Andy Lulham returns to his cycling youth on Ridgeback’s triple-chainset range-topper. On paper, it appears to balance the books, but is there some crafty accounting going on? Can it pay the bills as an everyday workhorse?
Ridgeback may be better known for hybrids and commuting bikes, but this fully-featured touring machine sits atop its range. Like the Dalesman it benefits from being a flagship model, and as such it features some extra bells and whistles.
“The Panorama actually couldn’t be more different. There’s far less outright charm or character, but it makes up for that with pannier-loads of ability. It also benefits from being a thoroughly modern touring bike.”