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Tell me more?

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:44 am
by Leicester1977

I have just joined the forum & would like so help finding our more about my pedersen - model, age, is she original?


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Im thinking of restoring what should I do or more shouldnt do I dont want to ruin it & keep it as original as possible

I want to know if there is anyone who can restore or help restore? Is there some contacts for parts?

What is its value ££ (I dont think I'll sell)

Gloucestershire UK

Re: Tell me more?

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:07 pm
by Pedersen
Welcome to the Forum.
You are the lucky owner of an approx 1912 original Dursley Pedersen - very similar to my, size 7, here:

In my case I thought it appropriate to simply clean the frame, and add a lot of grease to any moving parts! But, in your case, I think a complete strip-down to bare metal, and full restoration might be the best course of action. Don't do anything until you have a full plan of action; and don't throw away anything you may later need as a pattern or guide for a new part!

Joining the V-CC, Veteran-Cycle Club, would put you in touch with a network of enthusiasts and experts at cycle restoration.

Good luck with a great project!

Re: Tell me more?

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:32 pm
by Pedersen
Some second thoughts...

If you want to preserve the 'patina of age' (always desirable), and the frame is not actually broken, then maybe you can simply work your way through the obvious problem areas, eg wheels, brakes, chain etc.

Pedersen 3-speed gears are very desirable, so I hope yours isn't too far gone for restoration and lacing into a new rim!

Re: Tell me more?

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:01 pm
by Leicester1977
Many Thanks

I would really like to preserve the "patina" so maybe I'll start by stripping it all down & see what works I'll take your advice and look at VCC
is it work keeping teh rust & covering in a clear laquar

Is there any books manuals anywhere for gearing / brakes etc

Drive chain spins beautifully but the gear cable is un connected but the 3 gear is very well greased so hopeful salvageable - front brakes work but need a bit of lube

He's my late great uncle with my father in law approx 50 years ago - with its been in the back of the garage for over 40 years
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Re: Tell me more?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:33 am
by Pedersen
I assumed from your photos that the bike was a bit of a wreck... but I'm glad that's not true! So, rather than strip it all down, why not tackle the most obvious repairs, slowly and carefully.

After everything is working again, then decide on how to finish the frame. Maybe a rub down with an oily rag is all you'll need after all!

I think the family photo is a good incentive not to do too much too soon. Too many restoration projects end up just as a box of parts!

There are some useful publications in the V-CC, and plenty of enthusiasts who have at some time or other also repaired a brake, or adjusted the gear etc etc. Sorry I can't take a look myself. Good luck!

Re: Tell me more?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:23 am
by pedersenontour
Hi Leicester1977,

your Dursley-Pedersen is from 1907 !

Have a look to page 124 of David Evans book "Mr.Pedersen - A man of genius" !

Frame number 2250 - 4000 Year 1905 - 1907
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I wouldn´t repaint your wonderful DP - the original you never get back.

Re: Tell me more?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:23 pm
by Pedersen
Yes, I completely agree - and thanks for the correction! My 1912 Pedersen is the much later number 7174.