The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s: 166. More advice from Swiftsure – and (another) impatient secretary

From “Cycling Notes! 27 June 1896

…one of the first principles in road riding should be that no unknown roads are traversed without first ascertaining something respecting their gradients and character. And, further, should an unknown road be taken, your brake should be examined and tested now and again, and the pace made easy all the way; and at the approach of any descent where the bottom can’t be seen, dismount, and walk until you are sure of your ground

I could relate numerous instance that have occurred both to myself and others where accidents almost surely would have happened but for these and similar precautions.

* * * *
“J B” Rawtenstall asks me for the best means of filling up the peeled rubber of his outer cover. Let him cleanse the holes of dirt with benzolene; and if solutionized rubber cannot be obtained to fill the holes, then cotton-wool mixed with ordinary solution will probably serve your purpose. At all events the latter will hold and make the surface of the cover even until your put on your non-slipping strip.

And in the same issue I spotted this from the regular “Meetings, Lectures &c” list

LONDON (S.W) Sunday June 28, Balham Corner, Clapham Common, 9 30. N B it is advisable to turn up before 11 o’clock otherwise the secretary’s patience (small) may be exhausted. W H Crisp, 15 Broad Hinton Road.

Next time: Rides, a distinguished visitor, and trouble with the Watch Committee in Liverpool


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