Read carefully and abide strictly by all the instructions contained in this Manual and in the Frame Passport specific to your new RIDLEY Frame, which you can download from our website (https://www.ridley-bikes.com), before using your new RIDLEY Frame*!
Please keep in mind that this manual has been translated in 5 languages. Should yours not be among those languages, please ask your dealer for a translation in your language before using your new Ridley Frame! You can find the Ridley dealers on https://www.ridley-bikes.com/dealers.
Keep this booklet and all documentation accompanying your RIDLEY Frame in a safe place because they contain important information and make sure you deliver it to the new owner of your RIDLEY Frame in the event you should decide to sell it.
Cycling, both competitive and recreational, can be dangerous. Bad pavement quality, adverse climatic conditions, your state of health, your weight and your dexterity level are among the most important factors – but not the only ones - which can foreseeably cause accidents. The impact energy released in such accidents may and will seriously damage or even break your RIDLEY Frame although it is state-of-the art, which means, made using the best manufacturing technologies and the best materials presently available on the market.
*For the purposes of this Manual, by “RIDLEY Frame” we refer to a two-member component, frame / fork (on the obvious condition that the latter was made by RIDLEY).
THE PURPOSE OF THIS MANUAL IS TO SHOW CORRECT OPERATION AS WELL AS ACTIONS AND SITUATIONS TO BE AVOIDED IN ORDER TO USE AND CONTINUE TO USE YOUR NEW RIDLEY FRAME WITH COMPLETE SAFETY.
On behalf of all of us at RIDLEY, we would like to thank you for your trust in us. We are certain that your new RIDLEY Frame will give you hours and hours of thrills. In short, it will make you very happy.
We at RIDLEY – however - are especially concerned about your safety. We want to build frames for your children and the children of your children. This is why we invite you to read this Manual very carefully. It is intended to show you how to use your RIDLEY Frame in complete safety, and, thus, your new bicycle of which the frame is the primary – but not the only - component. In addition to the correct measures, there are also actions and situations to be avoided because they can cause quite serious damage both to you and to the frame.
Inspection is a fundamental element that contributes to the assurance of your safety. This is why we urge you to subject your bike to regular inspections by the AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER of your choice to assure the maintenance of structural integrity of your RIDLEY Frame over time, thus extending its LIFECYCLE.
PERIODIC AND REGULAR INSPECTIONS OF YOUR FRAME BY AN AUTHORIZED DEALER IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR YOUR SAFETY.
Pay special attention to the following symbol:
This symbol identifies instructions that are extremely important for your safety and/or may limit RIDLEY’s liability towards you. Read all of them all with extreme attention.
Be very prudent while riding a bicycle, respect nature, and, first of all, ALWAYS wear a helmet, which should be well fastened, and appropriate special clothing.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WARNING! RIDLEY cannot be made liable for damage resulting from unreasonable, unexpected, and in any case improper use and/or handling of your Frame and its fork.
WARNING! To make sure that the fasteners on your Frame are correctly tightened, follow the torque specifications provided in the Frame Torque Information document, which was given to you at the time of purchase of your bicycle or which can be consulted on our website.
WARNING! You must be aware that RIDLEY has designed and manufactured only your frame, and is responsible only for this component. All other components of your bicycle were made by other manufacturers, which obviously answer for them. You must consult the manuals for such other components as well before using your new bicycle, which you can find on the websites of these manufacturers and/or which were given to you at the time of purchase of your bicycle. If – for any reason - you have not received all manuals for the other components, request them from your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER and/or consult their manufacturers’ websites which feature such manuals and read them attentively BEFORE using your new bicycle.
WARNING! Any instruction and/or practical advice contained in this Manual, which deals with your bicycle in its entirety and/or with any individual components thereof apart from the RIDLEY Frame, are provided for you in your best interests, however, they are not intended to mean an implicit or explicit assumption of liability by RIDLEY with regard to such components. Make sure you read carefully and follow the manuals of the manufacturers of your bicycle’s components.
WARNING! Never make modifications in the frame, fork, or components. Drilling, filing, sanding, can compromise the safety of your bicycle. You may not replace the original fork unless the replacement part is of the same model. The use of different fork models might not provide the same guarantee of safety and/or could affect your ability to steer your bicycle and/or add unexpected loads.
WARNING! The LIFECYCLE of your RIDLEY Frame can be drastically reduced because of failure to abide by the rules that will follow in the present Manual.
