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DONT'S FOR
BICYCLISTS
Here Is Something You
Want to Paste in
Your Hat
\ BEGINNER OR AN EXPERT
Can Read and Thoughtfully Digest These
Valuable Hints, and If He Will
Heed Them May Avoid
Trouble
- 4* • •
Don't "wobble"
Don't riilo "head down." ~ ,
Don't ride a "dark wheel."
Don't coast without a brake.
" Don't ride your sister's "bike."
Don't swear by your cyclometer.
Don't "scorch"' on the crowded boule
»ard.
Don't wear a black sweater in the sum
tacr.
Don't ride on tho sidewalk. It may cost
you |S. _ " ' \
iDon't'carry an extra load.
enough for a wheel.
Don't try to rose. Bicycle riding is not
at "cake walk."
Don't, oh don't appear in public on a
Wheel wearing a silk hat.
Don't carry matches. It is cheaper to
borrow'and more sociable.
Don't try to climb fences. The bicycle
is unfitted for the steeplechase.
Don't forget your tool bag, unless yon
Want to lead your "oike" home.
Don't hold too tightly to your handle
bars. The vibration is veiy tiring.
Don't borrow a road map. Oct one of
your own. so that you can lend it.
a Don't wear "toeclips" just because
Zimmerman and Johnson use them.
Don't wear "puff" sleeves, as it is hard
to sail against tho wind with them.
Don't do stunts and fancy tricks on the
roait. Leavo that to the Vaudeville stage.
Don't try to make dents in a two-ton
truck with a twenty-tiiree pound whoel.
Don't take up tne whole road iv your
efforts to guard your "bloomer" from
collision.
Don't ride up a hill with an angle of 4">
degrees. You will feel better if you
Walk up.
Don't wear golf stockings on n long
journey unless you are seeking martyr
dom.
Don't ride in the middle of the road,
or you will catch trouble "a-coming-aue\-
B-going."
Don't get gay and try to ride through
a flock of geese. , You will be ithrown
every time.
Don't drive out in the middle of the
road when there are Hocks of bikes be
hind you.
fDoon't carry a flask in your hip pocket,
t looks bad, and is likely to be lost be
aide,'-
Dot.''t whoop like a wild west Indian
beoausV.you are out of your own neigh
borhood, •
Don't s, top nt a tramp's camp to study
human nature. You will rarely lind it
at its best.
Don't race alongsidoof suburban trolley
cars. They do not always remain ou the
track?.
Don't bend over/ on your wheel until
tin uninitiated peoplu think you are.
suffering from colic.
Don't chew tobacco while riding on a
crowded path. The Uiau Dehind you may
not like it.
Don't keep your eyes on your front
wheel. They should ba directed to the
road before you.
Don't leave your money in your other
trousers. The country inkeener is .sus
picious at his best.
Don't "spurt" blocks ahead and away
from the lady whom you are supposed,
to be escorting.
Don't be afraid lo wear "bloomers. '
They have come; tc stay as part of tho
Wheeling costume.
Don't forget to remove the chain lock
from your wheel before attempting to
resume your journey.
Don't put your trust in ' tho seller's
guarantee of the inextinguishable nature
of your new bicycle lamp.
Don't fail to notify your fellow wheel
men when their lamps are out. They
will do the same for you.
Don't ride off of a ferry. A boat just
docked is often erratic, especially when
the tide is coming in.
Don't carry your baby in a riding
basket. Borrow one if you need such a
decoration to your bicycle.
Don't try to raise your hat 1o the pass
ing "bloomer" until you become an ex
pert in guiding your wheel.
Don't buy a bicycle with down curve
handles. Tt is impossible to sit erect and
hold that kind of a bundle.
Don't go out on a bicycle wearing a
tail coat unless you enjoy making a
Xidiculous show of yourself.
Don't store your bicycle at a depot, the
proprietor of which is likely to rent it out
during your absence.
Don't travel without a jacket or loose
wrap, to be worn while resting. A sum
mer cold is a stubborn thing.
Don't allow a taste for a bit of color in
your make-up to tempt you to wearing
a red or other gay-colored cap.
Don't get off tiie old gag about "that
tired feeling" every time you stop by the
(oadside for a little breathing spell.
Don't engage statngers with your views
on the subject of forcing all class li cyclists
teto the professional ranks.
Don't shout "central." It is very funny
hut everybody does not know what it
means. Better ring your bell.
