One of the recent highlights was that I won the Freed Bikes Instagram video contest - that was pretty awesome.
How BIKE BUILDS BECOME RIDICULOUS - BUT NOT REALLY
I know - the insanity which is bike riding.
The whole point was to have a cheap town bike and something to take me to-and-from the gym. The $50 bike is actually really sweet - chromoly steel 700c frame with 90's graphics. For an unattractive-to-thieves town bike, you really couldn't get any better. The real issue was I started to really like the bike, and soon the idea of making into a potential old tourer was a thing.
The dudes and I started talking about touring. I was going to use my Giant Nutra, but as a commission-paid employee, it is easy to "treat" oneself. Somehow I convinced myself that I needed a "real" touring bike...
...and this is how the Soma Saga came to be...
$50 bike became a 1X7 cheap town bike with a burrito basket up front. I still love this bike, and it really makes a great townie - which I'm hoping thieves would not be interested in.
I'm mountain biking again
we gon' tour dis bitch
I've only ridden the Soma Saga through town once - and so far it felt great. It's incredibly comfy and you can definitely feel the Tange steel construction over the bumps. It's heavy, but it is a touring bike. I went steel on a lot of things - steel chainrings, steel cassette, steel fenders, Surly steel racks. Overkill? Maybe, but I know shit's gonna last, and for that I'm stoked.
I guess I could've went with the Sugino crankset, but I feel that the prudent Acera M361 cranks with bolt-on steel chainrings will do the job. I went 8-speed, as well. 8-speed chains can be found anywhere and are beefy. Cheap and accessible. Plus, 8-speed shifting is pretty reliable via the Shimano 8-speed cassette with steel cogs.
Two issues have arose - 1) toe overlap with the front wheel and 2) BARELY any clearance with the Tektro CR720 brake arms with the Surly front rack. So the Surly rack slightly dips down, and my OCD becomes out of control.
I'll post future things about this bike the more I ride it. But so far, it's a sweet build.