To purchase myself a Pashley?

(107 Posts)
AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:07:39

But wjich one?

A Princess?

A Penny?

A Britannia?

A Tubey Something?

I Must Have One but can't decode!

Sirzy Sat 05-Apr-14 18:10:50

What's a pashley?

CleanAllTheThings Sat 05-Apr-14 18:11:43


I have a pastel blue Poppy. It is a delight.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:12:10

A beauteous bicycle.

CoffeeBucks Sat 05-Apr-14 18:12:15

YANBU if you can afford it. I love the tropical Tuberider.

I am envy though

Nomama Sat 05-Apr-14 18:12:21

I have absolutely no idea.

Maybe google... oh. A pushbike. Fin expensive ones at that!

Shocking.... stealth boast maybe??

brokenhearted55a Sat 05-Apr-14 18:12:25

Oooh I want one too.

I looked at the Princess or the Britannia.

Britannia has nice colour options.

Princess more classic though!

AgaPanthers Sat 05-Apr-14 18:12:35

It's a big heavy old-fashioned bike with flowers on.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:13:04

Am I too old for a pink one?

AgaPanthers Sat 05-Apr-14 18:13:17

Not that expensive though. confused

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:14:29

Having a mid life crisis.
And an get one through work scheme and pay monthly

AgaPanthers Sat 05-Apr-14 18:19:30
AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:21:12

Tjat one is pny sjort list.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:21:40


That one is pn my short list.

OiVaVoi Sat 05-Apr-14 18:21:53

I found mine very heavy and clumsy and not nice to ride. MIL has it now!

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AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:44:35

i love the pink poppy but maybe a bit young?

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 18:59:06

could I put a basket on the tube rider?

GildaFarren Sat 05-Apr-14 19:04:36

I have long wished for a Sonnet. Like the photo but in blue.

Ain't going to happen, though. sad

HellonHeels Sat 05-Apr-14 19:06:21

I love the look of the Pashleys. YANBU to get one.

However it might not be the most lovely bike to ride as I think they are pretty heavy - will you need to heave it up and down any stairs to get it in and out of the house?

HellonHeels Sat 05-Apr-14 19:07:22

The pink poppy is very pretty. Of course you're not too old!

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 19:08:37

no stairs but I do live on top of a hill.

but am so fat and unfit i'd have to get off and push any bike.

I want this one

tallulah Sat 05-Apr-14 19:09:09

I have a Princess but she is so so heavy and we live on a hill sad

CharlesRyder Sat 05-Apr-14 19:09:59

These are my new object of desire thanks OP, that's another £500 gone!! grin.

I really like the tube rider. I think if you are going for it, it has to be the full Mr Chips look though so maybe a Britania.

HellonHeels Sat 05-Apr-14 19:11:21

Bobbin bikes are nice, similar look

GildaFarren Sat 05-Apr-14 19:14:01

If I was ever to get one - which, as I said, is highly unlikely - I would be just like my namesake and look after it really, really well.

Slongette Sat 05-Apr-14 19:16:33

My friend has a pink one - it's called Boudica

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 19:18:54


Britannia in Red

Tube rider in pink

Poppy in pink.

How to decide? I think I'm going to need a trip to a showroom to try them out.

WetAugust Sat 05-Apr-14 19:20:03

I have a Pashley Princess in Buckingham Black.

Bought 3 years ago - ridden twice.

It's a beautiful bike but it's too heavy. Riding it is quite an effort.

Also, I cannot leave it in public places are the basket is likely to get nicked and the Brooks saddle will definitely get stolen.

I decided last week that I would sell the Pashley at Easter.

So I bought a Raleigh Wayfarer and I use it constantly. Have restored it with an original saddle wtc. It's vintage, beautiful and practical.

Thesunrising Sat 05-Apr-14 19:25:06

As others have said, these weigh a ton. Dawes do a vintage range which have lighter, cheaper models. I've got the Diploma. She's pretty!

WetAugust Sat 05-Apr-14 19:27:44

This is my other Pashley


I absolutely adore it. It holds a whole week's shopping when I take it to the supermarket and you can lock your helmet and hi-vis vest in the basket while you're shopping.

The only problem is that I always get stopped by someone asking me where I got it and how do they get one grin

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 19:31:57

It would be harder to fall off a tricycle wouldn't it?

ParkingFred Sat 05-Apr-14 19:39:05

I am glad to read the 'too heavy' comments - justification for not having one.

I have had to tell my dh do not buy me a Pashley. He's a panic present buyer and, because I have admired them, I know it's something he would buy me.

But I never cycle, apart from at the gym. It would be a shame to leave such a beauteous thing unused.

