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CYCLING NEWS & GOSSIP. If In this country we have not seen a great deal of motor pacing upon the race track, but from all accounts this particular kind of pacing is extremely dangerous. Already in America there have been some bad accidents, the latest of which was of a most severe nature, one of the riders being very much injured about the head, whilst the other, a man named Starbuck, having a considerable repu- tation as a racing man, was so injured that one of his legs had to be amputated. One of our best professionals at present racing in France, recently had a fall, which might have had bad results, entirely owing to his pacing tandem missinga "spark." Altogether, what with the increased speed and the less reliable nature of the pacing instruments, long distance paced racing is a sport which needs to-day a quicker eye and a cooler head than ever it did. An enterprisingYorkshireman has started a motor service between Leeds and London, and will, it is said, run it during the remainder of the holiday season. The distance from Leeds to London is roughly two hundred miles. The journey occupies two days each way, and the fare is two guineas only for the double journey. The opportunity for thoroughly testing travelling long distances by motor is thus placed in the way of those who care to avail themselves of it. Altogether the trips should prove successful, because there are very few people indeed travelling for amusement, (to whom time is not an object) who would not rather travel by road from Leeds to London than by rail. There could be no question as to which is the more pleasant of the two methods. "It is remarkable "-saysl,icycliiig NelCS-" how the consensus of opinion has worked round with regard to Dunlop tyres. Two or three years ago, owing principally to trade and business matters, a certain amount of prejudice ,'permeated coteries of the wheel world but the sheer superiority of the tyre has worn all that down, and to-day the Dunlop stands in higher public favour than ever. It thoroughly deserves the recognition, for not- withstanding the extraordinary success it has achieved, the company is never satisfied to rest upon its oars and it is but the simple truth to say that the longer the tyre lives the higher grows its reputation. The Dunlop folk have been accused of trying to create a monopoly. They have not only tried—they have succeeded but it is the monopoly of merit." A very clever exhibition of motor steering under very dangerous circumstances was recently seen when one of the most prominent automobilists of the country was driving a car weighing nearly Ii tons with a full complement of passengers, down a dangerous hill into Folkestone. The brake power fired and proved to be totally inadequate and under the circumstances of ,the fast travelling car, the tyre brakes were also quite useless. The runaway car looked like ending in a terrible and disastrous smash, but with great quickness and decision the driver saw a narrow opening into the railway station yard at the foot of the hill. A sharp curve was made, and the car entered at a great speed. The approach to the station was on the up grade, but not sufficient to stop the vehicle. A right about turn had to be made, and the car, still running away and out of control, passed out again through the gate. The driver then turned up the same hill down which he had just run, and in about a hundred yards the whole thing was brought to a standstill. The occupants, amongst whom was a lady and some children, behaved splendidly. The cool and clever manner in which the driver acted under the very trying circumstances obviated what might doubtless have been a very serious accident indeed. The free wheel bicycle is a complete success, Did has established itself triumphantly as the one md only improvement to acquire popular-we might almost say universal-adoption since the pneumatic tyre revolutionized the art of cycling. It has been adopted by all classes except the most impecunious; and is used not only upon single bicycles but upon tandems, the riders of which do not seem to experience the anticipated difficulty of acitly agreeing when to cease pedalling. Here- ifter, the trade will be very cautious in building quantities of fixed pedal bicycles; the demand .vill undoubtedly continue to increase for the free wheel. The only class of people who seem dissatis- iied with the modern contrivance are those who have experienced the annoyance associated with free wheel clutches so crudely made as to evolve friction, or so imperfectly designed as to get out of adjustment or break down altogether. But .vith a ball bearing clutch, well designed and strongly made, the free wheel bicycle opens up new delights to the veteran rider. A tyre manufacturer of Newcastle, who traded under the name of W. S. Newman, has evidently a great liking for the inside of Holloway Prison. Some few months ago Mr. Justice Bucknill com- mitted him to this prison for fourteen days for continuing to deal in tyres which were infringe- ments of the Duniop Pneumatic Tyre Company's patents, and he had only been released a few weeks, when the Dunlop Company discovered that he was again continuing this illegitimate trading. For the second time he was brought be- fore his lordship who again committed the defendant to Holloway Prison, this time for an in- definite period. Infringements of the Dunloj: Company's patents have become so numerous that it is essential for the Company to take thes( drastic measures in their shareholders' interest; Dr. Mayburv, of Southsea, entered an action against the makers of his machine for the cost of a new chain, his old one having broken whilst lie was cycling some eighteen miles from his resi- dence, and it is reported that he gained the da with living colours. If there were more men of Dr. Maybury's stamp about, the makers of third grade cycles would be more careful to fit higher grade component parts. One thousand pounds is the sum total of the prizl's being offered for competition at the Great Aust.i-I meeting which has been fixed for Decern '"•fr. Th priiii-ipal event is the Austral race. where prizes valued £ 100 first, £ 75 second, and £ 2-; rhird will be offered, and as can be readily under- stood, will re«ult in keen competition amongst the cOll1l'dli,S. Such crowds of spectators as this jiH-oting attracts have never been equalled in this country.

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