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CYCLING NOTES. [ B Y "PUMP H A R D E R. j I have received numerous letters in support of my remarks last week anent unskilful and boasting riding, and it only shows ho.v ridiculous peoole make themselves in the eyes of the public by such bnll!IHlo,\io. Riding with arms folded 011 a, machine is equally as bad as riding a horse without reins, the only difference being that one comes under the eye of the law, and the other, apparently does not The Newtown Cycling Ciub was represented at, tee Oswestry and the Ellesmere sports on Monday, but the only success reported is that by Tilsley at Oswestry who won the mile handicap from scratch, his time being 2 mi l. 50 2-5 sees. We often hear of lady cyclists coming a prey to the landshark, bnt very seldom of the sterner sex. However, a case comes from Newtown. Mr. H. W. Pryce-Jones was returning on Whit-Monday by train from Dolgelley, and as bicycles constitutes what is generally termed heavy luggage" his machine had to go in the guard's van. On arriving at his destination he found that his machine was missing, and the next thing hear 1 of it was, that it was seen by a repr tentative of the Royal Welsh I Warehouse being ridden on Wednesday at Aberyst- wyth by one who would like to own it. He was I politely informed that ho was riding for a fall, and consequently was only too glad to get free on easy terms, the bike being returned to the rightful owner later in the evening. Mrs Longshore Potts, a lady doctor, hailing from the States, has this week been lecturing in South Wales. What will she have us to do ? She con- demns such strenuous bodily exercise for growing girls as skipping, walking, running, skating, rowing, and cycle racing, observing that such exercises should be left to the monopoly of the strongor sex. Fancy a girl who must not walk or run, and if men are to have a monopoly of skipping, I should like to see the Welshpool Aldermen setting the fashion. Heard in Welstipool Weil Katie, how are you getting on with your. inusic I don't know, father, I want a bike." There Welshpool gentlemen the other Sunday be- took themselves to Shrewsbury to witness the Church parade of the Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry. One of the three had something on at Wellington, and when on the road discovered to his great dismay that be had left his billet-doux behind. It has since been forwarded to me, and he can have the same on paying expenses. I am not responsible for the torn condition of the envelope. In reply to A. J. (Welshpool), I would suggest the following as being the best route to Aberys- twyth, as he desires cycling via Llanidloes :—Leav- ing Berriew street on a fairly good and level road about a mile and a half out of the town the road forks, keep to the right (road to the left to Mont- gamery), a few miles further 011 another fork is met, keep to the left (the road to the right to Berriew J mile), and in a short distance Garthmyl is reached, after crossing a canal bridge. Keep straight on by lodge of Garthmyl Hall, gradient level and road straight and direct west, usually hard and smooth, gentle rise to Canal Bridge (1 mile), Pennant Hall on right (2 miles), gradual de- scent to Brynderwen Bridge, turning sharp to the left over River Severn (3^ miles), and after passing river, turn sharp to the right again, and enter Abermule village on the level; join hero alternative road from Montgomery; Railway Station aud inn, road level and hard two main roads join here on the left by a level crossing over the railway. Keep on the railway side without crossing, slight hill at Cilgwrgan (1 mile), road falls to a level crossing on the left, passing road to Bettws (4 miles) on the right, keeping straight on past Peniarth, wi h slight undulations and a short turn, you reach cottages on the right at Llanllwchaiarn Vicarage (the Gro, 2 mile3), and a straight and level run into Newtown. Follow the Graen," and take the fork to the right when yon reaHi the railway, which don't cross; level good road to a railway, under bridge and cottages (1 mile), keep to the right at fork over Dulas Bridge (1J miles), leave Glanhafren (2 miles) on the right, then Peustrowed Church (3 miles), cross over railway and descend to a level road in the bottom (2k miles) of a straight run to the Level Crossing over railway. (This road is generally good, but when wet is muddy and sticky.) Cross the railway by gates, footpath to Moat Lane Junction and half mile to Caersws Station. Level road to Llandinam, Old Hall and Avenue on right, descend by Plas Dinam on the left to Llandinam Railway Station, village and inn, continuing road level, with an occasional up and down on the banks of the Severn. Beoth-du on the left is reached (2 miles), and in another 1 mile Dolwen Station and footbridge over the Severn, then with Beoth Lloyd Wood (500 acres) on the left ascend again over the railway and pass on to Llanidloes (2J miles) on the level between the railway and the itiver severn. A level, good road direct west to the Dulas Bridge (2 miles), a steep hill hero for a short length, then with a slight ascent pass Cwm Bellan (3 miles), and still rising, but gradually, on a straight road a sharp turn and rise over the abandoned railway bridge exhibits Llangurig (5 miles) and the Wye Valley, which is apnroached 011 a mile of level surface, i airly good (the road to the left to Rhayader 10 miles), passing in the village another road to the left over the Wye, keep straiglit on above the river, with a gradual ascent, undulating, but a lairly irood road, entering the open mountains where the Wye "alley is crossed (10 miles). The river being left now on the right the course of a tributary is followed to Steddfagurig (13 miles), at the foot of Plynlimmon; this is the summit of the whole road, and Cardisran- I'm tl) shire is entered. A good many riders who do not desire to scorch, but wish to enjoy as easy :1 time as possible, are in the habit of purchasing path-racers which weigh from 191b. to 221b., fitting a light pair of detach- able mudgards and a brake, and