The big US Gran Prix of Cyclocross comes to Portland this weekend and local mechanic Jason Pfeifer wants to be your mechanic. Pfeifer — the man behind SimpleBicycle.com, a service we mentioned back in August — is now offering professional pit mechanic services to anyone who’s competing.
Pfeifer has extensive experience wrenching in cyclocross races. He’s worked neutral support for Shimano for ten years, including three years at ‘Cross National Championships.
As your very own mechanic on race day, Pfeifer will make sure your bike is in tip-top shape, he’ll offer starting line support (encouragement, umbrella, hold your jacket, etc…), will handle your bike changes during the race, and more.
Sounds like a great idea. For more details, see Pfeifer’s posting to the OBRA email list and get info on booking him at SimpleBicycle.com.
It would be interesting to see what this sort of service costs. For the ambitious racer who wants to move up in rankings and categories, it might be a good thing; but for those of us who are unabashed weekend warriors mostly in it for fun it might be overkill.
Jason is always willing to work with a small group of riders – to cut your costs. Keep in mind no matter how ambitious you are – if you have bothered to train, bothered to pay the extra money for USGP- then having someone cover your back and be there if something goes wrong during the race is priceless!
And for many “weekend warriors” bike problems during the race could have been solved by having a professional mechanic like simplebicycle.com make sure your gears were working before the race, your derailleur adjusted, and your tire pressure the correct level of “perfect” for the course so you don’t pinch flat and waste your entire race day. 🙂 – been there done that! – LOL (and it sucks to pinch flat on the last lap when you are top 3)