1913 Dursley Pedersen No 3 Cantilever Standard

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I may say that after 2000 miles on the Cantilever I would not return to the Diamond Frame for anything. There is no comparison between the two. I can take hills quite easily that are considered unrideable by string riders. I find side slip has no terrors for me now, on the Dursley Pedersen.

– C.J. Noyes, Eccles Old Rd, Manchester; 1910 Dursley Pedersen Catalogue

 

1913 Dursley Pedersen No 3 Cantilever Standard

with the Pedersen Frictionless 3-Speed Gear 26″ Aluminium Wheels

In the past few years, the Dursley Pedersen bicycle has been elevated to iconic status. They are now much harder to find …and prices have appreciated beyond the budget of the casual vintage rider and collector. Although some enthusiasts may complain, this situation is, of course, an accurate reflection of their original position in the bicycle market. 100 years ago they were also beyond the budget of all but the richest cyclists, one of the main factors in the failure of the company.

But, as well as being iconic, rare and sought-after, this particular machine has two extra attributes: it is a smaller size 3, making it much easier for me to ride; and it is totally original. Only the spokes have been rebuilt and new tyres fitted; otherwise it’s exactly as it left the factory. And, amazingly, as you can see, even 99 years of weathering has failed to make much of an impact on its metalwork.

 

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DURSLEY PEDERSEN SADDLE

DURSLEY PEDERSEN WALL AUTOWHEEL

As you can see in the photo above, taken at the end of the Pioneer Run in Brighton¬†in the 1950s, and also in the V-CC Dursley Pedersen Study Guide, below, the Wall Autowheel catalogue illustrated the autowheel fitted to a Dursley Pedersen, and some were used in this way. The bike is a far from satisfactory mate for the autowheel, being a very lightweight machine of thin tubes, rather than a heavyweight roadster like the BSA, which was the autowheel’s traditional pairing.

 

THE PEDERSEN FRICTIONLESS PEDERSEEN GEAR