Caletti Ultra Light Rando Roadie
Photos and words by Chris Corona
Lately, I have been doing longer mixed distances with a camera, sandwich and a couple of extra layers of clothing. I have a couple bikes that are great for cross riding but nothing that really fits the bill for 80-120 mile (mostly road with some dirt) rides that I’ve grown accustomed to. In late July, I approached John Caletti with a concept to create a bike that is on the ultralight touring side of road bikes.
We both agreed this bike needed to capture the performance needs of a mixed, long distance ride and look somewhat classic. I decided to pull the inspiration for color from lichen, sea foam, manzanita, madrone and of course the national park service.
The bike fits 34C tires comfortably and is outfitted with a full Shimano Ultegra DI2 kit. The brakes are Velo Orange Grand Cru. Stem, bars, seat post, and crank are Easton Cycling. The fork is Whiskey Parts Co. The hubs and headset are Chris King. And it wouldn’t be a full custom bike without handmade wheels by Harry at the Spokesman. Kyle over at Outer Shell was kind enough to do a matching one-off set of bags to highlight the dark maroon hints in the paint job. The paint is by Oliver at Dark Matter Finishing. John even surprised me with a paint-matched slingshot for some trailside shenanigans.
I’m not here to review a bike or anything like that. I will say, however, it fits perfectly and the attention to detail from Caletti was top notch. John was a pleasure to work with ensuring he met every detail request and performance need of mine. One big positive was John’s timeline accuracy. He delivered the bike 1 week ahead of schedule. Now that Christmas Sando rando is gonna happen in comfort. Come see the bike in person at NAHBS 2019.
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