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CYCLING. T B Y "PUMP HARDER. The way in which the New York police trea cyclists who break the Corporation regulations will probably astonish most English people. It appears from the report; of a meeting of the Police Board a few days ago that offending cyclists- when caught are promptly marched off to the police station and locked up all night in the cells in company with the disreputable characters generally found in such places. Even lady cyclists are so dealt with —like people who are drunk and disorderly in England—but the treatment in this way of a Miss Crane simply because her bicycle lamp had gone out has at last produced a protest. Considering that it came from a member of the Board who is said to be an old cyclist, the protest was a very mild one. It does not seem to have occurred to Mr Roosevelt, the gentleman who complained, to suggest that the police should be content, as in England, with taking the offender's name and address with a view to a summons. All he asked was that there should be some place at the police station where the offenders might remain under arrest, and yet not be subjected to the indignities of a regular imprisonment in a cell. As to open violators of the law, scorchers, and the like," Mr Roosevelt quite agreed that they should be shut up iu the cells in the ordinary way. That he should apparently be willing to imprison accidental offenders at all is incomprehensible to English notions of liberty. Excepting 1890-91, when the great pneumatic tyre boom was at its height, I never remember encountering so many cycling inventors, sane and insane, as are to be found at the present moment. early all the new things that have come under my notice have recently been described in this column. But I think I have never come across anything more extraordinary than an idea which was shown to me yesterday. The inventor of it claims to have discovered perpetual motion or something like it. (According to him, provided one's weight is placed in a certain position, and is directed at a certain angle, tlfe bicycle requires no propulsion whatever except up-hill. This san- guine inventor, although hajsays he has had the idea patented for many years, has, to my surprise, never built a machine to which this wonderful prin- ciple could be applied, which is somewhat remark- able, seeing that, if a bicycle could he produced which could be propelled simply by one's weight, there would be such a demand for it as has never been known in the world before.' But then, people with such ideas as this generally find it better to theorise than to put their claims into practice. I do not know how many more devices we are to < have for the prevention of punctures, but every day seems to see the introduction of a tyre of this type. So far nothing has succeeded in defyiug punctures which does not interfere with the resiliency of the tyre. Certainly, it is better that non-puncturing bands should be of rubber—however prepared—than of metal, and the Larue, which is just being placed on the market, has inside the tread of the tyre a strip of rather thick pure rubber, specially treated so that its resilient properties are stated to be retained. But this is another of the many things of the kind which have to be tried before such claims can be substantiated. Anyone who takes an interest in the develop- ment of British trade cannot help regretting that the exports of cycles and cycle parts from this country should be showing a steady decline. During May there was a drop of some £20,000 in value as compared with the corresponding month last year. In previous years May has been the busiest month of the year in the export trade, but the total for last month is smallar than has been recorded for May in any of the precedingyears. No doubt the busy state of the home trade is the cause of the decline of the export business, but it is doubtful whether the policy of neglecting the foreign business in favour of the home demand will prove to have been a right one, as it is giving our German and other competitors the opportunity they have long been seeking. lose who watch the progress of cycling at lome and abroad cannot fail to be struck with the act that the French people in particular are very quick in grasping the possibilities of tho cycle and °, prtting the machine to practical use: I ieai, or instance, that the prefect of the police in aris ias just, given orders that a bicycle is to bo placed at all the police stations in the suburbs, and that the policemen who already use bicycles for c service will have a right to an award. It is in aris, too, that there exists a really practical cycle tie engine, and in Brussels there is a regnlar corps of cycling firemen. Still fortune smiles upon us, and we have had another long spell of magnificent cycling weather. It has been a trifle too hot, perhaps, to ride with comfort in the heat of the day, but the early morn. ing or the evening spin has been very enjoyable. To the rational cyclist who has other joys in view than a scorch," a ride on even a hot day is not so uncomfortable as the unenlightened would think. At least, I have often found it far cooler than walking. The reason is simple. The hottest days are those when th°re is little or no breeze, and it is then felt to be hot even when one is doing absolutely nothing. On such a day the cyclist, with his easily- propelled machine, is able to go through the air at such a rate as to make a breeze for himself, and can in this way, as I know from experience, travel with greater comfort than the pedestrian. If the rider knows the road well, there is nothing more exhilarating than to go jogging along in the cool dry air at night, which is the characteristic of the nights at the present time of year. And if the pale moon sends forth her kindly radiance, then the concomitants are complete. The novelty of the thing adds to the charm, and, with two or three riding, for company, they can laugh and sing to their heart's content. The roads are free from any other traffic, and there isnothingto prevent tho occasional scorch so dear to the heart of every wheelman, but cannot be so freely indulged in at other times. And then the feeling of wearing home" is experienced (supposing the ride to have been a long one) as familiar objects are passed, and at last the lights of the town hove in sight, and then we pass through the street, with first a Good-night" to the watchful "Roberts" and then Good-night old man" to each other, and we stable our horses and go to roost with a rich contentment. I notice that a cyclist has been fined in Hertford- shire for passing two tramps on the road without ringing his bell, and a London Q.C, has been fined for wheeling his bicycle a few yards across the pavement to get under an awning in a shower of rain. This enforcement of the letter of the law against cyclists is very absurd, and I should say it is only our pastime that meets with such careful attention at the hands of the police. A Cycling Club has been formed in Ellesmere of which Air Tower has been elected President, and Mr R. 0, Kynaston, Hardwick Hall, and Mr E. L. Mylius (Lloyds Bank), and Mr C. Tabor vice- presidents. The Captain is Mr F. Roberts, and sub- captain Mr H. Stackhouse; Mr A. T. Bassett Secretary and Treasurer. Committee, H. Adams, C. Roberts, W. H. Jones, P. W. Balduin, D. Davies, E. Fowler. The first run took place a few days ago, when over 30 members attended, and had a splendid spin to Overton. On Tuesday, they had a run to St Martins, other runs have been arranged, and the club is likely to have great success. Communications for this column should be achlrpssed to Pump Harder," Connty Times Office Welshpool, not later than Thursday in each week, to ensure publication in the current issne. Secretaries of clubs will oblige by sending their fixture lists as soon as possible.






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