From WorldTour to Melbourne workshop: Giant-Alpecin mechanic’s new start

From WorldTour to Melbourne workshop: Giant-Alpecin mechanic's new start

Giant-Alpecin mechanic Alex Ritze (not pictured) arrived at the 2016 Tour Down Under on a one way ticket. We spoke with him on what’s next Travelling the world and fixing the bikes of the fastest riders would seem like a dream job to many, but for Giant-Alpecin mechanic Alex Ritze, it’s time for something else. Wrenching on the team bikes at the 2016 Tour Down Under, the friendly German mechanic arrived in Australia on a one-way ticket, seeking a fresh start once the racing ended.

That new start awaits in Melbourne, where another lifelong mechanic, Jesse Geisler, will welcome Ritze into his cycle-focused engineering workshop – ‘Bike Bar’. The two first met at last year’s Tour Down Under, where Geisler was working with Drapac Pro Cycling , and have remained in contact since.

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Geisler’s workshop is a place of frame building (more on that in future); frame tool resharpening; design and manufacture of custom alignment gauges and measurement tools; and high-end bike setup and restoration. Such a setup is certainly not the average bike workshop. Alerx ritze is one of the more friendly mechanics amognst the pro’s: alerx ritze […]

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