The weather during the past week has been anything blit' favorable to cyclists. Jijst as tho time drew near for making a stfrrfe for Mosgiel on Saturday, rain nnmmenced to fall, and put a stop, to the touring that bad been arranged, thereby necessitating a postponement till the following Saturday. .Mr Robert. C. Cox, of the North Adelaide Cycling Club, is at present in Dunedin. . He intends visiting the O.C.C. rooms on Saturday evening, and expressed himself willing to give members any information at his com-ma-id in reference to cycling in Australia. •The Caledonian Society started operations this week on the track, and are now pushing matters on vigorously. Pending the alterations to the above track application has been made to the Carisbrook Company, I understand, to have training operations carried on there, but rumor has it that the company ask a training fee which really makes it prohibitive. I trust such is not the case. The Carisbrook people have always in the past met the cyclist in a sportsmanlike manner.
The cycling section of the Dunedin Engineer Volunteers intended to hold their first cycle drill last week, bub the inclement weather prevented anything being done. Considerable interest is being taken in the detachment by those members who possess machines, and its' success will probably be closely watched by other corps. There'is every indication of the O.C.C; leaving the present governing body of the “ amateur ” cyclists and joining the League of Now Zealand Wheelmen, who intend catering for the purb amateur and also for the cash amateur. - ,
C. H. Jones, of Christchurch, is now racing in England as a cash amateur. The special’meeting of the O.C.C. called to discuss the advisability of joining the League of Ntw Zealand Wl ee men bids fair lobe taken up with some hj tel debating. The,members intend thrasming the subject out thoroughly. Mr Lawrence Fletcher, English managing director of the Austral Cycle Company, was in Dunedin this week.- He ia out herb principally for the benefit of his health, and is only making a flying visit through New Zealand.
Mr T. Mason, who was eapfaiu of the O.C.C. during the latter part of last season, has acci pted a position bn the travelling staff of the Austral Company. It is time something definite was done with regard to “ amateur ” racing in New Zealand. At present cyclists race for 11 open orders,” which .is practically cash, and almost ignore the trophy. It appears to be a necessity to have a thorough investigation of the matter and compel a straightforward policy. . A movement is on foot at present to make arrangements for a relay ride from the Bluff to Christchurch. Cyclists wishing to take part in it should communicate with the various secretaries.
It is very likely that the Invercargill Club will affiliate with the League cf New Zealand Wheelmen,
It is the intention of several cyclists to ride from Dunedin to -Christchurch, leaving oa November (J Any wheelmen desirous of accompanying the party are requested to leave their names with the secretary of the O.C.C.
As a warning to cyclists, I may mention that, the authorities intend to bo more rigorous in enforcing tho law in the Caversham district, and cyclists are cautioned about riding the footpath up the short cut on Lookout Point. ■-
A new brake shown by Mr .Thomas Forsyth, of Dublin, is an internal frictional automatic brake, attached to the crank bracket or back wheel sprocket, one portion being part of the sprocket and the other made fast to the frame of the machine. The former acts upon the latter through radial and pivoted levers pressing upon and expanding an annular ring against a leather pad held in a groove ou that portion which is made fast to the frame of the machiue. The brake is applied immediately backpedalling ia commenced, the power being proportionate to the pressure of the foot on the rising pedal.
Siys an English writer: Footpath riding is causing no little excitement in various parts of tho country, and it is more or less evident that the authorities are getting their backs up a bit, and are inclined to go in for enforcing the strict rigor of the law, or at any rate what they believe to be such. We have repeatedly said that we have no sympathy with the rider who deliberately causes obstruction or annoyance to any pedestrian by riding on the fo.otpatb, and we think he or she deserves to be as substantially punished as the law permits; Wherever an obstruction is unintentionally caused the rider, should bear theconsequencea of committing an illegal act, though naturally his punishment should be lighter. On the other hand, we have even leas sympathy with the system adopted, by the officials of laying traps in out-of-tbt..vay places to catch the unwary, and trying to create bogus obstructions. ~ The cyclist who, to avoid our wretched road surfaces on lonely country roads, takes to the path,- and while.injuring nothing and nobody ia spotted a quarter of a mile off by .an' ambushed bobby, and is pounced upon and summoned, has all our sympathies. In such cases there ought to ba some discretion given to the police about summoning, but for some reason we are to get “ the linth and the bridth of the law.”
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CYCLING NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 10452, 23 October 1897, Supplement