This is the Pashley Gov'nor . . . it is simply beautiful . . . sit and stare at it for a while, it will make you feel nice . . .
It is based on the model made by Pashley in the 1930s but is equipped with modern components, (either single speed or internal hub 3 speed).
I want one, but at £800 I am afraid that it is not ever going to happen, even if I had the money.
I am attempted to make a passable copy for under £50, using scavenged, swapped and Ebay parts. . . I failed but it is still a bargain bike eventually costing £111.07.
This guide is straightforward step by step but for a more comprehensive explanation of the thought process please go to this version which is a day by day diary of the project' ups and downs.
Step 1: The frame.
Its not a good or rare frame but that means I can modify it without guilt.
This frame originally had 27" wheels.
I have some old 700 C's wheels , which are slightly smaller diameter and, with the current tyres, wider.
I sanded the frame and found lots of rust under the original paint.
I like matt black and I paint every bike I own with the following method.
Front door paint dabbed on with a washing-up sponge; It doesn't look so good in the photographs but it is a very matt finish with a slight texture and it is durable.
Step 2: The gears and brakes.
A 3 speed rear with hub brake and a front with a hub brake.
They cost , with postage, £67.50 but that is my brakes and gears sorted and these are the actual set up used on the Gov'nor.
TOTAL SO FAR £67.50