Thursday, February 28, 2013

Creamy Soma Goodness!

Have you been looking for some creamy tires for your bicycle? Soma's got you covered and then some.

Now in stock, the Soma New Xpress is available for the first time with cream colored tread in 650x38b, 26x1.75", 700x32c, 35c, and a brand new size 37c.

The 37c tires are also available in Black and Terracotta skinwall versions. They feature the same tread pattern as the 26" New Xpress.

These are a great choice for commuters and tourists, who want a good looking, grippy tire, but don't want to sacrifice punctures resistance.

All sizes feature Kevlar folding beads and our Hyptertex casing.

Made in Japan by our friends at Panaracer.


Bleriot, originally uploaded by Bikelover2.
Soma Terra cotta 650b tires on a Rivendell Bleriot!

Shoreline Park

Shoreline Park, originally uploaded by What Photos Look Like.

Mini Velo down in the South Bay.

Monday, February 25, 2013

NAHBS 2013 Faves

A couple folks from Soma flew out to Denver this weekend to check out the 2013 NAHBS.

Here's some of our favorite things we saw at the show.

MKS was there with some awesome new stainless steel toe clips.

We saw a brake lever mounted with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed shifter. Check out the Soma Highway 1 bars!

We woke up to fresh snow on Sunday morning.

We just barely made it back to the bay. A lot of other people were't so lucky and had to spend the night in the airport.

KVA had the new Soma Stainless Triple Cross frame on display in their booth. Those fillets looks mighty nice!

Jeremy Sycip won best Alfine Belt Drive bike for his City Bike build. A small LCD screen displays the gear on the handlebars.

The brass Tanaka Fenders and Cardiff Mercia saddle were a striking accent.

Rick Hunters long tail fat bike was my personal favorite from the show. The custom frame bags and panniers offer tons of storage for back country adventures.

Speedhound had this interesting fender support. Looks like it's designed to hold up a seat bag.

VP was showing off some crazy thin titanium pedals.

Nitto had their integrated decaleur on display at their booth. It mounts to the back of a Pearl stem and replaces the threaded nut. They told me a Technomics compatible version is in development.


Bilenky had the loudest paint job at the show. Peep the 2-tone Bennotto bar tape job.

I was super excited to see this mini Ostrich bag for the ENE Ciclo mini rack. What a perfect combo!

Level had some wold class Keirin bikes on display at their booth. Not as many builders were showing off track bikes this year, but these really caught my eye. 

They won the President's choice award for this beautiful track bike.

Kerin Jerseys!

I spotted this white Soma Everwear mounted to a wooden Ghisallo clincher rims. Looks at those Curtis Odom high flange hubs!

Blaze Bicycles use the Soma Lauterwasser bars with hydraulic disc brakes.

There were Soma bars on quite a few bikes this year. This one is from Doneylope Bicycles from Bellingham.

For those of you who don't follow us on Facebook, here a picture of the Grand Randonneur prototype from the Boulder Bicycles vintage Rene Herse exhibit Saturday night.

The final version will have a matching fork with a threaded steer tube. As you can see, there's clearance for 42mm 650b tires with full coverage fenders. Can't wait to get these in!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Adventure Cyclist Video Contest

Adventure Cyclist Magazine is putting on a video contest to celebrate the spirit and beauty of bicycle travel. Our friend Eleanor Moseman has an entry highlighting her time on the Assey Plateau in Kazkhstan where an eagle shadowed her part of the day. Watch it here.

More entries are viewable here.

Soma Juice SS Build from the Netherlands

Check out this sweet Juice build sent in by Tim.

Looks pretty fast!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bike Thieves Suck: Neat Story of How A Stolen Soma Was Recovered.

We caught this story on Seattle Bike Blog through a tweet from Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland.  Comes with shaky, but riveting phone video, so check it out. Ending: Adored ivory Double Cross with shellaced bar tape recovered and bike owner owes friend many beers.

Don't know how much this story and many others like it influenced Bay Area bike enthusiast, Jenny Oh Hatfield to start a petition on to make including serial numbers mandatory on bike sale listings on eBay or Craigslist. What do you guys think? If you think its a good idea, go sign the petition today.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Skinwall Tires

Remember these fellas? Well if you're under a certain age you probably don't, but once upon a time these were the S***.

Well they're back. In skinwall no less. Original logos still look fresh! The only choice for your vintage MTB or dirt tourer.

In addition, we've also got some new skinwall tires from IRD.

Crossfire 32c and Fire 650b x 2.1" in stock now. Fire 29er coming soon.

Oh yeah, we also got some Rivvie 650b Fatty Rumpkins with new super duper puncture proof casing. I would go out on a limb and say these are the toughest 650b touring tires around. Gettum while they're hot.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

More Sexytimes

We know how you feel. It's okay to get excited. Enjoy.