Messenger from that online retailer. This same rig ls also marketed
as a Dawes, Fuji, Mercier, Windsor- All same Taiwanese chromo with
cheap parts. Here's mine.
the stock bar with IRO road bar, an $18 duplicate of the Rivendell
Nitto Noodle. No ergo bends and a nice big flat spot up top. Swapped
the Truvativ Touro S/S crank, 48T, with the IRO S/S crank, 44T.
Both have square taper BB so the swap was a breeze. The IRO crank
is super BEEFY. It's only polished on the outboard surfaces which
is kind of weird, but the surfaces you see are as nice as Sugino,
Shimano, I'd say damn close to the pearly shine of Campagnolo cranks...
Canned the plastic to clips for some MKS chrome and some SOMA leather
straps. Swapped the black stock seatpost for a silver IRO. Swapped
the stock cheesebox seat for a Brooks standard, honey brown. I have
never owned a NEW one and actually treated it as recommended by
the manufacturer. I knew that NOTHING would suit this bike as well
as the orangeish tint of the Brooks. Cotton tape and wine corks.
It appears that 25s or 28s would be the biggest I could go on tires.
I'll leave the 23s on until I wear 'em out (Kenda Koncept). Silly
little Diamond Back BMX chain tensioners. Really in place so I can
make sure the wheel is centered before I crank down on the rear
axle bolts. Not really critical for chain tension. Specialized frame
for what you do!