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CYCLING NOTES., Issue 10435, 2 October 1897, Supplement
The weather during the past week has been all that cyclists could desire, and touring has bteen largely indulged in. The majority of wbislnfleu prefer the plains in their sojourns, Which was amply borne but by the numbers to be seen at the Springs and Outram. The roads. are in perfect order, both north and south.'
Thb Mimiro Cycling Club held a meeting last Wednesday, Miss Maxwell occupying the chair. It was expected that about thirty ladies would take part in the procession to-day. otrt on Sunday I noticed several members of the O.C. C. with their cameras, who' during their resting at Outram amused themselves in taking snapshots of a party of ladies and members of the D.C.C. who escorted them during the run. Mr Thomson, president of the League of Wheelman, will arrive in Dunedin about the 13th inst. to interview the two cycling clubs re affiliation to the League. I regret to hear that Harry Arndt had a bad accident whilst training the other evening. This is unfortunate, as he appeared to be going very well, and would have had a big chance on Labor Day. He will now, I understand, be unable to take any active part in cycling for several weeks to come. All the cycling public, and the ladies in particular, will ’rejoice to hear that “ Fweddy ” Anderson has again donned the racing suit, and is rapidly getting into condition for the 13th.
I noticed E. Crawford out on the track this week on a new Record racer. It is undoubtedly a splendid-looking mount, and refleets great credit on tho builders. With such a classical wheel under him I expect to see “Bentley” well to the fore this coming season. The captain, deputy-captain, and secretary of the 0.0.C. have been presented with thrpe rather tastefully got up monograms, which reflect great credit on the designer. A number of the D.O.C. went as far as Henley on Sunday, and after a solid meal had been done justice to returned to town after a pleasant outing. On Saturday, October 9, there will be a contingent of the 0.0.C. going as far as Palmerston. They extend a cordial invitation to members of other clubs wishing to undertake the journey. Big gears appear to be gone in for this season for raoigg purposes. lam afraid it is being overdone, but a windy day on the Caledonian Ground will tell its own tale.
Are the cycle agents who seem in such a hurry to lower their prices for cycles making a mistake ? It is easy to come down in prices, but wild horses cannot pull them up again, except the demand exceeds the supply. But this, from appearances, will not take place in the cycle trade this side of the grave. The owners of the Charles River track, America, have offered £I,OOO for a race to take place on September IS. When the mail left the distance bad not been definitely decided, bub the event will in all probability be a one-hour race, paced, and limited to. four contestants, each of whom must back his entry by a guarantee of £IOO that he will present himself with a proper complement of pacemakers, and, barring the unforeseen, will complete the entire distance, the £IOO to be returned to all who fulfil the conditions. The management will select and accept the four men who in their judgment will make best pace. J. W. Stocks (the English crack), Lesna (the Frenchman), Michael, and M'Duffee are mentioned as the most likely candidates. The money will be apportioned as follows: First, £600; second,'£3oo; third, £IOO. A solicitor appearing for the defendant in a case of obstructing a cyclist, recently heard at Soutbsea, is reported to have contended that the commonly recognised rules of the road do not apply to equestrians. Of course, the rules of the road are applicable only to cyclists and other vermin,, in the opinion of this legal luminary ; but ho didn’t win his client’s case, which is the best thing we can say in his favor. An exchange says :—“ We can only advise those who are on the look-out for machines, and who personally inspect those which appear just the most suitable on paper, to take an experienced friend along with them, unless they are pretty expert in cycle mechanics. There are, unfortunately, far too many private bouse agencies for small, unreliable makers, who advertise machines as second-hand which are practically new. When a new machine has to be sold as a second-hand one the reason is obvious. If the name of the maker is not familiar to the viewer, we should advise him to make careful inquiries before purchasing. Some vendors have a wonderful flow of language, and they explain away any little points of contention in a most plausible manner. These utterances are not of much value when the bearings, for instance, are discovered to be —well, just what they ought not to be. The buyer must exercise much discretion in these days when in quest of a second-hand machine.”
lb is not the slightest use for cycle manufacturera to protest that prices will be maintained. No one doubts (says an English, contemporary) that it is their wish to maintain them, but all the indications are re-, garded by experts as pointing to a permanent and considerable fall. For years the makers have been coining money, anjJ
there is now no cause to suppose that as % class they are qh the brink of ruin. They will have to be content with much: smaller profits, bnt practical, men are satisfied'that. maohJnes pf goodqualitymay he sold at. £lO, and yet .yield the manufacturers something more than bread, and cheese. Of course,, in the case of companies with in* filled the prospect is not n aercne. ; ;According to the-, .* St. James gazette’- it is abundantly clear that the .Enghsh manufacturers are. not increasing itheir to, foreign countries, white they are threatened with increasing compe:;titiom in the Jhqrhq market ..from foreign. .(ohieSy American}-, makers. During July the value of. the cycles and parts thereof exported was only £116;6I0,, whereas the. cycle export for Jnne, 1896, was valued at £154,457, and that for June, 1895, at £147.956. Appended are . comparative figures of the exports and imports for the half-year ended 30th Jnne last:—
The slight gain in the exports for the firsts, quarter of the present year over the first quarter of 1896 has thus been followed ia the second quarter by a. heavy decline, and the of exports over imports has fallen to nearly one-half. All which- goes to show that the British cycle trade is not the “ boomingcondition just now.
. Exports. 1896. 1897. £4(W,Sp9,. £461,369 471,4V? 395,817 Excess of Exports Imports, over Imports. 1897- 1897. £153,7(59 £397,60® £27.40® 163,417 £915,988 £S^,m‘ £381,169 £476,017
CYCLING NOTES., Issue 10435, 2 October 1897, Supplement
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