26 August 2009

Pedersen: Old, but still way cool

Pleased to see this smart, shiny Dursley Pedersen - half bike, half crane, half coat-hanger - parked on a Plantlock somewhere up St John's St yesterday morning.

The fact that Pedersen's design can still be comfortable and effective over a century on is pretty remarkable. It's hard to think of another hundred-year-old machine that could genuinely serve its purpose as well as a modern counterpart.

Everywhere else you look (cars, computers, phones etc) the sleek and sexy new gadget is cheaper, quicker and cleverer than the rusty, lumbering old pile of scrap that used to do it. And by the way, yes, I have met the person who's taking over my job when it finishes on Friday.

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