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Adventure Biking Part 1

Adventure Biking part 1: An introduction to adventure bikes

A fully laden Ribble CGR in the Alps!

For years, the bike industry has been inspired by professional road racing. Even recreational riders aspired to the pro look, trying to imitate the heroes of the grand tours. The popular image of a road bike reflects this; obsessively lightweight, narrow-tyred, aggressive – and expensive. But the boom of recent years has spread cycling even further beyond the classic clique of young athletic men.

Rural exploration on the CGR Titanium

Instead, we’re seeing the resurgence of a strand of cycling culture that last flared up in the American bike boom of the Sixties and Seventies. Before it was squashed by infrastructure cutbacks and the perception of bikes as luxuries in a time of financial crisis. Millions of ordinary people took to bicycles for transport and pleasure each year. Today, we’re again seeing utility and versatility lead bicycle design.

Explore off the beaten track

This trend may be driven by performances on the cutting edge of ultra-cycling races, but it results in bikes which are comfortable, practical, and enabling. Road racing bikes appeal to cyclists who are looking to emulate the bronzed, vascular machines in the Tour de France. Each of these supported by a vast team of soigneurs, mechanics, cooks and doctors. But the popularity of adventure bikes comes from their promise of individual escapism, whether it’s an hour-long ride that takes in both tarmac and gravel or an overnight trip with camping gear. To briefly escape the everyday routine, an extended tour into the wilderness, or the athletic ordeal of an unsupported amateur race across a hostile environment.

Urban exploration on the CGR SL

‘Adventure bike’ is a vague term used to describe a great variety of different bikes. While they all trend towards a midpoint that offers versatility and surefootedness on mixed surfaces – road and off-road – there are two obvious lineages.

On one hand, we have the adventure bike which is a really a gravel bike at heart – and gravel bikes are really road bikes at heart. The classic bike silhouette is still there – drop handlebars and a compact, simple stance uncluttered by suspension or massive tyres. But the narrow, uncomfortable tyres and extreme rider position of the road racing thoroughbred are gone. For Ribble, this is where the CGR comes in. Its name – Cross, Gravel, Road – speaks to the varied conditions where it feels at home.

The CGR AL being put through its paces!

On the other hand, we have the adventure bike which shows its mountain bike roots. The tyres are larger, sometimes much larger. The bars are more likely to be flat or swept back rather than dropped. Sometimes front suspension is used, and if not then the rigid fork is usually ‘suspension-corrected’ . By this we mean it is longer than it needs to be, so that a suspension fork could fit the frame without changing the handling. This is where our Adventure fits – a rigid mountain bike with a touring position.

Do CGRs ride in the woods?

In either case, the adventure bike is usually marked by a maximalist approach to versatility and utility. Bottle cage bosses and rack mounts everywhere; disc brakes for braking in all weathers. Wide clearances for comfortable, grippy tyres with room to spare for mud (or mudguards). Gearing is low, sometimes very low indeed when mountain bike cassettes with up to 52 teeth are used. Even on road-derived models the fit is upright and comfortable for the long haul. However, with a shorter reach and more stack than on a typical road bike.

Enjoying the scenery on the CGR Ti

It’s these concessions to practicality that make adventure bikes so popular. They’re equipped for transcontinental racing on or off-road depending upon the setup. But that also makes them suited for commuting in all weathers, exploring bridleways and abandoned trails. Or just for setting off at a gentle pace with everything you need to be self-sufficient for a weekend or a month.

It’s grim up North!

The Ribble 2019 Bike Range

Gearing explained- a Ribble guide


Team Ribble | Goodbye Cold Weather, Hello Summer!

Team Ribble sponsored triathlete Ailbhe Carroll is about to begin her 2018 tri season in Europe but an Aquathon in Ireland is now quite the warm-up she expected.

Hello again and thanks for coming back : )

This update was originally going to be a race report from France, but my original plans were turned slightly upside down and a new race had to be found! Over in Ireland I found the National Aquathon Champs, so home to the motherland I went.

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Ribble Pro Cycling: Off to a flying start!

This week signified the start of our season proper. Despite a win at Gifford in early March we viewed the UCI 2.2 Tour of Tunisie as our first real goal.

The race proved a turbulent experience for both riders and staff with strong winds, minus temperatures and frozen conditions blighting much of the race – not what was anticipated or forecasted for the North African country which borders the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert. The boys suffered valiantly in the conditions with Gruff narrowly missing out on a better result on Stage 1. With the race splitting in the crosswinds and the team putting four riders in the leading group of twenty, we misjudged the finish slightly and Gruff ended in a disappointing albeit solid 7th which signified the team’s intentions for the remainder of the race. In to Stage 2, in one word, epic. David Hewett the only rider to finish, one of only eleven left in the race, as sleet, high winds and freezing rain battered the race for each of the 172 km. Stage 3 the weather proved to be too much and the stage was cancelled, an excellent decision on behalf of the race organisation. This meant the Tour ended with two stages, David finishing 8th on GC, picking up his and the teams first UCI points of the season.

After a days travel and rest the team rallied for the final race of the trip, a re-organised UCI 1.2 race the 202 km GP Pharmacy. Again a day of heavy rain was forecast. The team set out with the intention of working for Gruff, who duly delivered. Attacking a break of three riders deep into the race he rode the last 12km solo to win – the best way as the only rider in the picture. A fantastic win which topped off a great trip for the team.

Closer to home the riders that remained in the UK produced some excellent performances, undoubtedly motivated by Gruff’s Tunisian success. Due to illness and injury the team was down to three riders at these events. First up was Lancaster University Spring Circuit race at Salt Ayre.

The trio attacking heavily from the outset forced both Si and Alex clear within the first 5km, the duo never looked backed establishing a 30 sec lead that never faltered crossing the line together for a 1,2, Jack narrowly missing the clean sweep in 4th. Onto Sunday the Coalville Wheelers RR the long-running National B over 130 km. A strong Vitus Pro Cycling presence added a further dimension to the race. The pace was high throughout with no group getting more than 20 seconds for the first 90 km, then finally a group of ten managed to forge out a small lead on the peloton. With Alex present for the team and four Vitus riders the break had enough collective firepower to maintain the gap through to the final lap. The final 1 km included a punchy 400m climb before a false flat finish. This turned out to be perfect for Alex as the group of ten contested the win, Alex hit the front towards the top of the climb and never looked back taking a great win. Behind Jack won the sprint from what remained of the peloton.

Also on Sunday still carrying fatigue from Tunisia, Tom and Ronnie combined well for 2nd and 4th in the final round of the Bike Inn Spring Shield in Middlesbrough.

Next up for the team is the 4-day Ras Muhan in Kerry which starts on Good Friday.

Check out the pro team bike getting built here

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The Ribble Pro Cycling Aero 883 Team Bike

A Story About a Bike…

In The Beginning

Like all stories, we need a beginning, in this case, the Ribble Pro Cycling story began with a meeting at Ribble HQ to discuss the creation a professional cycling team for the 2018 Road season.

It was an easy discussion, we’re all cyclists here, so after some excited conversation, everyone was in agreement – For the first time in a number of years; Ribble Cycles was to have it’s very own professional team competing at the highest level once again.

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