Last summer I decided I wanted a bike. Of course, being the clichéd fashion blogger that I am, I couldn't just nip to Halfords and buy one like a regular person - I wanted a vintage bike, with a pastel pink frame and a wicker basket. Basically, a Pashley Poppy without the £450 price tag. And so I went to eBay.
I spent many hours stalking authentic vintage bikes but never quite found 'the one'. There were many near misses (I hate losing on eBay!) but mostly, what I was looking for just wasn't there. So I gave it up as a bad job and jumped back in the car.
But then, the sun came out. And as soon as the weather warmed up, I was itching to go for a bike ride. So I took to Google, searched for 'vintage bike Leeds' and found...
Probike 'City Discovery' 700c Hybrid bike
Meet Betsy. Isn't she beautiful? While browsing for vintage bikes in Leeds, I stumbled across this model by Probike. Another search showed a bike shop in Halifax called Cycle Gear sold it for a very reasonable £179. A few days, a couple of trips to Halifax and a hairy moment trying to get her in the boot of my car, and she was mine!
Despite not being 'proper' vintage or coming from a classic British cycle company like Pashley or Beg, I'm so pleased I bought this bike. The hybrid model is designed for city cycling and the frame is so light - great for climbing the hills of Leeds and something you won't find on a bike from 1962. I love the vintage styling and with a wicker basket popped on the front (£16.99 from Halfords, although I will be looking for something more authentic!) I think Betsy really looks the part, even if she's not quite the real deal.
If you're yearning for a Pashley but feel put off by the prices, I'd really recommend looking at Probike's models. Their Heritage range has some beautiful designs for guys as well as girls, if you can convince your other half to join you!
What do you think - will you be cycling this summer?