Technical Specifications and Refinement

Frame Sizing

Most Pashley bicycles are available in a range of frame sizes. To ensure the best fit to your body and riding style, we strongly recommend that you test ride before you buy.

As a general rule: if you're under 5'7" (170cm) in height, a small frame is for you. If you're between 5'7" and 5'11" (170cm - 180cm) try a medium frame. And if you're taller than 5'11" (180cm) we recommend a large frame.

The Clubman, Briton and Countryman offer an extra large frame option. 

The table below shows the available sizes (with frame measurement in inches) of the Pashley bicycles available from Blackwell and Sons. 

Princess / Britannia / Sonnet:
Small (17.5”)       Medium (20")       Large (22.5”)

Guv’nor / Speed 5 / Roadster:
Small (20.5”)       Medium (22.5”)       Large (24.5”) (double top-tube frame)

Clubman / Briton / Countryman:
Small (20”)       Medium (21.5”)       Large (23”)      Extra Large (24.5”)

Small (18”)       Medium (20”)       Large (22”)

Parabike / Penny / Tube Rider:
One size only (19”)

Small (15”)       Medium (17")

Saddle & Handlebar Position

All models have easy seat height adjustment, with some fore and aft movement and angle adjustment for fine tuning your riding position.

The saddle should ideally sit level or be slightly tilted downwards and the height should be set so that, with the pedal at its lowest position and the ball of your foot (in normal shoes) on the pedal, your leg is very slightly bent. If you then place your heel on the pedal, your leg should be straight.

On step-over frame models (e.g. the Princess) you should be able to ‘put a foot down’ when you stop, whilst on leg-over frame models (e.g. the Roadster), as they are built to a traditional pattern with a high bottom bracket, you will need to slip off the saddle when you come to a halt.

Your cycle’s handlebar can be raised and lowered, and also canted to give the most comfortable riding position. If a shorter reach is required, the handlebar stem can be reversed bringing the handlebar much closer to the rider.

Load Capacity

Due to variations in riding styles and cycle usage patterns, any stated bicycle weight limit is somewhat subjective. However, the following table provides an estimate should you require one: 

Maximum Load

Princess / Britannia: 110kg

Roadster: 120kg

Guv’nor: 120kg

Penny: 110kg

Parabike: 120kg

Pathfinder: 120kg

Pashley Cycles are also extremely robust, and are rigorously stress tested. It is important to be aware that heavy riders and those who frequently carry heavy loads will place more stress on their bicycle and on its components; these riders should ensure that their bicycle is serviced at frequent intervals. Cyclists who have a good riding style and ‘ride light’ tend to place less stress on their bicycle frames and components. All cyclists are encouraged to learn these skills, not only to enhance bicycle durability and reliability, but also to improve efficiency. Ultimately, all cycles – regardless of the load they carry – should be checked and serviced regularly.