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Pashley Roadster Sovereign 8 Speed 2018 - Hybrid Classic Bike

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For stylish and comfortable riding through city streets, the Pashley Roaster Sovereign 8 Speed is the bike for you. The traditional design is timeless, giving a smooth ride and great upright riding position. Hand made using the same techniques for near 100 years, the steel frame is built for silky smooth riding. Mudguards, a rear rack and stand, lights and a bell give you the convenience to ride where you like, where what you like, while the 8 speed hub gearing keeps delivers easy riding.

Key Features:

  • Traditionally lugged and brazed, individually hand built frame is a classic
  • Tubular crown, hand brazed fork is comfortable and offers direct steering
  • Sturmey Archer 5 speed C50 hub gear with Tap Fire shifter for easy shifting
  • Sturmey Archer all weather, low maintenance hub brakes
  • Full length mudguards protect you from the rain and grit from roads
  • Bell, rack and pump fitted to frame for city riding convenience
  • Sizes: 20.5”, 22.5”, 24.5” (Double Top Tube)
  • Colours: Buckingham Black, Regency Green
  • The Pashley Roadster Sovereign 8 Speed is available with 0% APR finance

Known as the ‘King of the Road’, the Roadster has a well-deserved reputation as a classic thoroughbred. Originally designed to handle the cobblestones that were once common across Britain and the roughest of country tracks, the traditional 28 inch wheels are paired with a double-sprung Brooks B33 leather saddle that lets you glide effortlessly over all terrains in the utmost comfort.

The regal riding position afforded by the classic swept-back handlebars and the relaxed frame geometry makes the Roadster the perfect bicycle for all manner of journeys, whether you commute across town every day or fancy weekend jaunts into the beautiful British countryside. Hop-up onto the Roadster and it becomes clear that the refined elegance of this machine is far more than skin deep. A fully-enclosed chaincase and matching mudguards keep you dry and clean as you glide along, whilst the addition of a coat guard on the rear wheel prevents any mishaps that could otherwise spoil the experience of riding the ‘King’.

You even have the choice of two distinct models: the Classic, with reliable 3 speed hub gears for a simpler and lighter bicycle, or the Roadster Sovereign, with the full complement of 5 wide-ratio hub gears, a handy frame-fitted lock and a front dynamo headlamp that never needs batteries. Whichever you choose, you can be assured that your Roadster will give you years of reliable and, most importantly, pleasurable riding wherever you go.

Smaller Roadster frame with classic geometry and elegant upright riding position: Comfortable 'sit up and beg' style upright riding position that allows you a good view of other road users and the scenery, and the added bonus of encouraging a healthy posture. With a lower bottom bracket and correspondingly lower stand-over height for ease of mounting and dismounting. The frame is hand-built using 100 year old traditional methods - with tubing hand-brazed into lugs - for the attention to detail that only a frame crafted by hand can possess.

Large 'ding-dong' bell: lovely and loud, announce your arrival with Pashley’s splendid ‘ding-dong’ bell.

5 speed hub Gears: With an easy-shift gear lever, they allow you to tackle hills and glide along gracefully on flatter terrain with ease. Fully enclosed gear system that requires minimal maintenance.

Classic front lamp and rear LED light: a fully-fitted lighting set offers added safety with a dynamo powered classic headlamp - no batteries needed - and a high-visibility rear LED light.

Low maintenance hub brakes and gears: enclosed and sealed from all weathers, hub brakes and gears are long-lasting and robust and give excellent stopping power come rain or shine.

Traditional style mudguards: with beautiful hand-applied gold-line detail, they protect you from unsightly mud splashes, giving all-weather practicality.

Reflectors for added visibility: front, rear, tyre and pedal reflectors all help to keep you safer on the road at night.

Versatile rear carrier: a strong and durable alloy rack with an 'easy-fix' system that allows for quick-release/attachment of Pletscher branded luggage or child seats.

Traditional Brooks B72 leather sprung saddle: Classically sprung for supreme comfort. First released in 1935, it's a lightweight touring saddle with unique loop springs incorporated within the saddle. The leather allows the saddle to breathe and form to your shape over time becoming uniquely comfortable. With handy rear luggage loops.

Convenient frame-fitted lock: secure the bicycle, through the rear wheel, with the simple push of a lever and key-turn, giving security and peace of mind without the need to carry a separate bike lock.

