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Pennell, Elizabeth Robins (1855-1936), “Over the Alps on a bicycle,” with pictures by Joseph

Pennell (1858-1926).  The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, LV (n.s. XXXIII)

(April, 1898), 837-51.  

Abbreviated version of their book.

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins (1855-1936). Illustrated by Joseph Pennell (1857-1926).  Over the Alps on a bicycle. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898.  {3143974}

They rode over nine passes (six in less than a week).  This completed the chronicle of the tricycle/bicycle journey from London to Rome, 1884-1897.  Elizabeth provided detailed instructions for those who wanted to follow.  Proud of her accomplishment, she encouraged other women to follow in her wheel tracks.

Pennell, Joseph (1857-1926). “Cycles and Cycling: Some Notes on the Shows,”  “Fortnightly Review, LXIX (n.s. LXIII) (January, 1898), 57-67.

Pennell reviewed the latest developments in bicycle technology, including single and double tube tires, chainless and chain driven tires, and the necessary accessories for successful bicycle touring (gear cases, mud guards, luggage carriers, lamps and bells.  Of greatest importance was a comfortable saddle.

Pennell, Joseph (1857-1926). “How to Cycle in Europe,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, XCVI (April, 1898), 680-92.

The Pennells offered helpful advice to Americans interested in traveling about Europe by bicycle.

Pennell, Joseph (1857-1926). “In Andalusia with a bicycle,” The Contemporary Review, LXXIII (May, 1898), 714-26. (Also appeared in Living Age, CCXVIII, July 9, 1898, 95-104, and Eclectic Magazine, CXXXI, July, 1898, 24-33.

He enjoyed Spain as it was far from the tourist tracks, but he recommended it only for experienced cyclists as the roads were poor. He urged them to take a good wheel and plenty of spare parts.

Waugh, Arthur, ed. (1866-1943).  Legends of the wheel. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1898.


Waugh collected his bicycle poetry into this thin volume.


Eric, Allan, (pseudonym for C. W. Willis,1862-) and The “Junior Partner.”  Montreal by way

of Chazy and Down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec.  Boston:  Geo. R. Willis & Co.,



Willis and his wife, Lillian S. M. Willis (1863-), traveled by train, lake and river steamer and bicycle from their home in Fitchburg, Massachusetts as far as the Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre outside Quebec, but few by wheel.  They do provide an interesting description of taking an inclined railroad to the summit of Mount Royal in Montreal and then bicycling down.  

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