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MOTOR CYCLING. I Belt-Slip or Clutch. I When a motcr-cycle contraets the. hahit ct racing or when difficulty is experienced in mounting hills, one may be pretty sure that either the belt is slipping or that the clutch is at fault. It is possible, of course, that there may be another cause, hut in 99 out of 100 cases, the rider need look no further than the belt or the clutch. It is quite a simple matter to determine which of the two is the true cause. If the machine is fitted with an engine-shaft clutch the following is the way to tell whether it U the twit, cr the clutch that is clipping. Run the engine slowly with the machine on the stand, jam on the back brake hard enough to lock the wheel and let the clutch in gently. If the clutch is binding properly the engine will stop. With the other type of clutch the test is to put the machine on the stand and attempt to pull the back wheel round against compression. If the best slides round in the engine pulley intead of either strongly resisting your efforts or turning the engine you may be sure that the belt is either too loose or that it i? a bad fit. .I When you Change Gear. I Many otherwise good rider-. nearly always bungle the I changing of the gears, by doing it with a clank and rattle, together with a most unpleasant jerk of the I machine. The commonest faults with either a two or a three speed rider is that he changes down too earU or too late, causing the machine to slow down with a jerk or labour after the change, as the case may be; and he abuses the privilege of changing up or down with raising the exhaust. This is allowed by most makers 1 know, but it is none the les., foolish. To bang in the gears, instead of sliding them in and waiting for the "bite" lwfon- completing the change is a mistake. It throws a very heavy strain on engine and gear after free-wheeling down a hill. Every motor-cyclist who is not handy with his gears would be well advised to spend an afternoon ascending and descending the near- est hill. which gives plenty of oppotrunity for change speed business, concentrating his attention not oil making "pectacular speedy ascents, hut 011 the gear changing. Pleasure Taxis. I The appeal which the Petroleum Executive has issued regarding the use of taxis should interest the motor- cyclist., for no class has had to put up with more an- noyance or more restrictions than the owner of a motor- cycle. The appeal is as follows"The demands of the fighting services for petrol are daily becoming greater. The public are invited not to hire motor- cars or to u?e taxicaks when they can walk cr u.-e public means; of conveyance. While taxicabs must be available for bu.-ine-s and other necessary purposes, no able-bodied man or woman should use one unle., for absolute necessity. The use of taxieabs for selfish amusement is the cause of much ill-feeling as well as of waste." Printed instructions have been issued by the Navy. Army, and Air Force calling upon all officers, X.C.O.'fl and men to "think seriously before using a motor vehicle or ordering it to be ued."




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