Back at the beginning of 2010 I retired my Ribble Audax and replaced it with a Singular Peregrine for winter commuting duties. The Peregrine is good, but bloody heavy, weighing in at nearly 30lbs with full guards. For commuting in the winter this isn’t a problem, however this year it hasn’t really stopped raining since the beginning of April, and I’m getting a bit fed up with the weight of the Peregrine for every-day duty.
The frameset for the Ribble was still in the cellar, and in a dusty corner of the lean-to was my Planet-X Uncle John cross bike, unridden for the last two years. A plan formed.
The Uncle John has been stripped, and all the components swapped on to the Ribble frame, which gives me a commute bike with full guards weighing in a good 7lbs lighter than the Peregrine. Should I want a cross-bike again, I can either swap the components from the Peregrine on to the Uncle John, or more likely remove the rack and guards from the Peregrine and fit some cross tyres.
The only downside is that there’s a fair bit of corrosion around the chainstay bridge on the Ribble, so if I prefer this to the Peregrine for commuting I’ll look to replace the frame later in the year. Another Ribble Audax is only £100 or so, or there’s the Surly Pacer for a bit more.