Yesterday Mrs Lord and I attended our first Pashley Picnic. I am lucky enough to own a Pashley Guvnor and Mrs Lord is unlucky enough to own a mountain bike. So I hired a ladies Pashley from The Traditional Cycle Shop for my lady to ride. on trying out the stead – a lovely Princess, it was clear the frame was a little too large for my good but petite lady to ride safely. Nick at The Traditional Cycle Shop kindly offered their display model 17.5″ Britannia to my wife. The frame size was perfect and Mrs L was ready for the ride! All riders received a fantastic Pashley goody bag with treats from Belvoir & Tyrells to sustain us for the ride and ground coffee from Monsoon Estates which I am enjoying now!! After a coffee & a glass of prosecco we headed off with the other riders into the nearby countryside towards Charlcote Park where we stopped for a break which was more drinks from Belvoir, Saddle Black beers from a brewery called Purity & delcious cupcakes. Along the way I stopped off and grabbed a few snaps with the small camera I packed for the day. It was nice to enjoy the ride for what it was and not be the photographer for the day as I am at many events. On our way back to the picnic we made a detour through Stratford upon Avon to William Shakespeare’s house. We caused quite a stir, all ringing our bells! Please feel free to save the images for your own personal use or for those suppliers involved please share on your own Facebook pages or Twiter feed. We look forward to the next Pashley Picnic ride and maybe Mrs Lord will have her own Britannia by then!!! Thank you everyone for what was a jolly good day! Mark
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.
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This video has been produced by Ralph Lauren for the launch of a handbuilt Pashley bicycle for the Tweed Run.
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After 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.
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……..
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 😉
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!