August 8, 2014
I spent my last weekend exploring all over Cape Ann with the prototype Superb Overland bike. My goal was to see how the set up worked on a variety of terrain that most people would see while getting out to fun places beyond the city limits. This included pavement, loose gravel, packed dirt, and rocky/rooty trails. The bike was very easy to ride on the roads of Gloucester and Rockport. The twisting, hilly roads were fun and the 1×10 drivetrain has more than enough gears to always have the right one. I went with a wide spread 11×36 cassette to really give a broad range and paired with the 44t chainring I was never wanting for anything more.
The first stopping point was Halibut Point in Rockport. There is a large quarry here (no swimming allowed sadly!) and breath taking views of the Atlantic.
At this point we were getting hot so we headed to Folly Cove in Gloucester to take a dip in the ocean. This is a great spot to swim and snorkel, especially at high tide. We have been in the habit of building rock towers so about a bakers dozen were erected that afternoon.
The sun was getting low in the sky so we got back on the bikes and headed to Lighthouse beach to enjoy the sunset and an adult beverage while lounging in my hammock. I can’t say enough good stuff about the hammock, it is so small I carry it with me on all my adventures and it always comes in handy!
Day 2 started with a solo offroad ride through Dogtown Commons. Dogtown makes up most of the inner part of the island and is a criss crossing maze of gravel trails and single track. The Overland handled it well even though I dabbed a few more times than if I was on my dedicated MTB. A slightly larger tire would have been nice, the 35′s felt very rigid against the large rocks. A 40c tire will easily clear the frame, so if lots of off pavement was planned I would most likely run those.
After working up a sweat and getting covered in bug bites we headed to Steel Derrick for some swimming to cool off in the quarry lake. This spot is private unless you know the right person with access, and it has its own security guard. Which is both a bummer but also awesome. I have never been to a nicer cleaner swimming hole. No broken glass or huge crowds. The quarry is surrounded by sheer rock walls that are great for jumping off of as well as bouldering on! We swam past sunset and then called it a day.
All in all I had a great time on the Overland and I look forward to putting it through many more miles and adventures.