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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Julian Crowe <[log in to unmask]> considers a likelihood, suggests
we look at an article in *All the Year Round,* and uncovers a Velocipede 
Club!  (pjm)

>
> It's hard to believe that Dickens could have kept quiet about it if he had
> tried riding a bicycle.  Could it be that it wasn't Dickens himself who was
> taught by "the person" referred to but the author of the witty article
> "Riding For Health" in AYR 9 October 1869?  See
>
>
> http://www.djo.org.uk/all-the-year-round/volume-ii-new-series/page-444.html
>
> Incidentally, the (bicycling) Pickwick Club may not have been the first
> bicycling organization, although it may be (as its website says) the oldest
> surviving such club, and the choice of name is of interest as a touching
> tribute to Dickens so soon after his death.  The Liverpool Velocipede Club
> organized a tour from Liverpool to London on bicycles in March 1869, but I
> suppose it might be said that it had been formed as a club for users of
> three or four wheeled velocipedes before going over to bicycles.
>
> Best wishes
>
> Julian Crowe
>
> On 18 October 2015 at 23:36, Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>>
>>      The book Michael Allen refers to was first published in 1891 and is
>> described as "Personal Reminisces of
>> the'Inimitable Boz' with More than a Hundred Illustrations by F.G. Kitton
>> and Other Artists."  It is one of those books
>> we came across early in our lives, glanced at, and dismissed as trivia.
>> Leave it to Michael Allen to look at it carefully
>> and find an interesting and fresh detail:
>> <[log in to unmask]> <[log in to unmask]>
>> (pjm)
>>
>>
>> Dear Patrick,
>>
>>
>>
>> I was recently looking through a rather obscure item, a newspaper report
>> from the Birmingham Daily Mail in 1887, reporting on the collection of the
>> Dickens enthusiast William R. Hughes, who wrote the book "A week's tramp in
>> Dickens-land".  Hughes collected all manner of material but the following
>> reference particularly caught my eye:
>>
>>
>>
>> "Does a new work on cycling appear, it passes at once into Mr Hughes'
>> possession, because of a two line reference to the person who taught Dickens
>> to use a bicycle, and a mention of the fact that the first bicycling
>> organisation formed was called the Pickwick Club".
>>
>>
>>
>> I can't recollect seeing any other reference to Dickens riding a bicycle.
>> Indeed, I find it difficult to envisage Dickens on a bike.  Can the vast
>> experience of Dickens-Listers add anything more to this brief encounter?
>>
>>
>>
>> Best wishes, Michael Allen.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>