1700 miles and out

After 3.5 years and 1700+ miles, the Ribble has been retired. It’d been my main commuting bike since I bought it, especially in wet weather. However after breaking yet another rear wheel I have replaced it with a Singular Peregrine. It’s got the drive-train from the Ribble, a pre-enjoyed Bontrager Race 29er front wheel, a new XT on Mavic A319 36-spoke rear wheel, 38mm cross tyres, Avid BB5 Road brakes, a mix of finishing kit (Specialized, Thomson, Bontrager), and some rather shiny Gilles Berthoud mudguards. Total weight is a rather hefty 29.5lbs, a planned swap to 32mm road tyres should help reduce that a bit.

The first proper test ride will probably be to work and back on Monday.

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4 Responses to 1700 miles and out

  1. Simon says:

    This post is useless without pics :)

  2. Tom says:

    I wish I’d read simon’s comment before I clicked on the link in the RSS reader!

  3. Simon says:

    So then, how was it?

  4. rich says:

    Sturdy and stable, but still needs a bit of fettling. There’s some toe-overlap with the mudguards so I might adjust those a bit, and I might have another play around with the XT chainset to see if I can get it shifting properly.

    Definitely needs narrower tyres, but they can wait for better weather.