For some time I pondered the idea of getting a different bike. One that would be lighter and well suited to recreational rides, centuries and light touring. My ANT is a beautiful bike to be sure. It was built with fully loaded touring in mind and it’s heavy.
The idea floated in my head for about a year. This July, I started looking more seriously. It’s still the case that I can’t find a serious mass-made bike that I want and that fits my very short stand-over height. The staff at Baltimore Bicycle Works helped me search. There is indeed at least one carbon frame model that would fit, but that’s just not what I want. You spend a lot of money on a good bike and a lot of time on it. It’s aesthetics should appeal to you.
John suggested looking at Soma’s Buena Vista mixte frame. When I have some time to think about it more, I want to write about the general impression out there that mixtes aren’t “real” bikes. John’s idea was the winner. For just a little more than a good off-the-shelf bike, I got a beautiful custom build. I think the BBW people were as excited to build it as I was to get it. They were so great to work with, I can’t say enough good things about the experience. Thank you Josh, Meredith, Brent, and Alex for your patience and enthusiasm. And to Evan at Soma for quickly answering my various questions.
To my surprise it was all built and ready yesterday. I dropped everything and went to pick it up. Here she is, my new beauty:
Yes we went out for a ride later that day. Impression one: this bike really fits me well. No hand numbness or shoulder soreness. Impression two: I am able to ride much faster on this bike. Surprisingly so. Impression three: Wow! Fun!