Classic frame-fitted pump: a traditional design in highly polished chrome, it fits securely to the cycle frame via integrated pump-pegs; easily at-hand when your tyres need an extra top-up of air.

Easy-to-park propstand: a sturdy ‘kick-down’ propstand allows you to stand your bicycle upright with ease.

Protective chainguard: a streamlined chainguard that protects you from greasy oil marks, and helps prevent your attire from catching in the chain.

Robust tyres with extra puncture protection and reflective side-walls: Hard-wearing tyres with secure tread design and an inner SmartGuard layer made from a flexible, special rubber that offers extra resistance to shards of glass and pins. A reflective band around the circumference of the tyre walls provide extra visibility after darkness.

All Tredz bikes are:

  • Fully built & ready to ride
  • Fully checked & tested by Cytech qualified mechanics
  • Available with 0% APR finance (up to 48 months) on any basket over £99
  • UK price match guarantee
  • 365 day no hassle returns
  • Free delivery in the UK Mainland on a date that suits you

In the box with every Tredz bike is:

  • Free Tredz 9 key trail tool
  • Free Tredz pedal spanner
  • Free basic pedals
  • Tredz drawstring kit bag
  • 16 point quality control check sheet
  • Basic bike setup instructions
  • Free Cycle Plan insurance voucher (8 weeks)

Specification

Frame: Traditionally lugged and brazed hand-crafted steel frame
Fork: Tubular crown, hand brazed
Bars: Chrome plated raised bar on an alloy stem, with authentic black rubber grips
Front Brake: Sturmey Archer all-weather, low maintenance hub brake
Rear Brake: Sturmey Archer all-weather, low maintenance hub brake
Shifters: Tap Fire shifter
Speed: 8
Rear Hub: Shimano Nexus Premium Geared 8 speed hub
Front Tyre: 28x1 1/2" Schwalbe Marathon Plus with extra puncture protection and reflective side walls
Rear Tyre: 28x1 1/2" Schwalbe Marathon Plus with extra puncture protection and reflective side walls
Chainset: Traditional slender chromed steel cranks
Pedals: Alloy body with non-slip rubber inserts

Occasionally without notice, manufacturers sometimes change product specifications.

Pashley Roadster Sovereign 8 Speed 2018 - Hybrid Classic Bike Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.3
out of 5
4.28
Build Quality
4.50
Performance
4
Value For Money
4.50

Customer Reviews (3)

5
Pashley pleasure

For years I've longed for a Pashley and decided to take the plunge and bought a Roadster Sovereign 8 speed. Although I had issues with a missing part, when it finally arrived I was delighted to take the bike out for a spin. It just has to be the most comfortable cycle I've ridden. Very little of our potholed roads got through that beautiful Brooks saddle and even the handlebars seemed to transmit less shocks than modern straight forks. If you love timeless elegance in your bikes and don't mind some slow cruising instead of flat out racing then this could just be the bike for you. I've fitted different hand grips as the ones fitted were too small for me. I've also fitted two Orange moderniste water bottle cages and Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottles to the handlebars. I've also fitted Carradice bags, a zipped roll to the handlebars and a longflap camper to the saddle. They look 'right' on the bike. You get a lot of bike for the money and if you're of a certain age and build then maybe it's time to hang up the lycra and get some tweeds on and enjoy the ride.

For years I've longed for a Pashley and decided to take the plunge and bought a Roadster Sovereign 8 speed. Although I had issues with a missing part, when it finally arrived I was delighted to take the bike out for a spin. It just has to be the most comfortable cycle I've ridden. Very little of our potholed roads got through that beautiful Brooks saddle and even the handlebars seemed to transmit less shocks than modern straight forks. If you love timeless elegance in your bikes and don't mind some slow cruising instead of flat out racing then this could just be the bike for you. I've fitted different hand grips as the ones fitted were too small for me. I've also fitted two Orange moderniste water bottle cages and Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottles to the handlebars. I've also fitted Carradice bags, a zipped roll to the handlebars and a longflap camper to the saddle. They look 'right' on the bike. You get a lot of bike for the money and if you're of a certain age and build then maybe it's time to hang up the lycra and get some tweeds on and enjoy the ride.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Pashley Roadster Sovereign 8 (green)

