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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New jacket Time again

Well this week has seen the arrival of my latest new jacket , after trying products from Altura , Endura and Polarias i decide this time to go for a Proviz .

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Why Proviz i hear you all shout , the main reason is i am fed up of watching the reflective panels slowly and surely peel off my last 3 or 4 jackets .

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So when i asked Proviz i was told that they an integral part of the jacket not just an added extra and can’t peel off .

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I am really impressed by the Nightrider 2 and how reflective it is . I am intending to use it on this weekend rides .

 

If you are in the market for a new jacket then look no further https://proviz.mention-me.com/m/ol/mu9ve-martin-biggs