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Wildside video – The mobile mechanic: Part II

  • By Anthony Tan
  • Published Feb. 1, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM EST

In Part II of this video interview with Ian Smith, head wrencher at this year’s Pure Tasmania Wildside, he provides Singletrack.com with some handy hints on keeping your bike in good working order, muses on the quasi-religious debate between carbon and aluminum, and answers the question, ‘Are single suspension bikes now dead?’


Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan

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