This is my Soma Stanyan I’ve been building since I got back from Iraq (see: “why I ride contest”), and also the first bike I’ve built from the ground up. I went with the Stanyan because it was a reasonable price for a lugged steel frame. Obligatory Brooks saddle (I didn’t know about Selle Anatomica at the time), downtube shifters, Cane Creek headset, Panasonic tires, lots of Velo Orange shiny things, and a Klean Kanteen rounds out the look. The handlebars are upside down Nitto Northroads to give the “path racer” stance and the crank is Sugino. At the time this photo was taken, I was still waiting for the chain to come in the mail… but I couldn’t wait to take a picture of her. Here in northern Japan it is difficult to find a local bike store that doesn’t just make Japanese-style bikes, so a lot of the work was done watching a YouTube instructional video and a wrench in hand. It’s been lots of fun and I’ve learned a lot from this project. Looking forward to building the next one!