For the seventh installment of our ‘Secrets of the toolbox’ series, CW caught up with Craig Geater, who works as a mechanic on Australian WorldTour team, Orica-GreenEdge.
As usual, we find out about some of the more unique things in Geater’s toolbox and about life helping the riders to achieve the optimum fit on their bikes. Which isn’t always easy.
“Luke Durbridge probably changes things every five minutes,” he says, with many riders aiming to perfect every detail of their ride as they look for the maximum gains on the road.
While the Tour de France is usually every mechanic’s busiest period between stages, there’s also a lot of time spent in the back of the team car as they follow the riders around the race route, even making saddle adjustments on the move.
The Aussie mechanic also recalls one of his funnier moments from the past while working for team CSC, in which former British rider Sean Yates, director of the team at the time, drove off without him having not realised he wasn’t already in the car.