I’ve been doing a little fettling over the Winter on the Guvnor and wanted to change the bar end plugs from the Brooks ones to something more native to the UK. The Brooks ones look great but are a bit flimsy and apparently not made in the UK. I met a wood turner at a fair some time ago and we have kept in touch, last year he moved to Warwickshire and is not a million miles for the home of Pashley. I gave him an old bar end plug as a template and asked him if he could make me something using native wood that would compliment the bicycle. Yesterday I received two pairs of bar end plugs, one pair in a burr elm (from a tree chopped down in Warwickshire!) and the other pair made of spalted beech. I like the contrast of the cream and dark brown and think they look most stylish on the Guvnor. The gentleman who made them is happy to make bar end plugs for other bicycle lovers so if you are interested please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your details to him and he will liaise with you direct.
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This was a great afternoon ride along the banks of the Thames from Marlow to Shiplake taking in the sights of Henley on Thames on my Pashley Guv’nor. Love riding this bike, but due to my job I cannot get out as much as one would like during the summer. Thankfully, slowing down now so hopefully we will have some good weather to enjoy the ride.
In preparation for the Pashley Picnic this weekend and several lovely rides planned for this summer and beyond I have purchased myself a proper pair of British made cycling shoes! My Converse don’t quite look the part so it was time I looked online for a nice pair of shoes. I found a few articles about William Lennon; a company based in the Peak District, established in 1899 to make working boots for those that worked in the lead mines and local quarries.
I appreciate anything handmade in this green and pleasant land and just like my Pashley, these fine shoes are also made by hand in the traditional method. More can found out about William Lennon & Co on their website by clicking here
After deciding I needed a pair of these lovely shoes I called them and spoke to a lady by the name of Libs who was very helpful and took my order for a pair of Arturo in a size 10. She assured me they were UK sizes and I can assure you the sizes are accurate with my new shoes fitting like a glove…… well, shoe.
William Lennon are a great company, the shoes are a fraction of the price of their competition and fantastic quality at just under £70 inc postage. I am breaking them in today around the house but already they feel very supple and comfortable. I cannot wait to get these on my MKS pedal this weekend and be proud on my riding my British engineered Pashley with my British crafted shoes.
Rather over indulgently I took my shoes and bike out last night for a few pictures….
Spotted the deliberate mistake? They are now re-laced and my shoes are 100% streamlined!
I have been lucky to take part in the Benson Veteran Bicycle Ride on a couple of occasions on my old Philips trade bike. Bikes have to be pre 1930’s although I’m sure a few newer ones slip through the net too! Here are a few images that I took a couple of years ago. Enjoy them and feel free to share them on your own blog and Facebook pages with a credit to my new blog www.mybritishbicycle.me. Thank you.
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