Railways and cyclists (Was this the answer?) 1897

 Was this the answer?

Avery inventive device to facilitate the housing and carriage of cycles which excited considerable attention at the Stanley Show was the Zenith folding cycle, of which we are able to give an illustration. The pedals fold inward and by the very act of so folding detach the chains wheel from the crank, so that this machine can be wheeled without causing the folded pedals to revolve. The company claim that they hold a master patent for this contrivance and if so it should be valuable. To bring the cycle within the narrowest limits the handle-bars can be turned up and the whole machine stored in a space about six inches wide. Those of us who have difficulty in housing several bicycles for family use will appreciate the advantage which such an arrangement certainly prove to a great number of people. The railway companies also are bound to encourage the Zenith invention, for it will enable them to carry twice as many machines in one van as they are now able to do. The enormous popularity of the cycle has lately been illustrated by stories of record achievements by cyclists in almost every quarter of the globe, but few of these have beaten the account of a New Zealand matron who carries her sixty years so lightly that she thinks nothing of riding one hundred miles in a day and since she first became a cyclist has covered, in all, some five thousand miles. The exact period of this later accomplishment is presumably of no great length, since the cycle has been a considerably short time in vogue in New Zealand. South African cyclists are rejoicing over the heavy damages of £600 and costs awarded to Miss Orr in an action brought against the driver of a horse and cart by which she was run down and injured.

Illustrated London News, Saturday, March 20, 1897; pg. 402

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