Ribble Audax bar swap

I picked up this very lightly used Ribble a few weeks back . The previous owner claimed to have only used it for about 100 miles .

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As you can see it had originally been built with flat bars and brifters that only allowed 12 of the 14 gears to be selected due to a mismatch of components , I tried to sort this but couldn’t find those extra pair of gears .

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Whilst trying it out a couple of other issues became apparent , it’s front caliper Allen key bolt was only just reaching the caliper threads and the headset spacer arrangement wasn’t tensioning the headset bearings .

Once this pair of issues was sorted I decided to swap the flat bars for a set of drops. First job was to replace the original rear wheel and fit a new 8 speed cassette and a set of NOS Claris sti units .

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I had initially fitted a riser stem but soon swapped that out for a flat one . and started to cable up the gears and brakes .

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After a bit of setting up it was time for some test miles to see what it felt like . All was good so next job is to fit the matching fr wheel and to sort out the squeaky fr mudguard .

Then once I am happy with everything I can finish it off with some new bar tape .

 

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Triban 500 refresh

I Picked  up this Triban 500 up a few weeks ago .

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It has seen a degree of abuse and neglect since it rolled out of Decathlon .

 

 

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Overall it wasn’t in too bad a condition and just needed a refresh .

 

First job was to lose the odd and incorrect wheels and replace them with a better set I had lying around .

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Next job was to replace the chain and cassette as the chain registered over 75% wear .

 

I than gave it some miles to find any other faults  .  First one that came to light was that after anything more than a mile the saddle would start to move on its clamp , next up was to replace the brake pads as they were getting a bit thin , and then there was a bit of tidying up of the headset spacer arrangement by losing the lower clamp and fitting a couple of wider washers rather that the multiple narrow ones .

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So after a week of commuting and making some adjustments I thought it was time to give it a proper ride .

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Only a total of 35 miles but they were all very nice ones which the bike behaved well and did everything it was asked to do without any issues .

 

Visit to Blackpool

We had a lovely few days away in Blackpool recently

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The pair of us love walking along seaside promenades and we don’t worry about the weather .

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I bet most people come back with bags of rock and kiss me quick hats .

If the above statement is true then i am not one of those people because i bought back two rather different pieces of steel instead .

 

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The blue one is what i believe to be a W P Newton frame with track style rear dropouts with the added bonus of brake holes front & rear making this a very useable frame indeed , the other one is a Paul Donohue Cougar made with Reynolds 853 with stunning paintwork .

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You have to love British seaside resorts

Sight’s seen on today’s ride.

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These ornate gate’s are one of my favourite set’s of gates I see on my various rides .

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I also saw this very faint stonemasons circle on St James the Strong Church.

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I have often thought about going up to Gayhurst and I was not disappointed at all .

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These cow’s seemed quite happy to see my and my Hardisty .

Koga Signature

 

I have finally found a Koga that is more my size .

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And this is it .

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It’s a 2007 – 2009 Signature model .

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Built to take on the world.

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I have been using it for commuting on this week and have clocked up 50miles .

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But looking forward to doing quite a few more .

Boyhood dreams

Today i bought a Ferrari Daytona 365 , how many others can say that ?

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I must admit the red paintwork nearly put me off as it has a fair degree of patina but hey it’s better than fresh paint hiding a load of filler .

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Ok so the beige interior needs a dusting .

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The road test was a short affair around my palm and didn’t reveal any faults so i paid the sellers full asking price and walked away with a smile on my face .

 

Technology and comfort

I first discovered the Selle SMP range of saddles about 5 years ago .

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And since then I reckon I have covered over 10,000 miles on them .

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Most has been done on the pair of Lite 209’s that I have and then a fair bit on the Trk’s .

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I have found them very comfortable and would certainly recommend them .

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