As far as ideal cycle touring destinations go, New Zealand is right at the top of the list. Villages and amenities are always within accessible distances and while the topography may be dramatic, it makes for truly awe-inspiring scenery. An ideal vehicle to journey this South Pacific paradise would be a light tourer by Auckland’s Chris Tuckey of Caldera Cycles.
After predominantly riding mountain bikes, Auckland local Cam ordered a Caldera Cycle that was to be his first ‘flash’ bike — a versatile all-rounder that would be his daily commuter, but could also take him on some long rides and even some cyclocross. Chris came back with a frame constructed from Columbus PegoRichie tubes joined with Llewellyn Custodian lugs.
Cam initially considered an ‘off-the-shelf’ bike but opted for a custom Caldera Cycle, as he wanted something unique and locally made. Cam was able to specify his own color scheme to both the frame and Honjo fenders, which was applied by local painter Haedyn Borck. It’s the individual details of a custom bike that help to make each ride extra special.