This is a beautiful restored Gentlemen Roadster Size 2, frame no. 4362.

The owner, a V-CC member, bought this, at the Beaulieu-fair (2002) in the south of England, in poor condition, but exceptionally complete, only the rims and mudguards had to be obtained. The saddle is new, woven by another V-CC member.

The owner restored the bicycle at home, he is a retired bicycle dealer. The paint used is: "Triumph BRG 75" (BRG - British Racing Green).
"I'm very happy with the result of the restoration, and I judge it as very successful".
All photos courtesy © Kjell Ahlqvist

 

Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub (original). That is, it says BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) on the hub, but it's because Sturmey-Archer and BSA had a partnership at that time. Sturmey-Archer gear shifter (original). Mounted at the Dursley Pedersen factory.

Owner Brian Donnan.
"This is my 1912 size 7 Dursley Pedersen, and I took this picture of the man who sold it to me in 1990. The man in the picture had owned it for many (20+) years, but only as a collector. The bike is a perfect size for me and I have ridden it for many miles, and even in some time-trials!"

Photos courtesy of © Brian Donnan.
- Former owner, bicycle collector Mr Hendry, Worcester
- bd is shaking hands - over his 1912 DP - with Vaghn, one of Mikael Pedersen's sons, at the Pedersen Centenary exhibition at Gloucester Folk Museum.
Visit Brian Donnan's personal site: dursleypedersen.com 

 

This unknown 1909 model has a 3 speed gear, and brakes front and rear.

As far as known, this bicycle belong to Jesper Sølling. Former owner was Finn Wodschow.
Photos by © Mads Rasmussen

It is fairly easy to see that the two handbrakes levers are different.
The front brake is worked using a rod and directly worked by the lever.
The rear brake is worked by a cable.

The rear brake is pulled with a cable and repositioned by two small springs.

This seat has a leather cover. Some had and some hadn't.
 John Pinkerton comments on the leather cover.
There are two shackles to support the leather strap. And 7 springs to support the seat to the frame.

This is a 1907 size 7 Racer owned by Jack Bissell.

The serial number is #4240.

"I believe the paint is the original claret finish, but it's hard to know.
There's no nickel plate under the paint, based on looking where there are a few chips. The only nickel plate is the rear dropouts."
All photos courtesy © Jack Bissell

"This Dursley Pedersen was built in 1905 with the legendary 3 speed hub gears. It has been restored by John Pinkerton (1934-2002) and is in first class condition. Since I got it, I have kept it on display in my living room."

Former owner Lindemann. Photos courtesy of Lindemann

It puzzles me how the handbrake levers are connected to the brakes? (Mads, Webmaster).

Mads, they are connected by cables which run inside the handlebars. A very elegant design. (bd, 3/2012).

Dursley Pedersen 1904 - restored by Tom Meudt. 

This would be a nice christmas gift, right? An original Dursley Pedersen bicycle. A fairy-tale on how it came to happen for Henry Meudt in his own words.

A Rare Find
The story of my original 1904 Dursley Pedersen bicycle begins in the 1960's when I sang in a great church choir in Williston Park, N. Y. Our choirmaster, Tom Parker and his roommate Howard lived in Manhattan and loved antiques. Howard happened on this old bicycle in a shop in Manhattan and actually bought it to ride.

At some point, while Howard was riding the bike, the leather strap that held the suspended saddle (the reason for the frame design) broke. Sometime before a way was found to repair it, Howard suddenly had a heart attack and died. Shortly after, Tom Parker, knowing my interest in mechanical things, offered to sell me the broken bike for $100. I bought it and brought it home to my basement, much to the chagrin of my dear wife. I had no idea what it was but that Christmas, 1972, my cousin, called to tell me to buy the current issue of the Scientific American magazine, March 1973. Wow! Now at last I knew what it was, but so what.

I was raising a family, had many challenges to deal with and the bike sat there, with two wood dowels inserted in the broken frame tubes to keep them in place.

In 1979, my dear wife, Ginny, died at the age of 36 and with two children, life was too busy for any projects. In 1981 I had the opportunity to transfer to Boca Raton, FL and start a new life. The bike followed and languished in the garage, with little interest for 8 more years.

Then my son Tom, graduated Embry-Riddle as an aircraft mechanic and moved to Atlanta to work. His last act in packing for the move was to throw the bicycle in with his other belongings with the comment "You'll never get to this project". It then languished in his garage for another 14 years till one day I happened to do a computer search on Google for Dursley Pedersen. Oh my gosh! There was the most marvelous web site (www.dursley-pedersen.net (This site)). I was finally motivated.

With this discovery, when my son Tom asked what I wanted for Christmas, I said how about restoring that old bike. Tom, now a machinist, has a real talent for mechanical restorations. Well last December (2005) he showed up with it expertly restored as my Christmas present.

I was ecstatic as I could see the quality work that he put into it, even to adding the calcium carbide headlamp. Actually, the bike was virtually complete with only the pedals not original and leather items needing replacement. During restoration, the serial number (#1821) was discovered identifying the year of manufacture as 1904. I now proudly enjoy riding this unique head turning machine. Here then is the story of the somewhat famous and unique Dursley Pedersen bicycle.

The 1904 offered Pedersen's patented design for a 3-speed hub gear, based on the countershaft principle. My 1904 bike just happens to have this hub and this winter I intend to carefully disassemble it and hopefully restore as now it remains in one gear. I refer to my bike as a "fugitive from a museum".
Henry Meudt may be reached here: meudt at gate.net

This bicycle is from 1898-99, frame # 202.

Originally this bicycle was owned by Marion James. It's a small sized Cow Horned Dursley Pedersen (Cow Horned, because of the shape of the handlebar).

Present owner Gertjan Moed, founder of Velorama in Holland.
All photos courtesy of © Hilary Stone