In his youth Pedersen worked at a machine factory in Maglekilde near Roskilde. Here he invented the centrifugal cream separator. The idea was a simple and ingenious solution
and was patented. At this time the ordinary bicycle was just invented.
An active cyclist
Pedersen was an active cyclist, but unsatisfied with the comfort. Pedersens started to experiment with a comfortable saddle and ended up with a total new bicycle.
The Pedersen bicycle with its unique hammock-saddle, was born.
In 1889 Pedersen departs for England where he becomes acquainted with the English factory owner Lister who produced cream separators with a license from the Pedersen patent. In 1893 Pedersen was well established in Dursley – and applied for his first patent in England. Pedersen was rather well off and lived in a large property, Kingsley House in Dursley.
A vigorous inventor
Pedersen was a vigorous inventor. He made a “ladies-model” and a special divided skirt for the ladies of the 1890s. The first internal gear for bicycles was made by Pedersen – in 2 and 3 speed versions. Pedersen also invented and patented pedals, machines for the productions of rims and even composed music.
The Dursley-Pedersen Military Cycle was a unique folding-model. The military model was used by the British army in the Boer-war I South-Africa. Pedersen went to Denmark to introduce this model to the Danish army – but they turned him down.
In 1995 the earthly remains of Mikael Pedersen was moved from the anonymous grave in Copenhagen Denmark to Dursley England – where he was reburied with a ceremony.
One of the greatest inventors in the history of cycling was finally buried in his beloved England.
Today original Dursley-Pedersen bicycles are rare treasures that can be seen in collections and museums world-wide – from Australia to USA and Europe.
Mikael Pedersen died in 1929.