Make It Your Own: Soma Double Cross Commuter

31 Jan

When I saw this Soma Double Cross I did a double take, and not just because of its flashy orange accents. Soma designed the Double Cross for cyclocross racing, trail rides, commuting and light touring. That usually means drop bars and a rigid fork, so when I saw swept-back bars and a suspension fork I knew it was special.

As we pedaled from Caltrain to his office at San Jose’s Martin Luther King Library, Jon filled me in on his bike’s story. Born a traditional cyclocross-style commuter in 2006, its transformation began with when couple of broken spokes led to a bent rim and new wheels with bright orange rims. Why not add a little pizzazz?

John with SOMA Double Cross Portrait

From there it spiraled: a hard-to-find suspension fork for 700c wheels; bullhorn bars first, then swept-back bars with flame grips; downtube shifters; a springy new Brooks saddle for the more upright stance; a cable to secure the saddle; bright orange Ortlieb panniers and a helmet to match. No need for a high-viz jacket here.

And no need for Jon to hold back on making his Soma Double Cross his own. What customizations have you made to your commuter bike? Did you make them all at once or did your bike’s style evolve over time?

Location: Martin Luther King Library, San Jose, California, USA.

1 Comment

Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Bike Gallery


One response to “Make It Your Own: Soma Double Cross Commuter

  1. Kathleen

    February 13, 2014 at 3:10 am

    My main bike has a Diamondback chro-moly frame, but drop bars and Shimano shifters. 700c wheels, front disc brake and suspension fork. Triple front crankset. And a rack and mudguards. So it’s all custom, really!


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