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Old 12-03-17, 05:36 PM
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Pashley Bikes - Hot or not?

I'm a newbie - hope this is right forum

What do you guys think of Pashley's? I actually own a Princess step-through and While I love the bike and its fit and finish and style, the ride is nice too.... but are they really worth $1200 and up?

How have you found the long term reliability and build quality?

any other Pashley owners, lovers, or haters here?
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Old 12-03-17, 05:50 PM
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It's pretty. I like it. And I ride a somewhat similar bike, albeit not nearly as clean and nice.

But... practically any modern bike is a frame that is specified by the maker and sourced in the far east, combined with parts that are made by parts makers in the far east, partially assembled [0], and shipped. By all appearances, the parts on that bike are all nice. The price may be partially driven by what kind of quantity discount can be obtained on the parts, and a more specialized or upscale brand is probably more expensive due to having lower sales volume.

My view is that if it's the bike for you in terms of fit, ride, and aesthetics, then plus or minus a few dollars isn't a big deal.

[0] I doubt any bike is fully assembled, adjusted, and tested, until it reaches the dealer or consumer, because bikes are shipped with at least the wheels detached to save space.
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Old 12-03-17, 07:22 PM
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I like the Pashley's and yes I think they are worth the money. My favorite is the Pashley Guv'nor, it has such a classic look.
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Old 12-04-17, 09:10 AM
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Really, really heavy. Not a fan.
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Meh. A lot of them looked contrived, for lack of a better term at the moment. Like some V.O. stuff.
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Old 12-04-17, 12:43 PM
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My modern steel bikes will last just fine, and weigh at least 15 -20 lbs less. If I do no work on my bike and kept it outside all the time, might be a good choice for some.
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Old 12-04-17, 12:49 PM
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Which side of the Pond are you? (using $ I guess it's imported to north america)
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Old 12-05-17, 01:00 PM
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That style of bike is the most popular in the world and in countries like The Netherlands where people ride bicycles for much of their transportation is the bicycle of choice.

At the top of the quality food chain for city bikes is Workcycles and Azor. You'll pay about 10-20% more for them than Gazelle or Batavus. Workcycles have powder coat paint, stainless parts, sturdier rear rack and other bits that make them a bit more durable.

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Pashley seems about similar to Gazelle and if so then $1200 is a good price.

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Love the Pashley Princess. A woman is automatically more beautiful riding a Princess. Proven fact.


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Old 12-05-17, 03:06 PM
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A woman is automatically more beautiful riding a Princess.
Hmm. That gets you thinking.
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Old 12-05-17, 03:10 PM
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Hmm. That gets you thinking.
Yeah. Kind of like . . .

– – – Albertine, … at Balbec, incessantly in flight upon her bicycle, never to be found owing to the number of little watering-places where she would go to spend the night with her girl friends and where moreover her untruths made it more difficult to lay hands upon her… – Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time
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Love the Pashley Princess. A woman is automatically more beautiful riding a Princess. Proven fact.
Yes, well, not just Pashley's: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mellbin/

For example:
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For some reason I picture Hugh Grant riding a Pashley.
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For some reason I picture Hugh Grant riding a Pashley.




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nice

such a cutie he is in the pic...

anyways, yes! the pashley is a beautiful transportation bike and totally worth it!!!! but i ride a workcycles oma (a bigger boned cousin) and the many pennies spent is totally affirmed every time i ride my bike!
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Pashley are stylish in a quaint and contrived way, and largely, appropriately priced. I think the retro tech aspect is silly, but I guess it’s part of the charm.

Personally, were I in the market for a roadster, I’d rather make the 3x spend on a more sporting and up-to-date built and spec’d Shinola Runwell, but it is 3x the cost.
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Originally Posted by Zajebisty View Post
I'm a newbie - hope this is right forum

What do you guys think of Pashley's? I actually own a Princess step-through and While I love the bike and its fit and finish and style, the ride is nice too.... but are they really worth $1200 and up?

How have you found the long term reliability and build quality?

any other Pashley owners, lovers, or haters here?
Never ridden one, but they look really cool to me.
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I really like the Guv'nor, I was checking it out a few years ago. British Bicycle in AZ is the US dealer who ships, and the single speed version is $1600 (2 speed is on sale). However, it comes with a Brooks B17 Titanium which cost up to $300 alone. For a bike with a hand built 531 frameset it isn't a bad price but that sort of bike is one I would have to test ride before spending that amount of money.
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Personally, were I in the market for a roadster, I’d rather make the 3x spend on a more sporting and up-to-date built and spec’d Shinola Runwell, but it is 3x the cost.
Why? The Shinola is a bit of a downgrade from the Princess. It doesn't have a dynamo or front and rear lights, no lock, drivetrain isn't enclosed, disk brakes instead of roller or hub, thin tyres, no rear rack, and really low front handlebars that will require you to lean forward and get soar hands and loose efficiency and comfort. It's a cool looking bike but would be quite poor for actual use. There's a reason these bikes died out before WWII.
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Why? The Shinola is a bit of a downgrade from the Princess. It doesn't have a dynamo or front and rear lights, no lock, drivetrain isn't enclosed, disk brakes instead of roller or hub, thin tyres, no rear rack, and really low front handlebars that will require you to lean forward and get soar hands and loose efficiency and comfort. It's a cool looking bike but would be quite poor for actual use. There's a reason these bikes died out before WWII.
Whether it’s a downgrade deepends on what you are grading. As I said earlier, I want sportier than the Princess, so the
Lower weight, less upright position, stronger brakes, more responsive handling, easier to service modern componentry, and more versatile gearing are more appealing to me. It would actually be excruciating, emotionally, for me to ride bolt upright as on a Princess, and the difficulty of getting uphill or out of the wind would really limit its usable range.

My neighbors have a pair of Dutch bikes like the Princess— maybe Gazelles, I forget— and I’ve had the chance to ride one a few miles, and yeah...it just is not a ride experience which suits me.
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As the owner of 3 antique Raleighs including a 1930s 28" wheel roadster, as well as an ANT built up in the same style, I'd really like to get a Guv'nor at some point. A friend of mine has one, and he's let me ride it a couple times, it's pretty fun
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To bring this back, Performance now is a Pashley dealer.

https://www.performancebike.com/Sear...ce:&pageSize:&
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In the 80's Pashley was also building a Moulton model with 406 , 20" wheels..
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I just seriously like it. Must be a fun ride.

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