Phillip Regnier's Ridley Dean
Jul 29, 2010
There aren't a lot of Ridley Deans on the road, but it's hard to imagine why. The bike is sleek, aero, and has a great reputation in the pro peleton. But then again, Phillip Regnier didn't want a bike that everyone had. He says he "didn't want a Wal-Mart Cervelo, like everyone else has." Well, Phil, you've definitely got yourself a rare bike, and it's a beauty to look at.
What the rider says:
"I went with this bike for a number of reasons. First of all, it fit well for my body and riding style - the head tube is shorter than most traditional TT bikes, which works well for me. Also, the Ridley's have some cool features such as the integrated brakes, "R-flow" fork, and the R-surface paint. Cable routing is very clean, and works well."
"I went with Campy components to match my road bikes, and I love the feel. When you shift, it has this very specific feel that ensures you have an accurate shift and isn't going to jump gears. Regarding the seat, I have tried about four different seats and found my current seat to be the best for long Ironman's where you don't get enough time to get out of the seat during long flat stretches."
"I have found the Ridley is the fastest bike when it comes to fast courses and steep downhills. The faster you go, the faster the Ridley is. There is a good steep hill on the Cherry Creek Time Trial here in Denver and I have yet to have any racer who can hang with me on this particular hill. I have found that a good cross wind really favors the Ridley as well."