I know it’s wrong to covet, but

I want this bike!

Xtracycle Custom Big Dummy Build from Xtracycle on Vimeo.

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11 replies
  1. Kevin Love
    Kevin Love says:

    I saved up my pennies and bought my ultimate bicycle: The Pashley Sovereign Roadster.

    I’m a big guy at 204 cm tall, and there are very few stock bicycles that fit. The biggest Pashley is just right. The bike’s slogan is “A whale among minnows” because of the big 28 inch wheels.

    All of the things that I need come standard on the bike: fully enclosed chainguard, coatguard, five-speed internal hub gears, Schwalbe Marathon Plus puncture-resistant tyres (it’s made in England!), “girlfriend” style rear rack, rear wheel lock and gold-lined mudguards. I have no idea what benefit the gold plating conveys, but it sounds sooooo nice.

    Of them all, what has really grown on me is the puncture resistant tyres. I have never, ever got a flat since I bought the bike. There is a photo of the bike on the Pashley website at:


    I like my bike. I’ll probably be riding it for the rest of my life.

  2. Kevin Love
    Kevin Love says:

    I should have mentioned that in the photos mine is the largest size with the double top tube.

    Every Chinese person that sees the bike says “It’s a Flying Pidgeon.” No, but the 75 million FPs (the largest bike production run ever) were modeled after traditional English roadsters. There are certain fundamental design principles for a city bike that are true in both Peking and Stratford-on-Avon.

    I like my bike. It takes me to work every day and everywhere else I go in comfort and style.

  3. fred_dot_u
    fred_dot_u says:

    Thems be Copenhagen Cycle Chic bikes!

    I’ll second the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire durability. I caused the only flat on my tires by turning a spoke nipple with tire and tube mounted and inflated. Hey, we’re all entitled to some disconnected-brain-functions now and then, eh?

    With yesterday’s all-time first-for-me century ride, I’ve over 7200 miles on my Schwalbes and probably half that remaining.

    Schwalbes on an Xtracycle would be a rugged commuter, fershure. Drop a Stokemonkey in the middle and you have a hauler par none.

  4. Keri
    Keri says:

    “Schwalbes on an Xtracycle would be a rugged commuter, fershure. Drop a Stokemonkey in the middle and you have a hauler par none.”

    Huh… it’s a utilitarian bike, too? I was just dazzled by the purple powder coat! 😉

  5. fred_dot_u
    fred_dot_u says:

    I think I screwed up literally and literally. It’s not supposed to be “par none” is it? It’s “bar none”, right?

    Being color blind to a small extent, I did not see purple or might have made a Lyndy comment.

  6. Dennis
    Dennis says:

    If I ever my legal issues resolved I think I would get either a: Bruce Gordon, Koga-Miyata, Dahon Cadenza P8 or Litespeed Blue Ridge. Especially something I could convert later.

  7. Kevin Love
    Kevin Love says:

    Keri wrote:
    “…hauler par none”

    Kevin’s comment:
    With 65L Basil panniers on my Pashley and a wire basket on the rear rack and cloth shopping bags on the handlebars I can take well over an entire grocery cart.

    When I get home my family makes comments like “Heading down the Ho Chi Mihn Trail?” But then I make them help unload the bike!

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