PBMA is pleased to introduce our newest Mechanic of the Week, Daimeon Shanks, founder and owner of The Service Course in Boulder, Colorado.
For those of you just tuning into #mechanicmonday, this is where we feature one mechanic each week, chosen at random from nominations submitted the week before. It’s all about mechanics supporting fellow mechanics!
Daimeon has been a race mechanic for the USA Track Team, 5 years of Slipstream Sports under various sponsors, BMC Mountain Bike Team, Cannondale Cyclocross, Team Rapha-Focus, Noosa Professional CX, and is now Stephen Ettinger’s mechanic on the RideBiker Alliance team.
The Service Course opened in 2010 and will shutter soon as Shanks begins Law School. It was a space for Daimo and a series of high-potential “apprentices” to work on bikes while they were at home, largely for regular personal clients.
Daimeon brought calm and levity to intense race situations, where travel, language, and resources were sometimes a challenge – a valuable skill.
Advice from Daimo for race mechanics? “Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” For shop mechanics, “Buy a great torque wrench.”
For all of us, Daimeon Shanks advises, “Be kind, grow from adversity, don’t fuck up your credit rating, and brush and floss regularly.”
(Daimeon Shanks did this interview from the pit at Boston Rebellion, where his athlete Stephen Ettinger secured the overall win in The US Cup with a 4th place.)
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