WHEEL WHIRLS. - Oakland Tribune, 24 Sep 1890
Gossip That Will Be of Interest to the Bikers.
The letter of Robert M. Welch, ex-Chief Consul, as given in the last World and Bulletin, is a good one, and shows the true feeling of the members from the central and northern portions of the State, regarding the formation of a separate division for southern California. "Hexameter," the sponsor for the one-lunged brethren, is almost too bombastic, as a general rule, and shoots above the mark. Mr. Welch handles the question admirably, and to him the new division (should one be organized) owe considerable. The northern California members have the same right to object, and, as California is a large State, and has lots of wheelmen, why not have a northern division as well.
The legal and journalistic fraternity are represented in the city of Alameda by active riders, the safety being the general mount.
George Owen, of San Jose, who met with an accident the day of the road race, is still in the ring, but badly scarred. His header resulted in several very bad cuts on his face and head.
The Elwell European tourists are on their homeward trip, and the organizer, F. A. Elwell, is making arrangements for a winter tour of three or four weeks to the Bermudas, during January or February.
Jerry Calhoun, of the County Tax Collector's office, will devote more of his time to cycling next season, as he will then be out of politics.
The noiseless steed of steel carries its rider past scenes never intended for their gaze, and the spoonily inclined dread their stealthy approach and inwardly curse the fates that thus ordained this unwonted disturbing and omnipresent element.
The latest thing in the way of a cycle is the "twins." This consists of two safeties being placed side by side and connected in such a manner that the riders ride side by side, after the old sociabie form. It requires no practice to ride and is so simple in construction that in a few moments it can be disconnected and made into two single safeties.
The road to Alameda, both via Webster street and Fruit Vale are at present in a very poor condition for bicycling.
The pneumatic tires have proven conclusively that they possess great speed. The Irishman, McCrady, who recently made the wonderful time of 2:26 4-5 for one mile on one of these new tired safeties, cutting the oid record for the ordinary by exactly three seconds, has created a great furore among both wheelmen and makers in general. It is an undisputed fact that for racing purposes the pneumatic tired wheels will have to be placed in a class by themselves, being faster than wheels tired in the regular manner.
Tue Illinois Division League of American Wheelmen will hold their annual meeting at Chicago this year. It commences on the 25th instant and ends two days later. They have a new track for racing and many records are expected to be lowered.
Quite a number of wheelmen from Oakland and neighboring towns are seen regularly every Sunday at Blair's Park enjoying the pleasant surroundings and listening to the music.