I took my new bike for its inaugural ride yesterday and was very pleased with its performance. It was smooth and quiet and comfortable to ride. Stopping and putting your feet down can be a bit tricky as the lower frame is higher from the ground than standard. There are lots of positives, but I would like to offer constructive advice on the negatives. On the end of the brake cables there is affixed a round metal disc that slots into the roller brake assembly. That can easily be inadvertently popped out as was the case yesterday when I was wheeling the bike past a bush along our garden path. If that had happened while I was cycling, I would have had no front brake. I suggest having a split (cotter) pin or a clip over that disc to prevent its coming out. (I'm very surprised there isn't one.) Also, I had difficulty engaging first gear (Shimano Nexus 8): it would only go to second, but after a while pedalling uphill it would "crunch" into first. It's probably the cable that needs adjusting - I'm going to have to have a "fiddle" to see if I can adjust it. A third point is the length of the handlebar grips: my hands aren't massive, but I found that another inch of grip would have proven more comfortable. I also have to get used to the slippery Brooks leather saddle as I was continually having to push myself back on it after sliding forward. (I may put a seat cover on it to increase the resistance.) And watch out for the hex wrench (allen key) that's required to remove the rear light lens (to change the batteries) as it seems to be an obscure size and not one of the ones included in the Tredz multi-tool that is supplied with the bike. Luckily, I had one in my own collection. (I needed to remove the lens because the little battery-enabling plastic pull-out tab snapped when I tugged it.) I understood the lamp was supposed to have a choice of flashing or constant, but I can't seem to determine how to select the flashing mode. Another suggestion would be to have rubber feet on the stand as the paint got abraded as soon as I used it, and when the stand is returned to the rack position you can see this abrasion which not only will attract rust, but detracts from its looks. I'll perhaps wrap some masking tape around the offending areas. Hopefully, some of these ideas will be incorporated into future designs. Those comments aside, the bike is a pleasure to ride and to look at - I already received one comment on its attractiveness during my "official launch." I'm looking forward to many more rides now I'm in my first month of retirement, but I will need that first gear to negotiate these Cornish hills!

I took my new bike for its inaugural ride yesterday and was very pleased with its performance. It was smooth and quiet and comfortable to ride. Stopping and putting your feet down can be a bit tricky as the lower frame is higher from the ground than standard. There are lots of positives, but I would like to offer constructive advice on the negatives. On the end of the brake cables there is affixed a round metal disc that slots into the roller brake assembly. That can easily be inadvertently popped out as was the case yesterday when I was wheeling the bike past a bush along our garden path. If that had happened while I was cycling, I would have had no front brake. I suggest having a split (cotter) pin or a clip over that disc to prevent its coming out. (I'm very surprised there isn't one.) Also, I had difficulty engaging first gear (Shimano Nexus 8): it would only go to second, but after a while pedalling uphill it would "crunch" into first. It's probably the cable that needs adjusting - I'm going to have to have a "fiddle" to see if I can adjust it. A third point is the length of the handlebar grips: my hands aren't massive, but I found that another inch of grip would have proven more comfortable. I also have to get used to the slippery Brooks leather saddle as I was continually having to push myself back on it after sliding forward. (I may put a seat cover on it to increase the resistance.) And watch out for the hex wrench (allen key) that's required to remove the rear light lens (to change the batteries) as it seems to be an obscure size and not one of the ones included in the Tredz multi-tool that is supplied with the bike. Luckily, I had one in my own collection. (I needed to remove the lens because the little battery-enabling plastic pull-out tab snapped when I tugged it.) I understood the lamp was supposed to have a choice of flashing or constant, but I can't seem to determine how to select the flashing mode. Another suggestion would be to have rubber feet on the stand as the paint got abraded as soon as I used it, and when the stand is returned to the rack position you can see this abrasion which not only will attract rust, but detracts from its looks. I'll perhaps wrap some masking tape around the offending areas. Hopefully, some of these ideas will be incorporated into future designs. Those comments aside, the bike is a pleasure to ride and to look at - I already received one comment on its attractiveness during my "official launch." I'm looking forward to many more rides now I'm in my first month of retirement, but I will need that first gear to negotiate these Cornish hills!

