In September 2013 Ettienne de Beer will set off on Foot & Bicycle to cover the circumference of the UK. He will be attempting to set a World Record for the distance, but more importantly is aiming to raise £100,00 for a charity close to his heart. For the bike sections of the route he’ll be aboard a 2012 Ridgeback Platinum.
We dropped by to see the guys at ‘Saddles & Paddles’ in Exeter. Not only do they have a good selection of Ridgeback Models in store, they also hire fleet of Ridgebacks for your use around the area. Based in Kings Wharf on the Quayside you could have yourself a relaxed day riding around Exeter then treat yourself to Coffee & Cake next door.
Two of our unique Ridgeback Panorama’s are now on sale with Johns Bikes in Bath. These share the same build spec as the 2012 model but are painted in two unique colours. The first (pictured) is the Metallic Green, whilst the other sports a metallic bronze. These were frame colours used in our research & development stages back in the design room here at Ridgeback. But if you happen to fit a 56cm frame & your looking for something a little unusal then drop along or contact Johns Bikes -Bath.
So, this weekend I went out for my first ride of the New Year. It was the first time I’d had a chance to take my new Ridgeback Radium road bike out for a try. It was quite a different riding experience from the upright hybrid bike that I had been riding previously and I knew it would take a bit of getting used to. After making a few adjustments, I found that it was a lot more comfortable than I’d expected. The thin tyres aren’t as scary as I’d thought either. The ride is very smooth, and I found that changing gear was easy once I got my head around how they worked! (I never had gears on my bikes as a child.)
Once it was all set up, off I went. I’ve been a bit lazy until now and have always chosen the easy routes (by this, read flat). Today though I added a gentle slope and felt very proud of myself when I reached the top, even if I was puffing! I rewarded myself with a drink of water before setting off again, only to turn the corner and see another, less gentle, slope heading off in front of me! I did make an attempt at it but, I have to admit, it was a bit much for me on my first ride, so I turned around and headed back the way I came. And here is what surprised me the most – going downhill was a lot more difficult for me than going up! Not in terms of effort – of course I could just freewheel down picking up more and more speed as I went, but, at the end of the day, I’m a bit of a wimp! The riding position of a road bike means I’m leaning forward so that downhill feels even steeper! So, instead I managed to go down at snails pace, hands gripping the brakes and with one foot hovering protectively above the ground, until the road levelled out and I could go back pedalling on my way. Ok, so I think a little more practise will be needed…
It was a fantastic opportunity for us to display many of our current 2012 models and the new additions due on sale shortly. Over the 4 days we had the pleasure of meeting both existing Ridgeback owners and those new to cycling alike.
For those still looking to make a decision on your next purchase then the local Ridgeback Dealer’s in your area will be well placed to discuss your individual requirements and get you underway. If your not sure where your nearest dealer is then visit our Dealer Finder.
The cold weather was no reason to stay in this weekend… In fact it was the perfect oppurtunity to take the Cerium out on the Club run – kitted up with Disc Brakes, mudguards and a plush ride courtesy of its 28c Conti Contacts.
In fact it seemed better suited to these conditions than at any other point during the year as those on Carbon Frames and narrow 23 & 25c tyres tiptoed around.
Riding with the guys from VC10 we took a picturesque trip out through the lanes of the Aylesbury Vale via Waddesdon Manor then on to the village of Stony Stratford before looping back round the Vale as we headed towards every club riders favourite stopping point. Being the first truly fresh ride of the Winter a welcome stop came in the guise of ‘Little Italy’, a rider friendly Cafe in the village of Haddenham.
Following a brew, cake and a brief thaw out it was a swift ride for home.
80miles on the clock, a great day out in the countryside ….. and a justifiable excuse for raiding the fridge!
Have you ever pondered what you’d build a Flight Ti Frameset into ….
When one of the guys from the Shimano/PRO product team at Madison mentioned he was putting together a Flight Ti Winter Bike we knew it was likely to be something a little special.
And he didn’t disappoint!! White PRO Stealth Evo Bars, PRO Seatpin and Colour matched San Marco SKN Saddle take care of the contact points. But the combination of Ultegra Chainset and Derailleurs, mated to Shimano XTR hubs, and Handbuilt wheels shod with Conti Cyclocross rubber are the highlights for me. Fitting a Steel Disc compatible fork shows that there’s every intention of riding this throughout the Winter, whatever the conditions, and not just on the Tarmac!
By the very nature of Ti, you can ride it year round in the knowledge that the salted winter roads are not making a bid to eat away at it.
To start your bespoke Flight Build then see our Flight Ti Framesets .
If this route is not for you, we’ve taken away the hassle of choosing parts and offer the Flight Ti as a Factory Built bike, for further details click here