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by Scottishgaucho
3 Feb 2017, 6:29pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A82 - East bank Loch Lomond
Replies: 28
Views: 17596

Re: A82 - East bank Loch Lomond

A bit of perspective is needed regarding the A82. Me and my mates cycled the A82 several hundred times over 20 years and never encountered any problem. The Tarbet - Ardlui stretch can be rather daunting to those not used to narrow twisting roads but in my experience most car drivers drive sensibly o...
by Scottishgaucho
29 Aug 2016, 2:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bank Holidays
Replies: 20
Views: 771

Re: Bank Holidays

I used to hate them as my regular weekend cycle/camping haunt up the side of Loch Lomond became infested with people who rarely ventured further than their local supermarket at weekends. Even the secluded and peaceful drum up spots which lay empty every other weekend of the year became occupied by g...
by Scottishgaucho
28 Jul 2016, 11:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

well I have just had my bike MOTed and just SORNed ( declared as not going to use on public roads ) it so I have gone the other direction - I will probably in future just tax it for the summer months now I dont need it for work. Good luck with going motorised, just look out for the idiots & don...
by Scottishgaucho
26 Jul 2016, 11:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

Just an update. I went out for my first ride last Sunday and apart from a wobble at the start all went fine. As advised the biggest difference compared to the push bike was having to think much quicker especially at junctions and approaching traffic lights. I chose a quiet time of the day and roads ...
by Scottishgaucho
18 Jul 2016, 11:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Too Hot to Cycle
Replies: 32
Views: 1486

Re: Too Hot to Cycle

Today was ideal for cycling in my neck of the woods....max 10c overcast with a smir of rain. Brought back memories of summer cycling in Scotland.
by Scottishgaucho
14 Jul 2016, 3:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rio Olympics
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Re: Rio Olympics

I used to be an avid Olympic Games watcher back in the days GB had the likes of Foster, Ovett, Cram, Coe Wells etc. Rarely watched it since they departed the scene. Now I just see modern day winners and even past winners as being the best at hiding their drug taking which is very sad for those who a...
by Scottishgaucho
12 Jul 2016, 6:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

Thanks all...some great tips and advice which I shall take heed of. RickH about the clutch control. The main reason for choosing the bike I got was because it hasn't got one. I thought it would be one thing less to to think about.I'm sure once I eventually manage to get out on the bloomin' thing I'l...
by Scottishgaucho
11 Jul 2016, 10:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

If you get the "bug" for motorbikes you may want to make the transition to a manual bike at some point, simply due to the wider variety of bikes it opens up for you. Cheers!! Yes I'll see how I get on and take it from there although I have no desire to ride anything bigger mainly as it'll...
by Scottishgaucho
11 Jul 2016, 10:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

I've been bicycling for ~45 years and motorcycling for ~35 years. I would say they are very different experiences. Your cycling experience will help you with spotting dodgy road surfaces, having an awareness of driver behaviour, but that's probably about it. All of my motorcycling has been sub-70mp...
by Scottishgaucho
11 Jul 2016, 9:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

I still remember the joys of riding around on my first 50cc moped coming from a push bike - its wonderful able to go distances you could only dream of and get there faster, only downs side when its cold you feel it as you not doing anything - strange now I rarely use my monster motor bike that coul...
by Scottishgaucho
11 Jul 2016, 9:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

If you have a quiet place go and practice such things as braking, emergency stops and slow speed riding, which will allow you to get used the controls. I would say then go and do a quiet route that you ride your cycle on. Obviously you will be going faster but the same principles apply. I passed my...
by Scottishgaucho
11 Jul 2016, 5:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Any experience of moving from pedal power to a motorbike?

I turned 60 on Saturday.... :shock: Now I have always been a cyclist and always will be. I've never been interested in driving a car and only had the odd fleeting fancy of ever owning a motorcycle....until a few weeks ago that is. When mentioning this to my wife much to my surprise she said she woul...
by Scottishgaucho
20 Jun 2016, 2:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Janet Street Porter
Replies: 41
Views: 4563

Re: Janet Street Porter

I've seen as many idiots on bikes as I have in cars. Thankfully the vast majority of road users manage to get on well together.
by Scottishgaucho
20 Jun 2016, 2:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Falling Off
Replies: 35
Views: 2518

Re: Falling Off

Over 40 years of cycling I've only had two incidents both very minor and only the one actually involved me falling off. That was when I was almost stationary and both wheels slipped sideways on ice. The other incident was just a couple of years ago when out with my wife on a short ride. We had stopp...
by Scottishgaucho
18 Jun 2016, 1:21am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Porridge when camping
Replies: 41
Views: 5133

Re: Porridge when camping

LollyKat wrote:I agree - it's brose.


Guess who never never read the whole thread. :oops:

Goes to show instant porridge is nothing new. :mrgreen: