all. Here is my Soma Double Cross. Ride to work 3 days a week along
the Pacific Ocean through Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Monterey.
I hope the bike doesn't mind not being dragged through the mud and
raced. Oh well.
the greatest components - but I'm
more of a frame guy, and am a sucker for lugless steel - simple
utility. Reynolds (631) tubing and prestige forks. I like all of
the braze ons, fenders... I replaced the cheesy rack with a Janus
Expidition (which is long and needed to provide heal clearance),
the brooks saddle, Carradice Kendall panniers, Swisstop pads, and
my 25 year old Suntour XC peddles. Other components are less than
ideal wheels (Deore M510 hubs, Interloc hoops, and a bad brand of
spokes someone told me can go "pop" in the night... great),
Shimano Cantis, Tange bars and headset, Tiagra STI levers (never
had STI, and never going without again) Suntour Superbe Comp cranks,
unknown sealed BB, Deore rear derailleur, Tiagra front, Soma stem
mechanic champ friend dialed in the brakes, set the bars "proper"
(says drop bars should point to the rear axle no matter how goofy
it looks, and built a great flat area for the hands by moving the
levers - it does look goofy, but feels great), and he disassembled
and greased the headset); I have to do the hubs next, and replace
the tires. The ride is great. Climbs, and corners super well. A
great compromise somewhere between old school mountain bike, road
bike and tourer.