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Friday, 9 February 2018

Vintage Danish Designed Bicycle

I saw this Cheltenham Pedersen on my recent visit to Batribike stockist, tim's cycle shop in Weymouth. Tim was pleased to show me how different the design was.

In the summer of 1899 the Dursley-Pederson Cycle Company was founded to produce bicycles designed by Danish inventor Mikael Pedersen. The company was based in Dursley, Gloucestershire and co owned by engineering family Listers. Mikael was an avid cyclist proclaiming to have ridden 5000 miles in one season. However he felt that there was "room for improvement" in the design for cycles.

There is a wooden cycle of this design in a museum in Copenhagen, it was found after World War 1 and is assumed to be his prototype. The model that Tim has is not quite as old as that, possibly dating from the 1970's.

The thing that intrigued me most is that it is a Danish design, as is the electrics on our current Batribike models. Mikael Pedersen was thinking outside of the box when he completely re-designed the frame and seating of his bicycle. Promovec the Danish company that supplies the electric system for our Batribike range have also thought very carefully about their designs.

Options to upgrade the display and also the way that the control system works are cleverly integrated so that if you plug in a different display the controller knows what to do - ingenious!

It is good to know that the Danish tradition of invention is still in use here in the UK.


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