WARNING! It is absolutely necessary to inspect, and have your entire bicycle inspected on a regular basis, especially the frame and fork, but also the stem and handlebar, to detect possible signs of wear or ageing.
Your RIDLEY Frame is a modern product, and RIDLEY has used in its manufacture the most sophisticated methods and materials that the market is capable of offering. RIDLEY has been always committed to making products that provide the best competitive performance and high reliability regarding safety. Similar to any other products, the LIFECYCLE of RIDLEY products is not infinite, and it can be shortened dramatically if the instructions given below are not heeded.
RIDLEY cannot be held liable for damage caused by unreasonable, unexpected and in any case improper use and/or handling of its frames and forks. Such use and handling includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Painting and/or re-painting of RIDLEY frames. RIDLEY frames may be re-painted only within the RIDLEY warranty period, exclusively
by RIDLEY and only in the original color;
Failure to conduct periodic maintenance and inspection of your RIDLEY Frame by the AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER;
Use of corroding detergents and some lubricants generally used for cleaning mechanical parts such as, for example, gas-oil, which is
capable of dissolving resins cements if not promptly removed;
Parking a vehicle with the frame in direct sunlight, because the frames, which are made fully or partly of carbon fiber, can sustain
severe damage to their structural integrity when exposed to a source of intense heat;
Shocks, falls, or impacts, even apparently insignificant ones. In such cases, have the frame inspected immediately by your
AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER before using your bicycle;
Modifying and/or repairing your RIDLEY Frame on your own. RIDLEY will under specific conditions handle your frame at the request of
your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER to whom you must bring back your frame when required;
Assembly and/or disassembly of your RIDLEY Frame by persons other than an AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER;
Use of your RIDLEY Frame on any road surface other than the normal road surface for which it was designed and made;
Use of the product by anybody whose weight is in excess of 95 (ninety five) kg. If you are in this weight category, you will need to
request that RIDLEY fabricate a frame proper for your weight;
Installation on your bicycle of weights, additional weights, and/or other additions such as children’s seats;
Use of the product by anybody who is not in an adequate psychic/physical condition, allowing him/her to do so, or use under traffic or
weather conditions that pose danger; and
In general, any use of your RIDLEY Frame that does not comply with practices of a normal or reasonably foreseeable use.
YOU SHOULD BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT IN AN OBSTACLE-FREE AREA BEFORE USING IT AT HIGH SPEED, UNDER DEMANDING CONDITIONS OR IN THE PRESENCE OF OBSTACLES.
Only your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER is knowledgeable about and responsible for the correct assembly of your bicycle using the components of your choice. Before riding it at high speed or under demanding conditions like rapid descents, or spurts, become familiar with your new equipment at a moderate speed in an open area that is free of obstacles. We will provide a non-exhaustive list of obvious preventive measures.
WARNING! Remember that for each of the following steps you must read attentively, and abide strictly by the Manual and/or instructions provided by the manufacturer of the component in question, which are given to you at the time of purchase of your bicycle and/or are available on its manufacturer’s website. If the manual of the component was not provided, you can request them from your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER and/or consult their manufacturers’ websites which feature such manuals, before using your new bicycle. What we provide below is merely a number of recommendations based on our many years of experience in competitive cycling, but in no way do they constitute an implicit or explicit assumption on our part of any liability for components that we have not manufactured.
BRAKES. First of all, and above all, check the brake system for effectiveness by operating the brake lever several times in a row.
Braking effectiveness should remain the same even after intensive braking. If this is not the case, you must bring back your bicycle
immediately to your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER. In any case, be careful when applying the front brake too hard. If you suddenly
apply the front brake with excessive force, the rear wheel may fly upward and the front wheel can skid to one side, with the consequent
loss of control and a likely fall.
RAPID PEDAL RELEASE. Also make sure that the rapid pedal release mechanisms of your bicycle are well adjusted. The shoes you
wear should fit well, and they should easily engage the pedals. By rapidly pushing and pulling, make sure that your feet in no way
disengage from the pedals. They must be removed from the pedals only when you want them to be, and this should occur easily
without the need to apply any special effort, by a typical swift sideways motion. Should you have difficulties removing them, bring back
your bicycle to your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER before using the bicycle again.
GEAR CHANGE MECHANISMS. Make yourself familiar with the gear change mechanisms that are installed on your bicycle. Make
sure that the power shift is enabled, and avoid using combinations of ratios that make the chain work at a large angle with respect to
the ideal plane drawn through the bike’s center from front to back. In such case there is a risk that a sudden and improper gear change
may cause the chain to get stuck between the sprockets, causing the bicycle to stall suddenly and, as a consequence, the cyclist to fall.
