The place for fixies and other rides without gears
700x28 should be ok, but wouldn't go larger.
Double the inside width of the rim is the rule of thumb and those DA22's have a 13.9mm width. Never used those rims and just speaking in generalities so happy to be told otherwise.
Thanks for replying.
Does anyone know what kind of brake pads I can install on the Bowery? I'm not on the up and up when it comes to rim brakes so I've no idea what to use buy as replacements. The current brakes/pads are Tektro, but Wiggles doesn't sell Tektro, any idea what will work on there?
Look at KoolStop for inspiration RVM, seriously good gear. Some will also mention Swisstop, I have no experience there.
Personally, I'd put the pesos towards new calipers. I have nothing good to say about Tektro road brakes.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
I'd heard tektro's maligned before I got my Bowery, but in the time I had it they were fine and never left me feeling unsafe or underbraked.
But then again a 68 kilo rider on a 8.6 kg bike is not gonna be the challenge on brakes of some of you porkier blokes
Yeah, alright pipecleanerman
I really shoulda qualified it by saying they were longreach calipers, chattered like a 14yo girl with unlimited credit.
Don't mean I didn't make a swap to 105s a condition of purchase when I bought me 'Dale.
London Boy 29/12/2011
I ended up buy Shimano brake pads, I've not installed them yet though. The Tektro brakes on the Bowery are fine, no issues with them whatsoever. The stock pads wear rather quickly though, of course with all the wet weather riding I've been doing I'm surprised they're wearing fast.
Bowery for sale (AT) CBD cycles for $750ish ATM Dave. Melb I know but worth considering.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Looking at the specs online between the 09 and 10 models and it appears the cranks are different brand with a larger chain ring.The wheels(rims) are also unbranded except for the joy tech hubs.I'm not sure of the hubs I had on the 09 ,but the alex rims were not bad in the robustness category for the value.I paid $695 new for mine , but I'm wondring if the later 10 models have skimped on the component spec to keep em down to the $799 tag.
still umming and ahing about these bikes, but I'm thinking sourcing an 09 might be a better option?
Thought , comparos from any one who has seen/ridden both.
I haven't ridden the new ones, but I have seen them, and the color paint schemes are ummmm.... well I'm not too impressed. I like the matte gray or black schemes they did on them. The last thing I want is my commuter bike screaming out "steal me"! The FSA cranks on the 09 are good kit for the money, and you're right about the DA22's, they're as solid as a brick shithouse.
Formula hubs I've since found out. Formula/Alex combo (09) V's Joytech/No Name (10).
Seems the spec has dropped to meet a pricepoint?
Wembley Cycles, Wembley have a Bowery in stock discounted I think. They have other fixed speeds as well.
Yeah, I know .I hit bike exchange before christmas and emailed a few enquiries to the 09 on special stores that are interstate. 2 never returned my emails(slack) and one replied saying that giant australia would not allow mail order of ther bikes between states.Guess thats why the other 2 lazy stores never replied to me.
It's OK I'm over wanting another one of these now anyway, unless I pick a used one up for around $300.
I've got the 08 matt black Bowery and I liked it better than the gloss black 09. I paid $699 for mine and it came with the Alexis DA22 rims which has been rock solid. I ride the bike hard to work and back and the rims are running straight as.
They go a bit pear-shaped if you break a single spoke, but luckily they true up extremely well once it's replaced. I bomb quite a few curbs with mine and have only broken one spoke in ~2500km. Other than that, they hold up extremely well.
I ended up putting on 23c Continental GP 4000 S tyres ($50 each on special, usually $100 each) onto the Bowery. Easton EA30 riser handlebars cut down to 580mm, Brooks B17 narrow saddle, Power Grips and changed over the peddles to K218 from the Giant Reign 3 I have. The peddles were lying around after I put clipless peddles onto the Reign 3. It really showed up how terrible the Bowery peddles were.
I love how the Bowery rides with the risers instead of the drop bars. Suits my style of riding to and from work much more than the drop bars.
I'll post some pics tomorrow night when I get home.
Here is my '09 Bowery experiment in its latest form. I painted it ages ago, replaced the stem, neck and handle bars and puts new leavers on it. Picked up the Shimano Tiagra 52t cranks recently and put them on so I took a pic. Oh, and new pedals. I'm going to look for some cheapish carbon forks and new seat next and I might be content with it then... (might also get the junk off it and take a closer pic tomorrow.)
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