I came across some material on this when researching the Twichell-Twain friendship in my Twain and Male Friendship book. This is from it..... Twichell was quick to take up the new activity of cycling. On 19 May 1884, he wrote in his journal: Today I had advanced far enough in the art of the wheel to begin using the new ‘machine’ which is to be my own, having hitherto taken lessons on one furnished by the Bicycle Mfg. Co. It has been a rather rough experience till now, but I am over the worst at last and begin to see possibilities of pleasure in this modern way of locomotion. Two weeks later, Clemens had been drawn into the new venture, but clearly with less than one hundred per cent success: ‘June 3 & 4th. On the morning of these two days M. T. and I were up at about 5 o’clock for bicycle exercise in the fresh and cool of the day…. The experiment on the whole was not satisfactory.’[i] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [i]. Twichell’s Journals, Beinecke. A newspaper clipping in the Twichell Family Scrapbooks (undated but placed alongside later 1896-97 material) reads: ‘Mark Twain and Rev. Joseph H. Twichell of Hartford, who were enthusiastic bicycle riders, were pedalling along side by side one day, when the author of “Roughing It” suddenly took a “header.” Mr. Twichell slowed up and was about to dismount to aid his friend, when Mr. Clemens said: “Don’t stop, Joe; go right along. I think I’ll stop here awhile and swear”,’ Beinecke. ________________________________________ From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Foster [[log in to unmask]] Sent: 30 January 2011 01:21 To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Sam Clemens and bicycle riding Everyone knows that Hank Morgan is rescued by bicycle riding knights in the= Connecticut Yankee, but does anyone know whether Clemens himself ever lear= ned to ride a bicycle? If so, where could I find an account of that?=20 Thanks for any leads, David=This message and any attachment are intended solely for the addressee and may contain confidential information. If you have received this message in error, please send it back to me, and immediately delete it. Please do not use, copy or disclose the information contained in this message or in any attachment. Any views or opinions expressed by the author of this email do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Nottingham. This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an attachment may still contain software viruses which could damage your computer system: you are advised to perform your own checks. Email communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as permitted by UK legislation.