The Parabike is the epitome of practical, reliable and stylish cycling, being as it is an evolution of the Airborne bicycles of the Second World War. These were carried by British paratroopers dropping into occupied France, who would use these cycles to get around both city and countryside on their important missions. It is this unique heritage that makes the Parabike the perfect companion in all aspects of your life, wherever you may wander.
For city rides, the Brooks B67 saddle, weather resistant mudguards and an upright yet dynamic riding position all make for an efficient and relaxed ride. The further addition of robust Schwalbe tyres with extra puncture protection, reliable Sturmey Archer hub brakes and wide-ratio 5 speed hub gears means you and your Parabike can head out of town on all sorts of adventures, safe in the knowledge that your bicycle can stand up to the rigours of even the most rural of rides.
The Parabike is therefore a wholly refreshing alternative to the modern hybrid bicycle and carries with it reassurance of a long-standing history of excellence, both in its military roots and the stamp of Pashley hand-built quality.
Colours: Dusk Blue or Ash Green
Gears: Sturmey Archer 5 speed hub gear XRD-5(W) with thumb shifter.
Frame: Multi-tube hand-built frame with braze-ons for attachment of a rear carrier and bottle cage.
Fork: Fully brazed with lugged crown and CrMo blades.
Saddle: Aged brown Brooks B67 natural leather saddle with tie detailing and twin coil springs.
Handlebar: Stainless bar on alloy stem.
Brakes: Sturmey Archer all-weather, low maintenance front and rear hub brakes.
Wheels: 26" alloy rims with stainless steel spokes.
Tyres: 26x1 3/4" Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres with extra puncture protection and reflective side walls.
Mudguards: Rounded profile steel guards with rear reflector.
Pedals: Alloy body with non-slip rubber inserts.
Crankset: Stronglight crankset (46T).
Other Features: Protective chainguard, mini ding-dong bell, cork compound grips, quick-release micro-adjust seatpost.
Frame Sizes: 19" (suitable for an inside leg between 28-34")
The Parabike features a unique duplex-tube frame, giving a comfortable ride and unmistakable style. The design harks back to the paratroop Airborne cycles used by the British Army in World War II.
Sturmey Archer alloy hub brakes provide excellent stopping power whatever the weather and are very low maintenance. Add these to wheels with puncture resistant tyres and you have a truly practical machine.
- Sweeping multi-tube frame with relaxed riding position: Unique duplex-tube frame, giving a comfortable ride and unmistakable style. Features rear carrier and bottle cage mounts for additional retro-fit storage. Hand-built with an attention to detail that only a frame crafted by hand can possess.
- Soft touch cork grips: with ergonomic shaping these soft-touch cork-compound grips provide added comfort and secure handling whilst cycling.
- Small 'ding-dong' bell: a dainty ding-dong bell which sounds an elegant little 'ding-dong' to politely let pedestrians know you are arriving.
- Classic 5 speed hub Gears: With an easy-shift gear lever, they allow you to tackle hills and glide along gracefully on flatter terrain with ease. Fully enclosed gear system that requires minimal maintenance.
- Reflectors for added visibility: front, rear, pedal and tyre reflectors all help to keep you safer on the road at night.
- Low maintenance hub brakes and gears: enclosed and sealed from all weathers, hub brakes and gears are long-lasting and robust and provide excellent stopping power come rain or shine.
- Corrosion resistant painted steel mudguards: withstanding the rough and bumps of everyday use, they protect you from mud and water splashes, providing all-weather practicality.
- Traditional Brooks B67 aged sprung leather saddle: Aged natural leather saddle with elegant tie detailing. Ideal for country rides, absorbing the bumps as you go. Classically sprung for supreme comfort, the softer aged leather makes this saddle comfortable from day one and allows the saddle to breathe and form to your shape over time. With handy rear luggage loops.
- Quick-release seatpost with saddle micro-adjustment: Allows saddle height to be adjusted and secured with ease and without the need for tools. Fine-tuning of the saddle position and angle can also be achieved for improved/individual comfort.
- Protective chainguard: a streamlined chainguard that protects you from greasy oil marks, and helps prevent your attire from catching in the chain.
- Robust tyres with extra puncture protection and reflective side-walls: Hard-wearing tyres with secure tread design and an inner SmartGuard layer made from a flexible, special rubber that offers extra resistance to shards of glass and pins. A reflective band around the circumference of the tyre walls provide extra visibility after darkness.