Firstly, a Pashley is an extravagant purchase, there's no way to deny it given the hefity price tag. I should point out that this is a bike for Women (pashley do different bikes for men such as the Pashley Roadster Sovereign Buckingham mens classic bicycle)
~Looks over substance~
Even though my boyfriend and his brother make jokes about my bike (Along the lines of "Why you riding a Penny Farthing". I'm pretty sure that don't even really know what a Penny Farthing is), the Pashley Princess has to be one of the prettiest bikes there is. I had it in our underground bike store for a while when i couldn't ride it and i'd go down to check on it and find men actually dusting it for me to make it look prettier. Yes, i'm certainly never going to win the Tour de Francewhilst riding it but it actually has a lot more substance than one might expect. It's made from Steel (Which does make it heavier) with impecible craftsmanship
~Town Bike v's Moutain Bike~
As far as i can tell, from my limited understanding of bikes, town bikes are generally heavier, have wider wheels and less gears than moutain bikes as they are designed for city life rather than... well... going up and down moutains.I blame berlin for my endevour to own one. Whilst in Berlin i did a city bike tour, the tour was fanastaic but it also got me in love with town bikes. Up to this point i'd always owned moutain bikes as they're more pratical. Town bikes, to me, are all about what cycling is meant to be. There's something about the glide of the wheels that make riding a bike less about exercise and getting from a to b. They make cycling fun again, like it was when you were young and you didn't care about how many sppeds you had or how fast you could go per mile. The Pashley makes road riding a pleasure.
Saying that i've also ridden the bike down narror little mud paths along the side of rivers and canals. Without the basket the bike copes really well and is a lot lighter. Steering the bike is also easier without the basket as it allows for far greater subtlty and percision. Whilst the basket stand is still fixed without the basket i've found that this doesn't really look bad or get in the way.
The bike comes with a sprung leather antique brown Brooks B66s saddle (RRP price £90) which is incredibly comfortable. It is also known for getting more comfortable with age. Due to the saddle being so good i can go over potholes with ease and is great for off roading. My saddle is far more comfortable whilst riding on dirt paths than it is on my boyfriends expensive moutain bike. The springs and the wide seat are designed for upright riding that the pashley is built for, the more upright your riding posture, the wider, and more heavily sprung, the saddle you should choose. On top of being an excellent seat it is also oh so pretty.
The pedals are non-slip alloy and unlike other bikes my feet never slip. I have ridden quite a few times whilst wearing heels and have never had a problem.
The bike also has an integrated skirt guardand mudguards which make riding in skirts so easy and comfortable.