We’re pretty excited about our new bikes. They’re both Pashley Sovereigns: hers being the Princess, his being the Roadster. They’re what are known as classic English “country bikes”, though they make wonderful “city bikes” as well. They have lugged-steel frames and they’re still hand-built in Stratford-upon-Avon England as they have been since 1926. Most of the current crop of Dutch city bikes are patterned after these bikes. They’re heavy as a brick, decidedly not fast, but supremely smooth and comfortable, and you absolutely cannot beat their bolt upright riding position for navigating the city grid with confidence. We’ll use them mostly for running errands, grocery hauling, and taking outings to the coffee shop and farmer’s market. —Alan & Michael
Our Pashleys were purchased at Gold Country Cyclery in Shingle Springs, CA.