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by ambodach
14 Dec 2011, 7:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

My Tiree friend specifically mentioned the narrow roads with deep ditches close to the road edge and the local fear of militant cyclists. They are afraid that they may be accused (justly or unjustly)of causing a cyclist to fall into a ditch. In these litiginous times this could ruin someone ,again w...
by ambodach
14 Dec 2011, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

I had thought to put this topic to rest but about 2 hours ago I had a conversation with a Tiree motorist who said that while most cyclists on Tiree were no problem some she thought were deliberately obstructive.She did admit that some local drivers went rather too fast by her standards.Most responsi...
by ambodach
13 Dec 2011, 9:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

What has only been touched upon in this thread is the recent change in ferry fares. Road Equivalent Tarrif has effectively halved the cost of going to the Outer Hebrides and Coll and Tiree in the Inner Hebs. This, coupled with an insistance on promoting tourism at any cost has resulted in a vast inc...
by ambodach
13 Dec 2011, 6:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Priorities
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Priorities

Currently involved in a squabble regarding visitors to an area regarding whether they should tell locals how to behave (or something like that). Listening to the news the A9 has been shut at Drumochter for at least 6 hours,the snowgates are shut north of Tyndrum,the A83 is still shut overnight at Re...
by ambodach
13 Dec 2011, 6:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

Edwards has got the nearest attitude so far to the actuality. We who live here are swamped by those who come here on holiday and tell us how we should conduct ourselves, ie we conform to what they want rather than those who come here fit into how we live for the rest of the year. Incidentally the de...
by ambodach
12 Dec 2011, 6:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

This subject will not lie down and die will it? In over 40 years of cycling on most of the Scottish Islands I cannot think of any occasion where I have been subjected to aggressive overtaking.Living on an island as I do and been involved in local community councils etc I have taken an interest in th...
by ambodach
11 Dec 2011, 4:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

wow! single track roads certainly raise the hackles and are probably one of the biggest sources of argument on these islands.Donnieban has it about right. I cycle mostly on these single track roads as I said earlier and I rarely have to stop for any traffic as it becomes second nature to adjust spee...
by ambodach
10 Dec 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5795

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

What a load of rubbish is written sometimes. Driving on Tiree is the same as any other place with single track roads. Slow traffic gives way to faster traffic. End of story. If you are on a bike what on earth is the problem with pulling over to let any faster vehicle overtake! I cycle mostly on sing...
by ambodach
10 Dec 2011, 7:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Cycling Book Is....?
Replies: 112
Views: 8801

Re: Your Favourite Cycling Book Is....?

The Davie Bell books mentioned earlier give a good flavour of how cycling used to be in my youth. For a historical note how about - The History of Mr Polly by H.G. Wells. Fiction but an interesting insight into cyling in those days
by ambodach
7 Dec 2011, 4:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Merino wool tops ?
Replies: 37
Views: 5142

Re: Merino wool tops ?

What is on the packaging can be "misleading". To get the correct content look at the label stitched inside the garment.
by ambodach
3 Dec 2011, 6:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Merino wool tops ?
Replies: 37
Views: 5142

Re: Merino wool tops ?

Is the Aldi top wool? Look at the fabric info! Mine was initially a bit scratchy (and has very little wool) but wore it all last winter and found it OK. Quite like it actually even tho' I am a firm believer in Pure Wool as I made my living from this for about 20 years
by ambodach
17 Nov 2011, 9:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Merino wool tops ?
Replies: 37
Views: 5142

Re: Merino wool tops ?

Have a careful look at the fibre content on the Aldi ones. I rather like mine even if many people find them a bit scratchy. It says merino but in fact it has only had a passing glance at a sheep. Most makes are probably genuine merino wool but not all.
by ambodach
9 Nov 2011, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oban to Fort Bill
Replies: 12
Views: 881

Re: Oban to Fort Bill

From Oban do not take the A85 which is dreadful tho,the police have allegedly been advising cyclists to use the footpath to Dunbeg but you are on your own from there to Connel Bridge. There is a slightly hilly back road from Oban to Connel which is good and quiet. The bridge is not too bad,just use ...
by ambodach
9 Nov 2011, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keep Left and Carry On
Replies: 14
Views: 1572

Re: Keep Left and Carry On

This summer on the A828 just north of Benderloch (beyond the cyclepath) I came across a very determined looking and even ferocious looking "lady" cycling north on my left side of the road as I was heading south. Her nervous looking male companion was on the correct side just opposite. Both...
by ambodach
9 May 2011, 7:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A82-how busy
Replies: 32
Views: 4314

Re: A82-how busy

Sorry my story was badly put. I did not force the cyclist off the road I just happened to be behind him (I presume it was a him) as we both approached potholes round one of the blind bends. I could see the problem before the cyclist and pulled back and braked. Cyclist had no idea of course that I wa...