I’ve been flogging the Urbana almost daily for the past two weeks, and I have a final review to put together, which is still a few weeks away. People who are keeping track of my personal blog already know what kind of fun I’ve been having lately, so I thought I’d share some thoughts here as well.
First up: those tires! They’re wide, but they’re quite smooth. They roll easier than you’d think they would. The sipes at the edges do well enough to channel away rain and snow. Yes, snow.
The tires also happen to be quite good at absorbing shock from pot-holes and other obstacles.
The rear rack is rated for well over 100 pounds. Here, I have a 35 pound pail of cat litter, a 14 pound bag of cat food and a 10 pound sack of potatoes. I rode like this for over a mile, with about 15 more pounds of fresh veggies and fruits in my backpack. The rear-mounted kick-stand isn’t as slick as the Velo Orange scissor-action double kickstand, but it works very well. Being close to the rack also gives it a lot of stability when the bike is heavily loaded.
I’ll have some more fun photos to share with you from Kansas City’s surprise snow storm. It’s the most sure-footed bike I’ve ever ridden in the snow.