Wheel. - The San Francisco Examiner, 28 Nov 1887
Davis "caught the boat" last Thursday.
Howell commenced riding in 1879, and his star has been in the ascendant ever since.
R. H. Davis, '91, who at the fall games of the Harvard College Athletic Club rode a bicycle two miles in better time than had ever before been made at that place, was born in Boston, Mass., and is only 19 years of age, stands 5 feet 11 1/2 inches in height and weighs 153 1/4 pounds. He will probably show considerable improvement next year.
E. S. Buckingham, an English "suspend," won thirty-five prizes in England and Ireland since his reinstatement.
A lady correspondent says: Tricycling for women is constantly growing in popularity. And why not? It is the most exhilarating, beneficial and best worth doing of any sport that ever came to the sex. It is modest and graceful, as all can see. That it is thoroughly healthful I am convinced from observation and experience. It exercises all the walking muscles, while the weight of the body is supported by the saddle, which specially tends to expand the lungs and strengthen the stomach.
The Bay City Wheelmen received nine applications for membership at their last meeting.
The races on Thursday last were most successful. Amongst the new men brought out, Plummer, Stevenson and Allen will next year give a good account of themselves. They are all promising riders. Davis expresses a desire to meet Plummer in a friendly match at three miles, allowing him the same handicap as the latter had when he won the race, and did not seem to be pushed. It is difficult to see how Davis expects to beat him.
The Bay City Wheelmen won seven of the nine prizes offered at the meeting.
The Wheel is afraid that when the English riders come over next year there will be no tracks for them to race on, as Springfield has received no attention in two years; while Lynn and Roseville are to pass out of their present manager's hands and may be allowed to go to ruin also.
H. E. Finkler was mounted on a gem of a racer in the Park yesterday.
The financial results of the Ariel and P. C. A. A. A. meet have not finally been settled, but there will be surplus enough to furnish the Oakland bicycle boys with elegant quarters, which will be the means of keeping together one of the best organizations ever formed of that kind in that city. The Ariels deserve great credit for the manner in which they conducted their part of the programme last Thursday. All the events were promptly and completely carried out. There were no delays nor defects, as has generally been the case in previous races.
The Center-street track has proven to be just the place to carry out bicycle racing, as fast time can be made and but little labor is required to keep it in order.
The accident which happened to Sears was caused by his striking a rock which was accidentally knocked on to the track or maliciously thrown on by the outside audience who were witnessing the races through the eye-holes in the Fourteenth-street fence.
The Ariels will have a run to Haywards next Sunday, if the weather permits.
All the roads on the other side are dusty and in very bad condition. Long before this season of the year there has been rain enough to put all the Alameda county roads in good order.
Williams of the Ariels took a spin to the Park today.
Another view of the Davis-Plummer race is given by a correspondent: "The somewhat unexpected result of the three-mile handicap race last Thursday has provoked much discussion. There is not much difference of opinion as to the respective merits of Davis and Plummer, conditions being equal, but Davis' friends are confident that he can give Plummer 200 yards and a beating in three miles. They claim that Davis bad but six days preparatory work, and that that time was occupied more in developing sufficient speed to enable him to capture the half-mile championship than with the idea of securing first honors in the three-mile. Then, it must be remembered, too, that Davis was compelled, without sufficient rest, to ride a half-mile race in heats, and a one-mile dash, in each of which events he covered the distance in faster time than had ever been previously accomplished on that ground.
"The many lovers of the wheel would like to see the men meet a second time, as the race would be certain to prove a fast and interesting one."