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CYCLING NOTES. :o: Cyclists should not over-tax their strength by riding steep hills. In France, should a cyclist fail to report that he possesses a bicycle, the authorities charge double the cycle tax. The touring season has now 'commenced. Those who have not tasted the pleasures of this method of spending a holiday should lose no opportunity to do so. In the match between the Polytechnic C.C. and All England," the former won by 16 points to 24. The Polytechnic C.C. are again exceptionally fitroug on the path. To be fined a paltry bob for having cycled without a light is indeed a light penally, but then so much depends upon the costs. Two cyclists, who were summoned for riding lightless near Brechin, were only asked to pay this small sum, but the amount of oosta in the two cases came to X2 10s. ld. A nice all-round sum of JE70 has been ool- lected by the cyclists of Govan, at their fancy parade held recently in the streets of that burgh. The amount is for the relief of the sufferers in the sad football disaster at Ibrox Park. The 970 was made up by over fifteen thousand small coins. 4 Harry Appleton has started the season well, for besides winning sundry scratch races, ~iie has for the third time won the race for the Bath City Eighty Guineas Challenge Vase, thus making the vase his absolute property. Like many other successful amatears Apptetea rides Dunlop tyres. Any cyclists touring in Kent or Sussex, can easily vary his wanderings awheel, if he feels so disposed, by taking a trip across to Boulogne from Folkestone. The roads near Boulogne are really excellent, and the ride to Montreill, via Plage Ste. Cecil, through the forest, is well worth taking. A day can be spent in seeing Boulogne, and two or three in sampling the roads in the vicinity. This is hardly the time of the year when mudguards are most in request, but still it is useful to know how to fit up temporary guards if you happen to he caught in a deluge or a mudguardless machine. A capital plan, in that case, is to obtain some rough stiff card- board, and fashion it so that it follows as near as possible the design of portable mudguards. Tilake holes through it, and fasten it to your machine with strong string. This temporary guard will save your clothes and your machine considerably. Like on the occasion of the rejoicings at the relief of Kimberley, Ladysmith and Maf eking, cyclists played a conspicuous part in carrying the joyful news of May the 31st, from London to the suburbs. With their machines decked out with flags, they rode about shouting the announcement of peace, and early on Monday morning they were out and about making purchases of flilgs for decorating their homes. We noticed one enthusiast especially; bis machine was completely covered with flags and streamers, and how he managed to mount his machine it was difficult to conceive. The chief reason why Dunlop tyres are so superior to other pneumatics is owing to the extreme care bestowed upon their manu- facture. The Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company are always endeavouring to introduce improv- ments, although there is now very little scope indeed for mnch beneficial alteration, but it is this fact combined with good workmanship and the use of the higbest quality materials which has kept the goods of the firm ahead of all others. Racing cyclists as well as ordinary riders know that in the Dunlop tyre they have an article of unsurpassed excellence for speed, comfort and stability. — An acetylene lamp which should receive a large amount of patronage amongst those cyclists who favour this system of lighting, is that where the handle-bars are utilized to generate the gas. The handle-bars have two chambers, one for the carbide and the other for the water, whilst between the two is a chamber for the gas. A valve at one of the handles controls the supply of water to the carbide chamber and a small outlet from the centre of the handle-bar is provided for connecting the lamp. Consequently a very small neat lamp can be used, very similar in appearance to the electric lamps now on the market. Many cyclists seem to think that it is neces- sary to take the bearings to pieces in order to clean them, but such is not the case unless it is suspected that a ball be broken. To clean- support the machine off the ground, and squirt paraffin through the bearings either by means of a syringe or an oil-can. The wheelp should be freely spun after each application of the paraffin, until the oil runs out of the side of the bearings perfectly clean and clear. The machine should then be laid on its siae so that the bearings should drain for a short time, after which is should be returned to its natural position and lubricated with an oil of good body. Major-Generol -Hutton, Commandamt-of the Commonwealth Forcee, replying to the secretary of the New South Wales League with reference to the formation of a cycle military corps, said :—I am very pleased to think that the cyclists of New South Wales are considering the question of hew far their efforts maybe atilised as part of the military forces of the Commonwealth. I shall have great pleasure in very carefully considering their suggeetian. I am not,however, in favour of organising a distinct cyclists' regiment, bat I think that a section of cyclists attached; to each partially paid regiment allotted to the field forces, would be a real adjunct. I do not believe, except under very exceptional circum- excelleat roadie exists, that cyclists in front ot. an arnay are of, real prac- tical value. .THE RIIWMFTERY, srrttected in the finest vVbisVy-pfodncing District of Scotland, i the propertv of W. & A. Gilbcy. This Wh;.f.ky is made entirely from homo-grown P.arif Y and is t>cpt absolutely uoblendtd in His Majosty's Bonded arehouses to matnrc. and sold by W. & A. Gilbey's agente in eVfory town at 313 Gd. per bottle. a'20.. 02 4

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TWO SIDES TO TIIE QUESTION.

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LESSONS IN PHILOLOGY.

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HE ENJOYED THE RIDE.

STUMPED.

- THE USUAL WAY.

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