All posts tagged Soma Saga

  • A Long Afternoon With My Soma Saga 26″ Touring Bike

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    Being back in the states has been such a treat…it almost felt like I’d moved back for a minute. Tomorrow I’m heading back to Shanghai for who knows how long; it’s so weird that China now feels like home to me.

    Anyway, while stateside, I got to do a bunch of stuff that I can’t easily do over in Shanghai. One of those things is explore long gravel and dirt roads on my touring bike. My Soma Saga has been my trusty and reliable ride for everything from touring to weekend getaways to simply getting lost for an afternoon.

    It’s definitely one of my favorite bikes I’ve owned. It’s certainly not pretty, nor is it hung with super fancy parts. I built this bike up on a whim a few years back after realizing I had a bunch of spare bits, making for a good excuse to exercise the old n+1 theory.

    Check out some more shots below and see for yourself just how weird of a build this is.

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  • Weekend at Otis Mountain Get Down

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    All through August I’d been getting the itch to do some bike camping but was booked solid every weekend. Like many of you I’m sure, I had ambitious plans for the Saga and camping this summer but only got out for a handful of trips. With the camp-able weather in Vermont dwindling faster than Garfield can find pizza, I knew I had to get out there soon. Luckily, a few crazy friends of mine decided halfway through the summer that they wanted to throw a music festival in the Adirondacks: The Otis Mountain Get Down.

    The Get Down took place this past weekend, September 13-15 in Elizabethtown, NY – about 40 miles from Burlington. Now I’m not much of a festival type, in fact, I’ve never been to a music festival before. I had never heard of any of the bands on the bill either, except a couple friends who were DJing. But how can you turn down a weekend long camp out, especially when all your best friends are going?  I wasn’t about to miss this.

    I took Friday off in anticipation of  some absolute last minute packing (which actually wasn’t the case, this time) and to give myself ample time to get across the lake before sundown. While I did indeed pack the night before, I still had a number of errands to run that morning, so I didn’t leave Burlington ’til around 2 PM.

    Getting to the Essex-Charlotte ferry was cake. Once I hit New York though, sheesh, the hills started to take their toll on me. I still made it to Otis mountain by 5:30 or so, and that’s with a few stops along the way. I even rode the last few miles with a bunch of beer and 2 gallons of water that I somehow managed to strap to my overloaded bike.

    The festival itself was great! I enjoyed the majority of the music and I got to hang with so many friends I seldom get to see. Plus, I was outdoors for a whole 48 hours which doesn’t happen enough these days. I also got to ride back with my good buddy Matt, another friend I hadn’t seen in ages.

    Make sure to check out the narrated photos from the trip below!


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  • Mayfest & Bike Camping Round 1

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    Culture Cycles Bike Camping

    I really hope everyone had the chance to spend some time in the saddle this weekend. The weather in Vermont was absolutely perfect, making for a perfect weekend to get out of town and do some camping. Saturday morning I loaded up the Soma Saga with a couple panniers and with my Slumberjack tent and Hunt and I headed south. We were on a mission get to Mayfest, an annual outdoor party about 30 miles south of Burlington and wanted to get there early for beer and hot dogs.

    We left Burlington around noon, which put us in for some heat and high sun. I wore my new Search and State jersey and kept surprisingly cool, especially it being all black, though I did apply sunscreen for the first time in a while – so that definitely played a part. I highly recommend wearing some if you don’t already, especially if you get late starts like us. The ride was just shy of 27 miles, mostly dirt and had a fair amount of climbing for the distance (about 2050 feet) making me really feel the extra weight I was carrying – but in a good way. I’m really happy with how the Saga handles (pictured below). This was my first time running some real weight and the 26″ wheels felt incredibly stable, even at high speeds and on dirt/gravel descents. I just need to remember not to take turns too sharp, I nearly laid my one pannier out hanging a hard right.

    After getting back on to some pavement, we made a quick stop for some snacks and a cola and then rolled back onto dirt for the last 7 miles. Upon arriving, I downed a quick beer and dog and started scoping potential grounds in the tent city. The tent went up quickly, and before I knew it the kegs were tapped, music was going, there was some heavy barbecuing, a large pallet fire, and eventually some live music. Didn’t snap any party photos, I never trust myself with nice things (cameras) in these situations. Check out a few photos I did manage to grab below. Hope everyone had a great weekend, any tales of good weekend riding?


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  • Soma Saga: Bare

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    About a week and a half ago, I finished building up my Soma Saga touring bike and since then have been toolin’ around on it with an ear-to-ear smile. I’ve yet to secure a set of racks and fenders, but should have those sorted out by the end of the month. So far I’m very happy with the fit, ride and build…For those curious on the specs, check out the quick Instagram snap I took of the Saga last weekend, and visit Soma‘s site for the full breakdown on geometry. I cleaned it up the other day and decided to shoot some photos of it bare, before its first camping mission.

    More below.


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  • Soma Saga

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    I finished building my Soma Saga touring bike a few days ago and took it out for a couple hours yesterday morning. So far I’m loving the ride; it’s comfortable as a Cadillac, and I’m pretty happy running a 3×8 drivetrain. The pictured setup:

    • Deore DX 8-speed rear derailleur
    • Ultegra front derailleur, crankset & shifters
    • XT hubs to 26″ Velocity Aero Heat Rims w/ Continental Touring Plus Tires
    • TRP Eurox Cantilever Brakes
    • Chris King Headset
    • Salsa Cowbell Bars & Ritchey WCS Stem
    • Shimano A350 pedals

    Next step: racks and fenders (also painting those bottle cages & adding another). Sorry for the Instagram snap, I’ll post some nice detail shots in the next day or so.


  • Soma Sagas In Tibet

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    soma saga

    I recently sold my Soma Double Cross frame to help fund a 26″ touring bike and transfer the parts back onto my Bianchi San Lorenzo. I wanted something steel of course, and capable of carrying decent weight for both mini bike camping trips and longer tours in the future. Twenty six inch wheels were in my criteria as well – I’m looking to build something bomb-proof.

    So, after some homework and comparing geometries, I’ve decided to pick up a Soma Saga frame/fork and am waiting on a few things to complete the build (hopefully in the next 2 weeks). In the mean time, have a look at a couple Sagas who happened to cross paths in China on the Sichuan-Tibet border.