Friends of the Dickens Forum,

    The thought of Dickens on a whirling bicycle has set off the minds of several Dickns-ellers
delighted with the thought. Ruth Richardson <anatomyruth@gmail>  prescinds from the question
that the story may not be true and simply enjoys herself.                                    (pjm)

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GLORIOUS! I can just see Mr Dickens on his bike, hollering & whooping with
delight, in his white suit & hat, dogs barking and everyone laughing as he
whizzes down Gads Hill !
O how I wish we had all been there!
Thank-you, Michael Allen, for this delightful glimpse of a completely
unthought-of pleasure-in-imagination!

On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 11:36 PM, Patrick McCarthy <
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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:
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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.