I took the Ribble out tonight for it’s first proper ride. Whilst waiting for the others at the LBS I took the opportunity to pinch a new saddle off the shop wall and fit that, it still needs tweaking slightly though. Once out on the road it became clear that the gears still need fettling, and the front mech cable managed to detach itself part way round necessitating five minutes attention with an allen key. Ignoring those minor niggles it’s actually quite nice to ride. Compared with the Lemond it tends to barge its way through things rather than float over the top of them, but then it’s a couple of lbs heavier and about £1500 cheaper. It’s nice and steady and surefooted, almost perfect for the 40mph descent back into town (in a 30mph limit naturally).
At some point soon it needs a new rear mech, and possibly some different bars, other than that it’s perfect for it’s intended job.