'bd on dp' is about Brian Donnan's Dursley Pedersens...
NOTE: This site will take months to start - and years to finish... I have more than 20 years of photos and stories about these beautiful machines.
Before moving to live near Cordoba in Spain, I enjoyed many thousands of miles riding a collection of Pedersens in the UK with these clubs: Cheltenham and County CC, Audax UK, CTC, Veteran-Cycle Club. My new Spanish club is Malendros Club MTB, and I'm sure they wonder why a man with so many bikes isn't actually seen on one more often!
You Can't Keep a Good Man Down
You can't keep a good man down - bicycle inventor buried for a second time! The great Mikael Pedersen's bones - contained in a port wine box - were laid to rest in a smart Dursley cemetery on 21 September 1995. I interrupted my ride from Cheltenham for an interview at BBC Radio Gloucestershire, and then continued to Dursley - on my original 1912 DP of course.
© photo: brian donnan
It was good to see my photo of Princess Anne still above reception at the BBC Radio Gloucester studio (I was their official photographer when they opened). Here, BBC presenter Nick Herbert presents HRH with a Double Gloucester cheese.
Tin Can Ten Races
A favourite mid-1990s memory is racing in the Tin Can Ten events for hub-geared bikes. The organiser, David Eccles, found a very nice close-ratio Sturmey Archer gear for me which I added to my second, heavily modified, green Cheltenham Pedersen frame - after building into a 40 spoke rim. Chain tension was sometimes a problem because of the wrong rear drop-outs... but the photos on this bike were always great!
© photo: David Eccles