Winter doesn't mess around in Canada, and neither should bikes that brave the elements to bring you out and back again every day! The Pelago Bristol 3-Speed Model One Step-thru is a Finnish city bike with classic beauty and four-season practicality that rides anywhere the streets take you all twelve months of the year.
If the Finns are like Canadians, it's because we're both big city people with a love for the outdoors. And, of course... we have winter! Unlike most city bikes from Holland - which tend to be quite heavy - the Bristol is light enough to take on a longer weekend adventure. And, unlike many lightweight city bikes (like Linus) that compromise four-season durability for lighter weight, the Pelago is a lightweight all-weather bike made for every season. Add that touch of Scandinavian design alchemy and the Pelago is as beautiful as it is practical.
The Pelago Bristol comes in two models. The Model One veers more towards the city and features a couture-friendly chain-guard and a comfy, water-resistant seat. This bike is great for the daily commuter who wants a great bike for weekend escapes too. The Model Two veers more towards recreational riding and features the luxury Brooks B17 leather saddle, which will mold to your body over time and is perfect for longer rides. This bike doesn't come with a chain-guard, but a chain-guard can always be added.
Like many of the European city bikes we sell, Pelago bikes are built for perpetual outdoor storage but are still light enough to carry inside. The 3-speed Shimano Nexus internal gear hub is fully weatherproofed and designed for all-year use with low maintenance needs, and the grip-shifter lets you easily change gears while wearing mittens and standing still at a red light. Fenders keep you dry in shoulder-season rainstorms, and the rim brakes provide reliable stopping power. Sturdy double-walled rims support Schwalbe Delta Cruiser Plus tires with internal puncture-proof protection for riding over glass and urban debris. The frame has welded braze-ons to allow for bottle cage mounting - a feature most city bikes overlook that makes this bike great for longer rides.
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- Pelago Bristol Model One 3-Speed - Made in Finland
- Roadster-style frame with upright riding position
Chromoly Steel frame - Strong, lightweight and comfortable
- Shimano Nexus 3-Speed internal gears - Low maintenance and reliable for year-round use
- Grip shifter - Dependable and easy to use in the winter with mittens or gloves
- Front and Rear Steel fenders - Sturdy and reliable with no risk of cracking
- Swept-back handlebar - Comfortable for long days in the saddle
- Rim Caliper Brakes - Powerful & easy to adjust
- Selle Royal Ondina Saddle - Plush gel comfort
- Pelago Chainguard - Protect your pants from bike grease
- Double walled aluminum rims - Strong and lightweight
- Puncture resistant Schwalbe tires - Care free city riding
- Strong side mount kick stand
|PELAGO BRISTOL MODEL ONE 3-SPEED - ROADSTER
|Pelago TIG-welded steel frame, 5-year limited warranty
|Pelago 1" threaded, lugged, 5-year limited warranty
|1" Threaded, Aluminum, Silver
|Pelago 40mm, 25.4mm, Silver
|Pelago Commuter, 65mm rise, 25.4mm, Aluminum, Silver
|28.6mm, Aluminum, Silver
|Selle Royal Ondina
|Rim Caliper brakes
|Shimano Nexus Revo
|Aluminum, rubber sealed bearings, 36H, Silver
|Shimano Nexus 3-Speed Internal
|Pelago STD Double-walled Aluminum, 700C, 36H, Silver
|Schwalbe Delta Cruiser Plus - 700 x 35 - Puncture resistant
|Sealed Cartridge BB, 68mm BSA, 117mm
|Forged Alloy, 44T, 170mm, Stainless hardware, Silver
|KMC Z-610 RB, 3/32"
|Shimano 19T, 3/32"
|Aluminum with rubber grip, Silver
50mm Steel, Powder-coated in frame colour
|15.2 kg / 33.5 lbs
PELAGO BRISTOL MODEL ONE 3-SPEED - ROADSTER
How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?
Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lies assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t often made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is able to be totally covered, you can wear whatever you want, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.
What’s the difference between a brand like Pelago and others you carry?
Here in Canada, winters can suck. But Finland is reported as being the happiest country worldwide - and their winters are much colder, darker, and longer than ours! Part of this can be attributed to the fact that they cycle year-round, with the city of Oulu being the informal winter cycling capital of the world. You can ride in all seasons with any bike (and many Canadian cyclists do) but the Fins are dedicated to riding good bikes that are made to handle winter weather - with powder-coated steel frames, internal gear hubs, upright riding positions and puncture-proof tires.
When comparing a Pelago to a Linus, the Pelago will be a lot longer-wearing - the paint won't "pock" over time and the frame is stronger. A fair comparison would be a Pelago against an Achielle, but the latter is much heavier and designed for slower rides than the more moderately-positioned Pelago. A Fahrradmanufaktur cuts its teeth on being an excellent trekking bike as well as a city bike, whereas the Pelago shines in urban environments with some longer rail-path rides thrown in.
Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?
Heck no! It’s the 21stcentury and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar up very high so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power. If you imagine yourself toodling through the bike lane at a stylish and efficient pace, choose a Step-thru. If you imagine a bit more zip and power then choose a Roadster.
How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?
Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust. Bikes like the Pelagos also feature Schwalbe Delta Plus tires that are Kevlar-belted to drastically reduce punctures in the city.
What is an internal gear hub?
In Europe a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Internal gear hubs are awesome. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.
How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?
Research shows that very few bicycle thefts are related to a bicycles value and are best defined as low-risk/low-return. A good bicycle lock is expensive to break through and takes time, thus increasing the risk and lowering the return. Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and that makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good Abus U-lock or a chain and you’ll be fine. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?
Five year warranty for manufacturer's defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear.