My new bike crush is the Pashley Sonnet Bliss. I’ve discussed the Pashley Princess Sovereign previously, which is very similar except the Bliss is different colors and does not have a full chaincase. I seriously conisdered buying a Pashley last year, but the Azor Oma Dutch bike won out based on its incredibly sturdy and smooth ride. Recently I’ve been wanting a Pashley again – not instead of Oma, but in addition to Oma. Is that bad? If loving Pashley is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I can’t buy another bike at this time, anyway, so it’s only imaginary. For now I will be satisfied with my recent test ride at Boulevard Bikes in Chicago. This was the first time I saw a Sonnet Bliss in real life and she is quite blissful :)
There’s always the Pashley Princess Sovereign, of course. The one I rode was hunter green.
These pictures demonstrate how light and airy Pashley is compared to Oma. In contrast, I have a hard time lifting Oma’s front wheel over a high curb.
What I want to get my mitts on next is the Pashley Poppy – very similar to the above bikes, but with only three speeds and no rack/basket/lights. The Poppy is so affordable and comes in pink and blue! Read more from Poppy owner Cathy at London Cycle Chic.
If you are considering buying a Pashley or similar style bike, be sure to check out the A.N.T. Boston Roadster before making your decision. The Boston Roadster is a gorgeous and very well-priced bike handmade in Massachusetts, USA. There’s also a lower-priced 3-speed forthcoming. I would have bought one of these puppies if I’d know of them when I was bike-shopping for Oma last year!
So many bikes, only one Dottie! Life is so hard ;)