;Don't absent yourself from church to
go wheeling, as you and your bicycle are
welcome at most houses oi worship.
Don't attempt to ride on ono wheel and
lead another until you have practice,l the
feat for many weeks in secret.
Don't leave your bicycle in tho lower
hallway of your flat house for tiic otiier
tenants to fall over in the dark.
Don't forget to purchase a pair of nlue
glass spectacles if you are given to long
tours over white country roads.
Don't believe tiie farmer boy who says
that it is "two milos to tho next town."
It may be two, four, six or twelve.
Don't be more than an hour passing a
given point,although wheeling on a dusty
road is honestly conducive to thirst.
5 Don't smile at tho figure others cut
astride their wheels, as it is noi given
you to see yourself as others sec you.
Don't go out after dark unless accom
paned by an owner of real estate, as you
may need a bondsman beforo you return.
Don't bo harsh in youi criticism of
"bloomers," as there is no toiling how
■oon your best girl may tako to wearing
them.
Don't stop at all the road houses be
tween Prospect park and Coney Island
unless you intend to come home on tho
boat.
Don't take your dog with you. He may
not wreck you, but he will upset others,
if he is not killed in the lirst collision.
' Don't coast down a strange hill with a
Curve at its bottom. Thero is no telling
What you will meet when it is too lato.
Don't try to speak of "tho silent steel
steed" in the presencoof ladies after hav
ing lingered overtime at somo "Bicycle
Jnn."
Don't ride ten miles at a scorching
pace, then drink ejld water and lie around
on the grass, unless you nre tired of life.
Don't try to carry your bike down stairs
under your arm. Put it on your shoulder,
or you will come to distress. Yerbum
sap.
Don't dress immodestly or in tho cos
tume oi a track sprinter, sweaters worn
like a Chinaman's blouse are almost in
decent. *
Don't forget that the modern law of the
road requires you to turn out to the right
in passing another bicycle or other ve
hicle.
Don't ride without an alarm bell. They
don't cost much, and the tine for not hav
ing one or for failing to ring it is from $3
to $5.
Don't forget that your tires are but
rubber, and tbat rubber is not an irresist
ible force, tot even a good macadam
crusher.
Don't attempt "centuries"ontil you feel
fully competent of thejtask. Wheeling in
excess is dangerous to people with heart
troubles. . .
Don't ride on the slot behind a cable
car unless you have a good brake on your
wheel, else you may take a header into
the car.
Don't put too much confidence in your
compass. It will do you little good to know
where flu north is'it you don't know
where you are.
Don't think for a minute that the
pedestrian or tho driver of a carriage has
no rights. They have as many as you
have; no more, no less.
Don't sing Daisy Bell to your fair part
ncr when your intentions are serious.
Breach.of promise suits have been insti
tuted on slighter grounds.
Don't ride with your face against the
handle bar unless you are sure that you
have the wide world before you with no
obstruction on the landscape.
Don't go to the boulovard until you can
ride without wobbling. A wobbler can
cause more constrernation among wheel
men than a runaway ice wagon.
Don't take any twenty-rive or thirty
mile run that is not paralleled by a rail
road or steambaot service, as accidents
will happen to tho best-regulated wheels.
Don't despise your fellownian because
he iides a 'lit. Pie may be astride a '9G
next year and give you the dust as you
pedal painfully along on your antiquat
ed '95.
Don't forget to make a bargain before
yon allow the machinist in a roadside re
pair shop to commence work upon your
damaged wheel. Hejmay want the wheel
for his bill.
Don't offer physical resistance to the
suburban town marshal who siezes you
for "scorching." A $il-bill will often and
ofttinics entirely dissipate his wrath.
Don't go out, of your way to awaken a
■leaping dog in the country. They are
not used to the steel steed, and are in
clined to take a fall out of them. Such
an episode is as bad on tho wheel as it is
on tbo dbg.
Don't take long country rides, if you
are a lady, without having a sun um
brella of the pattern made for the purpose
attached to your machine. Also carry a
mackintosh or gossamer water proof in
cv.Bo of sudden storms.
