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Are you insured?

Posted on 29th November, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on Are you insured?

It’s been a while since the topic of health insurance has popped up on ProMechanics. With the recent passing of Swiss mechanic Erwin Wildhaber we are putting out the reminder for the need for both health and liability coverage.

Consider the following:

* the coverage provided by USA Cycling is only secondary insurance and only covers you during activities supported by USA Cycling.

* USA Cycling’s insurance does not cover your personal vehicles and might not cover your equipment.

* with many teams your employment as a contractor might not provide you with coverage for health or liability for yourself or your equipment

* part time work with a team or neutral program will most likely not provide you with coverage

* some home-ownership insurance plans will cover your personal equipment. Check with your insurance rep to clarify.

There are many plans available and numerous websites capable …

Are your tools secure?

Posted on 26th November, by CClinton in RaceCircuit, Tools. Comments Off on Are your tools secure?

According to an article on Velonews.com Cal Giant-Specialized’s team van was broken into in Santa Cruz and a few items were stolen. Listed were some wheels and Jordi Cortes’ personal tools. Luckily he had locked up the bikes which may have prevented them from being stolen.

Some points for all of us:

always consider backup security for the items in your team vehicles
make sure your team’s equipment is insured
make sure your personal items are insured

Ed Note:
I’ve had my toolbox stolen, twice. In both cases I was covered by insurance allowing me to acquire new tools. However, I was not able to recover the tools I created myself, the tools handcrafted by others or the older models that were no longer in production. I learned from the second theft to not place my personal box near the door in the trailer. Theives tend …

USA Cycling unveils 2013 championships calendar

Posted on 20th November, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on USA Cycling unveils 2013 championships calendar

Just three days after announcing a professional category for women with matching professional titles to be awarded, USA Cycling releases their event schedule for championship events.

2013 USA Cycling National Championship Events Calendar

January 9, Cyclocross Championships (Madison, WI)
May 3-5, Collegiate Road Championships (Ogden, UT)
May 18,  Elite BMX Championships (Chula Vista, CA)
May 25-27, Professional Road & Time Trial Championships (Chattanooga, TN)
June 1, Amateur BMX Championships (Nashville, TN)
June 15-16, 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships (Gallup, NM)
July 3-7, Amateur & Para-cycling Road Championships (Madison, WI)
July 6, Marathon Mountain Bike Championships (Sun Valley, ID)
July 18-21, Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships (Bear Creek Resort, PA)
July 25-28, Junior Track Championships (Trexlertown, PA)
July 27, Professional Criterium Championships (High Point, NC)
July 30–August 4, Masters Track Championships (Indianapolis, IN)
August 2-4, Gravity Mountain Bike Championships (Angel Fire, NM)
August 9-11, Elite Timed Track Championships (Carson, CA)
August 22-24, Elite Mass Start Track Championships …

USA Cycling create pro women’s category

Posted on 13th November, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on USA Cycling create pro women’s category

A major step for women’s cycling occurred today as USA Cycling announced the creation of a professional women’s category. Along with this new level of cycling will come a championship and title for both road and time trial.

“There has been a tremendous increase in awareness and interest in women’s professional road racing over the past decade,” said USA Cycling CEO and President Steve Johnson.  “We were very excited to add women’s representation to the Professional Road Committee as part of last year’s governance reform; and I think bringing the two championships together and equalizing the prize lists are important steps in the continuing development of women’s cycling in the U.S.”

For more details, see USA Cycling’s announcement here:
USA Cycling announces creation of women’s pro team structure – USA Cycling.

Big Technical Changes May be Coming From UCI

Posted on 9th November, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on Big Technical Changes May be Coming From UCI

According to VeloNews, Julien Carron, UCI’s technical coordinator, is stepping down. Julien spearheaded the program for frame and fork approval and has been pushing to have other product categories added. According to this update a successor has already been named and will take over at the start of 2013.

What does this mean for you, the race mechanic? We aren’t sure yet. We suggest you continue to work with your frame and wheel suppliers to make sure your equipment is both approved and properly labeled.

The VeloNews article: http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/11/news/julien-carron-leaving-post-as-uci-technical-coordinator-press-reports_264511

For those who are not familiar with the program, UCI’s protocall for frames, forks wheels and some apparel can be found here: http://www.uci.ch/templates/UCI/UCI2/layout.asp?MenuId=MTYwNzQ&LangId=1

Shimano purchases BikeFitting.com

Posted on 4th April, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off on Shimano purchases BikeFitting.com

Not sure how this will affect US retailers; however, this acquisition could definitely help Shimano’s PRO component business. Let the speculation begin:

Could we see a move that ties Shimano and PRO into one fitting program?
New fitting lectures from this major component supplier?
PRO branded fitting tools?

We’ll have to wait and see.

More are the acquisition here:

Shimano acquires BikeFitting.com BV | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz.

And the company website is here:

Post Round-Up: March

Posted on 3rd April, by CClinton in Industry, News, RaceCircuit, Tools. Comments Off on Post Round-Up: March

Where mechanics and items related to mechanics appeared on the web during March.

British Triathlon updates their rulebook: http://www.britishtriathlon.org/news/new-british-triathlon-rule-book-now-published_1969

Ralf Medloff’s transition from ballroom dancer to head mechanic for the Jelly Belly pro cycling team:


Design review of Bike Repair Tool Kits


Some pretty cool photos and video of the Radio Shack Nissan Trek team preparing for early season races.. Includes shots inside their team truck.


Review of UCI’supdated regulations on bikes, including sizing and drop out. (let us know if you need a copy, the UCI has been asking sites to pull their copies from the web)


BikeRadar’s suggestions for best bicycle tool kits



UCI to require lawyer tabs?

Posted on 21st March, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on UCI to require lawyer tabs?

Could it be time to throw away your gapping tools? Based on this article on Velonews the UCI will be enforcing the rule against modifying products for racing. In most cases, this is a given and shouldn’t affect teams using stock items. However, they specifically call out the task of filing the lawyer tabs from forks as this “cancels the warranty of the fork in case of crash”.

What would this mean for you in the future? Slower wheel changes!
This could also lead to bicycle vendors supplying two versions of forks, one for general consumers, one for racing.What this means for UCI frame/fork approvals…who knows. All speculation at this point.

Read more here:
UCI to require lawyer tabs, dictate Camelbak placement and sock length.

Post Round-Up: February

Posted on 6th March, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off on Post Round-Up: February

Where mechanics and items related to mechanics appeared on the web during February.

Top ten zombie killing tools and how to use them:


Interview with Park Tool’s Director of Education Calvin Jones:


List of top tool blogs for those seeking more sites to track:



Post Round-Up: January

Posted on 8th February, by CClinton in Industry, News, RaceCircuit, Tools. Comments Off on Post Round-Up: January

Where mechanics and items related to mechanics appeared on the web during January.

Experiences of a race mechanic when traveling overseas:


A designer’s look at tool wraps:


Continuing Education. VeloNews’ Nick Legan reviews the Georgia round of the Park Tool  Tech Summit:


Tool-dots – hang your tools how you want them, where you want them: