NAHBS 2016 | Kille x Caletti
By John Caletti
After a long time of tossing ideas around, my friend Jeremiah Kille and I found an opportunity in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to do a collaborative project of a handmade road race style bike with a very unique hand painted finish design. Soon after I was talking about our plan with a friend, Sean, who jumped on it and wanted to get the bike we would make. Sean was the perfect customer to get this bike, he digs Jeremiah’s art and had been looking to get one of my bikes for a while. Sean’s got a real appreciation for nice handmade bikes, not just for their good looks, but for the ride and durability as well. He rides a ton and is really passionate about cycling. So I worked with Sean to get the design and geometry of the bike right for him, as well as great parts selection to compliment the bike and suit his needs. Once I had finished making the frame, we had Spectrum Powder Works coat the steel frame white and liquid paint the carbon fork and stem to match. We then handed this off to Jeremiah along with Giro helmet and shoes and a slingshot I made out of some of the tubing cut-offs from making the bike. Jeremiah then worked his magic hand painting patterns, details, graphics, a whale, squid, pelican, crab, seastar and more in black onto the white parts.