1913 Dursley Pedersen No 3 Cantilever Standard

 

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

(Now sold)

 

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.

…Because 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 also, of course, an essential part of their appeal.

This example is in superb original unrestored cosmetic condition, although it has been restored mechanically and I  have ridden it regularly.

A ‘No 3’ size Dursley Pedersen is rare. The majority were made in larger frame sizes, reflecting traditional cycle manufacturing of the time.

This size is suitable for someone with an inner leg measurement around 30″.

With 26″ wheels rather than the usual 28″ this would have been a bespoke order, i.e. made to a customer’s particular requirements.

It’s suitable for someone whose height is around 5′ 6″ to 5′ 9″.

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 FRAME SIZES

SIZE 1………………. 27 1/2″ Inside Leg

SIZE 2…………………… 29″ Inside Leg

SIZE 3…………………… 30″ Inside Leg

SIZE 4………………. 31 1/2″ Inside Leg

SIZE 5…………………… 33″ Inside Leg

SIZE 6…………………… 34″ Inside Leg

SIZE 7…………………… 35″ Inside Leg

SIZE 8…………………… 38″ Inside Leg

THE PEDERSEN FRICTIONLESS PEDERSEEN GEAR