Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My Pashley Poppy

Many years ago, a new love of my life entered my world. My big girl bike. Having not owned a bike for years, when Mr T first suggested buying one, I had some very specific colour requirements. Pink. Pink, pink, pink. With a basket. And streamers if at all possible.



It took us many many months to find a bike I would even contemplate buying. Nothing caught my eye...until I spotted the Pashley Poppy. Once I saw it, I knew this was the bike for me. White tyres or not...the Pashley Poppy and I were destiny.

Pashley are a British bike manufacturer using traditional methods and materials to hand make each bike in Stratford-on-Avon. You might have to wait for your bike to be made but you are guaranteed a quality piece of workmanship, with methods refined since 1926!

They have a range of traditional bikes which are all stunning in their own unique way but there was only one bike for me!

The Pashley Poppy


Pashley say that the Poppy is "inspired by the colours of an English country garden in the height of summer" and in this pink colourway, I couldn't agree more.

They also describe the bike as a headturner wherever it takes you and again, I'd have to agree. Whether I'm cycling down my local canal path or on the promenade at New Brighton, I get people (mainly men) asking where it's from or admiring the Pashley brand. It's definitely a talking point!


 The bike itself has 3-speed gears and came with a Brooks saddle which I just couldn't get along with. The handlebars have cork grips and the tyres are cream (at first anyway!) They're not road tyres or mountain bike tyres but in the middle which makes this bike good to ride around town and equally as comfortable on a well-maintained track. It's available in three colours - pink, blue and mint green.

The Frame

The frame is a step-over frame and you ride in an upright position. Pashley bikes are all made using traditional methods and materials which makes the bike very solid (and quite heavy). There's also a bell, reflectors, mudguards etc.

The Basket

I also added on a basket to complete the traditional look. On my basket, I've added cream fabric peonies to really up the kitsch factor! The basket is a good size and fastens on firmly so no bouncing around.


You can also add on saddle bags and frame guards but I've got my eye on some flowery panniers....!

Find out more about the Pashley Poppy as well as their other bikes at www.pashley.co.uk

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