One More Guv’Nor

Aw, what the heck; here’s one more Guv’nor photo for you, this one from Loring Kohrt, the distributor for Pashley Cycles in the U.S. The bike belongs to Adrian Williams, the Director of Pashley Cycles. He rides it from Bath to Stratford-on-Avon everyday. He is at least 6′ 6″ tall.

12 Responses to “One More Guv’Nor”

  • Duane says:

    wow, everything about this bike is just wow.

  • Will Parbury says:

    Hi,

    Loving the blog. I live in Bath and I think that the guy probably commutes to Bradford on Avon which is about 9 miles along the lovely Kennet and Avon canal towpath. Stratford on Avon must be about a round trip of a century!

  • Will Parbury says:

    Actually just checked the Pashley website and it is in Stratford on Avon and checked on the AA route planner at 75.2 miles one way. BH that’s impressive.

  • meli says:

    those are some pimped out fenders. I had seen this Pegoretti-Brooks colab, at the NAHBS which I posted simply for eye candy. Wow 75 mi. is pretty butt-kicking. Gorgeous ride though

  • Dave Kee says:

    “…butt-kicking.” and prostate numbing are exactly what I thought when I saw that saddle and those low bars. Sorry Alan, but that is the reason so many of those wonderful bargain priced (compared to recumbents) DF bikes (see Out of Synch) spend so much time hanging on garage walls. Not really such a great value then I am afraid. If people could only price out their comfort per mile per dollar invested then that 0.5% recumbent market share would soar. But then George Bush and Tony Blair looked like a good investment to a lot of people at one time.

  • Alan says:

    @Dave

    It’s a beauty, but I have to agree. Unless the bars are at least as high as the saddle, I lose interest pretty quickly.

  • Roland Smith says:

    Kind of like a DF racing bike, but then old-school. As a museum piece, it looks nice. As a practical bike, not so much. No lights, no rack. Plus the combo of the seat, handlebar and open chain spells “ouch” on several levels.

  • Alan says:

    @Roland

    I agree; it’s mostly a toy. It doesn’t perfectly fit the theme of this blog, but if a friend sends me a picture of a pretty bike I have to post it, right? ;-) I have to admit it’s a cool bike though..

    A more practical day-to-day bike from Pashley is their Roadster.

    Alan

  • Rick says:

    @Roland

    Out of the box, the Guv’nor doesn’t have a rack, lights, etc.. same as many other bikes. See no reason one couldn’t add a rear rack, fenders and lights if so inclined. With the swept back “North Road” bars bringing the hands back, the position is rather comfortable compared to other road bikes I ride. Stems can easily be replaced to provide a more ideal fit without taking away the look of the bike.

    I was asked off-line about the size of chain ring and freewheel cog. They are 42 tooth and 18 tooth respectively.

    Rick

  • Roland Smith says:

    @Rick

    I agree that it is a beautiful looking retro bike. But bikes like these will probably spend most of their life on display, because it’s just not practical for daily use.

    Just to put things in perspcetive, over here in the Netherlands your bike would be illegal for lack of lighting (front & back), bell and reflectors (back & on the pedals). And over here, you can’t even get theft insurance without a certified lock. If you left a bike outside here unlocked in a big city, there’d be a good chance it would be gone by the time you got back.

    If you look at the websites of Dutch bike suppliers [Gazelle, Batavus, Sparta], you’ll see that almost all bikes (except racers and mountainbikes) come with a luggage rack (which is often used to carry a second person), lights, reflectors, a proper lock, enclosed chain and a sidestand. Except for the most basic models, most have hub gears or derailleur gears. Those a _practical_ bikes.

    It’s not uncommon here to see a bike fitted with two child seats, windscreen and sidebags for groceries, see “http://www.sparta.nl/NL/sparta-fiets.asp?bike=599403&speciaal=1″. I know because my sister has one. :-) She uses it e.g. to take the kids to school.

  • Martin says:

    Im in the precess of getting a Guv´nor plus four but im not sure on the height. im 6,2″. any suggestions if I should get a 22.5 or 24.5…

  • Alan says:

    What’s your pubic bone height?

 
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