Easton raffles local, custom bikes as fundraiser for nonprofits

Santa Cruz Sentinel

DZ1_7911_webSCOTTS VALLEY — Thousands of dollars have been raised for local charities thanks to an ongoing online raffle that is delivering a custom, high performance bicycle to a lucky $5 ticket buyer each month through January.

The Handmade Dream Bike Charity Raffle, sponsored by Easton Cycles, is a way to highlight the talent of five of the top Santa Cruz bike frame builders and get the word out about Easton’s new aerodynamic wheelset, the EC90 AERO 55 Tubular, which is soon to be released on the market for about $2,400.

The value of the bikes created by local builders Calfee Design, Rock Lobster Cycles, Black Cat Bicycles, Caletti Cycles and Hunter Cycles ranges from about $10,000 to $15,000, according to Dain Zaffke, brand manager for Easton Cycling.

“The bikes themselves are about as diverse as the builders,” Zaffke said. “Each one is a one of a kind. They’re truly dream bikes.”

David Kozikowski, a 28-year-old Connecticut man who bought a single $5 ticket, won the September raffle, which featured a Calfee Manta Pro, a high performance suspension roadbike newly created by Craig Calfee in La Selva Beach. It raised d $9,960 for Cyclists for Cultural Exchange, an organization selected by Calfee to receive proceeds for the bike.

The second bike, auctioned off on Friday was an aluminum racing bike created by Paul Sandoff of Rock Lobster Cycles. It went to Doug Tiller, a 66-year-old, bicycling artist from Canada who reportedly bought five tickets to win. That raffle raised $7,990 for Project Bike Trip, a nonprofit that brings hands-on technical training in bicycle mechanics to high schools.

“I’m very happy to be afforded the opportunity that Easton’s giving me to build a frame where I can have that frame go towards a charity of my choice,” said Sandoff in a YouTube video biography about his journey as a frame builder. “It’s the best bike I can build.”

Easton posted a YouTube video biography of the custom builder of the month showing their varied workplace and building philosophies.

The raffle for the third bike, a custom-painted, 3.18-pound frame with high-end tubing is “going to make someone very happy,” according to Todd Ingermanson of Black Cat Bicycles in Aptos. That raffle started Monday and runs through the month. All proceeds from the Black Cat raffle go directly to the Pajaro Valley High School Art Department/ASB Art Club.

The December raffle features a Caletti bike. Proceeds from the Santa Cruz-built bike will go to Oceana, an ocean conservancy organization. The final raffle in January features a bike from Hunter Cycles in Davenport. Rick Hunter has selected the American Red Cross to receive raffle proceeds.

For information and tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/eastoncycling.

The Easton raffle article appeared here.



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