PBMA is excited to introduce our newest Mechanic of the Week, Fred Iverson, of Shamrock Cycles in Indianapolis, Indiana!
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!
Fred was nominated to be featured this week by several of his fellow local mechanics, all of whom describe him as a “selfless wrench who takes care of anyone and everyone at local cyclocross events.” While by all accounts, his kindness to others knows no bounds, Fred is primarily focused on the Shamrock Cycles racing team. Shamrock is a high-level local program with a large base of Masters and Category 3-4 riders.
Fred handles all of the builds and maintenance for the Shamrock team’s cyclocross bikes (right down to the custom bar tape!) and he also assembles finished frames for the Shamrock builder, glues tubulars, and builds wheels for the team to race on. As one friend wrote to us, “It always seems like Fred has fifty different balls up in the air, including his personal riding and racing and his family!”
As busy as he is, Fred still take the time to chat with and answer questions for riders of all levels. His favorite topic of conversation is equipment, and he frequently offers to fix or tweak something on someone’s based on equipment tests that he’s done on his own. Fred also donates a lot of his time to work with a handful of regional cyclocross events, where he helps with course design, construction, and maintenance.
One of the founding principles of the PBMA is about creating a community of and for professional bicycle mechanics of all experience levels. We are proud that Fred Iverson is a part of our community, and we believe that his story shows how you do not need to be a “world tour pro” mechanic to make a difference in cyclists’ and fellow mechanics’ lives. Keep up the great work, Fred, and keep making us and the entire Indianapolis-area cycling community proud!
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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