The Pashley Picnic, They Think It’s All Over…

by Adam on 23, September, 2016

Pashley Picnic Ride 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo.

It has to be said the Guvnors’ Assembly enjoy a ride, sometimes it’s up hill and down vale chasing after chaps who have purchased Bakelite bikes under the impression it will enable them to enjoy cycling all the more. On the other side of the coin we’re not adverse to a tootle through the lanes and byways of rural England, since the Queens jubilee Pashley have been putting on one of the best.

As always the GA, accompanied by the Basket Brigade sent out an Expeditionary Force to reconnoiter the surrounding area, a few of the GA had been asked to be ride guides, and as is to be expected they took this honour very seriously and did not want to be caught out by unexpected road surfaces, inclines, ambushes etc. A few on the ride may say we went completely the wrong direction, although as it turns out the cross country foray was well advised.

That evening Pashley had laid on a little evening entertainment in the shape of The Handlebards a four man troupe cycling around the UK carrying their props and costumes on Pashley bikes and performing a bit of the Olde Shakespeare en-route. Far be it for me to critique the Bard, but the Basket Brigade were kept quiet for the best part of two hours.

Sunday morning dawned, as mornings are want to do and the Great and the Good began to gather outside The Traditional Cycle Shop until at about 10:50 prompt our leader for the day Blaaake reached for his trusty, rusty megaphone and began to rally the troops. Fortunately the fellow had the fore site to brief the GA of what was expected from them and like the well oiled machine they are at the end of every evening, they sprang into action. Springing into action basically involves pushing Little Dave in front of any traffic and leaving him to sort the ensuing chaos out.

Fortunately this years ride was along The Greenway, a converted train line, but possibly of more interest to the GA only one entrance and exit point, thereby considerably reducing the chances of loosing anyone en-route. Once at the end of The Greenway after a little trip along the road and a cut across a field (thank me later chaps) we descended upon The Shakespere Inn, in Welford Upon Avon. As ever Pashley had the stop organised and in hand, first of all it was at a pub that sold rather good beer cheers chaps and a Pashley Ice Cream bike and more lollies than you could wave a lolly pop stick at and a few tunes from The Handlebards.

Alas all too soon Blaaake gave the ten minuet warning, as it happens just long enough to get one last round in at the bar as most people had now vacated the establishment to mount their bikes. The ride back was very much along the same route as the one we had arrived on, again for the same reasons as previously mentioned an absolute boon for those fellows of the GA who were working.

Back at the Boat House the party began and people may even have had a drink or two all, in order to celebrate Pashley’s 90th birthday. A little bit of fizz, a tasty bite to eat, a bit of live music and of course the now legendary game of Pass the Parcel, all too soon the party ended leaving the GA with no alternative but to go to the pub and drown their sorrows in a pint of beer.

But what a day!

Thank you to everyone who helps put the Pashley Picnic on many, many aching jaws from laughter were in evidence the following day.

As ever a few of the chaps were running around taking snaps of things they shouldn’t here are a few of them that will not result in any form of litigation.

Happy 90th Birthday Pashley!

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The 2016 Pashley Picnic

by Adam on 20, August, 2016

2016 Picnic

Well Ladies and Gentleman, it looks like Pashley are doing it again, this time in a Hollywood Blockbuster style (queue explosions and gruff American accented voice over) “Bigger and Better than ever before”.

In truth it’s probably more along the lines of “I say chaps, it’s our 90th birthday shall we push the boat out a little?” The net result of all this power talk, a virtual Pashley centric cycle festival. Obviously when we say festival we mean more of a two day event with bikes, boats and Shakespeare.

This really is an event anyone can ride along and it is always lovely to visit the home of Pashley and chat to those awfully nice people from the company. If you fancy coming along (and there really shouldn’t be any reason why you shouldn’t) then further information and tickets can be found here and here.

It would appear that the Guvnors’ Assembly HQ is in the Shire on Avon although accommodation-a-plenty can be found within the town, as it appears the official fun and frolics do not start until Saturday evening it is very likely the chaps of the GA will arrange a little spin for the Saturday.

If you still are not entirely convinced here are a few snaps from previous rides 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and of course here is what the chaps are chatting about over on the forum

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The 2016 Tweed Run

by Adam on 2, August, 2016

tweed 2016 FP

 

Is it really four months since this years Tweed Run? Has it really taken this long to put pen to paper?, The answers to both these questions is yes and, embarrassingly yes.

By now, one and all will probably have a good idea what occurred, to whom and why, please indulge us a little longer and listen to the ramblings and reminiscences of the Guvnors’ Assembly. This year’s Tweed Run was the first event since Mr Young-Ing handed over the keys to the Manor House he has carefully built up over the past seven years to the honourable fellows at Bourne and Hollingsworth. The first and most notable ramification of this being the start venue outside the Bourne and Hollingsworth buildings before we got our act together, paused for a quick pull on our hip flasks, got our act together again and set off onto the streets of London Town.

Anyone who has ridden on the Tweed Run, or indeed just followed from afar will be aware that the route varies from year to year, they will also be aware that as the years have gone by, the route, although still very enjoyable was at times a little more walk than ride.

Lunch stop on this particular ride was within the grounds of Albert Park, where a few friends of the GA were pulled in to our sphere of influence (possibly by the offer of alcohol), although all too soon the ever diligent Marshals, were doing there thing and attempting to motivate 500+ recently fed and watered riders for a group shot at the foot of the Albert Memorial, alas an unfinished bottle of wine prevented our participation.

Photo completed and back on our bikes for the return journey back to Spa Fields for a warm welcome and a Hendricks cocktail, for most participants at least, the chaps guarding the gate were a little apoplectic at the GA riding through the gate and they forgot to issue us with our complementary voucher, fortunately we had charged our hip flasks in preparation (although we were also admonished for having a little nip from these).

All in all we had a wonderful time, a rather pleasant chat with Pashley’s Mr Williams, who even after all these years still has not learnt his lesson and asked Mr Adam if he would mind being interviewed by a German production company.

All in all, the Tweed Run has changed, a little more polished, a few more rules but the spirit lives on and perhaps most importantly for a cycling event the opportunity to actually ride our bikes.

A few snaps from the day.

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L’Eroica 2016

June 11, 2016 Jollies

Well Gentlemen, the time is nearly upon us, the last remnants of Autosol has been squeezed out of the tubes, bells have been polished to within an inch of their brass lives an the GA jerseys have been taken from the locked vaults for a final press before it’s biggest public outing of the year. […]

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Pashley and Chums at the Tweed Run

May 24, 2016 Musings

Pashley & The Tweed Run, London 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo. As a few of you are aware, the Tweed Run took place a few weekends ago, in lieu of any music while you wait for the GA’s take on events please find enclosed a little feature produced my those jolly nice people from […]

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Carry On Kent (and a bit of Surrey)!

April 26, 2016 Jollies

Once in a while, the gregarious chaps of the GA like to give a little bit back, and with open arms welcome the Ladies and Gentlemen of the GA, to their Manor to see the sites and take in a little bit of their local culture (admittedly usually Public Houses, but we have on occasion […]

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Tally Ho! Cycles ft. The Guvnors’ Assembly

April 15, 2016 Jollies

  Is it really nearly a year since our friends at Tally Ho! took the Guvnors’ Assembly around the East end of London? And we have still not regaled the unfortunate chaps who could not attend with our tales of daring-do, adventure and spiritual home coming. As many of you are aware, it has became […]

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