Who are you - what is it that you do?
Zane Free, Mechanic for Rally Cycling
How did you get started?
Working on my bike with my dad. Started off fixing my bike because I could and because I couldn't afford someone else doing it. Later on people started paying me to do it. Bonus!
What was the catalyst to where you are now (work wise)?
Ha, well a bit dramatic but all for the better. Got fired from a good job and my fiancé left me in the same month. Always dreamed of being a race mechanic but the other two things held that back because of travel. After that happened I went for it. I definitely came out on top.
What is it you love about your job?
The travel! Within a two year span I have seen the 48 contiguous states, four provinces of Canada, and got overseas. Driving is my favorite, I like to take the small back roads (if time permits it) and see this country the way it should be seen.
What are the challenges one faces when making the transition from shop to race mechanic?
The speed, discomfort, and personal sacrifice. The speed goes from dead stop to full gas. It took some time to learn how to make good use of the down time so things stay smooth at full gas. The discomfort of not having your usual around you. Having to deal with a new place, new climate, new roads. The personal sacrifice. You don't get to ride as much as you want, you don't get to see your local friends and family much, you don't get your bed.
What is your favorite on the road snack?
Popcorn. It's annoying because it's messy as hell but for some reason I can't get enough while driving. It used to be gummy bears but once the package is opened I destroy the whole bag and get sick.
What makes for a good co-worker in your world?
Someone who is aware of their surroundings. The usual hard working, honest, etc but being aware of everything that's going on is a big help when things get wild.
What else do we need to know about zane?
I can wiggle my right ear
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