Really Useful Ride is a magazine picture-puzzle story.
Whilst eating his breakfast, Mr. Percival checks his watch and decides he must leave for work soon. So he leaves, saying goodbye to his five children and wife. The trip to work on his bicycle was very tricky as the wind was blowing furiously. It's not long before the chain comes off. Then, Duke's driver passes in his car on his way to work and offers Mr. Percival a lift. Mr. Percival doesn't trust cars and turns down the ride. It is not long before Mr. Percival has fixed his bike and he's on his way once more.
Soon he saw Duke's driver standing by his car; it had broken down. Mr. Percival agrees to phone the garage from his office and concludes that, although a bike is slower, it is much easier to mend!
- Mr. Percival
- Duke (mentioned)
- Mrs. Percival (not named; mentioned)
- The Percival Children (not named; mentioned)
- The Thin Controller is said to not trust cars because they "don't run on steam or coal, like trains", but his bicycle does not either.