PBMA is back after another unexpected week off, and we are excited to introduce you to our newest Mechanic of the Week, Win Allen, owner of Win’s Wheels in Westlake Village, California!
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 – even behind the scenes, where we are proud to say that our Mechanic of the Week is presented by none other than Abbey Bike Tools and the Friar himself!
Win Allen’s namesake business, Win’s Wheels, is a small shop with a big impact throughout Southern California and the Conejo Valley. Win’s Wheels is especially unique because it is a service-only business. Win does not sell bikes; he repairs them with expertise and care that he has perfected over nearly thirty years as a professional bicycle mechanic.
Win has worked with everyone from novice cyclists to elite World Tour teams (think Liquigas, Cannondale, etc.) and he makes each athlete’s individual needs his priority when working on his or her equipment. Friends, colleagues, and clients all describe Win and Win’s Wheels as “the epitome of professionalism.”
Win has been connected to Westlake Village and SoCal cycling since his childhood, and he goes above and beyond to give back to that community. Win volunteers with the Michael P. Nosco Foundation, supports the annual Mike Nosco Memorial Ride, and supports a number of other local races, clinics, and cycling community events.
Win was nominated to be featured this week by his friends and co-workers, from both shop and race programs. The fact that he was nominated by people from both types of programs speaks to the fact that Win “truly understands the balance between the two worlds as well as realizes that they are two different disciplines of wrenching.” As one of Win’s friends wrote to us, “Mechanic of the Week? More like THE Mechanic!”
For everyone reading this at home, we encourage you to join the #MOTW conversation before our current features season ends on July 31st! Post a picture of YOUR favorite mechanic and tag us @probicyclemech, #probma, or #mechanicmonday, or nominate him or her to be featured!
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