Calfee Design fills a warehouse at the edge of the Monterey Bay Academy's 379-acre property, about 15 miles south of Santa Cruz. The attitude is as laid back as you'd expect for a bike shop that's a short walk from a private beach. Which is not so say the place does not feel industrious. In one corner of the building, Craig Calfee is fine-tuning the bottom bracket of a carbon tandem. Elsewhere frame parts are being laid up for assembly, sanded into submission with power tools or painted in glorious hues.
Much of the activity revolves around the arrival of as many as half a dozen broken carbon frames per day. In fact, Calfee has quite a good side business going, repairing the frames of its competitors. The fact that so many cyclists look to Calfee Design to get the job done right should tell you something.
Below are the pictures he brought us. Be sure to check out the sharp looking Japanese bamboo bike, and ofcourse...Calfee's "fork graveyard"! Why so much scrap, Mr. Calfee? Still fine tuning the process?