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Beautiful Bicycles: Pashley Sonnet Bliss

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 :)

Test riding the Pashley Sonnet Bliss

Test riding the Pashley Sonnet Bliss

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Beautiful Bicycles: Pashley Princess Sovereign

My Pashley Princess Test Drive

My Pashley Princess Test Drive

Key to integrating cycling into my daily life is possession of a beautiful and functional bicycle.  Nearly everyone in America thinks of bikes as sports machines that require specialized or casual clothing.  With a certain type of beautiful and functional bicycle, this is simply false.  When I first started shopping for bikes, I did not know that such bikes existed – those with skirt and chain guards and dignified seating positions.  Last year I spent a lot of time researching and test riding beautiful bikes before finally choosing my Azor Oma from Dutch Bike Chicago.  This will be the first post in a series about the beautiful and functional bicycles I found.

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