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The saga of the Soma Saga, or a build tetralogy.

Old 11-25-15, 06:29 AM
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The saga of the Soma Saga, or a build tetralogy.

I posted some of these links earlier, but now the build is complete. My write-up, in four parts:

A bicycling aesthetic.
The build begins.
The wheel on the bike goes 'round and 'round...
Meet Oliver.

Enjoy!
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Old 11-25-15, 07:10 AM
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Enjoyed the read. Interesting web site as well. You've got one beautiful bike in Oliver! Good job!
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I confess, I skipped to the end. I'm afraid I wouldn't ride a bike like Oliver; but I have to admit he looks awesome.
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Old 11-25-15, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Ajenkins View Post
I posted some of these links earlier, but now the build is complete. My write-up, in four parts:

A bicycling aesthetic.
The build begins.
The wheel on the bike goes 'round and 'round...
Meet Oliver.

Enjoy!
I enjoyed reading that but would like even more details about the decision making processes you engaged in when you chose your various components.

Why did you choose the crank you chose?
Why did you choose the hubs you chose?
Why did you choose the rear derailleur you chose? etc, etc, etc
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Old 11-28-15, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
I enjoyed reading that but would like even more details about the decision making processes you engaged in when you chose your various components.

Why did you choose the crank you chose?
Why did you choose the hubs you chose?
Why did you choose the rear derailleur you chose? etc, etc, etc
Crank -- I wanted a compact double, and I really liked the 30/46 that VO offered (plus a BSD that make alternatives available). I also don't have much of a Q angle, and prefer a straight crank; those flared-out thingies give me the hives.

Hubs -- Big flanges for durability, especially if this ends up being my touring bike. I also like the looks of big silver hubs.

Derailleur -- I wanted friction, not indexed. I wanted all metal, no plastic. I wanted sexy. SunXCD are awesome (not cheap), friction and built to last. In practice, I have to say these are the best derailleurs I have ever ridden with. Smoother than a baby's butt.

All of the parts had to meet both functional and aesthetic criteria. In the functional department, I was not so much concerned about weight as I was about reliability, repairability, and usability. Bar-end shifters, for example: I knew I wasn't going to be using drop bars, so downtube shifters would be a long ways down. I read that the Rivendell Silvers had reliability problems, Shimano looked ugly, so I went with Dia-Compe.

Also, I was dead-set against indexing. I'm not being a retro-grouch, all of my other bikes are indexed. But I'm forever fiddling with them, looking for that perfect sweet spot in their adjustment. By comparison, I love friction shifting with a good set of derailleurs. I just glide through the gears, and for me, at least, there is no fiddliness about finding the right gear or the right place on the gear.

I think there's no surprise that I like the VO/Rivendell aesthetic, and this bike was an intentional take-off on that style of bike. I know that somebody has been bouncing around the forum exclaiming what cheap POS Velo-Orange stuff is, but I honestly don't see it. It neither feels nor looks like corners were cut, though with only 30 miles on the road, we've got a ways to go before we know about the durability. I'm not expecting problems, obviously.
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Old 11-28-15, 10:46 AM
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I, too, skipped to the bottom. And I must say that your passion for the bike is unabashed and commendable.
My next two builds will possibly include VO cranks and are friction bikes, as I really like a clean, 'no-look' friction shift and the mechanical feel of the chain falling into place. I fall short of the Rivendell standards of twine and shellac and 650b, etc. - but give me an attractive wool jersey any day.

Roll on!
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That was a very nice read and there is a happy ending.

Enjoy your new bike.
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