PBMA is pleased to introduce our newest Mechanic of the Week p/b Abbey Bike Tools, Michael Kubancsek, of Indianapolis, Indiana!
For those of you just tuning into #mechanicmonday (even though today it's #onwednesday) 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!
Michael has been a shop mechanic since 2010 and a race mechanic since 2012. He currently works as the head mechanic for the Marian University Cycling, where he supports the team at every event including track, road, MTB, and cyclocross races. Michael was nominated by his shop customers and collegiate student-athletes to be featured by PBMA.
Everyone we heard from honestly couldn’t say enough positive things about Michael. Whether it was through their astonishment at his wake-up time (4AM is early for anyone, not just college kids!) or their appreciation of the fact that “his first priority is keeping [his] riders safe, so when anyone requests something to be fixed or changed on their bike, he jumps right on it or puts it on his long to-do list,” Michael’s student-athletes all agreed that he is calm under pressure and does everything he can to give each rider complete mechanical and logistical peace-of-mind before a race.
If we learned one thing from the student-athletes who nominated Michael, it’s that without his relentless support, there is no way that Marian Cycling would have won all 34 of its national team titles. So on behalf of the PBMA, thank you, Michael, for all that you do for your team! Your work and your dedication to developing up-and-coming cyclists is an inspiration to us all.
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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