CAUSE' MUCH AMUSEMENT. la. VELOCIPEDE CLUB. } The first bicycles to be" seen-in South Canterbury caused scarcely less curiosity and interest, in that-day-of scant variety, than the appearance of' th# first aeroplane forty-five years : later* A paragraph in the "Herald" of Sept» ember 11, 1869, stated:— "We hear that a number, of gentler men have formed • themselves into a club for the purpose of velocipede riding, and have already . sent to Melbourne for on© of, the best bicycles to b - obtained. It is proposed to introduce two "or more bicycles, a tricycle, and probably a umcycle, or one-wheeled velocipede. It is also' intended to have regular- practices and occasional races.*' An article reprinted on the same date from* the "Oamaru Times," and headed "The Velocipede Mania," gov;® a'most humourous account of the first attempt's to navigate the ' new machine "Considerable amusement was- create ed lately by a number of individuals successively trying haLnds—-or. shall w« say feet, or. both—in., the management of the velocipedes just .turned out frcfia ■ the works of Messrs - Reid and Gray. These comprise a bicycle and a tricycle. The tyros in the art of velocipedstrians could do nothing at- =acll "with the. former, but a few of' the more. persevOr. ing. managed' to drive the latter at. very tolerable speedy for a i beginning: -But somehow or other, with. eVen th» best of them the. machine played ' all sorts of erratic pranks; times wabbly, it showed a tendency, to all sorts of, vices, - such as shying, rearing,' and when its driver wascareering triumphantly along, would every now and then get its front wheel on a ston« or a little inequality of the ground, and forthwith pitch him -off. sideways, backwards, or forwards. This is- a difficulty necessarily appertaining to first efforts, but the machines themselves appear to be excellently made. The wheels are of American "hickaiy, and all the blacksmith's work is of me best steel. Although very light they are wonderfully strong, or they never would have stood such' a tremendous ■ knocking and wrenching about. The diameter of the front wheel of the. bicycle is 34. inches, and that of the tricycle 33 inches; the weight of the-two-wheeled velocipede Being' 441bs, and that of the three-wheeled - 471bs, which are the smallest weights we have yet seen given for similar vehicles:" The uni-cycle and a "Waters' velocipede," of wliich some Christchurch enthusiasts at this time had high hopes; were:both "It appears that a velocipede club is in contemplation at, "fimarn," says a Temuka message of September 22, 1869. Temuka town, if not beforehand with, is no far behind her elder sister, for a velocipede has been made here, and has undergone several trials within the last few days, attended with slight- falls, and other mischances to the adventurous persons who attempted the management of it. No serious accident, however, has taken place, and no doubt when a little more experience has boen gained in the use of the machine, it will take its place among the recognised institutions of the.. town. The maker is Mr D. Bryant, who,. I understand, is open to unlimited orders for the article." *
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