Pashley Guv’nor

The Guv’nor is a revival of one of Pashley’s oldest designs, the 1930s Path Racer, but updated to cope with the demands of modern life. Legendary Reynolds 531 steel is used by our craftsmen to produce a frame with a classic slack geometry, which provides you a dynamic yet natural riding position aided by the inclusion of authentic North Road handlebars.

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It is not only unique in its ride quality but in its aesthetic, exuding an elegance that hearkens back to the simple beauty of the original design. From the gold limed black alloy Westwood rims to the Brooks B17 leather saddle that has graced the best racing cycles for over 100 years, every aspect of the Guv’nor has been carefully selected to evoke the glory of path racing history. Add to this the benefits of Sturmey Archer hub brakes, enclosed to be reliable in all weathers, and puncture resistant Schwalbe tyres and the Guv’nor becomes the epitome of refined British road cycling with the very best componentry.
The Guv’nor is a real head  turner that has the performance to match, guaranteed to give you years of riding and racing pleasure.

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Complete Bike


50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm


City & Leisure

Sizing Guide

Pashley’s cycles come in a variety of frame sizes. To select the correct frame size for you, first measure your inside leg length (from the sole of your foot to the inner top of your thigh) in inches. Then, use the table below to find the frame size you will need.

Frame sizes are shown in bold followed by the corresponding inside-leg length range:

Cycle Size 1 Size 2 Size 3 Size 4
Princess / Britannia / Sonnet / Poppy 17.5" = 27.5 - 31.5" 20" = 30 - 34" 22" = 32 - 36"
Country Living Special Edition 17.5" = 27.5 - 31.5" 20" = 30 - 34"
Guv'nor 20" = 27 - 31" 20.5" = 29 - 33.5" 22.5" = 31 - 35.5" 24.5" = 33 - 37.5"
Speed 5 20.5" = 29 - 33.5" 22.5" = 31 - 35.5" 24.5" = 33 - 37.5"
Roadster 20.5" = 30 - 34.5" 22.5" = 32 - 36.5" 24.5" = 34 - 38.5"
Roadster 26 20" = 27 - 31"
Pathfinder 50cm = 29 - 32" 53cm = 30.5 - 33" 56cm = 31.5 - 34" 59cm = 32.5 - 35"
Clubman / Countryman 20" = 27 - 32" 21.5" = 28.5 - 33.5" 23" = 30 - 35" 24.5" = 31.5 - 36.5"
Aurora 18" = 27 - 31" 20" = 30 - 34" 22" = 33 - 37"
Parabike / Penny / Tube Rider 19" = 28 - 34"
Picador / Tri-1 15" = 25.5 - 32.5" 17" = 27.5 - 35.5"
Pickle Child's = 17 - 20.5"
Robin Child's = 16 - 22"


Please note that your inside leg length may fall in-between two frame sizes. If so, you may wish to choose the larger frame size if you have relatively short legs for your height and the smaller frame size if you have relatively long legs for your height.

The frame size in inches is the distance between the centrepoint of the cycle's bottom bracket (where the pedal arm extends from) and the top of the frame's seat tube (where the seatpost enters the frame).

Saddle and 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, we are legally obliged to provide weight limits for our cycles; please find these in the table below:

Cycle Max Load (rider+luggage) in KG Max Load (rider+luggage) in lbs
Princess/Britannia/Sonnet/Poppy 110 kg 240 lbs
Roadster/Roadster 26 120 kg 265 lbs
Guv'nor/Speed 5 120 kg 265 lbs
Penny 110 kg 240 lbs
Parabike/Tube Rider 120 kg 265 lbs
Aurora/Countryman/Clubman 120 kg 265 lbs
Pathfinder 120 kg 265 lbs


Tricycle Max Load (rider+luggage) in KG Max Load (rider+luggage) in lbs
Picador 110kg + 25kg luggage 220lb + 55lb luggage
Tri 1 110kg + 25kg luggage 220lb + 55lb luggage
Pickle (child's tricycle) 25 kg 55 lb
Robin (child's tricycle) 30 kg 66 lb


Pashley Cycles are built to very high standards and as well as being elegant in their design, they 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.

Colour Buckingham Black.
Gears Sturmey Archer XRD single speed or XRD-3 speed hub gear with trigger shifter.
Frame Traditional lugged and brazed construction with authentic 1930s geometry. Scalloped lugs and Reynolds 531 butted tubes. Individually hand-built
Fork Tubular crown, hand-brazed.
Saddle Antique brown Brooks B17 natural leather saddle with titanium chassis.
Handlebar North Road drop bar on a forged alloy quill stem.
Brakes Sturmey Archer all-weather, low maintenance front and rear hub brakes.
Wheels 28" gold lined black alloy Westwood rims (26" for the 20" frame) with stainless steel spokes.
Tyres 28x1 1/2" Cream Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tyres (26 x 1 3/8" tyre size for the 20" frame) with Kevlar Guard belt puncture protection and reflective side walls.
Mudguards None supplied.
Pedals MKS Sylvan Stream.
Crankset Polished alloy crankset (46T, 170mm) with guard.
Other Features Micro-adjust alloy seatpost, brass bell, hand-made leather grips, Guv'nor Maintenance Kit (UK only).
Frame Sizes 20", 20.5", 22.5" and 24.5" (double top tube frame)

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