I haven't been able to tell this story due to signing legal documents and being sworn to secrecy, but I think enough time has passed and the show has aired to talk about one of the stranger gigs I have done as a bike mechanic.
December 2016 I received a call in regards to building some tandem bikes. The job seemed pretty basic, build 8 tandem bikes at an undisclosed location in Lower Plenty (outer Melbourne). I was then told I would get a call from another person to organise times/day etc. I did receive a call and that's when things got a little odd, I was told the bikes would be used for a TV show, that would air in the U.S. I was also asked if I could attend a filming day to make sure everything ran smoothly as far as the bike part of the show was concerned.
I didn't really know what to expect but I headed out to the winery where the "show" was being filmed, built some bikes.. and let the cameras roll!
Our job was initially to build the bikes, then strip parts off them, wheels, tyres, reflectors, seat posts and handlebars put them in sealed bags and throw them into a dam!!
The contestants had to run an obstacle course then finish up by retrieving the parts carrying them up to the frames and try and build them as quickly as possible, they were only able to ride the bikes to the finish line once they were built correctly and officially passed by the mechanic!!
If you have a spare 9 minutes have a look at the link below...