CharlesRyder Sat 05-Apr-14 19:40:26

If the tricycle came in red that would be a done deal. grin

I'm moving to the countryside so I figure adopting the full Miss Marple look is totally fine gringo.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 19:40:38

i'm thinking the beauteousness will make me use it.

GildaFarren Sat 05-Apr-14 19:42:26

Thesun I've just had a look at the Dawes site.

Now I'm conflicted - some lovely bikes. And mostly cheaper than the Pashleys.

I now have a hypothetical dilemma. grin

SoftSheen Sat 05-Apr-14 19:46:54

I have a Pashley Sonnet Bliss (in blue and white) and I love it. My justification is that I don't have a car and so it is used frequently.

Pros are:

-It is wonderful to ride, if rather sedate.
-It is very beautiful.
-Every part is made to a very high standard, from the comfortable saddle to the wonderful ding-dong bell.
-The top quality tyres mean that it is almost impossible to get punctures, even after regularly riding over broken glass.
-Everything you need comes with the bike, including really good lights, rot-proof basket, pump and integral lock.
-Carries a child seat really well.
-Upright riding position, which is good for your back.

Cons are:

-People want to steal it, so you need a really good bike lock (another £50).
-People will steal bits off it, and these are expensive to replace (replacement saddle= £100, wheel=£100, basket=£50...).
-Needs to be well looked after in order to run well i.e. serviced yearly if used lightly and more often if used heavily.
-It is very difficult to take the back wheel off, and so if you need to replace the back tyre (rare) you might need the help of a bike mechanic.
-It doesn't go very fast, which is fine for pootling around town but would be no good for long distances.
-Very heavy.

I used to have a Dawes red feather - very nice bike. I now have a Gazelle Esprit. No cheaper than Pashleys but very, very nice and the Esprit is pretty light.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 19:52:25

i'm more of a pootler than a distance girl.

I keep debating whether to ride to work but it is 9 miles each way, either along a busy road where a lorry would kill me or along =g a very deserted track where I might get eaten by axemen.

so pootling is fine I think,

CharlesRyder Sat 05-Apr-14 20:07:53

Arf at eaten by axemen grin sh*t, are there axemen on country lanes??.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 20:09:45

no idea but the track is very deserted and very dark. and i'm not a wuss but would think twice about doing it alone late at night. (stupid shifts)

SoftSheen Sat 05-Apr-14 20:14:20

I used to commute to work on mine but that was only about two miles. I could do nine miles on on a nice Sunday afternoon, but it would probably take close to an hour. My Pashley doesn't cope well with any sort of off-road track, it likes smooth surfaces basically (unfortunate due to the many potholes around here!).

NormHonal Sat 05-Apr-14 20:17:59


I nearly bought one last year, but did the sensible thing and got a cheapie second-hand bike off eBay to see if I used it, before "investing" in a Pashley.

I have ridden the eBay bike precisely once.

Glad I didn't buy the Pashley.

Am still envy though. I have visions of owning one once the DCs are old enough to bike to school.

Goalie Sat 05-Apr-14 20:26:16

I almost got one of these a couple of months ago, but decided not to because of the weight. I got a Whyte strawberry hill instead. Luverly imo!

happylittlevegemites Sat 05-Apr-14 20:33:47

I have a princess and love it. Was cycling at 38 weeks pregnant, with the seat just a bit lower. Reminds me I need to get a seat for day now the weather is improving.

Yes, it's heavy. But if you're going to be cycling very fast or very far, you'd be looking to get something else. And it's so comfortable you'd don't notice the weight so much.

MichaelFinnigan Sat 05-Apr-14 20:35:01

I've got a blue & cream sonnett bliss too. It's lovely. Can't say I notice the weight but I'm not a flat out speed demon type

VivaLeBeaver Sat 05-Apr-14 20:38:20


Get a better quality bike like a Specialized Vita. If you're thinking of doing 9 miles a day to work and 9 miles back a heavy Pashley would kill you. I commute similar distance on a bike, believe me you need something light with a decent amount of gears. I commute on a Tricross.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 20:47:18

I can't cycle to work because of the death risk.

i'd be pootling.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 05-Apr-14 20:50:53

You'd pootle more on a decent bike which is a pleasure to ride rather than a heavy one which is hard work.

AtYourCervix Sat 05-Apr-14 20:52:24


I need to try some on.

SoftSheen Sat 05-Apr-14 20:55:47

Pashleys aren't at all heavy to ride (quite the opposite). They are heavy if you need to lift them. Mine has five gears, which is plenty for most purposes.

