On the 10th ult. the Rev G H Simms and Mr F G Gaffelle rode on tricycles from Mosely, near Birmingham, to London in the day. The time of running was 13 hours 35 minutes and the distance registered by cyclometer was 109 miles, the pace thus averaging about eight miles an hour. The journey was done quietly and the riders reached London feeling fresh enough, they said, to run thirty miles further. The drawbacks to enjoyment were the several break downs of Mr Gaffelle’s machine, a strong head wind and clouds of dust. The very steep hill at Daventry was ridden without dismounting and at this place happened an incident which might have brought the journey to a tragical termination. In descending the hill the tricyclists approached a horse and trap standing unattended by the wayside. The horse, startled at the sound of the advancing three-wheelers, swerved suddenly round and made directly towards Mr Simms, to whom disaster seemed inevitable. The rev. gentleman, however, with great coolness and presence of mind, sprang from his machine, seized and literally hung upon the reins of the frightened animal, and most fortunately succeeded in stopping it. In the meantime Mr Simms’s ‘meteor’ tricycle, a 40in non-multiplied machine, after running some 20 yards down the hill, collided with a bank at the wayside, then rolled completely over and when its owner reached it the uppermost wheels were yet spinning. The growing popularity of the tricycle need not be wondered at when such results as above, recorded, may, without extraordinary effort, be obtained by its use. – Cyclist.
North Wales Chronicle, July 2, 1881