Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Kille Road Race Special

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

Artist Jeremiah Kille is a Santa Cruz local, just like his neighbour, framebuilder John Caletti. Both share a deep respect for the ocean, a worldview expressed through their individual crafts. Late last year, they teamed up on a project that combined their skills, and it won the Best Finish award at the 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

We’ve been seeing a lot of incredibly well-painted frames lately, and it’s no bad thing. It just reinforces the position of the bicycle as a canvas for creativity, occasionally for an artist, but always for us as riders.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

Jeremiah may have been the artist in the case of the Caletti x Kille collaboration, and although he does ride, the rider that will go on to create real art with this bike is Sean, a common friend to both John Caletti and Jeremiah Kille.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

The bike was built for Sean to his geometry. Sean rides a lot and is passionate about cycling in general. He’s another mate of the Caletti workshop and was very enthusiastic about the project.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

John built the frame out of soon-to-be rare True Temper tubes, mixed in with some tubi from Columbus. A lightweight OX Platinum head tube is up front, followed by an S3 tear drop top tube and a 38mm bi-oval down tube.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

The seat tube is triple butted oversized Columbus Life, and the chain stays are Life too. The S-bends were formed in-house by John from True Temper pieces, finished with compact dropouts and a threaded bottom bracket shell from Paragon Machine Works.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

The lightweight ENVE 2.0 fork was specified, along with a Chris King headset, before it was sent to Spectrum Powder Works for a coat of white paint. Jeremiah then took the frame and forks in hand to apply his artwork.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

The original estimate of 20 hours to apply the artwork was exceeded by about 40 hours. Jeremiah took to his steel canvas with a traditional brush and a pot of black One Shot paint to illustrate a whale, squid, a pelican, crabs and a starfish amongst his patterns.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer

Not only did Jeremiah decorate the frame and forks, he also painted a Giro Synthe helmet and Empire shoes — and a custom Caletti slingshot. That bar tape? A short run for Caletti Cycles was manufactured and it’s available to purchase from the web shop.

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Big thanks to Peter Thomsen for the photos.

Coast Lines: Caletti Cycles X Jeremiah Kille Road Racer