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by ambodach
22 Mar 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cyclists & oversized hearts!
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Cyclists & oversized hearts!

Just had a chest X-ray since I mentioned to a GP that I had cough. Result “not much worse than last one and got an enlarged heart but we already knew about that so nothing serious”. I also have a dodgy valve which gets an ultrasound every year just to check on it but nobody seems bothered and it doe...
by ambodach
16 Mar 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 13354
Views: 326575

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Interesting to see what kind of extra bung is given to the Arlene Foster bunch in return for support.
by ambodach
5 Mar 2019, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Riding out of the saddle - unexpected issues.
Replies: 23
Views: 1449

Re: Riding out of the saddle - unexpected issues.

In my case I think it is an age thing. I cannot ride out of the saddle on any bike now. Cannot quite understand the reason but definitely age related.
by ambodach
1 Mar 2019, 5:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are you on Google Streetview?
Replies: 25
Views: 2577

Re: Are you on Google Streetview?

I got caught walking down my garden path and my van was caught parked at East Voe in Shetland the same year.
by ambodach
25 Feb 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Port Appin loop
Replies: 8
Views: 1935

Re: Port Appin loop

On reflection PAB855 you will be better doing the Port Appin loop in a clockwise direction and turning left just after the bridge with the narrow path if going towards Appin. Make sure your brakes are in good nick as there is a steep hill down into PA with a bend. When you get to Appin on the return...
by ambodach
24 Feb 2019, 6:40pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Port Appin loop
Replies: 8
Views: 1935

Re: Port Appin loop

The route from Creagan Inn ( I generally park on the other side of the bridge on the minor road round Loch Creran about under the bridge) where they are not happy about non customers using the car park is ok until the bridge over the river near the first turn off to Port Appin. The path here over th...
by ambodach
24 Feb 2019, 6:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Something new to watch out for!
Replies: 48
Views: 5374

Re: Something new to watch out for!

I have a basic ebike which I sometimes use if I feel lazy or have a quick trip to a shop. The acceleration from a standing start is certainly impressive and could easily catch a novice ride unawares. My average speed generally is at least 5 or 6 mph faster than pedal power probably partly due to a h...
by ambodach
23 Feb 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton clip to fit front deraillurer
Replies: 24
Views: 3004

Re: Brompton clip to fit front deraillurer

Brucey’s point about the snap ring should be noted. Getting it off is easy when replacing sprockets but I could not get it back on. Ended up going to my local garage and one of the mechanics got it on immediately with no problem.
by ambodach
22 Feb 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Triggering traffic signals with magnet?
Replies: 55
Views: 5699

Re: Triggering traffic signals with magnet?

There appears to be a system in place on Connel bridge near Oban which is a single carriageway controlled by lights. This seems to detect bikes on the bridge after the traffic lights. If there is a long wait after the last car has gone past one way then eventually a bike appears before the change to...
by ambodach
17 Feb 2019, 11:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite Museums
Replies: 37
Views: 2381

Re: Favourite Museums

Kelvingrove in Glasgow museum and art gallery. Trouble with some of the tourist type ones are that a lot of the exhibits are familiar to me from my childhood.
by ambodach
17 Feb 2019, 11:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Britain's Most Boring Town
Replies: 126
Views: 8360

Re: Britain's Most Boring Town

A few years ago I was discharged from hospital in Oban and due to a clash with ferry timings and buses on Mull I thought I would have a walk around Oban on a sunny day to wait for a connecting service. It seemed so sleazy and untidy with a smell of chip fat everywhere that I got on an earlier boat a...
by ambodach
15 Feb 2019, 8:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Raising the Standards of walking and cycling in Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 2627

Re: Raising the Standards of walking and cycling in Scotland

I have discovered a problem on Sustrans route 78 where posts in the middle of the path do not leave enough room for my latest venture which is an Ice Recumbent. I checked out the bit I mostly use with my Brompton recently but even without a tape measure there are potential problem bits. Not been up ...
by ambodach
15 Feb 2019, 8:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 6618

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Kwakers has it right. I hate modern interchanges unless I know exactly where I am from previous visits. With the speed and volume of traffic there is just not enough time to find the correct lane even with my satnav. I generally manage tho’ I have had the occasional wrong exit but I don’t think this...
by ambodach
3 Feb 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: It's far too dangerous to cycle on the road
Replies: 30
Views: 6403

Re: It's far too dangerous to cycle on the road

Salt was not used on Isle of Mull until at least the mid 1970’s. Fine gravel was used after a snowplough had been along and we managed fine. The gravel came from a beach somewhere I think. I remember having to help to grit the main hill out of Tobermory by shovel so that the gritting lorry could get...
by ambodach
28 Jan 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 119
Views: 21769

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Tour bus drivers are the worst. They give way to nobody and reckon everybody else should just get out of their way. No patience tho’ I admit this may be down to tight schedules not necessarily of their own making. They also never use passing places on single track roads. These are only for sissies.