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Sergei: From State Service to Bicycle Production

Sergei: From State Service to Bicycle Production

Sergei, 60, a career secret service employee, moved his family from Kazakhstan to Moscow to give his son a better education. Years later, his son is giving Sergei a chance to stay active in retirement.

Sergei helps his son Dmitry produce titanium bicycle frames in a machine-filled room in a Soviet-era factory in Moscow. Five people, including Sergei, work on producing the frames.

It took him time to adjust to the blue-collar job. ”I never worked with machines before and, at first, I feared I would make mistakes. With practice, I became confident.”

Sergei says he sometimes comes to work on the weekends and is motivated by ”customers smiling when they pick up their bikes.”


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