Pashley Bicycles



Rather neat Pashleys parked outside New College, Oxford. It is alled New college because it was ‘new’ in 1143 and now claims to be the oldest ‘new’ college in the world.

red pashley

A Red Pashley – a very vivid red. Model Britannia



A pair of Pashley’s


Do not park on double yellow lines – unless it’s a bicycle


By the sounds of the conversation, it looks like the younger girl had arranged a ‘Tour by bicycle around Oxford’ She only had one customer, but they were cycling around the tour guide was talking about how hold New College was.


Pashley Sovereign – quite an experience to ride. Nice and sturdy..


Pashley sovereign in action.


An old Pashley – don’t know which model.

pashley - guvnor

Pashley Guvnor

Pashley’s was founded 80 years ago by  William ‘Rath’ Pashley.

original pashley

All bicycles are hand built in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. It aims to produce unique and stylish bicycles. In the bicycle boom of the past decade, they have done well appealing to the discerning commuter / leisure rider.


In the 1930s, they produced many ‘work bicycles’ including the iconic ‘Stop Me And Buy One’ tricycles supplied to Wall’s ice cream after the Great Depression. Pashley still make work bicycles, like this one used by G&D’s ice-cream parlour in Oxford.

By the 1990s, Pashley bicycles was in difficulty due to long term decline of cycling and increased popularity of mountain bikes. But in 1994, a management buyout led to Adrian Williams, former aeronautical engineer, becoming Pashley’s main shareholder and managing director.

Helped by a recent surge in demand for ‘traditional’ models the company has done well.

As you would expect, they are a bit more pricey compared to other models.

One Response to Pashley Bicycles

  1. Simon U August 27, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I own a Pashley (Parabike) and I cant recommend them enough.

    Its a great pub bike, or shopping bike. Just hop on. They are robust, stylish, comfortable and even though a 5 speed will get me up difficult hills.

    I own full suspension mountaun bikes, a condor racing bike as well.

    I love them all but my Pashley especially.

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