Pedersen (sigh)

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printedland
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Pedersen (sigh)

Postby printedland » 17 Jun 2020, 4:14pm

Is it worth getting a Pedersen frame and building it up as a bike?

As far as I can gather (from the wonderful website http://pedersenbicycles.com) they can be built up with a regular set of 700 wheels and Deore derailleur components. I guess one would have a single chainring on the front and the largest reasonable range on the back (12-34?)

The saddle is the biggest problem - what might be an alternative to the fancy hammock saddle they traditionally have?

Has anyone here got any experience of doing this, or any views on whether it's even vaguely feasible?

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby pwa » 17 Jun 2020, 4:18pm

I thought the hammock was the whole point of the thing.

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby printedland » 17 Jun 2020, 4:21pm

I thought the hammock was the whole point of the thing.

Fair comment, but where can one get one? Or is it possible to make one?

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby roubaixtuesday » 17 Jun 2020, 4:24pm

Surely if they'll sell you a frame, they sell you a saddle to go with it?

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby printedland » 17 Jun 2020, 4:26pm

roubaixtuesday wrote:Surely if they'll sell you a frame, they sell you a saddle to go with it?


Sadly not. Someone has a frame & forks for sale, but that's all

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby Bonefishblues » 17 Jun 2020, 4:27pm


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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby pwa » 17 Jun 2020, 4:27pm

printedland wrote:
I thought the hammock was the whole point of the thing.

Fair comment, but where can one get one? Or is it possible to make one?

https://www.pedersen-velo.de/produkte/z ... -pedersen/
Not cheap, but nothing will be with a niche bike like that.

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby printedland » 17 Jun 2020, 4:29pm

Thanks @bonefishblues and @pwa for excellent tips!

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby pwa » 17 Jun 2020, 4:34pm

printedland wrote:Thanks @bonefishblues and @pwa for excellent tips!

I admire your sense of adventure, going for something different to the norm, but I would advise going for a test ride and a good conversation with the people selling them.

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby Audax67 » 17 Jun 2020, 5:18pm

Pedersen porn:

Image

I met this chap a couple of years ago near our village. Looks like the bike runs on water & fizzy drinks.

N.B. the look of adoration on his face.
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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby Brucey » 17 Jun 2020, 5:25pm

bad enough without the luggage, but anyone riding that would have to be in love with it....how else would you put up with getting on and off it? Even with the feet forward riding position and the low bottom bracket how do you have the saddle at the correct height for pedalling and still get a foot down when you stop...? It isn't as if you can slide forwards off the nose of the saddle, is it?

BITD Pedersens had a mounting peg at the back, but you can't have one (or use it) when panniers are fitted.

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby jezer » 17 Jun 2020, 5:47pm

I had a former next door neighbour who had one that he called a Copenhagen Pedersen. It was quite shabby but he cycled everywhere on it dressed in a long black coat and a bowler hat. I rode up the road and back on it once. It was the most awkward time I’ve ever spent on a bike :shock:
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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby Mike Sales » 17 Jun 2020, 5:53pm

jezer wrote:I had a former next door neighbour who had one that he called a Copenhagen Pedersen.


I believe that the Copenhagen Pedersen was a (relatively) modern reproduction. The original was made in Dursley, unsurprisingly.

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby geomannie » 17 Jun 2020, 6:03pm

Weave your own saddle? It's quite possible according to this website. If you can't buy one this may be an option.

https://www.dursley-pedersen.net/weave.html

PS, it links to the book Mr Petersen, a Man of Genius, which contains full instructions. I have it in front of me. If you were interested I could scan the pages. PM if so.

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Re: Pedersen (sigh)

Postby chesterpete » 17 Jun 2020, 6:07pm

Can I just ask. Why?