difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    Nice! Actually, I have a question for you. I'm thinking about giving knife-making a try this summer. Would you happen to know if gun blue would make a good finish for a knife blade? I'll be using O1 or A2 tool steel, if that makes any difference.
    All of my coatings are either epoxy or ceramic base. I don't use blue. Chemicals, fumes and process is too harsh for me. I know some gun nuts who would know. I'll find out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytrekex8
    All of my coatings are either epoxy or ceramic base. I don't use blue. Chemicals, fumes and process is too harsh for me. I know some gun nuts who would know. I'll find out for you.
    Really? I'll have to read up on ceramic base coatings...just for laughs. Sounds cool. And thanks! I appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen
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    http://www.simple-threads.net
    Nice shirts. Shame you don't ship outside US!

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    no wonder you guys are broke. heres my no-loose business model.
    phase 1.....collect underpants

    phase 2.......?

    phase 3......profit

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    Start selling a ton of uncovered calls on volatile small-cap stocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue109
    no wonder you guys are broke. heres my no-loose business model.
    phase 1.....collect underpants

    phase 2.......?

    phase 3......profit

    Just a wild guess, but does phase 2 involve dropping acid?

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    Just a wild guess, but does phase 2 involve dropping acid?
    the underpants gnomes just say nope to dope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue109
    the underpants gnomes just say nope to dope.
    If you say so. Your pic misled me.

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    I make crack,
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    Which reminds me, Does anyone want some crack?
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwhlr
    Start selling a ton of uncovered calls on volatile small-cap stocks.
    If people really knew what this meant they would burst out laughing. You in the industry?

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    I found that cycling is really adictive as hell, and can get really expensive :-) I am an architect, and I own my own company, but for the last two recessin years the bussines was slow, so last week I decided to sell my '08 Kawasaki Versys, which was my only motorized transport, so now I have only a bicycle, and a hefty sum of cash to support my cycling pashion. I never thought I could live without a motorcycle, but then again, I never thought that I will get so much involved in cycling either.

    The moral of the story is: sell everything :-)

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by albino rhino
    If people really knew what this meant they would burst out laughing. You in the industry?
    Well, he didn't ask about money keeping strategies.....

    I'm no Jim Cramer.

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    I work 40+ hrs a week, and ride mostly at night, and on weekends. Working has become sort of strange motivation to ride; even though I have less daylight to ride in now, I ride more than when I was in college last year. I don't have any side jobs, probably because I ride too much. I just live well within my means and managed to have enough money to buy an expensive new bike this year. Splitting rent/bills with my gf and not having cable help too... as does my super-nice LBS and other sponsors.
    Brought to you by rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytrekex8
    I refinish guns on the side. Business is VERY good.

    www.hoosierguncoat.net
    Nice!

    In your photo gallery there's a bolt action rifle with the "Flecktarn" finish. Is that on an ATI polymer stock? I just ordered ATI stocks for my .303 and my little Marlin 60, seeing how far I can go Bubba on my lead tossers.

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    Everything is for sale at the mo, been out of work for a few months now and work seems to have dried up where I live. Only thing thats not going is the bike.

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    Create opportunity where there's a need. I'm picking up recyclables in a town diametrically opposed to recycling. See what other towns have and embrace, then be the guy to introduce it in your town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue109
    no wonder you guys are broke. heres my no-loose business model.
    phase 1.....collect underpants

    phase 2.......?

    phase 3......profit
    Nice South Park reference!

    It's a fool proof scheme, check it out here: http://www.viddler.com/explore/loopytube/videos/644/

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