Such events, even if they do not cause a fall, can result in gear change maladjustment. More specifically, the exact position of the rear
derailleur can change when it shifts the chain to the innermost sprocket that is the closest one to the wheel spokes. In such case either
because the derailleur is bent, or because it becomes loose from its support on the frame, or because the end of stroke becomes
misadjusted, or under the combined effect of all these factors, it may happen that the lower end of the derailleur gets inserted between
the spokes, causing structural damage and a sudden fall, which is inevitable and dangerous. Make sure that the handlebar remains
secure on the stem, has not moved from its position, and does not move if you apply torsion, bending, or rotary forces.
STEERING. Make sure that the steering does not have any play when you push it vigorously back and forth while holding the bike
firmly with the front brake fully applied. Take back the bike to your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER if any abnormal movements or
noises appear after this test; otherwise raise the speed gradually and make sure your bike rides straight and steady, without wobbling,
oscillations, or vibrations. Such events are rare; they can be caused by various factors, acting individually or in combination. If you
experience vibrations that appear starting from a certain speed and become pronounced when you release the handlebar, take your
bicycle to your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER for inspection of components and/or for bicycle repair.
The bicycle has been so far the most efficient vehicle invented by humankind. However, the bicycle, being a two-wheeled vehicle, must be kept in balance by the cyclist. In addition, by its nature it cannot provide any protective envelope, thus leaving the cyclist fully exposed and particularly vulnerable to surrounding hazards. This is why it is necessary to be most attentive while riding a bicycle. It should be also noted that the energy of movement, which depends on the mass and speed, is always much higher than what we intuitively imagine. In the case of an impact, your kinetic energy does not disappear, but rather turns into structural deformation and heat. In the case of a head-on collision, it is evident that nobody is expecting structural integrity either for the bicycle or for the cyclist. However, it is understood that even when hitting surmountable obstacles such as bumps in the pavement, potholes, manhole covers surrounded by raised asphalt, grates with slits in which the wheel can get caught, etc., an impact may occur that can be destructive.
The problem of which we must be aware is that speed changes determined by the impact are by their nature almost instantaneous, so the forces generated in a fraction of a second within which the speed change occurs can become enormous. An example: If an average cyclist who weighs 80 kg with his bicycle rides at the speed of 40 km per hour and hits an unexpected obstacle with the front wheel, reducing his speed to 10 km per hour in an instant, the bicycle and the cyclist are exposed to a force that depends, in addition to the momentum, on the time within which the above change took place. In the case in question, if the change occurs in 1/10th of a second, the force acting on the bicycle-cyclist system is about 600 kg, but if the change took place in 1/100th of a second, the force could reach 6,000 kg! Therefore, in the event that your bicycle sustains damage as a result of an unfortunate impact, and you fall as a consequence of breakage or deformation of any part of the bicycle, it is not the bicycle to blame, but rather the obstacles that have caused the impact.
This is the reason why it is always necessary to exercise maximum caution while riding bicycles, slowing down substantially where the road may be increasingly bumpy or in any case of poor visibility.
The materials RIDLEY uses for making the frames and forks are either metal alloys or composites based on carbon fiber. Examples of the first type are steels and various aluminum and titanium alloys. Both metals and composites are of the highest quality and offer mechanical characteristics that assure maximum safety to the user. It is important to note that the two above-mentioned classes of materials behave differently in the event of an unfortunate destructive impact. Metal alloys can snap, but they first experience twisting and bending, whereas the composites just fracture, even though they are more impact-resistant than metal alloys. Of course they are not highly brittle, but they have a typical behavior, and if they fracture, it means that the force that destroyed them and that would also deform or break to pieces an equivalent structure made of a metal alloy exceeding the maximum strength, however high it may be for a product that was well designed and made in accordance with industry standards.
WARNING! Remember that for each of the following steps you must read attentively, and abide strictly by the Manual and/or instructions provided by the manufacturer of the component in question, which are given to you at the time of purchase of your bicycle and/or are available on its manufacturer’s website. If the other manuals we not given to you, we advise you to request them from your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER and/or consult their manufacturers’ websites which feature such manuals, before using your new bicycle. What we provide below is exclusively a number of recommendations based on our many years of experience with competitive cycling, but in no way do they constitute an implicit or explicit assumption on our part of any liability for components that we have not manufactured.
