Soma Pescadero Endurance Road Bike Build

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Soma Pescadero Endurance Road Bike

Soma Pescadero Endurance Road Bike

Soma Fabrications’ Pescadero road bike

  • Chromoly frame set

  • Stiff Breezer-style dropouts

  • Accepts front and rear racks

  • 700 x 38mm clearance size optimal

  • Road sport geometry suitable for all-day riding

  • Available in Colonial Blue, finished fenders optional.

Our friend Sean excitedly texted us one morning with a link to The Gravel Grinder Tour of the Canyons. A 160-mile, mostly self-supported, ride on old roads that stretch from Grand Junction to Moab. This non-technical route is comprised of worn asphalt roads and dirt paths with plenty of elevation gain and steep scenic descents.

Our conversation quickly turned to what kind of bicycle would be appropriate for this unique tour. Sean, a loyal Soma Fab customer, had been eyeing the Pescadero frame set for a few months. We all decided it’s specifications were perfectly suited to this trip. The Pescadero’s road-like geometry will allow Sean to quickly accomplish the mountain passes and it’s relaxed head tube height will hold steady on sharp descents.

Sean quickly decided to have us pull together the component package for his new Pescadero. Before we began recommending specific components we carefully considered Sean’s bicycling goals, abilities, his height and measurements, and we even talked about the styling details he had in mind. A new bicycle build isn’t the the only way to achieve the perfect bike but it is the most efficient way and we were on our way to the perfect machine for a Rocky Mountain bicycle tour.

A new bike build is organized into 4 major categories.

Frame set

We look at your size, weight, and riding style before we decide upon a frame set recommendation. We consider the type of terrain you typically ride, and what plans you might have for your riding future


Wheels

The type of wheels are sometimes chosen in conjunction with the frame set. You may know exactly which frame set and/or type of wheel you want for your new bicycle. But if you are open to suggestions we will eagerly outline several options for you to choose from based on your body type and your cycling goals.

Wheel Size

There are predominately 3 popular wheel diameters to choose from. Sean is most comfortable on  700c wheels so we knew the Pescadero frame set would be a great fit for him. Since he already has several bikes with huskier type of rims paired with plus sized tires we recommended a different wheel style for his Pescadero, something lighter and a bit more aerodynamic.

After the wheel diameter is selected it’s time to decide between standard factory built wheels or a special pair of bespoke wheels. Hand built wheels are stronger, hold their true longer, and allow you to choose exactly which rim model, hubs, and type of spokes you prefer. Sean wanted a nice looking pair of wheels that would withstand off road conditions. He decided that the hand built wheel option was the best route for him.


The Drive Train

The drive train choice varies from an internally geared hub to a traditional drive train with derailleurs. We will help you determine how many gears are necessary for your cycling goals. Sean specifically requested Shimano’s DuraAce 2x10 drivetrain, a very popular choice for road cyclists. We performed a few modifications to allow it to work smoothly with the Pescadero.


The Cockpit

The components that determine your comfort while on the bicycle directly correspond to the cockpit; the handlebars, stem, head tube, and everything you actually touch while riding. We’ll analyze your body measurements to help determine specific recommendations to your frame. These are also the components that can be easily replaced later as your riding style or even your flexibility changes.


Sean’s Pescadero

We were weight conscious with this bike build since Sean will be riding up multiple mountain passes on the Gravel Grinder tour. The weight considerations of each component was carefully balanced with it’s durability and ease of adjustment for Sean while he’s out on tour. In the end Sean’s bike is one of the fastest Pescadero’s I have ever had the pleasure to test ride. It’s light, responsive, and agile.

  • Rims  Velocity Quill, polished. These are durable, lightweight, American made rims with an Aerodynamic quality to them.

  • Hubs   Chris King polished

  • Spokes  Bladed

  • Bottom Bracket Chris King

  • Crankset  Sugino

  • Rim Brakes Paul Component Engineering Racer Brakes, center pull calipers. Rim brakes are light and more easily maintained out on the trail. They provide substantial stopping power if they are properly adjusted and especially if they are manufactured by Paul Component Engineering.

