PASHLEY Poppy, £435,

This is another British-built, ‘Dutch-style’ cruiser that's made with a well-finished, traditionally lugged steel frame. The Poppy uses Sturmey Archer hubs brakes and three-speed hub gear (operated by trigger shifter), both of which have proved fuss-free.

The drivetrain is partially enclosed to keep your clothes clean and full-wrap mudguards provide excellent protection in the wet. The 26-inch rims are clad in  attractive and highly puncture-proof cream rubber (Schwalbe Marathons), while the sprung Brooks perch is both classy and supportive.

The swept bars and cork grips are nicely shaped, completing a comfortable cockpit that's happy on both shorter cross-town ambles or weekend pub crawls. It’s certainly a head-turner.

On the road, the Pashley’s efficient, rather than mind-blowing, with a set-up that encourages leisurely lopes rather than breezy blasts. Nevertheless, the ride is always balanced and confidence-inspiring.

Available in pink and blue, the Poppy comes in sizes 17.5in, 20in and 22.5in, with a two-year warranty. Be warned, though, that accessories like the basket, rack, kickstand and dynamo lighting can up the price fairly significantly.

PROS gears, saddle, tyres
CONS extras add up