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Cycling and Motoring News. -:0:- The pleasures of cycle camping are often mentioned in the press and certainly those who have tasted its ioys are most enthusiastic in their praises. In fact, BO enthusiastic are they as to make the ordinary rider almost inclined to give the idea a practical trial. It certainly appears that, given fine weather, a well selected spot for the pitching of the tent, and a good view across country, there must be a charm and a pleasure about camping which would appeal strongly to the lovers of nature and the open air. The idea of a camp pitched in a spot such as that mentioned, and in the centre of a country enabling the cyclist to take interesting trips in various directions is a very pleasant one; and perhaps in the future more wheelmen will be induced to give it a trial. Perhaps the most debatable subject from a cyclist's point of view is the saddle. It is an un- disputed fact that a large number of riders are very uncomfortable on the saddles they use. Yet in nine cases out of ten the saddle is not to blame. The troubla mostly arises from the way the saddle is placed in position. Constant practice makes perfect, and the rider of an tiliconifor table- saddle should bestow a little attention and adopt several positions until he arrives at the right one, which he will easily discover for himself. The tilt of the saddle effects the rider in no small degree, and it is worth much trouble to get the saddle posed at the correct angle. Speaking generally the best position is to have the peak slightly tilted, but a little adjustment either way will be found in most cases an advantage. In February next, a large Reliability Motor Trial will be held in Australia, over the rough and trying course from Sydney to Melbourne, a dis- tance of about 580 miles. With the object of taking particulars of the road, crossings, etc., a party of motorists on two cars have made a tour of inspection, and have divided the journey into five sections, averaging about 110 miles a day. At places the road is in a deplorable condition, and will provide a capital test of a cars' reliability. The two cars, however, made the double journey without giving any undue trouble indeed, one driven by Mr. H. B. James and fitted with Duniop motor tyres did not once puncture during the whole of the 1,152 miles. It would not be fair to pass over the one great disadvantage of the machine, which is that of storage. Many people cannot afford the necessary room in their house for such a machine, while very often doors are not sufficiently wide to allow them to be comfortably taken in and out. If a man has a cycle shed easily get-at-able, then this disadvantage, of course, entirely disappears, but it is one which must appeal very strongly to a large percentage of riders, and, doubtless, this is a reason which militates very greatly against the increase of tricycle riders. Tiie safety can be taken and kept almost anywhere, and this is, of course, an exceedingly strong point. To ride in comfort the clothing of the cyclist should be made in a rational manner. It should be fairly loose fitting and hygie.nic in every way, and to accomplish these requirements the gar- ments should be made of woo), plenty of room being allowed for perfect freedom of movement. The coat should be provided with plenty of pockets. Comfortable shoes are important, and these should be roomy with broad pattern toes, as there is nothing so tiring as a tight fitting hlice when cycling. It leaves the rider in a leg weary state. One frequently hear cyclists complain that their pneumatic tyres are a source of worry that they will gradually deflate, and yet the cause of the deflation cannot be discovered. Naturally, the wheelman jumps at the conclusion that the tubes are defective-porous and therefore unserviceable. In the case of cheap tyres this may probably be the case, but with good tyres, never. Manu- facturers long experienced in the trade, never allow a defective tube to leave their works, every tube being first carefully tested and the perfect ones passed through find those defective destroyed. Very often, too, the cause of gradual deflation may be traced to a badly fitted valve, the air under high pressure escaping at the seat of the valve. But with well made tyres this is almost an im- possibility, the Dunlop Tyre Company, for instance, seating their valves in such a thorough manner that they rarely, if ever, fail in this respect. Cycle agents who would wish to make a success of their business and retain their custom have often to resort to a great deal of self-abnegation in order to attain this end. Take, for instance, the retailer who receives second-hand machines in part payment of new ones. More often than not he experiences a great deal of perplexity in again disposing of the old mount. A liiiiiiorotis offitir occurred once in which a cycle agent adopted the idea of placing a placard on a rather old-fashioned Judy's machine in order to attract attention. The announcement read Girls! tell mother! this thoroughly tried and reliable machine for 30/ The machine it seems made its disappearance v.ithin twenty-four liours. Cycle agents do not, tlS a rnle, allow much on old cycles, so can afford to sell at a low price. Sometimes the chain of a machine utters an unpleasant clicking noise. It may be a bit of grit in amongst the links ar.d will soon subside. At other times, however, the noise continues and baffles the rider to discover the cause. It may be found on looking more closely that the noise" in- variably occurs when the chain comes round to a certain point; often it can be felt, too, in the action of pedalling. If, after examining the chain and gear wheels, the noise still continues, a good plan is to examine the chain bolt. It has probably been screwed up too tight, thereby causing the link at the joint to run stiffly. As a consequence it fails to run smoothly, and each time the offending link engages the cogs it goes down with a click, instead of gliding over the gear wheels. The remedy is very simple. Give the bolt a half turn or so back- wards with a screw driver until the link is quite its free as the others. Then tighten the bolt up. A good plan is to tap the end of the bolt gently with a light hammer so as to bur it over and prevent the bolt nut from loosening.



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