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The Copper and the ''Scorcher''(3 posts)

The Copper and the ''Scorcher''Akirasho
Jan 12, 2004 9:19 AM
One of our local shops is bringing out a "new" single speed bicycle called the Scorcher... This appears on their website.

The Copper and the Scorcher

"He was a mounted copper,
Upon an iron steed,
And was laying for the scorcher,
Who rode at lawless speed;
When whizzing 'round the corner,
At a breakneck, lightning pace,
Appeared a reckless rider,
Whereupon the cop gave chase.

"I say there!" cried the bluecoat,
As he humped himself about,
"You're arrested for fast riding."
When the scorcher heard the shout.
He looked o'er his shoulder,
And he didn't do a thing.
But pedal all the harder,
And make the welkin ring.

"I like that," said the "finest,"
As through the thoroughfare.
He started for his victim;
And the crowd that gathered there.
Cheered the racer, jeered the copper,
And wagered ten to one
On the scorcher as he sped along
On that exciting run.

In and out among the horses
And the wagons on the street
They dodged about most artfully,
Doing many a dangerous feat;
But the bluecoat was outdistanced,
He set too slow a pace,
And his anger gave expression
In the wrath upon his face.

At last grown weak and weary,
The copper swore he'd shoot,
And reached back for his pistol,
But the crowd cried,
"Don't you brute!"
But he aimed it at the scorcher,
If he didn't, I'm a liar;
"Bang!" The scorcher tumbled,
For the cop had pierced his tire."

~ Author unknown, circa 1897


http://www.gaansari.com/scorcher.htm
http://www.gaansari.com

Be the bike.
"Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer Do..."Gregory Taylor
Jan 12, 2004 10:05 AM
The "Cycling Mad" 1890's were just cool.

"Daisy Bell" (or, as it is more commonly known, "Bicycle Built For Two"), another relic from that age, shows a similar contempt for those upholders of civic order, the police.

There is a flower within my heart
Daisy, Daisy
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell
Yet I am longing to share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell

{Refrain}
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two

We will go 'tandem' as man and wife
Daisy, Daisy
Ped'ling away down the road of life
I and my Daisy Bell
When the road's dark, we can both despise
Policemen and lamps as well
There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell

{Refrain}

I will stand by you in wheel or woe
Daisy, Daisy
You'll be the bell(e) which I'll ring you know
Sweet little Daisy Bell
You'll take the lead in each trip we take
Then if I don't do well
I will permit you to use the brake
My beautiful Daisy Bell

{Refrain}
re: The Copper and the ''Scorcher''Crankist
Jan 12, 2004 10:44 AM
But he aimed it at the scorcher,
If he didn't, I'm a liar;
"Bang!" The scorcher tumbled,
For the cop had pierced his tire."

~ Author unknown, circa 1897

Thus the birth of Kevlar-belted tires.