FRAME AND FORK. A clean bicycle, with its mechanical parts well-oiled and greased and the frame and forks’ surfaces glossy, is
beneficial not only from the esthetic point of view, but it also allows all its parts to be visible. Possible signs of fatigue or wear cannot
escape notice, and removing any accumulation of abrasive material or deposits of corrosive substances (e.g., formed because of
sweating) contributes among other things to prolonging the life of your bicycle as well as to preservation of its high commercial value.
TIRES. Abide by the pressure values that are recommended by the tire manufacturer provided on the tire beads and always make sure
that your tires are intact, not too worn, and do not have cuts or scratches that can compromise tightness when the tires are inflated.
WHEELS. The wheels should not oscillate up and down, or left to right, once they start turning. The wheel rim should pass close to the
brake pads without any deviations. If this is not the case, bring back your bicycle to your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER for wheel
alignment before hitting the road.
BRAKES. Integrity of the brake system is of paramount importance for your safety. Therefore you should check it and/or have it
checked. More specifically, the pads should not become too thin from wear. They should be aligned with the rim and spaced apart from
it at a distance of 1 to 2 mm. Conduct a careful practical test before mounting the bike by operating the brake levers, which should
move freely without coming too close to the handlebar.
WHEEL RELEASE DEVICES. The wheels should be securely attached to the fork. The quick-release system allows wheel installation
to be done without tools. While the locking lever is in lock position the wheel axle should be inserted into its bearing, and the wheel
should be perfectly aligned with the structural members of the front fork and rear fork. Lock by hand, applying moderate force to the
quick-release lever, which should be set to a position where it is easy to grasp if release is desired.
HANDLEBAR AND STEM. Careful inspection of the handlebar and its stem should be conducted regularly, and it should be aimed at
finding possible signs of fatigue such as scratches, grooves, buckling or cracks. Be thorough because sudden yielding of the stem or
bending of the handlebar may have serious consequences for the person riding the bicycle.
SEAT AND SEAT POST. The weight of the body is supported by the seat. The seat and seat post define a fulcrum with respect to
which the muscular level of the legs perform their work. For this reason, inspect frequently both the seat and seat post. More especially,
inspect on a regular basis the screws and the seat post head. When you hold the seat with your hands at both ends and check for
safety, trying to twist or swing it, it should not give squeaks or move awkwardly.
Checking your bicycle is necessary, primarily to prevent possible problems that can have an adverse effect on your safety. Just using the bicycle can cause events which, if they are neglected, may result in future damage. The most striking example of what we are talking about here is hitting an obstacle, which apparently may leave no trace. Or, it can be a fall that did not cause “anything but some scratches on the frame paint.” This is why you must conduct ordinary maintenance at your AUTHORIZED RIDLEY DEALER. Inadequate maintenance accelerates wear. A bicycle that is worn and has been knocked cannot be as functional and reliable as it should be.
HELMET USE. Any time we mount a bicycle, we must wear a helmet that should be securely attached and that should fit our head well.
An unprotected head is very vulnerable. The constant use of a helmet that meets the safety standards will help you avoid injuries.
CLOTHING / GLASSES. It is also recommended to wear protective glasses and clothing specially designed for cycling.
OBSERVING TRAFFIC RULES. You must know and observe the regulations governing bicycle riding. These regulations vary from
country to country, but there are some uniform traffic rules that we would like to emphasize:
In a group of cyclists, move in a single line;
Never ride on the wrong side of the road;
Use correct and repeating hand signals every time it is required;
Try to anticipate unexpected events, being aware that it is harder to see a cyclist than other traffic participants, and that many drivers
neither know nor respect cyclists’ rights;
Use light-reflecting signals and light-colored clothing that reflects light best; and
In general, ride your bicycle defensively because you are vulnerable when riding the bicycle on the road, and for this reason you must
try and anticipate events and act on the principle of self-protection, which is often achieved by foreseeing potentially dangerous
behavior of others.
TECHNICAL ADVICE FOR RIDING.
Avoid pedaling when moving slowly and on narrow turns. Racing bicycles have short wheelbases, and your toes may touch the front
wheel. At normal speeds the handlebar is never turned far enough for this to happen;
If it is raining and the road is wet, or generally under any conditions that reduce the tire’s grip on the pavement, use maximum caution
and not only move at low speed, but also avoid braking hard. When it is raining and cloudy, visibility is poor for you and for others, and
braking time and braking distance increase;
Pay particular WARNING to pedestrian crossings and to wet leaves on the road because it is there that the cohesion is almost totally