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The Cycling World.


The Cycling World. — 0 Fatal accidents have been rather numerous lately on the road, mainly due to the lack of sufficient care on the part of the riders themselves as will be seen for example from the following short list of accidents which we give. A Mr. Fish of Ashton-under-Lyne was out cycling with a few friends, and was riding behind a conveyance proceeding in the same direction; suddenly he darted out on the offside to pass, when a dog cart coming in the opposite direction which he had not noticed, ran into him, the shaft penetrating his side. He lingered for a day or two but ultimately succumbed to the injuries. Another case is of a cyclist in the Peak district of Derbyshire, who was found unconscious at the foot of a steep hill down which he had apparently rushed without exercis- ing the necessary caution. On the Ripley road, another cyclist, through endeavouring to pass between the kerbstone and a brake, met with his death. The space that he was negotiating was so narrow that when his front wheel ran into an imperfectly filled up hole at the roadside he swerved and fell beneath the wheels of the vehicle. Such accidents as these do harm to the sport; yet they should impress upon cyclists the necessity of exercising dae care on every occasion. For the purpose of ascertaining the nature of the country between Mombasa and Khartoum, in view of making a new route, Mr. J. A. Bailey has recently accomplished the journey, making extensive use of his bicycle. Although for miles at a stretch, the route, or perhaps we should say track, (for in places it was only a matter of one foot broad), was thickly covered with large sharp thorns, he only suffered four punctures, while the intense heat of the tropical climate failed to prove detrimental to the Dunlop-Welch tropical tyres which had been selected for the journey. Successful as was the racing at the recent Surrey meeting, it was one of the worst from the promotor's point of view, the events being held before one of the "thinnest" gates on record. Meetings now are only few and far between and as the sport is good it follows that if there was ever a time when the public should turn up in far greater numbers to see the racing, it is the present; but the hold racing has upon the public is fast dwindling away. Now-a- days people prefer, instead of standing for some hours watching the sport however good it may be, to themselves take to the wheel and ride off into the country in search of health and enjoyment; and, after all, it is much better that it should be so. The cycling world is the richer by another royal cyclist. Prince Edward of York, heir to the throne, was seven years of age on Sunday last; and his grandfather, the King, selected the occa- sion as fit and proper for the presentation to him of a juvenile bicycle. The machine is perhaps one of the finest juvenile cycles which has ever been turned out. It has a 14-in. frame, 20-in. racing wheel, cork handles silver tipped, 41-iii. cranks, and 3-in. pedals. Every part of the machine was specially made. It is to be hoped the little prince will enjoy his cycling now and develop into a keen rider in later days. A little time back the Dean of Durham referred to some cyclists at a parade as fools on cycles dressed as such, a reference which naturally aroused a large amount of resentment. A prominent cyc- list in the north of England addressed a letter to the Dean dealing with this utterance, and received a reply to the effect that it was only meant for a joke. Naturally the reply is locally regarded as ext'remely thin. At any rate, even if common people may play" jokes of this kind, deans ought to know better. The serious accident which occurred to J. Platt- Betts in the summer of 1898, would have deterred any ordinary man from again following the for- tunes of the race path, but not Piati-Betts, for no sooner had he recovered from his serious accident than he was found again pedalling his Dunlop- tyred safety to the tune of records. Although in the intervening years he has met with sundry mishaps, his attraction to racing has been so great as to prevent him relinquishing the path, and now, for the second time in his career, he has fallen an unfortunate victim to the many dangers surround- ing speed riding. When recently engaged in an attempt on the world's mile record, his pacing motor missed fire, causing him to touch its back wheel, with the result that Betts was thrown heavily, breaking his arm as well as sustaining sundry other injuries. Youthful cyclists who are ambitious to shine on she path in boy's races, should be warned by the following case which was recently heard in a Sheffield Police Court. It appears that a youth named David Mead, who competed in a half-mile bicycle handicap for boys under 14, was summoned for obtaining a marble clock, (the first prize) with intent to defraud. Mead declared he was 13 years old on the 6bh July last, but when his certificate of birth was obtained, it showed he was born in December, 1884, and was therefore over 16. Under the circumstances the Bench had no alternative but to fine the young racer 40/ and order him to return his prize. According to a legal correspondent on cycling matters generally, if you are worried by a ferocious dog, you are entitled to strike it in self-defence, and no liability will be attached to you if it dies. If a dog gets in your way and causes you a mishap, you have no remedy against its owner. Dogs are counted among the ordinary risks of the road; but if you collide with a wandering horse or cow, and can show that you took all reasonable steps to avoid a collision, you are entitled to be compen1 sated by its owner for any injury you sustain.







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