A trip around the Pashley factory, England

Pashley are England’s longest established and in my opinion finest manufacture of tradional bicycles. Based in Stratford-upon-Avon their small and highly skilled team have been producing handcrafted frames and components since 1926.  Here is a short video showing their traditional methods of manufacturing their hand built British bicycles.

To find out more about Pashley Cycles and their rather splendid bicycles please click here

This video has been produced by Ralph Lauren for the launch of a handbuilt Pashley bicycle for the Tweed Run.

 

1934 cycle race at Brooklands

Just been watching some of the fabulous footage on the British Pathe archives online. If you have not yet seen them then I would strongly recommend spending some time of their website.  Just make sure you have plenty of time!

Here is a great little video of a cycle race at Brooklands, Surrey. Maybe one day I will get the opportunity to ride around there albeit a bit slower.

Happy New Year to you all!

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This picture was taken on a walk in the Chilterns last February. Thank you to my 12 followers, it’s gratefully appreciated! Hopefully this year you will see plenty of posts on this blog and my Facebook page. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the ‘follow’ boxes on the right hand side.

Wishing you all the very best for 2015!

Rudge Whitworth and friends….

TOB2014-ML-IMG_8343_023After the Tour Of Britain had passed I wondered back to the dispersing crowd in the hope of finding my wife. I was soon distracted by three marvellous vintage bicycles parked up on the verge. I had to take a few pics of these I thought for my blog. In doing so my wife soon appeared and so did the owners of the bicycles. They had cycled from Henley on Thames, to Kingston Blount, though the Chilterns to see the race and were looking rather dapper in their tweed caps.

I was most fascinated with the path racer, by Rudge Whitworth and I am told it dates from 1912 by the owner. It was looking very original and had a mark BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT on one of the tubes.

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The gent who owed it told me he had rode it from his home in Henley on Thames to The Eiffel tower in Paris last year.

Here are a few other pics of the bikes and some details I snatched before being dragged home……..

Tour Of Britain 2014 flew through our village today….

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Today the #TourOfBritain came through our village so we thought it was only polite to take some time out this afternoon to take a stroll past the cricket ground and watch the racers as they sped past. With primary school children lining the way and quite a crowd of locals out to cheer the riders on it was a lovely atmosphere. I decided to head away from the crowd to get a few shots against a less cluttered background with some nice autumn colour behind the riders. I positioned myself with a few other people at the bottom off Kingston Hill in Kingston Blount, Canon camera in hand I was poised and ready! After lots of police and organiser motorbikes came flying though the cyclists suddenly appeared. I had to be quick as they had just travelled down the hill and still had plenty of pace. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the race, it all happened in such a blur and was all over in 30 seconds once the pack appeared. See if there are any cyclists you can recognise?

New Bicycle Ordered! #Pashley #Guvnor

Firstly please excuse the basic blog for now but hopefully it will be well worth the follow soon!

Today I drove to Stratford Upon Avon and ordered myself a brand new Pashley Guvnor bicycle. I test rode the 22″ bicycle on show at the Traditional Cycle Shop and surprisingly it fitted well. I thought with my stumpy legs a 20.5″ would fit better, however the 22″ fitted well! I rode the bicycle around the car park near the shop by the canal, I’m not sure how many laps I did but I got a few funny looks by the tenth lap 😉

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I now begin the long wait whilst my ‘handmade’ bicycle is ………. well handmade. Hopefully it will be here within a fortnight and ready for the 2014 Pashley Picnic!

Keep in touch and happy riding in this glorious sunshine!