YOU CAN'T 00
AWHEELING AND ASPOONINQ AT
THE SAME TIME
The length of extreme to which fanati
cism may lead the best of ns is exempli
fied in a letter of a grateful ladj to the
Evening lost—not grateful to the Even
ing Post, by the by—but to Alderman
Congblin, for his attempted protest
against bloomers, in the city council,
says a writer in the Times-Herald. Not
bloomers in the city council, either, but
on women riders of the wheel. The lady
is sure the alderman "is young, brave
and handsome," or he "would never have
dared to take so manly a stand." To
avoid the Scylla of bloomers the pious
dame has fallen into the Charybdis of
"Hath House John." The lady goes on
to pay that she uoes not know that bi
cycling is any more pernicious, in its la
cilities for tbe commingling of the sexes,
than other sports (how much she must
know about it), but tbat she is down on
all such atrocities as Christian men and
women going out together in search of
rational amusement is evident. Sho re
minds one of tiie author of a book called
Africa and America Described, published
In 1847, in which the author speaks of
New Orleans as "a very wicked city,tilled
With amusements."
If tiie virtuous lady knew how hard it
is earlier than at an advanced stago to
converse even with one's companion on
a bicycle, to say nothing of gazing into
his eyes, and if she were aware that one
squeeze of tho hand might result in a
dangerous, nay, even a fatal, somersault
over a rearing bicycle, and tbat only ex
perts can rido near enough together to
be very confidential, and tuen only when
both wheels aru geared exactly alike, and
tnat the attention of both tete-a-teters is
even then concentrated on keeping the
bedals from clashing, she would realize
that a bicycle trip discounts walking,
driving, horseback riding, or even sitting
in a room for difficulties in the way of
spooning. The only way to indulge in a
desperate flirtation whin bicycling is to
get off your wheel, and even a lady of
great seligious ferocity, combined with
suspicions intelligence, does not have to
bo told that it is not necessary to buy a
bicycle, nor, indeed, hire tn.', tor tho
sako of sitting on a bench by the lake
with a loved one or wandering through
secluded paths of tho park!
Sarah Ann: "Pa, what on earth you got ma's clothes on for?"
Pa: "Waal, I 'low if you're a-goin to town rigged man fashion, I'm a-goin to wear these, along to oven
Chinas up, " t„,
A New Orleans Girl's Idea
"You see ray machine is to be a com
bination affair, partly bicycle and partly
aeronaut. 13y this means, you see, the
operator will be enabled to wheal himself
along till he lias gained sufficient momen
tum to mount, a simple contrivance sets
his wings in motion, the place of air is
reached arid there you are. I ted you
it's a scheme and tnere's millions in it.
It's the unique combination that docs
the business. If yon po up in a balloon
ur any Hying machine so far in exist
ence.*you arc At ibe mercy of tin-ele
ments. Suppose you happened to drop
to earth a hundred miles away from your
starting point, as the old darky says,
'Wbar is you.' But if you deso-nd ou one
of my machines you always light on your
feet, as it were, since you have oniy to
fold your wings and bowl along on your
wheel. I tell you, it's a machine, but
good by for the present."
And she and the bicycle sped away,
jLOS ANGELES HERALD: SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 23, 1805.
A Bicycle Built For Two.
—Scribner's .Magazine.
leaving the skeptic to caress his ha Id
pate aad meditate. —Philadelphia Times.
Too Bad
Mrs. Prim —I think it is too terrible for
anything, the way these preachers go in
for sensations.
old Prim—Well, what now?
Mrs. Prim—Here's one who actually
preaches on the subject of the bicycle.
Old Prim—Are you sure?
Mrs. Prim—Well, tt sounds like it. He
calls it a sermon on the mount.—Tho
World.
Rides Without Bloomers
Lady Norreys. who is one of the patron
esses of the Trafalgar Bicycle club, wihch
is to be opened this month, is an enthu
siastic wheelWOman. .She does not, how
ever, consider a divided upper garment
essential, but advocates a tailor-made,
Shortish skiri, stiffened from the ankle
to the knee. —Philadelphia Press.
GOSSIP OF
THE WHEEL
What Two People Are Apt
to Suffer When Go=
ing Tandem
DANGERS OF THE NELLY BLY
Some Advice About the Now Way of
Riding, Now Quite Popular ia
the East"Some First
Lessons
Whatever madness you ,may perpetrate
In the line ol bicycling, to whatever
lengths you may go—this is a pun—don't
bo induced to ride a Nellie lily. lie
warned by tho horrid example ol a north
sido lady, who came near being no lady
at all, because she was induced to accom
pany a reliable escort—one of those who
"will see to it that nothing happens to
you," you know, on one of these twin en
gines of terror. It is unnecessary here,
by the by, to emphasize the fact that no
body can gaiiarntee any safety lor another
in bicycling, as he certainly cannot for
himself.
