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CYCLING. The Lighting Regulations. At the risk of being wearisome it is necessary to re- iterate the lighting regulations. The weekly reports from the courts prove that the public still does not understand them. The amounts collected in fines mast have amounted to a goodly sum in the last few weeks— at one court alone no less than £30 was taken at one "sitting." Let every cyclist realise that the only road to safety is to obscure with one thickness of white tis- su., paper the glass of every electric or acetylene lamp and of all oil lamp-s fitted with lens fronts. Ordinary oil lamps can go unscreened. The number of oli lamps with lens fronts is small. There is some protest against the application of the law to cyclists, but this is not the time for us to argue. The least we can do j" to obey, and I have scant sympathy with those who de- liberately break these regulations, for it is a simple matter to carry out the law. Personally. I-find that a "■gtfod oil lamp gives me all the light I need for night- riding, and I do a great deal. For the rear light the little red tail lamp is good enough. It is a nuisance to know if it is always burning, and what we want to watch is that there is no effort to continue this par- ticular Defence of the Realm regulation aft-er the war. Strong influences are at work to that end, and cyclists will need to be warv that they are not saddled with rear lights for ever. How Not to Do It. I At the same time, cyclists caught without lights on the edge of lighting-up time should not try to emulate a young Bournemouth cyclist. This youth, finding that he was in danger of not reaching his destination befrtre lighting time and being unprovided with lamps, sprint- ed. He could just get home in time, with an effort. But he forgpt the watchful vigilance of the Bourne- mouth police. He was stopped for "furious riding" and ha*\ to make his appearance before the bench in course. Between c.ni: -thing and another the lot of the cyclist has its many difficulties in these days. The only safe rule, I find, is to always carry the lamps on the bicycle and see that both are ready for use at any time. For the same, reason, I always carry a mackintosh. It is one of the finest preventive of rain in the worid. Per contra, go out without it and you may expect a drenching. typing Landmarks Passing. I lyclista of the old brigade will regret to hear of the death of Mrs Ayres, who was the landlady of the And Hotel at Thames Ditton. when it was the Mecca of all good cyclists. The "Angel" at Ditton and the "Anchor" at Ripley figure in all the cycling literature of the eighties and nineties. There were other popular cycling houses, but none so historic as. these. Mrs Ayres had retired from the "Angel" for some time, but during her 20 years there probably aw more famous cyclists than almost anyone else. For, men came from all parts of the world to visit the two famous houses. Another old cyclist who has just gone to his rest is Mr S. H. Ansell, many years ago a leader of West Riding cycling. About the beginning of the century he moved to London and there t<x>tf an active part, for many years, in the work Of the National Cyclists' Union. He was a familiar figure in Flert Street and a man popular with everyone who knew him. Slowly, but surely, the landmarks of cycling when the few were fighting the battles through which the, many benefit to-day are passing away.



Son of Breconshire Rector.


Gwyl Dewi Sant.




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Llandrindod Wells Supper.