Ooh, get the Britannia, it's gorgeous. I'm now coveting one myself, but in my case it would be a hige waste of money, as, er, I can't cycle blush. I must be the target market for the tricycles smile, which are quite lovely too.

AgaPanthers Sat 05-Apr-14 21:44:58

Here's some cheaper, less lovely alternatives:

They are quite sensible pootling bikes really. The likes of the Vita is going to require more maintenance.

If you got the Btwin you could pretty much just treat it like shit (just buy a floor pump to keep the tyres pumped up) and not have to worry about maintenance really.

showtunesgirl Sat 05-Apr-14 21:58:22

OP, I can highly recommend Decathlon bikes. They are so much cheaper and just because they are not a Pashley, your theft levels go way down but they absolutely do the job.

RhondaJean Sat 05-Apr-14 22:02:21

Oh no I want one now.

Would I manage a 26 mile each way commute on one do you think.


Aeroflotgirl Sat 05-Apr-14 22:04:08

They are a bit for elderly people I think. No I prefer a good old mountain bike with gears

SoftSheen Sat 05-Apr-14 22:26:51

Aeroflotgirl there are a fair few Pashley riders where I live (big cycling area) and the age range is roughly teens up to forties- no elderly people that I've seen!

They are pretty much the opposite of a mountain bike, though many models do have gears (5 on mine). I suspect that most mountain bike owners don't really need 18-odd gears anyway, unless they are doing some serious competition.

aoife24 Sat 05-Apr-14 23:04:06

The Pashley's are lovely but pretty heavy, no? Have you had a look at Bobbins? Lovely too. I have the Kingfisher and love it!

Parsnipcake Sat 05-Apr-14 23:09:22

I prefer the Electra Gypsy. It has a really lovely basket and bell. I know nothing else about bikes

pancakedays Sat 05-Apr-14 23:09:46

The Dawes Duchess bike is lovely, cheaper and not as heavy as the Pashley bikes.

Melfish Sat 05-Apr-14 23:09:52

I have a Dawes Duchess; similar in style to a Pashley but much cheaper. I've used it regularly for the past 3 years and it has been fine. It's also reasonably light to carry up stairs. Have heard about the Pashleys being a bit on the heavy side.

costsofemployment Sat 05-Apr-14 23:43:36

I have just gone back to my own bike (specialized vita) after Boris biking.

The difference is amazing. I do 2 miles each way to work in really heavy traffic.

Ledkr Sat 05-Apr-14 23:47:01

I have a gorgeous powder blue retro bike but its only got 3 gears and is a killer to ride further than the end of my road

BethCalavicci Sat 05-Apr-14 23:53:16

£500 quid for a bike?! <faints> more money than sense

skinnyflatwhite Sat 05-Apr-14 23:55:04

I like my Pendleton bike

Oldraver Sun 06-Apr-14 00:08:45

I haave hankered after a Picodor, with a big basket on the back. My cycle shop said I would be laughed at sad

Beth that's quite rude. Personally I use my bike every day for the school run and to get to work. My gazelle has been 100% reliable and still looks like new. I've had it nearly 6 years. You can spend £150 or so on a piece of crap from Halfords but you are buying a piece of crap.......

GildaFarren Sun 06-Apr-14 00:23:07

Oldraver Don't see why - extremely practical, I would have thought.

There's an episode of Midsomer Murders with Prunella Scales playing one of those decisive ladies that no one ever messes with IYKWIM. She had a Pashley Picador - you just need a bit of panache to carry it off. wink

MuttonCadet Sun 06-Apr-14 00:26:44

For 500 you could get a very light weight practical bike, not sure why you'd choose these.

Bikes are hardly a fashion statement.

WetAugust Sun 06-Apr-14 00:39:07

Nobody has laughed at me while I'm riding my picador trike.

It's actually quite difficult to ride at first as you can't lean into corners and have to steer round them.

Very green though smile

skinnyflatwhite Sun 06-Apr-14 00:43:07

MuttonCadet - I used to have a very good Canondale hybrid but it just wasn't comfy, for me, to bend forward on to the handlebars. The Pendleton I have now is much cheaper and certainly doesn't feel as good a machine as the Canondale but it is so much comfier for me to sit upright and I love having a basket to put my shopping in.

ScrambledSmegs Sun 06-Apr-14 00:44:28

I used to have a Globe bike a bit like this a while ago. It looked absolutely gorgeous, but fuck me it was slow and heavy. Fine when going downhill, shit when you have to go even slightly up an incline.

