WHEELMEN'S INTERESTS - The San Francisco Call, 19 Jun 1895

From Wooljersey


The Garden City Cyclers Have Lost Two of Their Best Racing Men.

W. D. Howe of the Imperial Cycling Club returned yesterday morning from a wheeling trip from British Columbia to this City, which lasted over two months.

On March 26 Howe, in company with his club mate, C. W. Conger, left here by steamer for Victoria. There they took the steamer for Vancouver, and after a week's touring around British Columbia started southward about the middle of April, following old stage routes most of the way and frequently having to ride railroad ties for miles. It being the rainy reason in the northwest the roads as a rule were very muddy, and altogether the trip through Washington to Portland was a hard one. They reached Portland about May 1, and remained there a month, starting south again June 7. They reached Red Bluff Monday, when Howe's wheel broke down, and as they had no means of repairing it he took the train, arriving here yesterday none the worse for the long journey.

Conger will ride the remaining distance to this City alone. Altogether they rode 1100 miles, in all sorts of weather and over poor roads. Howe has the touring fever, however, and says he will soon be off on another trip, this time southward.

The Pacific Cycling Club will hold an election of officers at the clubrooms next Monday evening. The club will have another run to Halfmoon Bay, starting on the 3:30 train Saturday for San Mateo and riding from there to its destination.

Clarence L. Davis and Allan N. Jones have started a mild sensation in San Jose by resigning from the Garden City Cyclers, as thereby the club loses two of its best racing men. Davis and Jones are now employed here, and have stated their probable intention of joining the Olympic Club Wheelmen.

Victor A. and Frank Hancock have just returned from the northern part of the State, where they have been touring in the interests of the new road book of the League of American Wheelmen, which will be out about July 15. Chief Consul Melrose states that on account of the increased membership of the league and great demand for the book it will be necessary to issue double the number of any previous issue. The road book is in great demand and is particularly valuable to touring wheelmen.

It has been suggested that the five-mile road record of 12:03, made by P. G. Alexander last Sunday, could not stand, as the requisite number of timers (three) were not at the start. As a matter of fact the California Cycling Club, which promoted the race, applied in due course to the Associated Clubs for the necessary timers. That they did not report is no fault of the club giving the race, and Alexander's time must be recognized as a record and a meritorious performance.

W. H. Stinson and James Coffroth, the Olympic wheelmen now touring Southern California, arrived at Santa Barbara last Friday, and reached Los Angeles Tuesday. They have had a most enjoyable trip en route, and save for a few broken spokes in Stinson's wheel, have not had an accident. They will return by steamer. Stinson writes that the trip from this City to Los Angeles is not nearly as hard as most wheelmen have thought it to be, and advises one looking for a pleasant two weeks' outing awheel to try it.

The annual joint run of all the clubs belonging to the California Associated Cycling Clubs is scheduled for next Sunday to Niles Canyon, and will be a large turnout, as fully 500 wheelmen will make the trip.

Mr. S. W. E. Hawkins, advertising manager of the Stearns bicycles, says in the Newspaper [Maker] that next year, after the present contracts expire, bicycle advertising will be done mainly in the daily papers instead of in the monthlies as now. The daily paper is the paper of the present. The magazine is to it what the almanac is to the morning's weather report.