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Tricks of the trade - a look at the mechanics' tech
This article originally appeared on Bikeradar.com
As we saw with the Tour Down Under tech gallery I, racing in Australia holds many logistical restraints, and the mechanics tools and supplies are usually the first to suffer.
The mechanics, the hardest working guys of the WorldTour, leave their custom-setup trailers behind, service courses and huge range of spares, and instead make-do with the bare minimum for a week’s worth of racing on often brand-new equipment.
Our tech gallery II takes a look at what the mechanics brought, the little tricks they use and some of the jobs they do that go beyond ‘fixing bikes’.
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