Tuesday, July 22, 2014

26" Soma B-side w/ Dirty Wizards

Did you know you can run 26" wheels on the Soma B-side?


Yes, those are the Surly Dirt Wizard tires. Now you know.

NYC Trip Post #2

Remember when I was going to post more pictures from our NYC trip. We'll here they are.


The 2nd day was all about visiting shops, so I drug myself out of bed and hopped on the bike.


Took a quick spin around the neighborhood to beat back the jetlag.



My first stop of the day was 718 Cyclery, which was conveniently right down the street from the hotel.


This shop is really great. They clearly have an appreciation for classic bicycles, a fact that becomes apparent as soon as you look around the space.



I hung around for a bit an chatted with the folks working the morning shift before heading out to my next destination.


Amazeballs view of Manhattan along the bike path.


Cruising around Brooklyn I happened upon quite a few little shops, but I only had time to peak in the window.



The Papillionaire Cycles shop  is a smart looking city bike boutique in Red Hood. They weren't open when I stopped by, but they had some cute step through bikes on display in their window.


I learned later that they're actually based out of Australia, but they're now doing some business stateside as well.


All kinds of classic Brooklyn Chewing Gum kit in this shop window.


Around lunch time I stopped in to the Red Lantern Cafe and Bike Shop.


Inside they've got a cafe with plenty of bicycle flavored art up on the walls and ceiling.


Even though I was still on west coast time, my bicycle sightseeing necessitated a refuel. Killer Paninis.


Heading north into Williamsburg I spotted the Brooklyn Bike Doctor shop and poked my head in. I was glad that I did, because they have a lot of neat stuff in stock including an original Seaweed Green Soma Delancey frameset.





I was told this custom Bike Friday collapsable tandem belongs to the owner.


I was super pumped to visit the next shop on my route. King Kog has been a fixture in the track bike world for years, and just recently opened a new location in Oakland.


I've got to make sure I pick up one of their new jerseys next time I stop by.


This shop totally lives up to the hype, and there were a ton of gorgeous bikes and parts to check out.



OG BMW trick track bike sporting Panasonic skinwalls.



So many Keirin frames you'd swear you're in Japan.



As I was admiring the Kinfolk track bikes on the floor, I learned they had just opened a new location nearby, so I knew I had to check it out. Tune in next week for more bike porn.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chris's Soma Wolverine Build

Another killer Wolverine!



Chris's Soma Wolverine Spec:

Roval Control SL Wheelset

Kenda Slant Six Pro tubeless 29x1.80

Deore XT crankset 2 x 10

Deore XT front derailleur

SRAM X9 rear derailleur

SRAM Rival brifters

Avid BB7 SL disc breaks 

Salsa Cowbell 2 handlebar

ESI bar tape

Salsa stem

Cane Creek Forty headset

FSA SL-K seat post

Surly seat post collar

SDG Falcon saddle


SS bottle cages

Daniel's Saga Touring Build

Hey guys!

My name is Dan Choma, and I volunteer at Lowertown Bike Shop in Saint Paul MN.  I finished my build on my Soma Saga just yesterday and am dumbfounded by how fantastic this frame is.  It’s like it’s not a new bike at all, but rather an old friend that recommends new trips.  This is going to be dangerous: I almost just kept biking on my commute in this morning.  Bravo on the fantastic frame!


PS.  I attached a picture of the bike.  I figured that I’ve sent it to everyone else I know, I might as well send it to the people who made it.  ;)

Daniel Choma

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grant's Muddy Wolverine

Saw this build on Facebook and had to repost it.


Thanks for sharing Grant! #thislooksright

In stock now! Call your local Soma dealer or >>> store.somafab.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Robert's Wolverine Single Speed Build


Thought you might like to see the wolverine in it's first experimental build:


What a great ride, fits me like a glove. 

Thank you! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gary's Soma Juice


Attached are three I-phone snaps of my new Soma Juice at the Benicia State Recreation Area. The bike is so much fun, and a very different experience from riding my old rigid 26er.


I highly recommend the semi-custom route, where one’s choices of a frame and components are guided by an expert--in this case, mountain bike practitioner and skilled mechanic Tom Hurlbut of American Cyclery in San Francisco. I had a fit issue that had to be accommodated--note the uncut steerer tube, available for further adjustment if necessary. No off-the-shelf bike can give you everything you want and nothing you don’t. Of course it’s more expensive to buy the components a la carte, but the result in my opinion is worth the extra expense, and I doubt I’ll be replacing anything any time soon. And not least, it’s steel!


GARY K. HEPPELL