First Road Bike

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First Road Bike

Postby Bracken606 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 13:12 pm

Hi first some background as my first post here.

I am 46 and looking to get back into fitness after a serious car crash 3 years ago that left me with surgical titanium and steel bars in;

Right leg x1 hip to knee
Right arm x2 elbow to wrist
Right knee x1 titanium replacement
left foot x2 plates

All in all incl. ribs 12 bones broken and a punctured lung. I was in a wheelchair for 6 months and 18 months on crutches so i gained a lot of weight in that time.

Ok onto the bike, I am looking at getting the following around December 2013 (currently have an old and very heavy mountain bike)

Frame: Ribble Gran Fondo Carb Road Frame XS (44cm C-Top)
Headset: Ribble Headset Branded Ribble 1 1/8" Hidden (ITS) 45 x 45
Groupset: Campagnolo 2013 Chorus 11 Spd Double Groupset
Wheels: Campagnolo Scirocco 35 Black Clincher Wheels Pair 9/10/11 Camp
Handlebars Deda RHM 01 Bars White 42cm
Handlebar Stem: Deda Zero 1 Stem White 90mm
Headset Spacers: Ritchey Spacer Wet White (each) 1 1/8'' 10mm
Saddle: Fizik Arione CX (Kium Rails) Saddle White/Red
Seatpillar: Deda Zero 100 White Seatpillar 31.6 310mm
Tyres: Michelin Pro 4 Endurance Folding Tyre Red/Black 700x23mm
Inner Tubes: Continental Race Supersonic Inner Tube 700x18/25 SV42mm
Handlebar Tape: Selle Italia Smootape XL Team Edition Black
Pedals: Campagnolo Profit Plus Record Pedals

not sure about the deda stem and bar lengths but i am only 5' 1" also I am very unsure of which cassette range to go with but I assume the chainset should be a compact for my level of fitness.

I would like to get into more long distance riding someday which is why I am looking at a bike with this level of gearset.

Many thanks,


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Re: First Road Bike

Postby oxoman » Fri Jun 28, 2013 13:24 pm

The bike spec looks very good but i would suggest changing the tyres to 25s if you can as they will be more comfortable than 23s. Given the amount of damage you sustained are clipless pedals the right way to go at the minute. You will lose more weight lugging the old MTB than you will with the Ribble, but the Ribble will be more comfortable over distance. Well worth going to Ribble if you live that way on to check stem and frame sizes etc. Hope all goes well and welcome to the forum.
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Re: First Road Bike

Postby Bracken606 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 13:34 pm

Thanks for the reply, I will check on the tyre sizes available at ribble. The problem with the mtb is that the weight alone is putting too much pressure on the knee. I will travel to ribble prior to purchase to make sure that I get the fit right from the start.

I have got the all clear from my physio but got to start slowly. Ribble do a set of dual pedals that have standard platform on one side and clipless on the other so that may prove useful if i can move onto clipless later.

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Re: First Road Bike

Postby Bracken606 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 13:54 pm

Another option is looking at pre- built like the Giant Defy Advanced 2 which i can get from a local bike shop which provides professional fitting service.

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Re: First Road Bike

Postby skyd0g » Fri Jun 28, 2013 14:42 pm

Your Ribble looks great spec!
I agree with above comment to go for 25mm tyres (for a little more comfort) and double-sided pedals, to give you time to get used to them, or the option to choose.

The 90mm stem sounds about right - but they're easy and cheap to swap over at a later date, if you find the 90mm is too short.

Remember, spin - don't grind the pedals to save your knees.

ps. The GF looks superb in the flesh and rides beautifully - I've just got one myself. Brilliant VFM! :D
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Re: First Road Bike

Postby Bracken606 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 21:58 pm

Thanks for the feedback Skyd0g

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