Soigneurs with spare wheels are spread all along the race. Extreme events like Paris-Roubaix can mean up to 20 extra mechanics and team helpers out on the course. Photo by Taz Darling.

REVIEW: Bike Mechanic: Tales From the Road and the Workshop

When I first read the description of BIKE MECHANIC: TALES FROM THE ROAD AND THE WORKSHOP, I was anticipating a quick read filled with profiles of team mechanics and humorous anecdotes of life on the road and the daily grind of cleaning and repairing bikes during events like the Tour de France. I was not anticipating a beautiful 272 page coffee table book.