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The Cycling World.


The Cycling World. -:0:- t, A motor bicycle tyre may be very fast and the acme of resiliency, but on the question of under- going the hard wear and tear of the incessant road Il'ic,ion-otherwise durability—it stands or falls. A lyre that not only fulfils these desirable features, but will also wear for long periods, is the Dunlop two-inch motor bicycle tyre. It has won golden opinions from all who have tried it. The prin- ciple of construction by the new patent process, is the same, from the ordinary bicycle tyre up to those made for the heaviest cars. The Government being about to bring in a Bill for the registration of motor-cars for identification purposes, there is little use in the Automobile Club promoting a Bill for the same object. The points in the Club Bill are the removal of the speed limit, the registration 0 r motor-cars (electric broughams and motor bicycles excepted), the licensing of professional drivers, and the right of appeal against Courts of summary jurisdiction. The removal of the speed limit would place motorists on the same footing as drivers of ordinary vehicles, and they could be summoned for furiously driving to the public danger, but the prosecutor would have to prove that the public was actually endangered at the time. Whether Mr. Walter Long will adopt all or some of these points in the Government Bill remains to be seen. It will be remembered that at the last annual c meeting of the Cyclists' Touring Club, a pro- position was put to the meeting—That motorists be admitted to membership of the Club, and entitled to the same privileges as existing mem- bers. This proposal was lost by a large majority, so the executive of the Club decided to take a postal vote of the members, since they considered it was to the club's welfare that automobilists should be admitted. The result of the postal vote was declared in this month's issue of the Gazette, and shows that 3,534 members voted in favour of admitting motorists, as such, to membership, and 4,701 against. The proposal of admitting all tourists to membership was also defeated, only 1,870 members voting for, and 6,458 against. Now-a-days it is surprising how very common it is for a bicycle to be out of alignment without the knowledge of the rider. The steering is not only affected, and the tendency to side-slip greatly accentuated, but it also sets up a considerable amount of wear and tear in the tyres. If the machine exhibits a tendency to run to one side, especially when ridden without holding the handles, it is a certain sign that the wheels do not track. The best and cheapest remedy is to take the machine to a first-class mechanic. The walking mania still continues to receive attention, and a race between a pedestrian and a cyclist has just, been decided over the famous Brighton road course. The competitors were two members of the London Stock Exchange, and the match was for a wager of £100, with side bets amounting to close upon a thousand pounds. The conditions of the race were that the cyclist should ride from Brighton to Westminster and back, a distance of 104 miles, and the pedestrian foot the 43 miles from Croydon to Brighton. The starts were made at 4.30 a.m. and accompanied by his attendant on a motor car- with food, etc., the pedestrian made good pro- gress at a six mile an hour gait. In the meantime the cyclist was riding well, .and in spite of two punctures and a bad spill, arrived back in Brighton at 11.18, nearly an hour before the pedestrian. The times and distances were: Cyclist, 104 miles, 6 hrs. 48 min: Pedestrian, 43 miles, 7 hrs. 37 min, 38 1/5 sec. A man who was brought up before the magis- trates sitting at the Hastings Borough Bench, on the charge of cycle stealing, told a sorrowful tale, in the course of which surprassed sobs were fre- quently heard. It was not that he feared the consequence of his foolishness, but in his kindness of heart he pleaded for bail, so that he could visit and recompense his numerous victims. The magistrates had their doubts, and wisely detained him in custody. A very evident sign that the wheel of a bicycle requires truing up, is when the rim brake acts unevenly and the machine moves jerkily. The setting of the wheel should be done without delay, as the longer it is left in this condition the worse it will become. It will not right itself, moreover, the jerky action is likely to cause a side-slip on a greasy surface. On motor bicycles especially a strongly constructed rim is compulsory. In this respect nothing can excel the Dunlop rim. It is specially constructed and of great strength, in. addition to its being fully guaranteed. Some changes have been made in the pro- gramme of the Gordon-Bennett race in Ireland. In the first psace it has been decided to start the cars at a minimum of seven minutes' intervals, so that, unlike the Paris-Madrid contest, it will be practically a time race. Secondly, arrangements have been made to draft another large body of police to help keep the course. Thirdly, extra. controls have been arranged for at dangerous corners and narrow places aiong the course. Finally, no spectators will be allowed within a hundred yards of the course, except where banks or stone wails exists. Further precautionary measures are under consideration, but, neverthe- less, the eliment of danger connected with this contest far outweighs the commercial potenti- alities. It is generally understood that the various counties through which the course lies,, will only permit the race to proceed under very vigorous precautions for the public safety. It is very probable that the King will be a- spectator at the Gordon-Bennett race. In any case royalty will be represented by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, who lately invited Mr. R. Wallace and Mr. Orde to wait upon him in order that they might lay before him details of the arrangements for the Irish Fortnight. At the. interview, Lord Dudley made the interesting announcement that he intends witnessing the start and finish of the race from the Automobile Club's enclosure on the course, the starting point being also the finishing point. A garden party will take place on July 14th, at the Viceregal. Lodge, in the -Phoenix Park. The official support that is being given by the Irish Government to the great race will conduce considerably towards securing a successful event.


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