I got sick of arriving at work in a sweaty mess despite pootling along at a snails pace, so I bought a Specialized Vita. Lovely bike, get it maintained by the cheap as chips people by the climbing centre, but am learning to do it myself as it's not too hard. 5 years I've had it now and I love it to bits still.

MusicalEndorphins Sun 06-Apr-14 00:50:54

I like those and would like to know from those who have them, are they easier on the lower back than the more common 10 speed type of bike with low handlebars?

K8Middleton Sun 06-Apr-14 00:57:20

I have a Pashley trike. I've ridden it once in 2 years and have to work out a way to get it from my friends's house 100 miles away to mine.

It cost an obscene amount of money.

skinnyflatwhite Sun 06-Apr-14 00:59:05

See my reply above MusicalEndorphins. I didn't know what to do with all those gears! Yes certainly easier on the back and shoulders and neck.

K8Middleton Sun 06-Apr-14 00:59:42

Ooh just spotted WetAugust's post. Yes, very difficult to do corners because of the not leaning in. Dh had a go and couldn't actually ride it. I could with 3yo ds on the back and 4 months pg <smug>

I am going have to do a sponsored ride or something to get the bloody thing home.

Loved my Pashley when I lived in the city... Now in hilly suburbia and it is utterly useless.

I don't want to part with it but i can't use it at all around here. It's not safe on the roads as you go at about 2 mph due to the weight. hmm

ch1a Sun 06-Apr-14 01:10:25

I have a pashley parabike. It's like the tube rider one but an army green. Its amazing to ride. I test rode about 15 bikes before I bought it and it was the nicest ride. Bit heavy to carry if you ever had to but smooth when cycling and not noticeably heavy on hills compared to most others.

When I was looking the materially lighter bikes were massively more money than this. I tried bobbins and they felt really rickety in comparison.

I have a basket which fitted fine so would be good on the tube rider too. Child seat fine as well. I tried the princess and whilst it was very smooth it just didn't glide like this one! Definitely test ride and get good locks (need to look all parts such as saddle etc).

ch1a Sun 06-Apr-14 01:13:36

This is the parabike. Can't wait to push this baby out and get back cycling!

NurseyWursey Sun 06-Apr-14 01:15:16

I prefer the Electras. Couldn't really ride one around here though

Look how cute these are!

ch1a Sun 06-Apr-14 01:18:48

nursey they are beautiful!

ComposHat Sun 06-Apr-14 02:11:23

They are utterly style over substance and intended for people with more money than sense. Far too heavy and difficult to manoeuvre. Certain to put any sane person off cycling for life.

stonehairbrush Sun 06-Apr-14 02:17:20


Toy bikes

cafecito Sun 06-Apr-14 02:27:45


heavy heavy monsters and the cath kidston of biking

the only thing I like is the whitewall tyres and some of the colours.

cafecito Sun 06-Apr-14 02:40:08

I agree dawes duchess is actually really nice, dawes Cambridge too - very pashley-like but more manouvreable

Re bobbin, I think it depends on which you are looking at. I can't stand the birdie for example, but I really like the bobbin kingfisher, it seems much better made

Tokyobike may be worth a look

for less basket/flowery fields style I also like some of the create bikes
whyte tend to do practical bikes, eg the whyte Victoria is so lightweight
the hoy bikes in evans are quite nice and user friendly

However if you are intent on spending pashley money and are not overly short, I really recommend Pelago - some beautiful ones and ride like a dream

MusicalEndorphins Sun 06-Apr-14 02:42:17

Thanks skinnyflatwhite!

MichaelFinnigan Sun 06-Apr-14 07:27:03

Have those of you who say 'too heavy' ridden one because that's just not my experience. o wouldn't want to carry it around, but it's not for carrying its for riding.

I truly feel I glide around effortlessly on mine and I am unfit and live half way up a hill

They're very well made, disc brakes, hub gears etc so will last forever. Mine is used probably 3 or 4 times a week and is about 4 years old so I do feel that I know these bikes quite well

MichaelFinnigan Sun 06-Apr-14 07:30:11

I've often got DS in a front mounted seat and dd on a tag along, they're very good for transporting kids. The sitting up position is perfect for a front mounted baby seat, which I vastly prefer for a million reasons to a rear one

8isalotoflegsDavid Sun 06-Apr-14 07:34:14

they look beautiful but I imagine if they are still as heavy and clunky as old skool bikes used to be then it will be a spectacularly attractive waste of money.

I cycled a round trip of about 25 miles on a (borrowed) heavy framed bike with shit gears while all my friends sailed past me barely breaking a sweat on their lovely modern lightweight things with squishy saddles and it was HELL. My backside and my leg muscles took about a week to recover.

