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by ambodach
14 Sep 2019, 1:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: People shouting 'left' 'right' etc on a cylce path whilst approaching from behind
Replies: 83
Views: 2257

Re: People shouting 'left' 'right' etc on a cylce path whilst approaching from behind

I am with Tigerbiten on this. I could be looking at something off to one side and not checking my mirrors. I cycle for pleasure not to race from point to point so I have no problem with people passing but a bit of warning is always welcome. Don’t bother suggesting I am careless not constantly checki...
by ambodach
14 Sep 2019, 12:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton chain
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Brompton chain

I have to shorten any Brompton chain as my chainring is smaller than standard. Not a problem and gives me a few spare links tho’ I have never needed them.
by ambodach
10 Sep 2019, 9:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you have a "grab bag"?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Do you have a "grab bag"?

I always have an overnight bag plus sleeping bag in the car if off on the mainland. Weather and ferries can be dodgy sometimes so no problem if not able to get home. If travelling on foot always have emergency supply of medication for same reason. At home I have a “ hospital bag” as a couple of time...
by ambodach
10 Sep 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boring fact
Replies: 34
Views: 942

Re: Boring fact

As a very junior telegraph boy over 60 years ago I had to sign the official secrets act and as far as I know am still bound by it so I cannot tell you how many lead seals were used in my office every day.
by ambodach
10 Sep 2019, 8:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Does phone case/ phone type define you?
Replies: 48
Views: 998

Re: Does phone case/ phone type define you?

I must hide in shame. I have an iphone7plus with a flip leather case and screen protector. In defence I inherited the phone which is a big heavy brute but I would have an Apple phone anyway as all my other devices are Apple and they all sync. I tried other systems but could not get any of them to wo...
by ambodach
4 Sep 2019, 1:09pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Unexpected saddle serendipity
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Unexpected saddle serendipity

I always have the nose of any saddle slightly to the left for comfort.
by ambodach
26 Aug 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 51
Views: 2701

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

As (XAP)Bob I use clip in pedals on my trike to avoid the catastrophe of feet slipping off but otherwise I have gone to flats for all bikes. I started many years ago with toe clips and eventually changed to clipless for a couple of years but never really got on with them so back to flats.
by ambodach
23 Aug 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ever been stopped at security at the ferry port?
Replies: 19
Views: 813

Re: Ever been stopped at security at the ferry port?

Not quite the same but my car contents have been checked before getting on CalMac and Northlink ferries. CalMac were apparently doing random checks looking for empty fuel containers. Empty because I was heading off island. A great fire risk apparently but seems a bit daft as ferry full of cars with ...
by ambodach
15 Aug 2019, 5:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling related male personal problem
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Re: Cycling related male personal problem

When washing do not use soap which removes the natural oils according to a gp and keep the area dry. May not work but worth a try.
by ambodach
15 Aug 2019, 5:52pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?
Replies: 32
Views: 1700

Re: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?

Keep the pedals turning. I cannot easily get my leg over the saddle any more so I have a Brompton and Bike Friday with step through. Not so fast but why hurry. With my GTech electric I either lean against something or lay the bike flat and step over before picking it up. I am now using a recumbent t...
by ambodach
15 Aug 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Extreme horse hazard
Replies: 21
Views: 1360

Re: Extreme horse hazard

Once the farm I worked on had a load of fence posts stolen. Result all the yeld cattle and young beasts escaped without our knowing. Got a call from the police that they were rampaging in the gardens in the village of Kilmalcolm several miles away. Farmer got behind them on a tractor on the way home...
by ambodach
12 Aug 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on an electric bike?
Replies: 28
Views: 1023

Re: Touring on an electric bike?

My GTech Sport specifically forbids trailer use.
by ambodach
12 Aug 2019, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on an electric bike?
Replies: 28
Views: 1023

Re: Touring on an electric bike?

My GTech Sport specifically instructs that a trailer must not be used with this bike.
by ambodach
12 Aug 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dogs off lead on shared use path
Replies: 78
Views: 10154

Re: Dogs off lead on shared use path

Today on Sustrans 78. Medium size dog running loose with no lead and male owner on mobile phone. Dog makes a run at my ankle, possibly not with evil intent but I don’t know and owner ignores. Evade the brute which then runs in front of me and has a go at my front tyre. Cue loud swearing and declarat...
by ambodach
11 Aug 2019, 3:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NC 500 altnaharra food
Replies: 24
Views: 1014

Re: NC 500 altnaharra food

Lookrider’s comments about how much good they do and how the local inhabitants should be grateful they inflict themselves on the residents is all so familiar to me. I live in an area overrun with tourists as is the NC500 and those who do not get instant gratification start exactly the same rant abou...