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Bicycles and tricycles are kept for hire at several establishments on the right side of the Avenue de la Grande Armée.
Cycle races are held in several places, chiefly the Vélodrome de la Seine, at Levallois; the Vélodrome of the Bois de Vincennes; the Vélodrome du Parc des Princes, near Auteuil; Vélodrome Buffalo, Neuilly-sur-Seine; Vélodrome d'Hiver, Champ de Mars (Galerie des Machines).
Cycling maps may be obtained at either of THOMAS COOK & SON'S Offices, 1, Place de l'Opéra and 250, Rue de Rivoli.
On entering France duty on Cycles is charged by the French Customs at the rate of 55 fr. per 25 kilos, say about 30 fr. per bicycle or 1 fr. per lb., but the amount will be refunded when leaving France on presentation of the receipt given on entering the country. A "consignation" must be demanded, and given up at the frontier on leaving France. Cyclists belonging to the C.T.C., the French Touring Club, or the Union Vélocipédique de France, or holding a Return Ticket, will not be charged duty on production of their membership tickets (in the case of the C.T.C. a special Customs Ticket is supplied); but passengers must apply immediately on entering France for a "constat d'entrée," on payment of 60 c., which "constat d'entrée" will be valid for three months. The holder is exempt from payment of the Cycle Tax during that period, but persons remaining over three months will be required to pay duty and cycle tax (3 fr.).
On French Railways Cycles are accepted as passengers' luggage. Transport of Cycles by Grande Vitesse is charged at 28 c. per 1,000 kilogrammes per kilometre. Annual Cycle Tax, 3 fr., which is not claimed from cyclists merely passing through the country, or making a short cycling tour. For riding in France every Cycle must be provided with a plate containing the name and address of the owner, which may be obtained from cycle firms in any of the large towns in England. Price, 1s. 6d.
The following are the charges for the conveyance of bicycles at owner's risk from London, etc., to various Continental ports (Tandems and Tricycles are generally charged double rates):
Each bicycle must bear a label with the name and destination of owner. The Baggage Insurance advertised by THOS. COOK & SON includes insurance of Cycles against loss.
N.B.---On entering countries where the duty is claimed, to be afterwards refunded on leaving, care must be taken to present a written declaration of intention to reclaim the duty, otherwise it will not be refunded.
Bicycles and Tricycles can now be registered in towns in France served by the Nord, P. L. M., Orléans, and Midi Railways, via Calais. They are treated as ordinary luggage, but are subject to extra charges, as follows:---Bicycles 5s.; Tricycles or Tandem Bicycles, 10s.
The address of the Touring Club de France is 65, Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris.
|I want to hire a bicycle||Je désire louer une bicyclette|
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|I have had an accident||Il m'est venu un accident|
|How long will it take to repair this machine?||Combien de temps faudra-t-il pour réparer cette machine?|
|The tyres want inflating: I've lost the pump||Les pneumatiques ont besoin d'être gonflés: j'ai perdu la pompe|
|Could you lend me a screw-driver?||Pourriez-vous me prêter un tourne-vis?|
|Frame, handle-bar, saddle, mud guard, spoke||Cadre, guidon, selle, garde-crotte, rayon|
|Fork, pedals, foot-rests, gear-case||Fource, pedales, repose-pieds, garde-chaine|
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