It’s that time of year, well its over a month into the cycle season and im after a new bike. Plus i also have a few cycle events im attending this year Manchester to Blackpool… and not forgetting the summer Sky Rides.
I’ve got over my prejudgment of online cycle shops. I though in the past one could only get a bike after having got a feel for it. But after several bikes you never really get a feeling of a bike by spinning around the block for 5minuets, and most of the time i go for the very latest model thats not even in the country at the time to test. So after a few colleagues successfully got a a bike from Ribble Cycles i decided to head on over to there site and play around with the bike builder and see what i could come up with giving myself a not so high but reasonable budget of £1000 plus or minus few hundred.
To my surprise the price of Ribble bikes are VERY resonable, could even pick my self a carbon bike for around £1000. I was very tempted with the very sexy looking Ribble Stealth, but decided i should stick to aluminium tubeset bikes, still low weight but for the type of cycling i do commuting and weekend it would be more of an expense than i wanted to part with, maybe next year!! 🙂
Of the aluminium frames i opted for the curvaceous Ribble 7046 Sportive Curved Frame with following specs: And amazengly i was able to keep under control and kept it under a grand at £958.39 :)) so not only did i get a custom bike, but got it for a bargin.
Ribble 7046 Sportive Curved Frame 58cm (C-Top) Ribble 7046 Sportive Carbon Road Forks 1 1/8″ ITS Ribble Headset Branded Ribble 1 1/8″ Hidden (ITS) 45 x 45 Campagnolo 2012 Xenon / Veloce Black 10 Spd Double Groupset Campagnolo Pow er Torque Outboard Cups Eng Campagnolo Veloce Black Brakes Road Campagnolo 10 Spd Veloce Cassette 12-25 Campagnolo 10Spd Veloce Chain Campagnolo Veloce Black PT 10Spd Cset 172.5 39/53 Campagnolo Veloce Black 10Spd Dble Front Gear STD/CT Bz-on Campagnolo Xenon 10 Spd Rear Gear Short Campagnolo QS Escape Ergopow ers Xenon 10Spd w ith cables Campagnolo Pr Whls Khamsin Black/White Clincher 9/10/11 Camp Deda RHM 02 Bars Black 44cm ITM Alutech 6061 (31.8) Stem Black 120mm ITM Headset Spacer Carbon 1 1/8″ 10mm CSN Superleggera K6 Saddle Black ITM Triango Carbon Seatpillar Black 31.6 350mm Vittoria Rubino 3 Rigid Tyre Red/Black 700x23mm Continental Race 28 Inner Tube 700×18/25 SV42mm Deda Cork Ribbon Handlebar Tape Red Shimano Clipless Spd A520 Pedals
It’s been on order for a week now and they quoted 11 to 14 days, so might be able to get a cycle on it for the school half term (queen’s diamond jubilee week) where i’m almost guaranteed to bump into several fellow cyclists.
So keep tuned and i’ll post more news when i get it. In the mean time, off to Wiggle.co.uk to get me some new gear to go with bike.
Why do i keep picking the expensive sorts, first fencing now cycling.