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1985 Called: Covey’s Caletti 1×1 Bay To Breakers MTB

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB

Every once in a while, you have to go back to move forward, as was the case with Covey’s single speed Caletti MTB and its retro paint scheme — although there’s far more to it than simple nostalgia.

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB

In all honesty, it’s more MTV than MTB, but the inspiration behind the theme contains far more integrity than the Music Television channel that dominated the consciousness of youths in the 80s.

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB

This bike was actually completed by Santa Cruz frame builder John Caletti in October 2017, for another Santa Cruz local named Covey Potter, although in the turmoil of 2018, it had been neglected to be featured on these pages.

Luckily, it still glowed from deep within the Cycle EXIF storage vaults.

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB

In 1985, Covey’s grandma competed in the Bay To Breakers race in San Francisco, though not without incident, and she did receive a commemorative t-shirt for her efforts. Sadly, she passed away in 2017, leaving the vibrantly fashionable (for the time) t-shirt to Covey.

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB

Covey had commissioned Caletti to build him a single speed MTB and, out of his respect and love for his inspirational grandma, he had John Caletti and Peter Thomsen paint it according to the print on the shirt.

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB

The frame was built with love and assembled with a Fox 34 fork, Easton stem, and Chris King wheels, all painted to match. Up-to-date geometry and components make this a thoroughly modern bike with a radically retro vibe.

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Big thanks to Peter Thomsen for the photos.

1985 Called: Covey's Caletti 1x1 Bay To Breakers MTB