The Dursley Pedersen bicycle has some unique features including a lightweight triangular frame of thin diameter tube, duplicated to give extra strength, and a curious hammock-style saddle, made from woven cord suspended between the handlebars and rear frame. The idea was that the seat followed the movement of the body and was said to be comfortable, making the bicycle easy to ride on long journeys.
The bicycle takes its name from its Danish inventor, Mikael Pedersen, and the Gloucestershire town in England where it was made from 1896 until about 1914. It was produced at a very interesting period in cycling history. During the 1880s and 1890s, when the unstable ordinary or "penny farthing" bicycle had given way to the chain-driven smaller-wheeled "safety" bicycle, numerous unusual frame designs appeared until the now-familiar diamond shape became standard. This aspect is the key to its significance as it was a complete departure from the other safety bicycles of the day. At the time it was both unusual and controversial and very expensive to purchase, costing 25 pounds Sterling in the late 1890s compared, for example, to another fully equipped safety bicycle made by Rudge-Whitworth for only 10 pounds.
Evans, David E., "The Ingenious Mr Pedersen", Alan Sutton, Dursley, 1978
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