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by ambodach
1 Jul 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: New Evidence White Coat Syndrome ? W C Hypertenion
Replies: 14
Views: 909

Re: New Evidence White Coat Syndrome ? W C Hypertenion

Several times I have been attached to a 24 hour BP monitor which kicks in at regular intervals. This then gives an average which I suppose is better than a once only spot check.
by ambodach
9 Jun 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite smells
Replies: 60
Views: 3275

Re: Favourite smells

A canvas tent. Recently took out our old Black’s Good Companions tent. My wife and myself cycle camped regularly with it and even took it continental touring. A lightweight tent of it’s day but weighs a ton. How we managed I cannot imagine. Canvas tents have a characteristic smell which bring back m...
by ambodach
7 Jun 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1480

Re: Cycling cape?

When I started cycling it was cape or nothing. In high winds it could be a nuisance but with the right tension it could be controlled. If the rain eased off it was bundled in front until sure the rain was off completely as it could be redeployed easily for showers. I still carry a light plastic thin...
by ambodach
5 Jun 2019, 6:38pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 232
Views: 5953

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

I ticked “ worth a try if all else fails “ which is effectively a no. Nothing to lose then anyway. I do know of a couple of people local to me with a strong religious persuasion who refused conventional medical treatment and spent a shed load of money on alternative therapy. They both died fairly so...
by ambodach
2 Jun 2019, 9:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I love Motability. Not.
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: I love Motability. Not.

I do sympathise with you L.D. My wife had a degenerative disease and died prematurely. We did not have a Motability car because she was too old as I recall the age limit was 55 but would have had one if we could. With a Fiat Panda we had some adventures on ferries with non working lifts etc.and a wh...
by ambodach
1 Jun 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I love Motability. Not.
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: I love Motability. Not.

My present Peugeot Partner is ex motability. It was 3 years old with just under 8000 miles and with most extras. The supplying dealer in Oban serviced it and mot’d it before delivery. It came to me looking brand new. I hesitate to say I have had no trouble as that would be tempting fate but so far i...
by ambodach
1 Jun 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 63
Views: 4217

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I cycled all around the area now designated as NC500 for many years, starting as a teenager about 60 odd years ago. At least half dozen cars and the mail-bus everyday was regarded as pretty busy. I won’t go near it now as it would spoil my memories.
by ambodach
22 May 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers
Replies: 20
Views: 736

Re: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers

I fitted Schwalbe greenguard to the rear wheel of my Brompton. Hope it never punctures out on the road as a nightmare to get on. I tried the cable tie trick but must have been doing something wrong as it just would not work. Took me about one and a half hours in total. I have plastic but steel core ...
by ambodach
21 May 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 171
Views: 3519

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

My present car is a manual Peugeot and I considered the auto version till I checked with my insurance. They wanted to bump up the premium by at least 50% for the auto version. No idea why as I could not get any reasonable answer. Last auto I drove was an old Peugeot 505 And before that a Daf pickup....
by ambodach
21 May 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: dozey pedestrians
Replies: 82
Views: 2629

Re: dozey pedestrians

Where I live the main street is two way with a notional 30mph speed limit. There is quite a lot of vehicle movement but tourists regard it as a pedestrian zone and wander along the middle of the street. This causes quite a lot of local irritation to put it mildly. I cycled along several times per da...
by ambodach
16 May 2019, 7:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UK camping without a reservation
Replies: 24
Views: 1573

Re: UK camping without a reservation

I think it may be that on some C&CC sites they will only accept bookings for two nights at weekends. Logical in a way as most weekenders want two nights and somebody with a single night leaves an empty pitch for the next night. Reminder the club is really a business out to maximise profits. Also...
by ambodach
16 May 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 65
Views: 2644

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

I use paraffin for things other than camping. I doubt that it is sold from a bulk supply nowadays. I buy 5 lt. bottles but is also available in smaller containers.
by ambodach
16 May 2019, 4:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook problems
Replies: 24
Views: 628

Re: Facebook problems

There is a local to me Facebook page for local news,sales,wants and chat which I find informative and sometimes useful. Other than that I never use them.
by ambodach
16 May 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snarky driver query?
Replies: 23
Views: 1431

Re: Snarky driver query?

I do drive and I have had cyclists coming up on my left as I am indicating left. I knew they were there but they could not know that and they have stopped me turning as intended as they continued straight ahead regardless of my indicators. I have driven commercials and make extensive use of wing mir...
by ambodach
15 May 2019, 5:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Its A Motorhome......No Its Van....
Replies: 20
Views: 1843

Re: Its A Motorhome......No Its Van....

Tangled Metal note Calmac ferries insist on a useable toilet to qualify for a camper rate. Bucket and chuck it will not do. Without that you would be charged as a commercial vehicle. There was a great fuss in Oban a couple of years ago over somebody wanting to go to Barra but had their tickets refus...