Bike culture is finally gaining ground in Manhattan and the boroughs. Bicycle commuting has more than doubled in New York City since 2000, largely due to new street designs that enhance safety (protected bike lanes). But not everyone sees this as a good thing.
Caroline Samponaro director of Bicycle Advocacy at Transportation Alternatives
Ben Fried editor of StreetsBlog New York
Thomas Justice assistant manager at Canal Street Bicycles
Directed by Daniel Lafleche
Filmed and edited by Aki Pagratis
Wish this was the intentions and plans in Glasgow – still very lacking in integrating the transport policy.
I saw this question the other day posted … various people argued about fatigue life and rust and all manners of catastrophic failings.
I think all frames will outlast us – just like all mountain bikes can do more obstacles than their riders think they can.
For me aluminium was bought as it was light – I raced MTB and a Klein was all I desired. As I got older and my racing changed from 25km short course to 100km enduros I noticed the difference. I finished racing on the Klein and felt really sore in my lower back / kidneys – like I might just p*ss blood for a week. Then changed and bought an old Ti frame singlespeed – even with pretty shot suspension there was none of that killer ache. Geometry was little different so it was ride compliance.
I guess it depends who makes the bike too – I have another newer ti frame now that is stiffer but still doesn’t give me fatigue.
The Klein has been a singlespeed commuter 32:14 on road wheels and 32:16 on off-road with a rigid carbon fork. It’s different I like it but wouldn’t really go over 30km with it unless on road. Thinking of selling it all and getting something like a Kona Paddy Wagon – it is a matter of space as we have 5 bikes in the garage …. I think steel or ti has a lovely feel compared to Al and unless speed and racing is the issue then these metals would be my preference.
Maybe spend some money getting correctly fitted on a bike – this will have a bigger impact on the feel than nearly any component.
Style: The style and elegance of the 1930s Path Racer has returned with the Guv’nor.
Based on the model made by the Company in the 1930s, the Guv’nor has a classic and relaxed style, but is equipped with modern components. It features a Pashley built Reynolds 531 diamond frame (in 20.5, 22.5 and 24.5* inch), with relaxed style forks, Brooks B17 Titanium saddle, drop North Road handlebars with leather grips, and a Sturmey Archer single speed rear wheel with 28 inch gold lined black alloy rims.
The sure-footed feel of the Guv’nor is aided by the 28in Westwood alloy rims laced with 36 stainless steel spokes in a three-cross pattern. Designed around a wide, contoured shape they’re stiff and heavy, but not at the expense of comfort.
Those fat tyres help, but they take some effort to get up to speed.
Braking is done by Sturmey Archer drums both fore and aft and their relative lack of stopping power compared with top-end rim or disc brakes takes a bit of getting used to. If anything, this encourages you to take a more relaxed attitude to cycling on a Guv’nor.
Actually, a lot about the Guv encourages you to take your rides at a more leisurely pace than normal. The rolling resistance of the wheels and fat tyres for one, added to the relaxed trail of the fork – none of which encourages rapid changes of direction nor rewards aggressive riding.
The position offered by the North Road, leather gripped dropped bars also feels relaxed. These aren’t drops in the modern sense but are more akin to bars on a US street cruiser – excellent for taking in the sights as you ride.
Should you wish to take your Guv’nor up to race speed, they do afford the ability to tuck Graeme Obree style, but provide little positional variety if you attempt – as one tester did – to negotiate steep climbs.
It will increase your admiration of pre-war Tour riders though.
The Guv’nor, of course, isn’t really designed for taking on Alpine – or Cotswold – climbs. Three Sturmey Archer gears are an option, but ours was ﬁtted with the standard single-speed.
This is a smooth running 42/18 that’s good enough for around town cruising/posing and, we found, ideally suited to towpath pub-to-pub jaunts.
Equipment: retro chic
The Brooks saddle with titanium rails, retro drops, leather grips and brass bell all add to the Guv’nor’s chic. You even get a tin with a spare tube, saddle rub, a spanner and an Allen key, plus a bag of Guv’nor’s blend tea.
The wheels look fantastic but they’re the one thing we’d change, as each wheel alone weighs more than the frame.
Verdict: big grin sheer fun
This is a bike you’ll ride simply because you want to enjoy riding a bike. Obviously, it’s not for training and you won’t take it on a tour of the Lake District – although you can attach mudguards and Pashley’s catalogue states it’s ‘Just the ticket for exploring the English countryside’. But you will smile. And when you return home from your ride, you can brew a pot of the special Guv’nor’s Blend tea that’s supplied with every model sold.
Pashley Cycles is England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer. Founded in 1926 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon, our dedicated team design and hand-build a unique range of specialist bicycles and tricycles.
very happy with this shot over 3 morning 2 hrs apiece then edited in 4 hours yesterday. Fantastic music by State Broadcasters.
Shot on Canon D5 mkII and mainly a 35mm 1.4L and Voigtlander 58mm 1.4. Sound recorded on Zoom H4N.