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My new commuter is done (almost)! It's modern but has serious C&V ties...

Old 02-09-12, 11:40 PM
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My new commuter is done (almost)! It's modern but has serious C&V ties...

First of all I want to thank Mike (3Alarmer) for facilitating this frame for me off the Sacramento Craigslist. Thanks Mike!

This started out as a budget build but ended up being my most expensive bike build to date even though a lot of the parts I scrounged up for little or no money. It's still a work in progress. I'm running a continuous brake housing because that's what I'm told I need to do with mechanical disc brakes. Celeste was the only housing I had on hand that was long enough... I'm probably going to try to run interrupted housing like the frame was designed for and if that doesn't work I'll get some black housing and clamp on cable guides. The fenders are really only mocked up with the hardware I had on hand. I need to make a trip the the hardware store to clean things up.

The build list (and props to C&Vers that helped make it happen).

- 2009 Soma Double Cross DC Frameset. Tange Prestige. (from 3Alarmer)
- Shimano XT disc hubs to Mavic disc only rims with 700x32 Paselas
- 8speed 12-34 Shimano Cassette
- Sugino triple road crankset (from 23Skidoo...I think)
- Deore RD (trying to upgrade to XT)
- 105 FD (from RHM)
- Campagnolo Chorus 10s shifters (from gioscinelli)
- Moots ti seatpost
- Fizik Aliante saddle
- White bars and stem that I wish weren't white
- FSA headset
- Avid BB7 road mechanical disc brakes
- VO hammered fenders (from ColonolJLloyd)
- Cygolite 350 headlight
- Topeak rear rack
- Novara pannier







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Old 02-10-12, 06:56 AM
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Very impressive

Jeez, Bubba, I have stuff in the garage I bought way before
you got that still waiting for me to work on it.

I'm glad you are poorer but happy with the way it turned out.

Certainly that frame looked to me like it was ready for battle.

For some reason it looks to me like the shuttle from the Enterprise.
Is that a phase cannon on the bars? If so, nice touch.
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Old 02-10-12, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars
First of all I want to thank Mike (3Alarmer) for facilitating this frame for me off the Sacramento Craigslist. Thanks Mike!

This started out as a budget build but ended up being my most expensive bike build to date even though a lot of the parts I scrounged up for little or no money. It's still a work in progress. I'm running a continuous brake housing because that's what I'm told I need to do with mechanical disc brakes. Celeste was the only housing I had on hand that was long enough... I'm probably going to try to run interrupted housing like the frame was designed for and if that doesn't work I'll get some black housing and clamp on cable guides. The fenders are really only mocked up with the hardware I had on hand. I need to make a trip the the hardware store to clean things up.

The build list (and props to C&Vers that helped make it happen).

- 2009 Soma Double Cross DC Frameset. Tange Prestige. (from 3Alarmer)
- Shimano XT disc hubs to Mavic disc only rims with 700x32 Paselas
- 8speed 12-34 Shimano Cassette
- Sugino triple road crankset (from 23Skidoo...I think)
- Deore RD (trying to upgrade to XT)
- 105 FD (from RHM)
- Campagnolo Chorus 10s shifters (from gioscinelli)
- Moots ti seatpost
- Fizik Aliante saddle
- White bars and stem that I wish weren't white
- FSA headset
- Avid BB7 road mechanical disc brakes
- VO hammered fenders (from ColonolJLloyd)
- Cygolite 350 headlight
- Topeak rear rack
- Novara pannier






Nice! Now you need a Brooks saddle, and to hit that stem with black spraypaint..
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Old 02-10-12, 08:04 AM
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Very nice commuter!! Do you have a good secure parking spot at work?
To comment on Sirrus Rider's suggestion, if you're thinking about painting the stem, I used some truck bed coating to paint the bars, stem, cranks, etc on a trash picked Magna my son uses as an ss commuter. It's textured and looks pretty good.
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Right on, Alex! I dig it.

I bought the same brake for the front only of my Voodoo Wazoo cyclocross bike. Was it easy to setup? Have you ridden it yet? I'd like to know your impressions of mechanical discs.

I just bought 11 speed Ergos to control a 9 speed Shimano drivetrain and am thinking of getting 10 speed Ergos for my touring bike that has an 8 speed Shimano drivetrain. Everything works well with your setup?

I've never seen those particular DT cable stops. Neat.

Looks great and will look even better when you get the few off-color pieces worked out.
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I really like it...smart and fun.
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Sirrius Rider - No spray paint but I do hope to swap for a black (or ti...) stem. I ride a Brooks Pro on all my other road bikes but since this bike is going to be getting wet and dirty I didn't think a Brooks would be good.

XLR99 - I have a questionably safe parking spot at work... it's in a parking garage and the bike rack is near the manager's office so it's pretty safe. Some people don't use a lock at all. I'm still a bit worried about the Moots post though so I might replace it with something that's not worth more than the frame...

Justin - The BB7's were a snap to set up and are very easy to adjust. The cable and housing I have on it right now aren't the greatest so I think that is working against me a little. They are a little "mushy" at first but I think I have them dialed in right and they stop as well or better than the dual pivots I'm used to. Havne't used them in th rain yet but that's where they are supposed to really shine. I haven't ridden it more than 20 miles so far so I can't comment too much on the shifting. My first impression is that it works pretty well... not as smooth as my 10s Chorus shifting a 10s Chorus RD and cassette but it seems to be as good as 8s Shimano STI witht he added hood comfort of Ergo (which is why I'm using them).

I've never seent he cable stops before either and to be honest I don't even remember where I came across them. I was holding on to them for a vintage frame since they look the part but decided to use them here instead.

Once it has a black stem, possibly a black seatpost and proper brake cable routing I think it will be a stunner.

Thanks guys!

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Yo 4Rings6Stars, looks quite nice. Is this your first bike with disc brakes? If so, how do you like them so far? I have a set of disc brakes on my Cannondale Quick CX Rigid, and they stop just fine, but they always seem to have a squeak or chirp. I've tried everything but cannot exorcise the sound permanently. Oh well, I like the bike other than that.
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Yo 4Rings6Stars, looks quite nice. Is this your first bike with disc brakes? If so, how do you like them so far? I have a set of disc brakes on my Cannondale Quick CX Rigid, and they stop just fine, but they always seem to have a squeak or chirp. I've tried everything but cannot exorcise the sound permanently. Oh well, I like the bike other than that.
I just got a mountain bike on loan (ti WTB Phoenix) that has hydraulic disc brakes but between that one and this Soma I've only put a combined 30 or so miles on them. But so far no chirps! Have you tried cleaning the pads and rotors with alcohol or something? My guess is that the brakes aren't squeaking or chirping but actually crying because they miss their derailleur friends...
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