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Cycling. [By Dagonet.]

| At last a practical move is to be made towards the making of cycle paths. Mr. Wilford, M.H.R., is interesting himsel. in the matter of having a path laid down from town to the Hutt. Mr. Wilford I suggests that every rider of a bicyclt in Wellington shoulld contribute five shillings to a fund for the object. Others ways for raising the necessary money might be devised, acd all rideik should do their utmost to assist Mr. Wilford to fulfil his proposal. The ride from i the city to the Hutt district is undoub tedly the most popular one of the few which are open to cyclists of the Empin City, and as the bodies who have the control of the Hufct-road have show, an absolute indifference to its condition, it seems to depend Im riders and syui path'isers whether or not the road will be fit for u&e (as far as bicycles are concerned) next summer. Mr. Wilford has convened a public meeting of cyclists and others interested for Monday evening. "Never since cycling first started to boom in this colony (victoria) has itbeeu so dull as at the present time."—Melbourne Leader. F. Hunt, ex-New Zealander, ■is riding great form now in Australia. At latest he was in Brisbane, and piling up a considerable amount of winnings there. Mr. Arthur Smyth, the New South Welsh rider, has just concluded his eru-s-ade against the amateur records at Sydney. His last performance was the lowering of the half-mile unpaced record to lmin 3 3-ssec. He does not intend to do any more track work. The practice of having one's lamp affixed to the front forks of the machine is strongly to be condemned, says "Fortis," in the Australasian. Not only is it dangerous to the rider, but it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the light when, in such a low position. The latter phase applies only to those meeting it, but' the former to those using it. Accidents have occurred through the bracket-fixing slipping down the tapered fork-blade, and, catching in the spokes, ripped one side of them out, or by the lamp catching in the forks and preventing the front wheel from revolving. Smokiness of lamps, caused by the oil, may be removed by dropping a small piece of camphor in the oil well, which will whiten and clear the flame. A novel competition in the Old Country is that of juord Wolseley's Cup. This match, open to teams of military cyclists, proves the great value of mobile sharpshooters under severe conditions. Teams have to ride forty miles with full kit and a hundred rounds of ball cartridge. Finishing the journey, the men dismount at six hundred yards from the targets and fire ten volleys lying down, advance to five hundred and fire five volleys lying down, and five rounds independent firing from the knee. Points are given for time, turnout, drill and target hits.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 24, 28 July 1900

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Cycling. [By Dagonet.] Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 24, 28 July 1900

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