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)

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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

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]>

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.