WORK­SHOP LIFE - ON THE ROAD WITH BMC

Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape -

We spoke to BMC me­chanic Benoît di Natale about how they set up at races when sup­port­ing their team, and how they take their work­shop on the road.

“We have ev­ery­thing in the bus, so when we ar­rive at the race lo­ca­tion we build it up. We have the tents and a camper­van, and try to make a nice place to work, but also a nice place for the rid­ers af­ter their train­ing. We also all eat here so if it’s a nice place it’s bet­ter when we’re all to­gether,” he says.

With two me­chan­ics, they set up two work sta­tions. “Each has their own spot to work,” ex­plains di Natale. “They have their own sets of tools for each lo­ca­tion.”

Even if they are trav­el­ling long dis­tances, the me­chan­ics take ev­ery­thing with them.

“We have all the tools for bikes that are spe­cific, in case some­thing crazy hap­pens. Ev­ery­thing for bleed­ing the brakes, do­ing the chain, ser­vic­ing the fork, torque wrenches, cas­sette tools – just ev­ery­thing. Mea­sure­ment is im­por­tant to make sure po­si­tions are right for the rid­ers.”

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