  • Shifter/brake lever  Shimano Dura Ace

  • Derailleurs Shimano

  • Rear Cassette Shimano DuraAce

  • Headset Chris King

  • Handlebars NITTO Randoneer Drop

  • Seat Post Paul’s Components, Tall and Handsome polished

  • Saddle Brooks B17 Ti

  • Tires Soma Fab Supple Vitesse. 700 x 38mm tires are the optimal size for the Pescadero frame if you want the option to install fenders. This will be a great all around tire size for any type of dirt riding.

  • Pedals MKS Next Touring

  • Bottle Cage King Cage Ti


Meet The Lisa, Soma Fabrication's Junior Road Bike

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The Lisa features a lugged steel fork. Notice the Soma Urban brake levers and the Rivendell Caliper brakes for great stopping power.

The Lisa features a lugged steel fork. Notice the Soma Urban brake levers and the Rivendell Caliper brakes for great stopping power.

The Lisa

A junior road bike that rides like an adult steel-framed road bike, it's a Soma!

The Lisa is available as a frame set allowing for the freedom of choosing the perfect build kit.

For the young lass who will be riding this bike we recommended drop handlebars, bar end shifters, a double chain ring with an eight-speed cassette.

Soma also produces The Bart, the same 40 cm junior road bike in Chrome.

Tange mini drops, IRD headset and Shimano bar end shifters

Tange mini drops, IRD headset and Shimano bar end shifters

It was especially fun building this custom road bike. I suppose because we have watched our neighbor's daughter enjoy her first rides as a baby in a Chariot trailer, then as a toddler on her balance bike, on up to the top of an Xtracycle, and eventually on to her own 2-wheel bicycle with pedals. Look out, now she has her own road bike!

A Butterfly water bottle cage for a touch of whimsy.

A Butterfly water bottle cage for a touch of whimsy.

20" wheel set

20" wheel set

new bike day!

new bike day!

Encourage the normalcy of riding bicycle by:

  • providing your child with a nice quality bicycle
  • completing family bike rides
  • being prepared, carry a patch kit and pump.
  • taking a relaxed pace, explore as you go (ice cream shops are always fun)!

 

Fall Shop Hours:

Monday: 10-6

Wednesday-Saturday: 10-6

Sunday: 11-4


Custom City Bicycle

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An everyday commuter bike can be defined in many ways and by no means am I one to say a particular style of bicycle is inappropriate. But I might cringe when someone says to me “oh, it’s just my commuter” implying that the commuter bike is disposable. No! Your commuter bicycle is the bike that gets ridden the most, it gets abused by city streets, it sees all weather, and it’s the bike that you will be seen on the most. It’s appropriate to take pride in your city bike for your city bike is an extension of your personal street style.

New Handlebar we like by Ahearn. Sporty and Upright.

New Handlebar we like by Ahearn. Sporty and Upright.

 

A few weeks ago a neighbor came in looking for a new commuter. Her once reliable steel framed Bianchi was sporting worn out components after 20 odd years of riding. We offered to rebuild her old mixte frame set but she took one look at the Soma Buena Vista we had on the sales floor and decided it was her time for a brand new bicycle

Soma frame sets are lively, quick chromoly frame sets, far more responsive than any steel bike from the 1990’s. Soma’s Buena Vista factory build is an awesome bike that we keep in stock but our neighbor wanted a little customization so this is what Ethan came up with.

Tange head set. Don't skimp on your headsets, they hold your bike together over city streets.

Tange head set. Don't skimp on your headsets, they hold your bike together over city streets.

MKS platform pedals so you can wear any kind of footwear to work!

MKS platform pedals so you can wear any kind of footwear to work!

Alfine 11-speed goes the distance, rain or shine.

Alfine 11-speed goes the distance, rain or shine.

New SON rear light from Germany. Small yet Mighty bright.

New SON rear light from Germany. Small yet Mighty bright.

At Queen City Cycle we tune new bikes, used bikes, department store bikes, and vintage bikes. Ethan makes sure all of these bicycles are safe and reliable for their owners.

Or if you would like a few suggestions for a new Soma Fabrications bicycle we can help answer those questions too.