Dispatches – Vince Gee – The Off Season
THE “OFF SEASON” FOR A TEAM MECHANIC IS PRETTY SHORT, EVEN FOR SMALLER CONTINENTAL TEAMS LIKE AEVOLO. WHILE THE RIDERS MAY GET A BREAK FROM RACING, MECHANICS OFTEN ARE KEPT BUSY DEALING WITH LAST SEASON’S BIKES, BUILDING BIKES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON, GLUING TIRES, AND A HOST OF OTHER TASKS THAT THERE ISN’T NECESSARILY TIME FOR ONCE THE SEASON BEGINS IN EARNEST.
WITH THAT SAID, ANY GOOD MECHANIC CAN’T KEEP THEIR HANDS IDLE, AND OUR MAN VINCE GEE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THAT. HE’S BEEN KEEPING HIS TOOLS BUSY BY TACKLING SOME WORK AROUND THE HOUSE AS WELL AS DOING SOME BIKE REPAIR FOR A COUPLE VIPS.
Winter time is traditionally off season for most of the smaller teams. The big World Tour teams have camps as early as mid-November of the same year and they are building some of their fleet of bikes during this winter camp period.
Our Aevolo team has its first camp in early January so not too much late winter work for me. There is SOME work/prep to do but only a few days worth this year. But being home means getting some home projects done that my wife asks me to tackle while I have some free time. This winter was winterizing our windows for the cold New England winter, hanging some curtains and changing some light switches to timer switches so we can have things like porch lights come on automatically when my wife gets home from work.
Like many winter holiday seasons, we went to my in-laws for 10 days. During that time, I do some annual bike maintenance on two of my MOST IMPORTANT athletes: my 6 and 8 year old nieces’ bikes!!!! My nieces have traditional hurdles with their small bikes so I am happy to make sure their bikes are safe and running smoothly. And then of course the big smiles they have as they ride their tuned-up bikes is my reward.
I have a very small break and then off to Aevolo Team Camp in January.