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1905 Dursley Pedersen Goes On Sale ON eBay - King's Ransom!

Old 12-21-08, 11:27 PM
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1905 Dursley Pedersen Goes On Sale On eBay - King's Ransom!

https://cgi.ebay.com/Stunning-Origina...QQcmdZViewItem

Here's a picture of this venerable and forgotten classic:





The Pedersen is still produced in Denmark and is distributed in the United States.
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Not going to say it's not worth it, but to me it is little more than an interesting curiosity. I'd have zero interest in it at 1/20th of the asking price.
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If you have a bad back, the design works wonders since you sit upright and the hammock saddle is effectively suspended from contact with the frame so the shocks and stresses of the road don't jar your spine the way a traditional diamond frame bicycle would. That said, I would not buy a century old bicycle not just for financial but for safety and maintainance reasons. Upgrading it would be a bear. Its much better to buy a modern Pedersen and be done with it!
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... Its much better to buy a modern Pedersen and be done with it!
I'd just set it next to a Hetchins and look at the both of them.
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Aluminum Westwood rims in 1905, much less a pair that look that good in comparison to the rest of it? What about the rusty spokes in front, and the clean galvanized set in back?

That said, I'll gladly guarantee that those pedal blocks have been swapped out - I don't care how much you could bleach or clean the originals. They wouldn't be that "sharp-out-of-the-casting" either. Come to think of it, the pedals look considerably newer then the rest of the package as well. I would expect the outer and inner cages of these pedals to have a small extended tab on either side (similar to '70s road pedals) to keep the feet in place, yet, these don't. Smells of post-'20s development of the platform pedal, if you ask me.

I just love it when a seller claims - point-blank - full originality, even though we all know that they cannot supply a shed of proof to back that claim up. Who is to say that it didn't have a period upgrade during its life?
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P.S.: Funny how they shoot themselves in the foot with their one other auction for that very nicely kept Schwinn World - they call it a "1950's Schwinn Varsity," despite the fact that not a single decal proclaims such.
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Good point. There's no guarantee the bike was manufactured in 1905 or even that all the parts are original. It would have collectors' value if it was an antique. The old rule of thumb applies: caveat emptor!
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Originally Posted by cudak888
P.S.: Funny how they shoot themselves in the foot with their one other auction for that very nicely kept Schwinn World - they call it a "1950's Schwinn Varsity," despite the fact that not a single decal proclaims such.
There is this shot of the chain guard.

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Its refreshing and appropriate to see an antique white garage door.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
There is this shot of the chain guard.


Guess that's one in the headlamp for me...

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Cha-ching! Sold (not to me, though). As wall hangers go, I think it's a nice one. I certainly wouldn't mind owning it.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120353345412
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In fact the decals are the correct ones on that nicely kept 1954 World Varsety.
All the L/ws in that class had World decals then Travler colligate,etc
https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...9/1954_02.html
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Here's a better pic of a World "Travler"
https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...9/1953_07.html
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4100 dollars? darn!
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https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Original-Dursl...item2eab42ee44

Thought you might like to look at another Dursley that has appeared on Ebay. Looks good
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