I’ve seen many various and interesting bicycles submitted since I submitted my Hirondelle, but a concept was missing, so I decided to share with you one of the jewels of my humble collection. It is a Pedersen from the early 80′s, equipped with a 3-speed Sturmey-Archer hub, front V-brake and back-pedaling (coaster) rear brake (I am fond of such a combination!), and mudguards and grips in exotic wood. I really love this bicycle!
Here is a resume of Pedersen history, from the Pedersen website:
“The Dane Mikael Pedersen (1855-1929) made his fortune inventing, and subsequently marketing an improved cream seperator, which he named “Alexandra”. His business contacts led him to England, where he met the Lister Company, which produced agricultural equipment in Dursley in England (and still continues to do so). Mikael loved cycling, but was unhappy with the comfort of bicycle saddles. Therefore he invented the hammock saddle and built the frame around the saddle. He obtained a patent for his bicycle in 1893, but since he was laughed at in Denmark, he moved to England and built his bicycle with the help of the Listers company. Overall less than 8,000 Pedersen bikes were produced; the diamond frame could be produced much cheaper and became the bicycle frame of the day. Mikael died as a poor men 1929 in Denmark. His invention was forgotten. No more Pedersen bikes were produced since 1922. However, in 1979 the Danish blacksmith Jesper Sí¸lling saw a picture of the bike and asked for further information from a British museum. Jesper was one of the founding fathers of Christiania, formerly a military quarter in Copenhagen.”
My Pedersen is one of these first “re-built” of these marvelous bicycles.
[This is one of the prettiest bikes I've ever seen. —ed.]