A visit to Paul Component Engineering

I was in Chico last week for “Paul Camp” – a press event to introduce the latest and greatest from Paul Component Engineering, and to do so with the aid of some sweet custom bikes from a selection of builders. I was stoked to be a part of this event. It was great to get to ride and hang out with my bike builder friends, the media folks, as well as the stellar crew at Paul. Paul Comp. is inspiring to me as they’ve been producing some really well made and innovative bike parts at their Chico, CA machine shop since 1989! That’s the year I got my first real mountain bike and when I started high school! It was great to see the stoke of the staff, each one moving the ship forward, creating great bike parts we enjoy on our rides.

Machine operators Patrick and Briana, with Brett peeking through from the background. Before lunch, Patrick was running the lathe, Brett was cutting stock on the band saw and Brianna was making parts on the CNC milling machine.

Here are a few photos of the shop. You can find more details on the parts, bikes, and rides as the media write it up. In attendance were Bikerumor, Bicycling, Cyclocross Magazine, All Hail The Black Market, Element.ly, Gear Patrol, Gear Junkie, Bicycle Quarterly, and Dirt Rag. The big news is BLUE! It’s their new, limited edition color that replaces purple and will be around for about a year. For those of you planning your next dreamy bike, you can bling it up with some Blue “set and forget” thru axles, a “Boxcar” stem, a “tall and handsome” seatpost, and if you’d like the best cable actuated brake you can get they make the “Klamper.” There are several other widgets as well. Check out Paulcomp.com for more.

Paul “Klamper” cable actuated disc brake

Paul’s workshop with an amazing selection of manual machines that he uses for prototyping new products.

Selection of radius cutters 

Various cutting tools, including drills, rouging cutters, 3 flute straight cutters, and a 6 flute ball end mill in the foreground.

Paul holds the finished crank arm above the block of aluminum stock they start with

CNC control panel

 

From design drawing (above) to finished parts (below)

Quick release parts 

Vibratory tumbler: after machining parts go into the tumbler for deburring and polishing. They have a small room devoted to these operations with various tumblers and different types of media for demurring and polishing. 

 

Shiny hubs on the shelf, ready for bearings to be pressed in

Shelves and shelves of parts

Titanium Monster Cross bike I made for the event with 27.5 x 2.2″ tires. Sram 1x drivetrain with White Industries cranks, BB, headset (prototype, to be released this fall), hubs, Paul Tall and Handsome seatpost, Quick release seat collar, Disc brakes, Boxcar stem with light/accessory mount, and Paul’s innovative Thru Axles.

Video: Riding to Yosemite

Ride: Kitty Krusher!

 

Last year while huffing up a climb on the “Ball Mauler” ride, we brainstormed up a “sister” ride and this year it’s happening! The “Kitty Krusher” ride is June 10th! It’s about 69 miles and climbs around 6900′, going up and over the Santa Cruz mountains and back again. It is not an official or “organized” ride.  It is unsupported—a ride-your-own-adventure type of thing. Just show up and pedal. Bring a friend or two and join the fun. We hope to get lots of ladies out on the ride to explore some special climbs. Dudes are welcome too.

Click here to RSVP on the facebook event.

  • Saturday June 10, 2017, 9:00 AM departure
  • Starts at Caletti Cycles World Headquarters – 104 High Road (not High Street), Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Self-supported : bring a map/directions, food, water, etc. (refuel in Saratoga or Los Gatos – we’ll ride right through downtown)
  • We aim to roll out together, but some riders will get frisky and we expect the ride to separate into smaller groups as we go.
  • Downtown Los Gatos is a good spot to stop for snacks and drinks, and maybe regroup a bit before we climb back over the hill
  • It’s a road ride, with a little bit of smooth dirt. Road bikes are a fine tool for this adventure (or Adventure Road or Cross bikes)
  • It will likely be H O T on the second big climb up Montevina Road.
  • The descent off that mountain is technical and treacherous! Use some caution, don’t crash now; save yourself for enjoying an Affogato in Los Gatos.
  • There are many options in the neighborhood for refueling after the ride. Top picks: New Leaf grocery store, Verve Coffee, Companion Bakeshop, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Humble Sea (beer and a little food), La Cabana taqueria, Kelly’s Bakery and Cafe (sandwiches, etc.)

(Shorter Option: After the first major climb, up Mountain Charlie Rd, you can cut out the next 2 climbs by riding South on Summit Road to rejoin the route and descend Soquel-San Jose Road back towards Santa Cruz.)

Ride hard, have fun, be safe, enjoy your new friends, eat well…. 

 

Kitty Krusher pre-ride on Strava

See a “flyover” of the route on Relive.cc HERE

Ride with GPS route here

Fabian’s Ti Adventure Road

Titanium 1×1 SCRAMBLER

The Bounty Hunter

Alex’s Titanium Road Bike

Artist Edition SCRAMBLER

Henry’s Adventure Road