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Perfect For Winter Rides- Ribble CGR AL Snow Review

The CGR AL is perfect for winter rides; the ability to run with a wider tyre for added grip and comfort coupled with the optional addition of mudguards mean it’s a confidence boosting and practical option for the UK roads which tend to be filthy and often slippery in winter. The ability to add a 47c tyre on the 650B wheelset also means that if the weather turns a little colder and you’d rather avoid the roads, you can easily mix up the scenery, switching to an even bigger tyre to enjoy some time off-road in the snow. It’s a bike that really doesn’t leave you with an excuse to stay indoors.

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Three bikes, five honours: Bike of the Year Awards signal great start to 2018

The road.cc Bike of the Year awards ceremony is held every January and we are very pleased to announce that three Ribble bikes (below) were recognised in no fewer than five award categories as finalists or the outright winner.

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Review: “Some bikes just feel good? The 525 is like that.” The Guardian

Cycling journalist and The Guardian’s North of England editor Helen Pidd raved about the Ribble 525 steel bike in last Saturday’s weekend edition of the national newspaper

The Ribble 525 is our versatile steel bike that is designed for a multitude of practical uses. Our love affair with steel frames has been going on for decades, but that’s not to say we haven’t moved on – far from it. Today, our steel 525 road bike is built for the modern era, meaning you can expect plenty of comfort and durability as well style. Prices for a fully built 525 start at £695.95.

Journalist Helen Pidd even tested the 525 during a rainy weekend in the Peak District and her review was published in Saturday’s edition of The Guardian newspaper.

Pidd is the author of “Love your bike: the Complete Guide to Everyday Cycling” and a well-respected writer on all things cycling.

Ribble 525 reviewed

She gave the bike a proper testing riding with a friend who is predominantly a mountain biker which she says in the review “meant a few ill-advised ‘shall we just see where this one goes?’ diversions. One, past the Derbyshire village of Wash, involved pedalling up a gravelly stream and almost an early bath.”

It soaked up the worst bumps

The 525 performed perfectly though and according to Helen, “The 25mm tyres rolled along fine, even on rocky terrain. The skinny steel frame (Reynolds 525) soaked up the worst of the bumps”

You can build your own Ribble 525 (from £695.95) using our easy-to-use BikeBuilder here.

We’re including more of Helen’s review below but for the full article visit The Guardian here.

“You know how some bikes just feel good? You get on, set off, and think: Oh, we are going to be together a long time. Like when you meet someone new and fit perfectly into their embrace on the first go without any need for adjustments. It was like that for the Ribble and me.”

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“It looks a delight… It’s the perfect little winter bike, or a very snazzy commuter. I can really see a future for the pair of us together.”

Tested: Ribble 525 in numbers

Ribble Reynolds handlebars

Frame (£659.95) Ribble 525 STEEL Winter/Audax
Groupset (+ £139.99) Campagnolo Veloce Silver 10 Speed Double
Seatpost (+ £18.99) CSN Carbon S.E. Seatpillar
Saddle (+ £5.99) Selle Italia Lady Flow Saddle
Guardian rating 9/10

Full review here: Cycling | The Guardian

Guardian 525 review

Review: Secret Race Informed Essentials for your kit bag

‘STRIP’ are training and race care hygiene and performance products and the brainchild of Tim Lawson who has had over 20 years of experience developing sports products with athletes’ needs at the heart. SECRET – RACE – INFORMED – PRODUCTS or ‘STRIP’ are clearly the kind of ‘secret’ training/racing essentials to have in your kit bag.

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Can you recommend a comfy saddle??

If I had a pound for every time someone’s asked me that when advising on them on the specification for their bike build…I could possibly have started my own Pro team or at least opened my own bike shop!!

Unfortunately there is no simple answer, everyone is different with a different body shape and even more unfortunately when you do decide on one you won’t have any idea until you’ve tried it. I know plenty of riders that swear by a certain saddle and will not fit anything else to any of their bikes, I would be very wary however of listening to other riders’ opinion, plenty will have a recommendation but saddles are an entirely personal choice and finding the right one for you can be down to trial and error.

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Handlebars – Explained!

Handlebars – So many choices!

Which choice is right for you though? Not only are there different models from a range of manufacturers, there are very different shapes of bars. Consider them as almost entirely different as each is specialised towards helping you achieve a different goal. So we’ll go through the various styles and hopefully help steer you towards the one you need.

Aero Bars

Ribble Cycles Aero Bars

Aero bars are designed to maximise the aerodynamic profile, and they achieve this through flattening out the top bars into an almost wing like shape. The aerodynamic gains are offset by a slightly less comfortable experience when riding on the tops. Aero bars are available in traditional, ergo and compact shapes form most manufacturers.

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Altura Womens Progel Bibshorts Review

Having ridden bikes for the past 20 years I have always opted for smaller sized men’s clothing rather than choosing female specific items. I think the main reasons behind this are I didn’t really see the benefits in female specific, yes the pads in the shorts were a different shape and with padding in different places but really how much of a difference would this make? And also some colour options for women’s clothing just ‘weren’t me’. I’m not one for pastel shades of pink and blue much preferring the darker shades like black. Continue reading Altura Womens Progel Bibshorts Review