"Most of us, no doubt, have experienced the desire, as our machines have passed some pretty and specially picturesque bits of scenery, to take away with us some memory, to be recalled at some future lime, of what we were then passing by. And most of us have also experienced the difficulty, as one picturesque scene is replaced by another, and so on to the end of our journey, of preventing the many scenes getting somewhat blended in our minds, and an inability to produce details with accuracy. To sit and sketch such scenes would be to reduce the journey to a sketching tour, and the distance to be covered must be reduced accordingly, thus depriving the 'cyclist' of the usefulness of his machine.

"That which this tourist desires may be accomplished by the aid of photography, and the whole addition to the impedimenta of the 'cyclist' can be so arranged as to be trifling.

"The apparatus consists of a tripod, camera and case. My camera, with leather case and provisions for exposing a dozen 5x4 plates, weighs between fourteen and fifteen pounds.

"I have endeavored to show in the brief space of time at my disposal, how the enjoyment of a 'cyclist's' ramble may may be enhanced by that most wonderful combination of chemistry, optics and mechanics, which has resulted in placing the science of photography within the reach of the amateur.

"When we have imprisoned our sun pictures, and have them safe, though latent and invisible, intangible and impalpable to any of our senses, we may at our leisure (it may be months after), by means of those marvelous chemical affinities which throw the haloid salts of silver again into chemical life, produce on the film the pictures we have so desired; and then again, by further use of the light, we print our scenes on the sensitive paper. We have then a pictorial history of our journey in our albums, which will recall the pleasant memories of happy days spent long, long years ago.

"Frank Cobb."

The amateur who wrote as above rode on a tricycle and carried a load of apparatus for 4x5 plates, amounting to fourteen or fifteen pounds, for a dozen pictures. That is the way it is done in England; but in this country mechanical skill has reduced that load to less than five pounds for two dozen pictures of the same size, and the cyclist goes forth with a small camera and a roll-holder charged with films for 24 exposures, which are carried in a small case supported by a strap passing over the shoulder, and these films are so sensitive that it is not necessary that he should dismount and undergo the trouble of erecting a tripod, and attaching his camera thereto. He has only to fix his camera by a universal joint to his steering-bar and shoot as he flies, with the full confidence that at the proper time he will find his bit of scenery spring into beauty and brilliancy under the influence of the developing solution. Or if the exigencies of the situation require that the point of view would be better off the road, then the wheel is very easily converted into a support for the camera by the little brass telescopic rod which is adjusted against the pedal at the side of the wheel by a strap, and lengthened to reach the ground, against which the wheel may rest quite sufficiently steady for all purposes in question.

The little camera, with double holder telescopic support for wheel and the case, will weigh about two pounds, which may be carried by means of a strap on the shoulder, or may be buckled to the saddle of the machine.

The detective camera, also, is quite well suited for such a purpose, with the roll-holders or otherwise, as may be desired; but the paper films are more sensitive than the plate, and are, therefore, more suitable for such rapid work as may be required.