using the machine for ordinary road work. It is as well to point out that this is a risky practice, so far as the usuil pattern of brake is concerned. A path-racer is not built to carry a brake, the use of which necessitates special strengthening of the front forks, and if one is fitted to it the strain may cause the forks to collapse sooner or latter. A pneumatic brake may safely be fitted to the back wheel. It is a curions and inexpli^hlefact that, in spite of all the good advice spread broadcast through the press of late, at least three out of every four lady cyclists ride with their saddles too low. Jc tne reader will take the trouble, of counting the first dozen lady bicyclists he sees he can prove this for himself. The lamentable result is that over 70 per cent of our woman kind look ijcply iii(I ungraceful when awheel. One canndt persuade them of the fact, either. The averag-e iacly rider can quite understand that Miss Brown or lit>s Smith, would look much better if she raiseti her saddle and did not paw the air with her knees a., she went along; but in her own case she is immovably convinced that she did not, does not, and could not look like that" under any circumstances, eveu though she knows she can touch the ground with both, feet while sittiug in the saddle. It is ail owing to laziness, or nervousness, about learning the proper method of mounting. The cyclist who is wavering at present between a cheap 01 medium-priced machine and a dear one had better decide at once in favour of tne latter, if his finances will in any way it.reteb to the necessary limit, and for this reason, that he is very much more likely to get what he wants within a reasonable space of time. There is such a tremendous rush just now on cheap machines that they are especially hard to procure. Go into any big depot aud ask for a £ 12 machine, n:>d the chances are that you will be almost laughed at. All sold out the instant ai-i-iN,c"" you will be told. You can have a £ 20 or £ 23 machine at once, if yon like; there are sevenal here to choose from. V ery many of the new cyclists who, in a know-all-about-it spirit, arc buying cheap machines this year will have learned by next season the difference between the most honestly made of low priced cycles ai the beautiful product of unlimited care and skill that represents the beit our big manufacturers can make. Once that lesson is learned, by hook or by crook, a really first-rate mount will be procured, and the cyclist will revel in the increase of speed, ease, and comfort thus gained. Never cast a clout till May's out" says the old proverb. But if touring cyclists elect to follow this advice they will in most cases find themselves un- necessarily heated and oppressed. Full winter clothing is much too heavy for May, even though the month is notoriously treacherous. The best way of meeting the difficulty is:to wear light, easy I clothing, and carry a warm woollen sweater to put on if the weather should suddenly turn cold. It is very mucu Oetter to carry a tritle extra, weight on the handle-bar, aud enjoy ease oneself, than to labour ilong in hot, heavy clothes and lose half the pleasure of a tour. In an article in the current issue of the Nine- teenth Century I notice that Dr. W. H. Fenton lays stress on the fact that an organically sound woman can cycle with as much impunity as a man, and in dealing ith the question of heart disease, he says that mere weakness would be benefitted by quiet, common-sense riding, whilst very bad valvular troubles should be considered an absolute bnr to cycling. The doctor i-c-fers to the sedentary nature of women's occupations, to which is due most of their ailments, and he therefore thinks that cycling would act as a charm upon their health, asserting that already thousands of women quali- fying for general invalidism have been rescued by the exercise." The writer very sensibly warns against''overdoing it," and especially condemns racing-. Cycling has become so fashionable among young women in London, says a contemporary, that it has given rise to a new profession for older but still active women—that of cycling chaperon. The title of the profession would certainly have caused consternation among an older generation, who would have regarded it as a contradiction in tei-tiis; and possibly there may be old-fashioned persons even now who are inclined to consider a skilled lady cyclist as too go-ahead to be suited for the guardianship of younger and still more ardent spirits. But London society is troubled by none of these scruples its susceptibilities were concerned solely with the fact that young girls who would not be allowed to go on horseback to the park un- attended were freely taking cycle exercise without mentors. The invention of the ladies' bicycle had upset, the whole social machinery at one stroke, and a state of things had arisen with which anxious parents were unable to cope. For a while the newly emancipated enjoyed their freedom, and doubtless blessed the inventor of the safety bicycle but society is quick to repair the breaches which are made in its ramparts from time to time by in- considerate innovators, and the free course of the ladies' bicycle has been stopped by tho institution of the bicycling chaperon. Mothers unable to follow their daughters on the wheel engage a lady to take their place, and there is even an association -or perhaps more than one—which engages to supply chaperons endowed with all needful qualities for active service in the park and elsewhere. It is a praiseworthy attempt, but the task of the caac-eron who has to keep an eye on the evolutions of half a dozen young lady cyclists in a crowded resort would appear by no means an easy one. Whatever her reward may be, she will certainly have earned it. Communications for this column should be addressed to "Pump Harder," County Timen Office, Welshpool, not later than Thursday in each week, to ensure publication in the current issue. Secretaries of clubs will oblige by sending their fixture lists as soon as possible. -+--





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