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by feefee8
10 Oct 2019, 8:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sheep and tents (and bivis for that matter)?
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: Sheep and tents (and bivis for that matter)?

Sheep can sound unnervingly human when they cough - just a point to note!
by feefee8
9 Sep 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsites in Banchory/Maryculter £25/night
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Campsites in Banchory/Maryculter £25/night

You could probably wild camp in or near Banchory fairly unobtrusively and still be near 'facilities'?
by feefee8
9 Sep 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 529

Re: The Scottish midge

They're pretty much gone for the year now :D That fella has had a few lumps of out of me this year :lol: :lol:
by feefee8
9 Aug 2019, 7:00pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Winter or summer, which is worse?
Replies: 29
Views: 1612

Re: Winter or summer, which is worse?

I prefer summer. It doesn’t get too warm in Scotland. It still rains a lot but you get used to that.

Winter days that are sunny and crisp are some of my favourite but the default in Lochaber is sideways rain....!

No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.
by feefee8
6 Aug 2019, 3:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 69
Views: 4466

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

WRT your example "say you have a doctor's appointment and you are running late" then unless some tourist has tied you to the bed then it's probably your fault you are running late. Not on the NC500 but it can take up to an hour to get through Fort William in summer. That's not just "...
by feefee8
5 Aug 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How has your commute shaped your bike?
Replies: 32
Views: 2759

Re: How has your commute shaped your bike?

My commute is a flat 6 miles each way but with a passenger ferry 4 miles in. I have a trek hybrid with a rack that I usually take a pannier on, which houses clothing change, lunch and can fit laptop and any grocery shopping required. It's not a very heavy bike but sometimes on nicer days, or when I'...
by feefee8
26 Jul 2019, 7:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15311

Re: Bicycle only

brynpoeth wrote:Plus One for bagpipes!


Thanks! Been playing for over 30 years now, probably a better piper than I am anything else :D

If anyone’s interested, it’s the Scottish Pipe Band Championships in Dumbarton tomorrow (it will rain and there will be more than the average number of coaches in the area!)
by feefee8
26 Jul 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15311

Re: Bicycle only

Not everyone is 70 years old travelling hilly narrow country lanes in wind, rain and sleet (can it rain and sleet simultaneously?) over midnight. Most of those factors are more valid excuses not to cycle than it being rural, northern or winter as in your initial demand IMO - but even then, I don't ...
by feefee8
26 Jul 2019, 7:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15311

Re: Bicycle only

It’s an interesting discussion for me. Horizon has raised quite a few points, mainly that we build our lives around having a car and I believe that’s true, certainly in our case. We decided to move 16 miles out of town and although I planned to cycle commute and found a very easy way to do this, my ...
by feefee8
25 Jul 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15311

Re: Bicycle only

I wonder why! feefee8: just as a friendly challenge, I would say there is nothing you have written that suggests you really need to own or even use a car. I do get what you're saying and I could sort of get by if it was just me I had to get to, say, a pipe band competition in Belfast. From Fort Wil...
by feefee8
25 Jul 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15311

Re: Bicycle only

I changed jobs in December and had to hand back the company car. I have continued to cycle to work daily as well as other utility cycling and have had to hire a car once to cover a work trip. However my partner (non-cyclist) has a car and we use that for his work commute, shared journeys, food shopp...
by feefee8
9 Jun 2019, 10:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lightning: terrible misfortune
Replies: 29
Views: 2999

Re: Lightning: terrible misfortune

Did you ever find any pearls?!

We’re on the banks of Loch Eil at sea level - changes in the blink of an eye even here. Wasn’t expecting the hailstones at all yesterday.
by feefee8
9 Jun 2019, 9:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lightning: terrible misfortune
Replies: 29
Views: 2999

Re: Lightning: terrible misfortune

I live in the area and was cycling home when I got caught in one of the thunderstorms. There was certainly rain forecast but torrential rain is fairly common here. One of my friends does a lot of hillwalking and she was out yesterday - very experienced and she said she hadn’t seen anything that bad ...
by feefee8
8 Jun 2019, 11:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1480

Re: Cycling cape?

thirdcrank wrote:Ideal for helmet wearers, then! :wink:


Ha ha! Indeed!
by feefee8
7 Jun 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1480

Re: Cycling cape?

For lightweight and breathable, on an earlier appearance of this hard annual, I did a bit of research and discovered that pipers (bagpipes players) seem to favour a cape of the police type ie more of a cloak - open at the front - which protects them and their pipes but allows playing them. At that ...