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Royal Mail delivery bike

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 16 Apr 2018 at 11:19.

  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Ok so l haven't got anything better to do this morning apart from look of interesting bikes,
    how about this Pashley Royal mail bike
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    oh dear something went wrong, l will try again
     

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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Having problems viewing the pics, coming up very small and blurred.

    OK, that's better now.

    Certainly looks bullet proof. Just the thing for shopping trips.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Yes l thought it was my eyesight ....most disconcerting :eek:
     
  5. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
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  6. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I've got one of those, very useful bicycle.

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  7. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    Lost in the post, probably....
     
  8. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Way back in the dim and distant past Royal Mail bikes had loads of non-standard parts.........to avoid people nicking them I was told :smile:
     
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  9. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    The one in the picture is not how I remember them, must be a modern incarnation. The ones I used to see the posties riding were proper old-school men's roadsters.
     
  10. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    The Mailstar (OP) was used from about 2001 I think. The rear rack gives it some extra capacity and the step-through frame makes it easier to mount- especially useful when loaded.

    Is this more like the ones you remember?
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    AtoB have this short article on the Mailstar and UK postal bikes
     
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  11. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Yep, those are the ones - proper postie bikes. Never ridden one myself, but I'm reliably informed their performance is rather sedate to put it kindly!
     
  12. robrinay

    robrinay Active Member

    Location:
    Sheffield
    I’ve see these on sale at the Lincoln Antiques Fair for around £100 each but never been tempted owing to them weighing so much.
     
  13. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Weight isn't a big issue if you live in town and want it for shopping/ errands (it would become an issue if there was a 1/7 hill between you and the shops though)

    My Elephant bike weighs 23kg, about the same as a Boris bike. It's very pleasant to ride over short distances -and would do for longer distances with a better saddle. I did nearly 10 miles a few weeks ago taking some stuff to the dump and then doing some shopping on the way back.
     
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  14. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    I was going to comment on that saddle. Looks horrible.

    Been thinking about getting one of the Elephant Bikes for ages but always seem to have other things to spend £250 on first. They're a very attractive proposition.
     
  15. robrinay

    robrinay Active Member

    Location:
    Sheffield
    I see what you mean but I live in Sheffield - allegedly built on seven hills. There’s a local saying which goes something like this,
    “I drove uphill to town parked the car walked uphill to the shops, did my shopping and walked uphill back to the car.”
     
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