Bianchi Super Pista

Mike’s Bikes STL doesn’t care to wheel and deal Huffy’s to any sucker that will buy them.  Instead, they’re a shop that takes their time building a bike that makes a statement for you.  Using custom components in any color you can imagine, the final product that you roll out the door of the shop with is something uniquely yours.  The shop’s latest build, however, goes above and beyond and takes a crack at being the fastest fixie in St. Louis.

Mike’s Bikes STL Builds a Bianchi Super Pista


The fastest and priciest fixie in St. Louis doesn’t have brakes.

This might be scary, insane even, to a newcomer to the world of fixed-gear cycling.  As the guys from the shop will tell you, this particular bike is meant to weave in and out of traffic instead of completely stopping for it.  A bike messenger in a hurry shouldn’t concern himself with such trivial dangers as oncoming traffic or texting drivers, right?

For this particular build, Mike’s Bikes STL sourced parts from some of the top names in bicycle components.  Pieces from Bianchi, Aerospoke, Phil Wood, Sugino, FSA, and Velocity found their way onto this custom masterpiece, culminating in what may very well be the very fastest fixed-gear bike in the ‘Lou.

Sugino crank

Bianchi super pista frame

The bike was built right in the Mike’s Bikes STL shop in the heart of the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.  The shop’s location in one of the city’s most intimate neighborhoods suits their model well.  The shop pumps out character bikes that stick out when you see them around town, especially in the tight-knit CWE.

FSA stem

Phil Wood hub

Once the build was completed, the shop boys and I headed out on the town for a quick ride-and-shoot session around some of St. Louis’ most iconic landmarks.  We stopped by Forest Park, the history museum, the Central West End, Busch Stadium, the arch, Crown Candy, and more.  Both shoot days were warm and sunny despite the month of February, giving us some great footage to help the shop hype this year’s rapidly impending cycling season.

Mike's Bikes STL

My favorite shot sequence from the first day of shooting was all around the Apotheosis of St. Louis, a statue just outside the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.

Apotheosis of St. Louis near the St. Louis Art Museum

Apotheosis of St. Louis outside the St. Louis Art Museum

We also took a quick spin by the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End, which gave me one of my favorite shots yet of St. Louis.

Cathedral Basilica St. Louis Central West End

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