The Pederson is probably my favorite bicycle of all time! Designed by Mikael Pedersen the Danish inventor, they were manufactured in the UK in Dursley.
The design was led by the idea of a hammock like seat that would provide suspension and protection from the rough roads of the 1890s. Much more comfortable, such a seat was also much lighter than the standard leather and spring seats of the day which meant the bike was also much lighter. And so they were much faster than other bicycles too and several speed records were set on Pederson bicycles!
The hammock saddle is suspended by adjustable wires from a parallelogram formed by two frame tubes and is able to swing from side to side. Apparently this design was inspired by the Whipple-Murphy bridge truss!
I’m not so bothered by all that. I just think the design is wicked!
Unfortunately the design was never very popular (what do people know eh?) and after falling prey to financial problems Pedersens own company stopped making them. However luckily the design was licensed to other manufacturers and there are in fact still companies producing then today.
If you fancy one, you can order an updated version called the Model-T (named after Henry Fords famous car) from the Copenhagen based manufacturer Jesper Sølling. These newer versions have a very upright seating position and are really comfortable.
They have internal Shimano Nexus 7 speed hubs with integrated roller brakes, Shimano V-brakes at the front, B&M Lumotec Plus lights, SKS fenders and Tubus Fly rear racks. Proper hi-tek!
In fact, I’ve heard that the Pedersen company is so confident that you’ll love their bicycles they’ll send one free of charge to your home for you to test drive for two weeks. If you don’t like it after that time you can send it back and only have to pay for the postage. How’s that for confidence in your product?
The only thing that’s putting me off taking one right now is the price. At upwards of 2000 Euros, they’re not for poor artists like me. But one day maybe.
Here’s a video of the Pederson in action…