Uber Driver.

Uber Driver. Photo: Noel Tock via Flickr Creative Commons, www.noeltock.com

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com.

Hustling is hot right now. Creating a side hustle, I mean. The companies Uber, Lyft, and AirBNB are largely based on this idea.

Some people create a side hustle because they need the extra cash to stay afloat in today’s difficult economy. Others do it because they are dissatisfied with their current job and think that doing something–anything–where they’re their own boss will make them more fulfilled in life. Finally, a third group has created a side hustle because that hustle is the passion of their lives, what they feel they are meant to do on this planet.

In this article, I’m talking primarily to the second group of people.

I think that often, we expect too much out of our occupations. We expect them to be fulfilling and meaningful and to motivate us to be the best human beings possible… and then inevitably, our jobs don’t do that. It’s too much pressure to put on a place of work.

So we feel discontent, and maybe we start a side hustle, a second job that we think will eventually lead us to happiness and contentment.

You know what the problem is? Hustling takes time. A lot of time. I’m here to offer a different solution:

Quit your side hustle so you can ride more.

Photo: ENVE

If you’re reading this article, chances are you like mountain biking. A lot. So what if instead of heading home (or maybe out on the town) to hustle after your day job finishes, you just quit your side gig and rode your bike instead? What if you spent your free time doing something that you know you love, and let the rest of your life just be?

Maybe, just maybe, your job can be the thing you use to fund the rest of the fun and fulfilling things you get to do in life. Maybe riding your bike in beautiful places, spending time with amazing people, and living deeply in the present moment is enough. Maybe you don’t need to put pressure on your occupation to provide that sense of fulfillment.

Because mountain biking takes time, too. An astounding amount of time if you do it regularly. After 10 weeks off the bike while recovering from surgery, I’m astounded by the amount of free time that I have on my hands because I’m not riding.

The only question that matters: how do you really want to spend your time?

# Comments

    • Greg Heil


  • Blue Horseshoe

    My side hustle is MTB related, so riding is part of the job. It’s tough, but I manage.

  • BBelfield

    What if you’re too lazy to regularly work the side hustle but thinking about it keeps you from riding?

  • Chris Daniels

    Greg, what if your primary source of income is in the MTB industry? Does that mean you SHOULD get a side hustle b/c you probably ride too much? HA!

    • Greg Heil

      Oh, now that’s a twist, ha!!

  • mongwolf

    For those of you who have a MTB related side hustle, very cool. What are you doing?

    • budgetbiker

      Haha. That’s a secret! I have enough competition ????

    • Blue Horseshoe

      Lifestyle apparel. olliemule.com

  • mongwolf

    10 weeks off the mtb for you Greg; 8 for me tomorrow … … but mine is just because of the low temps — not the dreaded surgery. Hope the rehab is going well. At least you’re back on the road bike. This weekend we’re supposed to warm up here finally, but I am committed to an all-weekend leadership meeting. =( Then cold again all next week. uuuuggghhhh.

    • Greg Heil

      More like 16 now…

  • mongwolf

    Hey budgetbiker, no competition from me. I live in Mongolia. =) But this is a public forum, I know.

    • budgetbiker

      Well to satisfy your curiosity I can tell you I do a bit of import and export, bike building, and R&D in the XC realm. You can ride some pretty amazing stuff for pretty amazing prices!

    • mongwolf

      Sounds cool budgetbiker. Kuddos to you.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.