"Nelly Illy," by tho by you might sing
that is tho nnmo given to two bicycles
fastened together with a straight bar, and
is supposed to give the timid confidence.
But, like all such flattering pretenders,
it is a liar.
Well, the two went out and the lady
fell off as much as sho could. You can't
full off. it seems, when you Bra on n
Nelly lily unless your fellow Nelly lllyor
falls off too. Nothing stops the machine,
that is, hut both Falling off together.
Four feet with but a double thougnt, two
backs that breaK as ono, you know that
kind of a tiling. The lady was off, then
that is to say she wasn't on, and tho man
couldn't stop the wheel immediately.
His pedal was up, so that making a
downward motion set tbe thing ahead in
stead of stopping it, und tho one that
was down was on his companion's s ; de—
at least that is the inference—so ou thoy
went, and tho delicately nurtured Mrs.
Hlank was spinning along a rough pave
ment on both knees, until tho tiling
could be ■topped and the man could get
off, which getting off probably shook her
up more and hurt her worse. Siio says it
lias cured her of wanting to ride, but sho
should lay it all to the Nelly Uly, not tho
comparatively innocent wheel of univer
sality*
One should bo free to kill himself in
his own way, not be dragged to death by
another's mishaps. To ride two bicycles
with a connecting rod between is us bad
as being Siamese twins. And, hy the by,
if they had lived and one had boon
"crazy', to ride tho bicycle and the other
had hated it, how awkward it would have
been. While they were learning the one
who loathed the sport might havo had all
the black and blue spots.
That sad accident to the Nelly Illy
makes ono eve tandems with kindling
distrust. The one who is in front lias
simply to hold the handle bar. Usually
it is a lady, and while she sits, only half
frightened to death, and bearing "no re
sponsibility whatever, the person at the
rear appears to be bursting several blood
vessels and woiking every muscle in his
body. If that irresponsible front lady
mould fall Off, and not fall clear, she
must be run over, or draggod, or banged
by tne wheels, or something. But let ns
not contemplate these horrid possibili
ties. It is enough to fall off with as little
damage as may be when one's own time
comes.
A few days ago a rather fragile looking
woman was riding on a cable car, when
sdudenly she got up, put her foot on tbe
platform at the side and swung herself off
without Stopping the ear or thinking of
it. It was frightful, but seeing shuoders
pass around, some one who must have
been with the suicidal maniac, explained
that her friend said tbat distnnontmg
from a bicycle was just like getting off a
cable car iii motion, and if she could do
one she could do the other. It is to be
Imped tbat no official of any cable system
will read of this,or instead of once In live
times, they will never bave the cars
stopped a all.
One of the teachers of bicycle riding has
a note book in which ho has post down
the earliest remarks of his lady pupils.
It is a tiny noto book und has littlo in it :
but (When that was remarked he said:
"Why. sometimes I don't enter a thing
in a whole day; they all use the samo
words, even.' They always look around
despairingly for a means of Might lirst;
that failing, they say: "Don't you thin!;
it's a little late." or "No, you go on to
day; I'll try next time," "I am so ner
vous: you know 1 haven't been wo 11 for
v day or two." But if the friend, who
hasn't served her apprentccship foi noth
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with an air uf going to the scaffold.
"I know I can never do it. "isliorlirst
original reui:irk. When she is on she
says, "Why, this isn't hail at all; hut
don't you let go a minute, will you?' As
she grows more familiar she asks: "Has
Mrs. Bacon been hero taking lesions? She
—oh—oh I I nearly went off. She said she
rode right off; but if slio could do it
lean, and 'There! Why did you do
that? You must have let go. Oh, 1 know
I shall never, never learn."
At the second lesson Hie remarks vary,
but not as regards the persons who make
them. Tho occasion demands something
different, but air indulge in (he comment
due at the second stage. And so on to
tho end. And they all boast frightfully,
the moment they are off.