SolomanDaisy Sun 06-Apr-14 07:39:48

I have a heavy old Dutch bike, similar to a Pashley. A bike that is heavy to lift isn't necessarily harder to ride, they feel really stable and easy to me (though it is very flat here). Most Dutch people ride heavier bikes with high handlebars that look quite similar to a Pashley and these are bikes that are heavily used every day, not fashion items.

Shockers Sun 06-Apr-14 07:40:17

I saw something similar in our bike shop yesterday, but they are very light. Dobby bikes or something... I will google!

MichaelFinnigan Sun 06-Apr-14 07:41:47

Stop 'imagining' how heavy they might feel, seriously, they do not feel particularly heavy for riding. No, if you're 'into' cycling and doing races they might compared to your carbon framed whatsit but for 'pootling' as the op has said she wants to do they are perfect, high quality, British made loveliness and if that's a bit Kath kidston then so be it, actually probably none of that applies to KK

And you can get a wine holder for it too (£175 shock !!

Shockers Sun 06-Apr-14 07:42:50

Nope... not Dobby!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 06-Apr-14 08:19:17

If you lve somewhere as flat as Holland then maybe a heavy Dutch style bike will be ok. I have ridden a pashley and was unimpressed.

Heavy bikes can be ok. I've got a recumbent trike which is probably nearly double the weight of my road bike. But its got 27 gears and is fairly effortless to ride.

AtYourCervix Sun 06-Apr-14 08:54:25

this morning I am being practical.

The Penny?


The Parabike?

8isalotoflegsDavid Sun 06-Apr-14 08:56:01

Oh. A wine holder you say? Well ok then. That settles it. grin

LadyMud Sun 06-Apr-14 09:14:07

A few people have mentioned trikes such as the Pashley Picador. Whilst they can be great fun, don't assume they are easy to ride. It's almost impossible to avoid potholes, and a camber feels very unsafe. Try before you buy!

ch1a Sun 06-Apr-14 11:06:48

How tall are you op? And do you need to put a child seat on the back? If shorter and want a child seat in back then penny might be easier to mount and dismount. I am in love with my parabike more visually but I'd say be careful about inner leg measurement with a men's frame bike if you want to put a kid on the back as you can't tilt it and swing your leg over to get on. They both ride beautifully.

babybat Sun 06-Apr-14 11:13:14

Do you have any bike shops local to you that have them in stock? Go for a test-ride and pick the one that feels best for you! The Penny's a bit less sit up and beg than the Princess, for example, so it's worth trying them out in person.

AtYourCervix Sun 06-Apr-14 11:17:26

i'm 5 ft 7. no need for a baby seat. I would rather like a basket on the front though.

AtYourCervix Sun 06-Apr-14 11:23:17

I'm going to need a bike rack for my car too.

and this here

Stinkyminkymoo Sun 06-Apr-14 11:24:58

I came across this thread lat night & have been looking at those gorgeous Bobbin bikes. I've been thinking about getting a bike for ages and now I've found the perfect one! smile

This is why I love MN!

ch1a Sun 06-Apr-14 11:25:09

Basket is fine on the front of the parabike. Given what you have said I'd go for that one and enjoy!

AtYourCervix Sun 06-Apr-14 11:30:32

even better

I MUST have one!

Aeroflotgirl Sun 06-Apr-14 11:43:25

I have no doubt they are beautifully made, just not my taste.

WetAugust Sun 06-Apr-14 12:09:00

My picador trike is easier to ride with a bit of weight in the back basket, otherwise it can be quite skittish to steer. Still adore it though.

I have had many bikes over decades, mainly Raleigh's. My top favourite was a Raleigh Wayfarer from 1972', a real workhorse that took me everywhere in my teens. It had a steel frame, front basket, rear basket that hung off old fashioned steel sprung saddle. It had no gears until I had 3 speed fitted.

It rusted away in the she'd over the years. I thought the Pashley Princess would be a similar replacement for the wayfarer as it too was step-through etc.
I was very wrong.
I know the Pashley is slow and heavy because I use all my bikes on the same stretch of cycle track and time my journey (to the pub) . My 16 gear mountain bike is fastest and my replacement revamped Wayfarer is a close second (it whirs along nicely). The PAshley is the slowest for the same about of effort and it's not a smooth ride. It a fight to get the PAshley going.

Which is why you find so map any almost new machines on eBay and why I shall be selling mine.
Also, the front basket can stop you seeing ruts and stones. The sit and beg position is good for preventing back ache.

You can get a PIcador on its side in the average large hatchback, or take it on the train. A courier would cost you about £25. I wouldn't consider riding one 100 miles.

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