PBMA is excited to introduce you to our new – and third international! – Mechanic of the Week, Sasha Bastien, founder and owner of the Cycles B mobile repair business in Montreal, Quebec!
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!
Sasha has been working as a professional bicycle mechanic since 1995. In that time, he has developed a loyal following of customers in the best shops in Montreal. He started his independent mobile shop, Cycles B, last year. In many ways, Cycles B is the culmination of Sasha’s two decades of experience in the world of professional cycling; as a one-man enterprise, he offers a variety of services for individual cyclists, corporate and team groups, and competitive and team events.
Sasha is not only an accomplished mechanic, but he is also a self-identified “féministe” (feminist) and mentor to many up-and-coming mechanics of all genders. He has worked as the chief mechanic for Cycles Gervais Riox and Cycles Régis, Team Canada, and the Webcor Builder’s and T-Mobile elite women’s road teams. Sasha was nominated to be featured this week by several of the mechanics and cyclists he has mentored over the years. As one woman wrote to us, “He hired me back when I was a seasonal used-bike hack-job artist, passed on his USA Cycling clinic training, and turned me into a detail-oriented professional.” We can’t think of a better example of mechanics supporting fellow mechanics than that!
For everyone reading this at home, we encourage you to join the #MOTW conversation: Post a picture of YOUR favorite mechanic and tag us @probicyclemech, #probma, or #mechanicmonday, or nominate him or her to be featured in next week’s post!
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