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Fossyant's Ribble (Training Bike)

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by fossyant, 29 Sep 2007.

  1. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Following on from the Herety, here is my training bike. It's a Ribble 653 with full Ultegra groupset and dura-ace hubs (hand me down from the Herety)

    Some bits (cranks, brake pivots) are 20 years old, but still work faltlessly. The frame is probably 10 years old or so...... Trusty machine that weighs about 9kg's

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  2. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Another nice bike indeed - downtube shifters too :biggrin: I guess they're indexed though?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Yes..indexed - just haven't got round to STI on either road bike. The MTB is STI though.

    Don't find them a problem in use though. Just not a big fan of the cable routing that Shimano use on STI levers, much prefer Campag's hidden cables. This Ribble is still on a 7 speed block (8 speed hub) though !

    A couple of more pics....

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  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Reaching down for the shifters isn't a problem, I find - although I'm tempted by an indexed system because I just can't hit the right place on my rear derailleur with my friction levers at all. Should probably practice more, I guess.

    I guess the STI levers only work with 8 speed and up then?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    You may be able to find new/old school lower end STI shifters that do 7 speed - e.g. tiagra or possibly 105. When Shimano went STI nearly all the upper groups were 8 speed, although my MTB is Deore LX equipped 7 speed STI !
     
  6. DaveM

    DaveM New Member

    That's a nice bike mate, my road bike is also a ribble 653 with down tube shifters, but when I got some new wheels I put a 8 speed block on so I could have a 26 cog to help me get round the Forest of Bowland, I was going to get some 8 speed shifters but thought sod it I'll use the 7 speed one's on friction mode and save myself a few quid
     
  7. kyuss

    kyuss Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    That's quite nice. I particularly like the look of that stem. Very sexy. Geez a close up!
     
  8. OP
    OP
    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    It's a 3TTT Status stem - they aren't overly expensive but are quite 'nice' and are currently available - bought it a year ago as my previous stem had seized - couldn't undo the bars - a trusty hacksaw soon saw to that.....

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  9. Peter

    Peter Senior Member

    Really nice bike - but looking at the bars - are you comfortable at such a long reach?
     
  10. OP
    OP
    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Yes - it's a 130mm like my other bike - I have a longer upper body, plus like being stretched out - I'm a bit "old skool" as in both my road bikes were set up according to Bernard Hinault's book ... Road Racing Techniques and Training
     
  11. Peter

    Peter Senior Member

    All I can say is that you must be a lot younger than me :biggrin: but hey - if you're comfortable, who am i to argue?
     
  12. mcd

    mcd Well-Known Member

    When the 105 STI first came out this was the case - but my road bike (a Dave Russell - only gets the very occasional ride now) was built for 7 speed. So I got an 8-speed block, took the 3 pins out and removed the largest sprocket & spacer, and re-assembled it v.carefully with the pins from the 7 speed block. A bit of a phaff, but it fitted (almost perfectly), shifting was spot-on and saved me from getting a new wheel & straining the frame.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Just a little update - Aksiums (been on a while) and Look Carbo Pros (fitted today)

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  14. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    You tart! Thought that was your winter bike?
     
  15. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    You should see the bike his gardener rides :thumbsup: