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THE TJMES, . SUNDAY,. AUGUST II, 1896.
Has just begun, although the COLUM
BIA BICYCLE has alurays been, and is
to-day, first among good bicycles.
-TfeVe ready now os'elr 'SBT3M--lAS
for weeks past we' ve been afraid
to advertise them for we couldn't-begin
to supply the demand, r rf" s
Easy onosgh to loam to riclo. 3 half hours ought
io be sufHcte&l The cos: of tuition Is nominal froo
, 70s liuy & "Columbia or a "liar tford" either ' '
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"Columbia" and "Hartford" Agents.
452 Penna, Ave.
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Revolution in Toggery Resulting
From Use of the Frisky Bike.
SEOEETS OF THE RENTERS
How They Are Itemed, flow They
Aro Abused, the People "Who
Ileiit Them, the Girls Who Put
On Jlloomorn In the Shop, and a
"Where arc you going, niy pretty maid?
A-wbcoHng, sir, she f aid.
May I go -with you, my pretty maid?
Certainly, Mr, the taid.
80 the new man lias revised the old
tons to fit the new woman. Tho new
the renter of the wheel will take the view
that lie doesn't ownit,'and that as he pays
for the use of it, he will use it in any manner
he pleases, Just like so many people abuse
livery horses. The average life of a rented
wheel is five months.
So rapidly has the demand for rented
wheels increased in Washington in the
last few months that there are now about
a score of places in the city wliere they
may be hired. In another year, one Mcyclo
man predicts, there will Ik- as many bi
cycle rent stores as there are livery stables
in the city.
"If a man owns bis own wheel it will
invariably last him four years anyhow,
it it Is a gocd make. The average renter
doesn't care how he uses the wheel. At
least one-third of those that go out come
back punctured, and quite often the renter
expects us to throw off the rental price
and pay for the transportation of the
wheel back to the store because he or
she ran over a tack or tried to crush a
bottle in the road. About one out of every
ten rented come back broken in some
There is hardly any business where one
has so niauy obstinate customers. They
are seldom obstinate by cnoice or even
experience With a Garment.
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three occaBlonB she had come andsonc away
disappointed because there were no bicycles
lor her sex in the store. Then she began
to carry a ""small satchel with her. It
happened for softe tirne she succeeded in
getting a lady's wheel. On such occasions
sbo would ask that the satchel be kept
until her return.
"One afternoon-she came and the lady's
machines were all out. She had the satchel.
A look of determination came over her face.
She looked towards the officeasd then said:
" 'You gentlemen please all go outside, I
am going Into the office there and put
on a buit of bloomers.'
"Fifteen -minutes later she emerged with
as modost a suit of bloomers as one could
think of seeing, yet clothes that enabled her
with ease to ride the wheel of her brother
and she peddled away. She had tucked
every stitcli of the garments she removed
into the satchel, we suppoEe, for we saw
nothing of. them after ehp left."
THEY "WILL TALK.
The men who rent bicycles all agree that
men are the more preferable customers
of the two sexes. The women, they say,
always want to relate every little inci
dent that happened on the ride when they
return, and they Insist on your hearing it.
If the dealer is busy and tunis a deaf ear
they grow angry and will not return.
It is not everybody that can rent a
wheel. If the man who has them to rent
knows you it Is all right. A reference
is the next best thing. If he knows your
face by scclug you frequently .pass his
store it is generally all right, for he knows
that you must have some settled business
or you would not constantly tmvel the
same route. A deposit is the last maimer
in which to rent the wheel.
This deposit is generally $5 , and iB given
to Indemnify in case of accident, not to
pay for the wheel. If the deposit were
for this latter purpose it would al
ways have to be so high that few wheels
would be rented. The renter must take
his risk of theft or total loss. But expe
rience soon tenches him, like in other
professions, the honest from the dishonest
The renter considers a reference to some
one he is aacquahilcd with or some one
well known in the community as particu
larly good. He knows that only the honest
can get references.
Very frequently riders will rent bi
cycles by the week or mouth, or even Tor
the summer. One city dealer has an even
dozen wheels out for the summer. An
other has five taken away-to the Bca shore.
They are all ladies' wheels, he says. Those
whose vacations are limited to a short time
often hire a bicycle and take it to the
country with them.
A WHEEL'S STORY. '
"If one could only follow one of these
wheels from the time it is bought, until
it is past using he might tell an Interest
ing story," said a popular bicycle renter
who uumbers his regular customers with
three figures. "The same wheel will to
day be leaned against Uie front fence of a
fashionable bouse in the northwest where
the belle of the household is just learn
ing to ride, and to-morrow it will stand
in the gorgeously decorated hallway of a
resort below the avenue.
It must be remembered that women of the
latter section are among the first to take
up with new fads, and there is hardly one
In the more exclusive houses of that char
acter who has not already learned to ride
ONT3 BIKE'S ItOMANCE.
"I do know a little history connected
'with one of my wheels. It is not in the
store at this minute. A rather nervous, but
I pretty young lady of about twenty has
rented it regularly forsome .months, now.
About the third time sbo., took the wjicel"
out a young man in the Pension Offico
began coming to me to rent a wheel.
"It bo happened that on reveral occa
sions one would come while the other was
just going out or coming in. Anyway, they
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tnao lw MMie cgosiH eostame to make.
Instead of the alk neckings and silvor
TDucUed sJtoee be wore in the nursery rlvynie
book be has put on heavy golf stockings of
plaid and low shoes, with roughened soles.
tCbe silk-fluted shirt, with white winged
cuffs has been laid aside for the "eweater"'
end the three-cornered hathasbecn bung up
for the cap with the celluloid rim of un
The dainty slippers of the maid have been
slipped off and heavy shoes and stout leg
Bini! take Uioir place. Perchance the short
Ekirt remains. If not It is replaced by
Turk's bloomers. The protty little white
cap worn coyly over the braided locks has
been folded away for the stylish bicycle
cap worn just as jauntily. And instead
of tripping merrily through the dew-kissed
meadows to pall the waltingheifer the two
pin gayly down the boulevard on their
rubber-sliod steeds and out into the coun
try's quiet there to plight their affections
end fight their lover's quarrels.
RENTING OF MACHINES.
AM that is required for a successful bi
cycling in "Washington no w is the knowledge
or how to ride. This can be acquired In
a week of evenings and another week's
practice will fit the rider to spin -where he
or she jileafees. The ownership of a "Wheel
in the last thing necessary.
In fact, unless a person is a constant rider
or particularly prefers the cxclusivencss
of his own wheel, it does not pay to own a
bicycle. Onccanrenta whcelsomuchcheap
r. For an outlay of far less than the hire
efo horse ae can rent a wheeland go every
where be could with a horse and many
A. RENTER'S STORY.
"A rented bicycle is Just like a livery
korse," the man continued. "That is,
knowingly bnt make themselves so by their
uncertainty of mind as to what they want
and their lack of judgment on what Isbeforc
them. Every prospective renter will tell
you he wants a light wheel and when you
bring it to him or her the chances are one to
six he will tell you he don't want It. It
won't look stout enough to him and he will
pick one out for himself. He will hunt for a
ttout looking one and a pretty one and he
almost always goes away itb the heaviest
wheel in the store." - -
"Who are your best renters:" the Times
HARD TO PLEASE.
"Men. They are hard to please, but
women are harder. Invariably several
changes must be made in a wheel before
the lady takes it out. And that is nearly
always the case it it happens that the
wheel has not been touched since she last
brought itin. I knew onelady who rented a
wheel sonic time ago to comeback three
distinct times before she finally wheeled
away for ber ride. Each time she insisted
on having some trivial change made.
DEMAND BY THE LADIES.
"You would be surprised at the great
demand there is .for ladies' bicycles.
"We can't get enough of them. The fac
tories cannot make them fast enough.
That is an actual fact. Every man's wheel
that was possible. "Wc have in the store
fifty-two men's wheels and twenty-four
adapted for ladies use, and we don't have
enough ofthe latterto more than half sup
ply the demand. Other rent stores make
the same complaint. Of course where the
lady wearSTilbomers she can just as easily
ride a man's wheel that has the cross-bar
Xrom the seat-stem to the bead of the ma
been looking kindly, 'for she turned to
him and managed to pay that she would
be pleased to have him, though she looked
half scared the next minute for what she
had done. ( .....
"They did 'not return togctilef,' aud's'he
got back a little bjt.fue sooner.
" 'We had a very V)ic.e ride,' was all she
"They met again 't. same week. Tin
next week they went, out together several
.tinios, and then it became a regular thing.
If one wasn't there the other would wait
until he Qr4difijcanie5iiJejWaU.ing whether
it wa'sthejj'ouug man'otbelaiTy ,theybcgan
to talk tp .me abou the other.
"Of course, it. was ni'a,in to see what was
coming of, it, but rfjardly expected it so
soon,. I tell you ttjptf jf'uth , though, when I
say the youugwon'iau"vaiedhere yesterday.
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AMONG LOCAL WHEELMEN
0. E. Wood Preparing to Smash
' Some Recent RecordSi
CnmpliiR Parties, Road Trips and
Other Pleasures "Which Cyclists
Are Iioolciiig ITorward To.
Some; idea of the hlcycle fever that
hns taken hold of thts community may
be bad when it is stated Uiat more than
800 ladies have received instructions at
the Gormully &. Jeffery open-air school
on Fourteeplh street since the riding
school began. The attendance at the school
numbers from 10 to 100 a day. This hot
weather the ladies appear for tbeir les
sons either in the cool of the morning
or after sundown in the evening. They
are all enthusiastic pupils, and work un
tiringly to become efficient cyclists.
C. E."Wood, of the Arlington Road Club,
is getting himself in good trim to at
tempt, at least, .to smash a few local road
records when the weather gets a little
cooler. "Wood ran fourth in the Higham
twenty-mile race Ia3tf fall,.and hewill try
to come two or three notches better in the
event of this year.
"William Jose, C. L. Palmer, and other
met there frequently. But the girl was
shy and the young man was bashful.
"One day about four or five months
ago ho chanced to do some little act of
gallantry for her. She thanked him very
kindly, but it wns hard to tell which
blushed the more. The fellow evidently
thought his chance had come, so beseemed
to nerve himself for the occasion, and he
"Would you object if I should ride with
"The young woman turned stil redder
and looked over toward inc. I must bavo
She was -nervous, and seemed tohavesome
Uiing on her mind.
"Oh, ho will be hcrVall right, Tsaid, in
a half-joking manjer
" 'I know it; I know it,' she said. Then
she leatied ovcr'towaTfl me and said in a
whisper: ., . '". .
" 'Please dou't teJl.jbtit lie proposed last
night. And we were ouour wheels, too "
He French enables'oiie to express such
delicate shades of meaning, you know.
She Yes, I. know. . And such indelicate
ones, too. Life. ' .- r
SO-C-SOSXS !-- J)!3B isKS--o'
to selling- the CRIMSON RIM,
we take proper pride in our method of repairing- bic3Tcles,
and don't know of any instance where we have failed to
give satisfaction. Using- none hut the BEST material
and workmanship, nothing- hut the BEST results can be
Drop us a postal and we'll be glad to call and give estimates.
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members of the Washington Road Club,
will take a spin to Sugar Loaf Mountain
this evening. They will spend Sunday there
and come back by SSoonlight to-morrow
night. The distance is aboafr Jiftymllea.
A camping party- composed of Messrs.
Wood, Rousevilte. and Wooldridge, the
well-known local riders, are having a good
time in the neighborhood of Smith's creelc
They expect to be gone several days. They
have their wheels with, them that is, thei
C. E. Gause, George Smith, F V.
Hutcbtnga, Paul von Boeckman, and other
fast local riders are getting in prime fix
for the Washington Road Club's twenty
mile .run. Gaase got the first prizff.acd
the time prize in the Higham road raca
last fall, and he-does net expect to be-far
away from the leader in the event to coma.
Fred L- Schade, who got a hard falT and
was pretty badly hruised up at Asbury
Park, has come around all right and ij
again showing good work on bis wheeL
It is noticeable that there are not as
many lady riders out these days as usual,
which can be atributed to the fact that
many have gone to summer resorts and aru
there enjoying their wheel exercises.
W. F. Sims has been in the city, rest
ing up a litUe. He has attended many
meets this year, among them those at Walt
ham and Asbury Park. Sims got two or
three damaging falls, and came to Was!j
ington to get well mended.
A "Wonderful Mind.
It Aw speaking of Twilby, aw I hava
aw and I actually hypnotized it aw."
She Well, that shows that your mind i$
stronger than the chicken's. Judge.
Lord Forgivuz Thought you bad notitIe3
in America. Here's a man puts "Jr." after
William Ann That means "junior."
Lord Forgivuz Excuse rae; I thought U
was "janitor." New York World.
She I have been told that you are gravS
and sedate but I am sure I find you jolly.
Hi Yes. I lose my specific gravity when
you aro the center of attraction. Texai
Looked Ilini Tip.
His ardent suit was sternly spurnedj
He sworo that she was fickle.
But she was not. She had just Iearnei
He wasn't worth a nickel.
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