Tuesday, May 26, 2009

His Pashley Roadster Arrives!


[edited to add: There is now a review of this bicycle here.]

The end result of our frenzied search, was that both my darling Co-Habitant and I decided to buy Pashleys: he the Roadster Sovereign (which comes only in black), and I the Princess Sovereign in green. My Princess is getting some custom work done at Harris Cyclery (a coaster brake installed) and will be waiting for me when I return from Vienna. The Co-Habitant's Sovereign arrived last week and he has been enjoying it ever since. Lucky, lucky him!


My dandified Co-Habitant added Brooks leather grips and bags to the bike, but everything else pictured here came standard. This is an enormous bicycle and he absolutely towers over the traffic as he rides to work. I can't wait to see him ride it in person, and to pick up my Princess!


The saddle that comes with the Roadster is the Brooks B33 in black. The bags are the Millbrook and Glenbrook. The leather grips in black are pictured here. All of these are available at Harris Cyclery in West Newton, Mass.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks : ) I am so glad he finally has a bike that he loves; he has been dreaming of one for years!

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  2. Husband with Pashley RoadsterMay 27, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Oh, this is my bike and I love it so much!

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  3. Niiiiiice bike! I was very close to buying a green Pashley Princess Sovereign. Enjoy!!

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  4. Thanks! It will be really nice to ride matching bicycles with the husband, too : )

    I saw on your blog that you were considering the Pashley Princess, but went with the Azor because it was larger. I wonder which Princess frame you tried (they come in 3 sizes). My reason for choosing it was that it was actually roomier than the equivalent size Gazelle frame.

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  5. Now if I could just get my wife to be willing to ride,and we had matching bikes like these,all would be right within my universe!
    Steve

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  6. SS:Mtn Biker: Have you tried offering her a very pretty Dutch-style bike? ; )

    She might be scared off by your hardcore mountain biking, but if you show her some gorgeous feminine bikes and describe how you can ride together on a (flat) trail into the sunset, it might just do the trick!

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  7. You'll both look sweet upon the seats of your gorgeous new bicycles. Ahhh, those leather bags....

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  8. what a beautiful bike! what size frame is the roadster and how tall is your husband (for reference to frame size!!) ?

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  9. Thanks! Husband is is 6'1". Pashley Roadster frame is 24.5" (just over 62cm) with 28" wheels.

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  10. Nice bicycles. Me and my wife are also riding matching bicycles. We went with the Velorbis Churchill Balloon and Velorbis Scrap Deluxe ladies. The balloon tires ride like a dream!

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  11. Oooh your wife has the Velorbis Scrap Deluxe! And you taunt me with this information while remaining anonymous! This is one of the most beautiful bicycles I have ever seen, and I am really curious what she thinks.

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  12. This beautiful Pashley reminds me of my dad's bicycle, a 50+ year old English Raleigh (Roadster?). Congrats on the great bike! Have lots of fun riding it :)

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  13. Just bought a Roadster Sovereign. Rides so smooth but very hardwork sustaining the ride on uphill. Test rode the classic and it had lovely tick..tick sound from the hub, but not on the 5 speed Sovereign, is it norm ? anyone.
    Thanks in advance.DT

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  14. HI there - I have just fitted the same leather grips - your hubbies look really smooth and worn in - is that natural wear or did he treat them in some way?

    Picture of mine fresh on here

    http://pashleyguide.blogspot.com/2010/12/pashley-roadster-sovereign-full-review.html

    Baz

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  15. Don't know if you plan to have children but might want to suggest to the co-habitant that he lower the nose of the seat if that is a desired outcome.

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  16. Anon - Thank you for the concern : ) That saddle angle is fairly normal on roadster bikes that are very upright. The cyclist is not leaning forward at all, so the raised part does not press into anything. Give it a try.

    I also want to point out that my earlier comment about the size of the frame was incorrect: This is a 22.5" frame. This bike has a very high bottom bracket, so when in doubt go with a smaller size.

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