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Cycling into Summer 2013









With our coastline and redwoods, Santa Cruz has quickly become a well-known mecca for cycling.  Technologies such as GPS and carbon-fiber have created exciting entrepreneurial opportunities.   Just in time for the summer, we have a stellar lineup of presenters for the June MeetUp!


  • Santa Cruz Bicycles - founded in 1993 in the Seabright Cannery, SCB put Santa Cruz on the map for cycling enthusiasts with their unique suspension systems, vision, and smarts. Learn about their history, their new digs in the Wrigley building, and what is new for 2013.  Nick Anderson
  • Calfee Design - "there is likely no other name in the bicycle industry that has attached to it as broad and significant an arc of accomplishments as Craig Calfee" Road Bike Action Magazine.  From ultralight carbon to bamboo-composite frames, learn about the stunning beauty of Calfee Desgin.  Michael Moore
  • Easton-Bell Sports - the first company to design protective helmets for cycling.  Learn about why Easton-Bell Sports continues to lead design and development for safety and performance sports equipment.  Rob Wesson
  • Strava - helps make cycling and running a more social experience, providing motivation and camaraderie even if you're exercising alone. The iOS and Android app make it easy to track rides and runs, follow friends' activities, join challenges and compare performance up climbs and route with others.  Jordan Kobert
  • Another Bike Shop - the premier mountain bike shop of Santa Cruz, ABS has build a loyal community of enthusiasts.  ABS will have several bikes and technologies on display during the networking breakout sessions.  Chris Wagner-Jauregg
  • Epicenter Cycling - with two locations, Santa Cruz and Aptos, Epicenter promotes health within the our community by getting people excited about cycling - from toddlers to professional racers.  Epicenter will display several state-the-art Trek road bikes. Shawn Wilson

Be sure to RSVP "Yes" for this event, as there will be standing room only.  ....And we need to know how much food & beverage to stockpile.  Doug Erickson will host the June event.  Let's have some fun!

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  • Karen K.

    I enjoyed the New Tech Meetup's "Cycling into Summer" theme so much that I was inspired to write about it for my monthly bicycling column, Spin City, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel Sports section. Here's the link and I encourage you to write comments on that page:

    June 14, 2013

  • Will L.

    As a Santa Cruz chauvinist, I had always just assumed that Santa Cruz Bicycles and Giro Helmets were the best in their product segments. It was very interesting to learn why. Plus, it was cool learning about Calfee's bikes and about their green innovations and the functionality of their Bamboo bikes.

    I found the Santa Cruz Bicycles talk to be especially intriguing. In particular, the barriers to entry into frame design seem high because a new designer might not know how strong they have to build their bike. Santa Cruz's resources allow them to buy and test the frames of other companies to determine whether their frames are a sufficient strength. If I've learned anything from Antiques Roadshow it is that early American furniture, while beautiful, has the amateurish quality of being overbuilt. I was wondering if bike frames by new designers tend to be overbuilt, and tend to be heavier than frames by companies with almost 20 years of history?

    June 6, 2013

    • Keith R.

      Depends on the bike application. I have a 13 year old Santa Cruz Bullit. Yes is it bullet proof, overbuilt, overdesigned and I love it. It rides like a motorcycle and takes jumps and pounding. I weighted it at the Emma trail opening, first time. 40 pounds! Lead bullet but I love it and ride another bike on the road. We often pay a lot of money to cut weight but most of us don't race so we buy luxury recreational bikes (like Harleys). Carbon fiber is the new light material and that is the revolution, so new bikes are going to be light and just as strong. Stress testing on computer simply makes a bike stronger by testing on a PC not an expensive bench with frames. I test competitors stuff to see how good they are, standard thing in many industries, no one talks about spending money on competitors stuff to destroy it!

      June 7, 2013

  • Doug E.

    BTW, I ride a Calfee Bamboo (Adventure frame geometry and build) as one of my road bikes. Intent: use it to ride across the country in the not-too-distant future. If anyone's interested in taking one for a spin, let me know.

    June 6, 2013

  • Doug E.

    Talks ran long, cutting into socializing.

    June 6, 2013

    • Doug E.

      yes the presentations ran longer than expected, but I found the content and the speakers very engaging. We will carve out more socializing / networking time for future events.

      June 6, 2013

  • Karen K.

    Enjoyed the presentations very much. Refreshing to have the topic of bicycling in the spotlight!

    June 6, 2013

  • Mitch T.

    Very good - I met two friends I hadn't seen in 30 years!

    June 6, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Excellent event. Really fun getting to share cycling passion and technology with other cyclists.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Doug E.

    Great combination of cycling companies, local bike shops, and attendees.

    June 5, 2013

  • Jon N.

    Gives a whole new meaning to "cycle time."

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • olivier g.

    Very interested, I am looking forward to it ;) Thank you. Olivier

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Peter N.

    I've heard a lot about these "bicycles" but haven't actually seen one yet. Will there be one on display?


    May 29, 2013

    • Doug E.

      You betcha! There will be many bikes, equipment, and software to view & drool!

      May 30, 2013

  • Keith R.

    I bike on the Sun rays! Do you need anyone to talk about electric bicycles and their car alternative options? I would be glad to show up and talk briefly on laws and costs and battery technology.
    I have done the electric bike building and use for 8 years and solar charge them.
    I work with battery technology at Plantronics and also have Zero motorcycle and an electric gokart with Zero technology. Keith Rector

    May 23, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    Juli Furtado is getting ready to launch new women's line:

    2 · May 21, 2013

  • Karen K.

    Always looking for story ideas for Spin City, my monthly bicycling column in the Santa Cruz Sentinel sports section.

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Karen K.

      Hi Doug, as you can imagine after 20 years writing about cycling, I have extensive contacts. I just mentioned this meetup to friends at Easton/Bell, Specialized and some of my favorite handmake bike designers including John Caletti of Caletti Cycles, Craig Calfee of Calfee Design and Paul Sadoff of Rock Lobster Cycles (all of whom are Santa Cruz County residents).

      3 · May 20, 2013

    • Karen K.

      Techwise, I would like to learn more about mapping my rides with Garmin and/or video taping them with Go Pro. And yes, Strava, too, for documenting. And I like to hear about women-specific cycling innovations.

      2 · May 20, 2013

  • William M.

    Looking forward to this!

    May 20, 2013

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