RAILWAY COMPANIE$ AND BICYCLE
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir.—I feel it my duty to protect in the interest of cyclists against the unfair treatment we receive from the railway companies in the matter damage caused to our machines during transit, and shall be very grateful if you find me space to state my recent experience. On Monday last I travelled from Tunbridge-Wells to Waterloo Junction, on the South- Eastern railway, taking my bicycle, a new one, with all the latest improvements, including a patent gear-case with oil-bath. On arriving at Waterloo, I discovered that the gear-case had received a violent blow, crushing it out of shape and preventing the chain from revolving. So severe is the injury that it is difficult to believe it could have been caused by accident. I have had the damage so far repaired that the bicycle can be ridden, but its appearance is spoilt for ever. Yet, by the conditions printed on the ticket, the company refuse all responsibility and thus encourage their servants to injure our machines by their gross carelessness.
Believe me, yours truly,
Weybridge, Aug. 29. FREE-WHEEL
The Times, Friday, Aug 31, 1900; pg. 7