Urban Velo: Superb Overland Write-Up

Our regular customers will know we have been stocking Urban Velo’s Bike Mag in the shop for years. They send us a new issue every couple months and we have a stack near our door that is free for customers to pick up as long as supplies last. We were however really excited for this newest issue as we read through the pages and came across a great write up on the Product Spotlight page giving props to our newest prototype the Superb Overland. We have been getting a lot of great feedback and are looking forward to moving forward with this model.

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Jiajun’s Custom Bianchi Super Pista

Jiajun came into the shop looking for solid fixed gear bike to ride to and from class and around Boston with his friends. Ultimately, the Bianchi Super Pista caught his eye and we built it custom to his specs.

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Build List

  • Bianchi Super Pista
  • SRAM Omnium 48t
  • All-City Track Cog 17t
  • Thomson Elite Seatpost
  • Fizik Arione Saddle
  • Thomson Elite Stem
  • Cinelli Mash Bullhorns

We’ve got a full range of Bianchi Super Pistas in celeste, red, white and black ready to build up. Our 2014 Back To School Sale begins today with 20% off all bags from Chrome Industries, Green Guru, Poler and Brooks England. Also, snag 10% off all accessories* with the purchase of a new bike. Ditch the T and ride to class this semester – the Green Line won’t miss you at all. We promise.

Superb Vivace: Back in stock

We just restocked some of our hand made Superb Vivace track frames. These are individually hand built utilizing time tested lugged construction. Each frame is then fully chrome plated before paint to finish off the classic looks and excellent durability. You really have to see these frames up close to appreciate the intricate details fully, so swing by the shop to check one out. We would love to build one up for you. If you aren’t local you can call us to order or you can purchase one on our online store. As always we ship worldwide.

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New Sprint! New Sprint!

When the new Sprint frames arrived in the shop a few weeks ago I started counting down the days to when I could build one up for myself. That day has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more stoked. It rides like a dream and is pretty easy on the eyes if I say so myself.

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Build List

  • Superb Sprint Track Frame 56cm
  • Mavic Open Pro to Phil Wood High Flange
  • SRAM Omnium Crankset
  • Affinity Cycles 49T Chainring
  • Campagnolo Record Headset
  • Nitto Dynamic Stem 90mm
  • Nitto B260AA Riser Bars
  • Nitto Dynamic 626 Seatpost
  • Brooks Cambium C17

The new Gloss Black/Teal & Kawasaki Green frames are in stock in all sizes and ready to ride out of your dreams and onto the pavement. Come on down and check them out in person & for a limited time we’re offering FREE shipping inside the US.

Superb Overland Prototype testing: Cape Ann, MA

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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. Superb Brooks

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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All in all I had a great time on the Overland and I look forward to putting it through many more miles and adventures.