If you dropped in at just about any time, we’d have at least one new bike in the works, a few bikes in-house for personal use and/or review, and a bike or two on-deck waiting to be shipped to a new home. This steady flow of bikes through the EcoVelo headquarters provides a source of fresh material for the blog while also broadening our perspective, which hopefully, improves our skills as hands-on bike reviewers.
Some of the bikes we review belong to us, others are on loan for that purpose or some other. We’ve been fortunate in that nearly all of the bikes we’ve ridden over the past few years (going back to and including those we reviewed on RB) have been excellent bikes for their intended purposes. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that properly matching a particular bike (with its unique set of strengths and weaknesses) to a particular rider (with his or her unique set of requirements) is more important than any technical differences between competing models. A rider who delivers lumber on a bicycle has completely different needs than a rider who commutes 30 miles on an off-street bike path, and their differing needs dictate the use of different tools.
Many of our bike purchases have been more about learning something than about finding some ideal bicycle. What’s it like to ride a long wheelbase recumbent in city traffic? How does an IGH compare to a traditional triple/derailleur drivetrain for daily commuting? Can a bike designed for long distance touring be successfully modified to be used as a utility bike in urban settings? How does a traditional roadster interface with public transit? Did the bike designer meet his goals and does the bike serve its intended purpose? Often, once the questions are answered, the bikes are ready to move on to a more permanent home. Some linger longer if they happen to fit our needs. Others don’t last long, not because they aren’t good bikes, but because they may not fit our needs at that time.
All of this was an extremely long-winded way of saying we have a bike for sale. Our Pashley Roadster Sovereign is now on consignment at Gold Country Cyclery in Shingle Springs, CA. The asking price is $1,100 and it’s being offered for local sale only. The bike is in like-new condition. If you have questions about the bike, feel free to ask in the comments or send an e-mail.