If you are in the market for a sit up and beg or Dutch style bike, it is likely that you have come across the Pendleton Somerby hybrid bike. It is after all one of the top selling bikes in the ever-popular Pendleton Range.
Set up in 2012 by Victoria Pendleton after her success at the London Olympics, the range is sold exclusively in Halfords. Although if you are in the market for a second hand example, you can now find plenty on Gumtree and eBay.
How did the Pendleton Somerby Perform?
The Pendleton Somerby is an upright traditional bicycle, otherwise know as a sit and beg or Dutch style bike. It is designed for slow, leisurely rides on good surfaces. In fact it is the perfect choice if you are a fan of cycling’s latest craze – The Slow Cycling Revolution.
Aesthetically the bike is really nice. Of course we may be biased, it comes in TWC green in addition to red, white and blue options which is complemented with a tan saddle and tan handlebar grips. Although it has to be said these were my two least favourite features of the bike.
While the stitching on the handlebars looks great, it is definitely an irritant and if you have sensitive hands like me will be the cause of the odd blister.
The saddle was another moot point for me. Saddles are very individual things and choosing the right saddle can be a bit of a minefield. On this particular occasion I think the saddle was just a little on the wide side for my frame. It does however feature springs for additional comfort which takes away the discomfort of a few of the bumps along the road.
Elsewhere though, the Pendleton Somerby performed pretty well. And is definitely set up for those who want to commute or cycle in regular clothes. A chain guard will save your clothes any damage from the chain while the step through frame is skirt friendly. Although it may be worth trying the Penny in Yo’ Pants trick to ensure there is no loss of dignity on a windy day.
The high riding position affords you good vision so you can keep an eye on road users around you and a luggage rack is already in place ready and waiting for a couple of stylish panniers.
In addition to that the bike also comes with mudguards as standard.
The bike has 7 gears, which is more than enough for tackling a relatively flat city like London.
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