The Dunedin Cycling Club held its opening parade last Saturday, when there was a very good muster of riders. After traversing the principal streets, several of the men went out to St, Clair, The weather was fine, with a brisk N.E, wind. The new track to be put on the Caricbrook Ground is not being lost sight of. Plans and estimates are now before the directors of the new Ground Company, and before very long it is to be hoped we may see operations begun, as time is running on, and a track cannot be built in a day. Two new locally-made machines are now on the roads—one from Mr Melville’s workshop in the Octagon to the order of Mr Bastings, and the other from Mr Oates, of Christchurch, for Mr Steadman, the wellknown Taieri rider. Both machines are well finished and serviceable-looking. A noticeable feature is the length of the cranks, and both riders concur in saying that great ease in hill riding is the result. _ A great change in the fashion in bicycles has taken place of late years in respect to cranks and handle bars. The cranks are longer, and the old narrow straight bar has quite gone out in favor of a wide bent one, and latterly what are known as “T” handles are becoming favorites, No doubt greater steadiness in steering and (if the handles are not dropped too low) greater ease in hillclimbing are the results, and the latter is a great point on Otago roads, go' which way you will. The Dunedin Club intend holding a fiftymile road ride to Lawrence or the Clutha in November, and already several men are training hard for it. It is some years since one of a similar kind washeld; the route being from Springbank to Lawrence and back, or just 100 miles. If I remember rightly, a map who had a good show of winning stopped for a bathe on the way back, and lost the race through it, though report says he tried hard to mount his machine first and dress afterwards when he saw the next man coming over the hill. lam open to correction as to details, however. The club’s opening run for the season will be to Outram and back. /Eolus.
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CYCLING NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889