Leaning up against my living room wall, waiting for a moment when I’m not riding, is an old Santa Cruz skateboard: Steve Alba’s Voodoo deck, set up with Indy’s and pink Bullet 66 wheels. It’s a reminder of the freewheeling attitude that permeates throughout California’s Santa Cruz region — the same spirit that inspires John Caletti to build his custom bicycle frames.
The Caletti workshop is lit by natural light, recycles all packaging materials and, above all, focuses on producing durable and recyclable bicycles. John built this all-road rider for the express purpose of exploring the Santa Cruz region, both off-road and on. “It’s a steel frame and fork, featuring oversize Columbus Life tubing.
“It has Paul (Medium) racer brakes and some old parts Jake, the owner, had. He wanted to run a bar end shifter for the rear and front derailleurs. We cut the bar down 15mm to better accommodate the length of the shifters. We removed the black anodising from the bar, polished it up and put a couple decals on it.
“I made him a polished titanium seat post as well. The big 33.3 Jack Brown tires fit great in there. Jake went all silver for parts, so it was great to get the bars to look the part but still use a familiar and modern shape that matches his road rig.” To me, it’s the perfect Santa Cruz roller. Every angle screams out for adventure.