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4.5 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
3
Lovely Bicycle

I love this bike, but I can't begin to justify that statement rationally! It's ridiculously heavy, less aerodynamic that a brick and twice as energy sapping as my 'best' road bike (a Ti framed, Shimano Ultegra equipped 'racer'). But it's just fantastic fun to ride! The relatively wide gear range (with the Shimano Nexus 8 hub), the built in lock, the rack and the mudguards add some practicality, but there are lighter, better equipped Dutch style bikes available. I reckon the bottom line is that if you're hankering after this bike you'll love it for its looks, its upright position and its general presence. If you're tall enough to get the double top-tube version even better! Budget a few quid to change the horrible hard plastic grips (that look and feel as if they came off the child's Tricycle you had in 1970) to something better. Also consider how much you need to use the front light - it looks pretty but is next to useless as a light to see by (as opposed to be seen). Overall this is a bike to enjoy. Buy it with that as your main priority and I doubt you'll regret it! Great service from Tredz as well. I tried to buy this bike from 2 national chains who have branches local to me and neither were willing to help (despite being Pashley stockists) as this is a new model. Tredz kept me informed and delivered as promised.

I love this bike, but I can't begin to justify that statement rationally! It's ridiculously heavy, less aerodynamic that a brick and twice as energy sapping as my 'best' road bike (a Ti framed, Shimano Ultegra equipped 'racer'). But it's just fantastic fun to ride! The relatively wide gear range (with the Shimano Nexus 8 hub), the built in lock, the rack and the mudguards add some practicality, but there are lighter, better equipped Dutch style bikes available. I reckon the bottom line is that if you're hankering after this bike you'll love it for its looks, its upright position and its general presence. If you're tall enough to get the double top-tube version even better! Budget a few quid to change the horrible hard plastic grips (that look and feel as if they came off the child's Tricycle you had in 1970) to something better. Also consider how much you need to use the front light - it looks pretty but is next to useless as a light to see by (as opposed to be seen). Overall this is a bike to enjoy. Buy it with that as your main priority and I doubt you'll regret it! Great service from Tredz as well. I tried to buy this bike from 2 national chains who have branches local to me and neither were willing to help (despite being Pashley stockists) as this is a new model. Tredz kept me informed and delivered as promised.

Close review
3.3 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 2/5
Value For Money: 4/5

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What is a Hybrid bike?

With fast rolling 700c wheels and flat handlebars hybrid bikes bridge the gap between road and mountain bikes. They are great all-rounders.

What type of hybrid bike do I need?

Hybrid classic bikes

With an emphasis on comfort and practicality, hybrid classic bikes combine the looks of a traditional bicycle with modern components. The upright riding position makes them easy to ride as well as being comfortable. Often ready fitted with mudguards, racks and even baskets on the front, these are great bikes for gentle rides around town.

Hybrid sports bikes

Faster and more efficient than the classic hybrids, these are ideal for fitness training and commuting. There are two main types of hybrid sports bikes that can be defined by their fork.

  • With a suspension fork – These bikes are robust and are designed for riding both on and off road. The suspension fork helps to smooth out rough tracks and the tyres, being slightly wider, offer a little more cushioning as well as improving grip on loose surfaces.

  • With a rigid fork – Designed specifically for road riding these are the fastest hybrid bikes and are ideal for urban riding. Tyres tend to be narrower so they roll quicker on smooth surfaces.

What are the frames made of?

Aluminium alloy- These are strong, lightweight and are found on most hybrid bikes. More expensive hybrids tend to have lighter ‘butted’ frames.

Steel – These frames are heavier but offer a smoother ride.

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Derailleur gears

Most hybrid sports bikes and many hybrid classic bikes feature mountain bike derailleur gears. With triple chain rings on the front and 7 – 11 cogs on the rear cassette these offer a wide range of gear options so you can cycle up steep hills as well as power along the flat.

Hub gears

More common on hybrid classic bikes hub gears require less maintenance tend to be more reliable than derailleur gears. 3 speed hub gears offer a limited range so are best for fairly flat riding. 7 and 8 speed hub gears offer a wider range so you can take on the climbs.

Which are the best brakes?

Rim brakes – mountain bike style V-brakes are powerful in the dry but less powerful in the wet.

Disc brakes – these are powerful in all conditions.

Hydraulic disc brakes – these offer increased power and braking precision in all conditions.

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Yes. All hybrid bikes have lugs on the frame and fork for easy fitting of mudguards and racks.

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