From the “Hornet” (1879, Waller and Terront)

From the “Hornet”

It is probable that Waller and Terront, the bicyclists who have just covered such an amazing amount of ground at Islington, have considerably shortened their lives by their performances. The action of the human heart must of necessity be affected by arduous and long-continued exertion of this description. I have been told by an eminent surgeon that since the introduction of bicycles the increase of heart affections among young men is very marked; the peculiar going-upstairs action necessary to propel a bicycle being extremely wearing and injurious to that organ. A tricycle, now, is a comparatively comfortable vehicle, and as tricyclists are not consumed with the desire for headlong speed peculiar to bicyclists, the patrons of the three-wheeled carriage are less likely to suffer from indulging in their hobby. Some of the tricycles I have noticed about the suburbs seem really the beau ideal of easy and economical motion. But there is still something wanting. I have been told by a practical engineer that it would be perfectly possible to fit a tricycle with a steam engine from ten to fifteen pounds in weight and carrying enough fuel for a twelve hours’ run. If this invention could be really carried out and our Dogberrys would permit this modest employment of steam on our highways, every family in the kingdom would at once rise to the dignity of “carriage people;” and cabs, buses and suburban trains would become things of the past.

The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, September 13, 1879; pg 10

 

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