When I first read the description of BIKE MECHANIC: TALES FROM THE ROAD AND THE WORKSHOP, I anticipated 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 the Tour de France.
The father of the Tour de France, Henri Desgrange likely turned over in his grave when the first Mavic Neutral Service car joined the caravan in 1973. In the early years of the Tour, riders were responsible for conducting their own repairs and were forbidden any outside assistance. So how did that first Mavic Neutral Service vehicle come to be?
I’ve had a love affair with Silca pumps since I first started riding bikes some 30-ish years ago … in fact, my original Silca Pista from the late-1980s is still going strong with just a couple of overhauls to replace gaskets and the leather plunger in that time. That commitment to quality did not die when Silca changed ownership and moved to the United States