The Abuse of Bicycling
Whoever has glided along smooth bonlc- (
yards or pleasant country roads on the ,
swift but tractable steeil of tho pneumatic
tire knows well the thrill and pleasure 1
of bicycling and its merits as an Outdoor
exercise. The number of enthusiastic
wheelers is increasing by thousands every
year. To countless palo cheeks and list
less eyes tho exercise is brinfgng the i
glow of health and th') light of keen en
joyment. It cannot he questioned that
the bicycle possesses the potentiality of
immense good, and for that reason it is
all the moro to be regretted that abuses
should spring up in connection with it
which threaten to make the use ot the
wheel a public nuisance of great propor
tions and in many cases a positivo men
ace to life. A fatal accident to a cycliist
in New York City recently, and innumer
able other serious mishaps, call atten
tion to the fact that reckless ruling is
fast becoming tbe rule, particularly
among boys and men. With the easy
confidence* resulting from proficiency
they wheel a rapid and devious course
among vehicles, forgetting that to many
horses tho bicycle is a mysterious appar
ition, and is apt to cause them to shy and
plunge, with danger to both tbo rider and
those in the carriage. An ever, more
objectionable feature of the riding of
many is the habit of leaning far over and
spinning along through crowded
thoroughfares at a high rate of speed,
with eyes lixod upon the ground, and ap
parently oblivious of surroundings. Pub
lic indignation will surely be aroused and
bicycling denounced unless this heed
lessness for tho safety of others ceases.
It would "bo a pity if tho very best of
sports and exercises, and one moreover
that is adapted and beneficial to women
as to men, to girls as to boys, should fall
into disrepute because of the thought
lessness of some of its followers. It is
probable that public bicycle paths, which
havo already oeen provided in a few
citieß, will become general; but as yet
the rider must uso the road common to
till vehicles. He has a right there and
drivers ol horses must give liiui room;
but it especially behooves him tc be care
ful and vigilant, in tbe interest both of
life and limb and of the exercise ho loves
so well.--Deniorest Magazine.
Something to Know
"What about, bells?" asked another
woman. "I can't, get mine placed to
suit me,"
"For convenience a he'll should be near
the handle bar, as the average rider is
compelled to hold the bar and ring tho
bell at tbe same time. Koine people
havo them near the steering rod, but it is
awkward for any but an expert to ring
them when thoie. Bells can bo purchas
ed from SO cents up to 13.C0,
"If a woman would select a wheel with
tho proper pedals she would lind mount
ing and dismounting, as well as sticking
on, much facilitated, No woman should
uso tno rat-trap pedal. It is made of ■
steel and has pointed spikes like the
teeth of a sharp saw. The teeth will
punoture the solo ol the best shoo In the
world, ana it is much harder to keep the
feet on them than on the rubber pedai, |
Which is the only one for tiie wheel'
woman to use.'—Exchange,
A Revolution InHten'S Dress
"There's one tlr'ng about the bicycle
crazo," said a tailor recently; "I believe
it is going to revolutionize men's attire,
which has been fo sombre for so many
years. I-lress reformers have done mucb
for women, but men's clothing is practi
cally tho same year in and year out.
"The leaders of fashion arc not as a
rule robust, and the chaps who lead cotil
lons have small legs. If tbo wheel devel
ops tboir celves, as it will, I believe the
age of short clothes will return, and knee
breeches for evening dress may be seen
again in drawing rooms, llloomers are
popular, for a shapely woman likes folks
to know it. Thin-legged men have a
chance to build up their calves in sum
mer for the winter's gayety."
It Is New
A novelty in bicycles is shown in the
window of a New York dealer. Its ontlro
frame, inlcuding the handles, and, in
fact, every part save the saddle, spokes
and tires, is of iron, cast in imitation of
trees branches of with the bark left on.—
New York Kecordcr.
The Inevitable Request
'Twould do you good in know my flare,
she's lust the dearest girl in town—
Light-hearted, sweet, petite and lnir,
with Hps of red and looks ol brown,
Shu does not dress in ail let.— ah, no!
She has no need for such line tilings,
But in walte lawn or calico—
Why, "be lucks nothing but the wings 1
, This morning in the garden close
Wo met—it may have been by chance.
She looked as radiant ns a rose.
With love and laughter in her glsnce;
Anil I who walked with gloomy eyes,
And thought ilie world a oruel place,
Saw sudden sunlight in the skies
And thrilled with joy to see her fac^.
She threw her arms about my neck
And gave me kisses—nigh a score,
And though my collar was a wreck,
1 felt I needed several more.
Then suddenly sho,hung lier head,
And blushing in ft way 1 llko -
Hear little minx of six—'Sbe said.
"Oh, papa, amy I have a bike?"
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