30 June 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Polished off a lot of town cases walking: tried the new B.S.A. bicycle which arrived on Saturday + didn’t like it + as I have no Velometer [?] for a 28 inch wheel I decided to take the old Singer for my tour1. Sent away my trunk + bag in the morning to Glenluce. Dav. [Graham] came up + arranged things. Helen had Mrs Miller + her baby at ten. Attended public meeting in Victoria Hall about War Memorial at which all the reports of the sub comttee were read + remitted [illegible] to the full comttee with powers. Did not get to bed till 11. Some rain at night.

1 The bicycle Dr Muir did not like was probably the B.S.A. Gent’s All-Weather Bicycle with a 28” wheel while his old Singer was probably the long-established Gent’s Roadster with 26” wheels (the same as the now increasingly obsolete mountain bike of that wheel size); it is a reasonable proposition that wheel size was a consideration in the accurate measurement of distance travelled pre-GPS, presumably because it counted rotations, and that the difference in wheel size would have rendered Dr Muir’s device unusable on his new bike

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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