The writer was recently shown a motor cycle belt manufactured by the Dunlop Rubber Co-, which it is claimed is absolutely non-slipping. The belt is of rubber with several well-stitched plies of canvas running through it, and of a corrugted type, and should fill a long-felt want. One of the chief troubles with motor cycle belts is that after a little wear they are inclined to stretch and slip which causes the engine to “race,” and gives no end of trouble generally, but with the belt under review, which has all the stretch taken out of it, and made non-slipping, this great drawback appears now to have been overcome. As evidence of the popularity of one particular tyre it is interesting to learn that at the London and provincial shows recently held there were nearly as many “Dunlops” fitted to cars exhibited as the whole of the numerous other makes combined, there being 2,56-1 of the former as against 2,746 divided between all others, this showing an almost unanimous preference for one tyre. <s> An idea of the tremendous growth in the automobile industry may be gleaned from the fact that in the United Kingdom and France alone the enormous sum of -''£25,000,000 was disbursed in wages during the year 1906. Allowing another £lO,000,000 for wages in America (output in cars in 1906, over 60,000), Germany, Italy, Australia, and Belgium, the huge dimensions of the world's motor trade wages’ sheet will convey an idea to our readers of what an Important part the new industry threatens to play in the industrial world.
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Cycling Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 17, 10 August 1907
Cycling Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 17, 10 August 1907
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