Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 17:09

daviemck2006 wrote:Nothing better than thawing the hands around a big mug of tea or coffee Jim. It was we most looked forward to after a spell on a cold deck or fish hold on the boats.


It works a treat for me Davie :D Gosh it's been bitter out today despite the actual temperature no being that low really. The damp in the air just makes it feel so raw...

Still, good progress today...

Gabriel's new front leather seats are now in :D Not a good picture due to the state of the day...

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The rat (of Rattiva fame) likes them and I have to smile how my Activa got in on the act :lol:

Rear seats are not in as I'm still investigating the leak. Looks now as if it's coming in overhead... Spotted a wet headlining and runs down from the tops of the C pillars...

The culprit may well be the damaged rear window washer jet on the roof. I've covered it up now to see if the water now stays away...

This might be the guilty party...

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I know now it's not a wheelarch seam as a good bit of water got in during the night when the car was parked up and Angus paid a wet visit... My reasoning being that a wheelarch seam would only show up when moving and splashing water off the tyres...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 20 Nov 2016, 17:42

My daughter has Reynaud's as well Jim. Her hands glow red in the cold.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 17:52

demag wrote:My daughter has Reynaud's as well Jim. Her hands glow red in the cold.


She has my empathy Dave... My fingers go chalky-white and I loose all feeling in them. It can take 20 minutes or more for any feeling to return :twisted:

I get it a lot when riding the bike on cold days and trying to type and use a mouse when I arrive at work after biking in is hilarious... It's like I have bunches of bananas on the ends of my arms :lol:

It's why I've taken so much trouble to try and find a decent pair of winter bike gloves... Think I've now succeeded.. My latest pair seem to work :D I bought them based on glowing reviews and for the price they jolly well ought too work well!!!

And it's why my glove box does actually contain a nice warm pair of gloves :lol: I reckon it's possibly the only glove box on the planet that does contain gloves!!!

I even run in gloves :roll:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 20 Nov 2016, 17:56

I feel the cold so much nowadays. I do blame all my days as a fisherman for that and my physical health problems now. Didn't think about it when I was doing it in my 20's and 30's. All that mattered was big money and a lavish lifestyle. Totally the opposite now. Happy in a humble house, a 10 year old daily car and a 20 year old toy car lol. And no wife spending the little money I do get [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2016, 18:00

Would something like these help, Davie and Jim?;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heated-Gloves ... 3641.l6368
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 18:08

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Would something like these help, Davie and Jim?;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heated-Gloves ... 3641.l6368


Thanks James, well spotted :D At that price they're well worth a punt ;) Only thing I wonder if they have enough dexterity to be good for biking...

The problem is with bike gloves is they have to be thin and flexible enough to operate the [gear] shifters and the brakes whilst keeping out the cold... A very tough call indeed...

Go too thick on the fingers and the ability to shift gears and brake accurately becomes very compromised...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 20 Nov 2016, 18:14

You keeping the old seats around Jim?

If not I'm keeping my eyes open for a replacement for my increasingly tatty looking desk chair...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2016, 18:17

I do not know if they are thin enough, Jim, but I can see that the palms and fingers have a 'grippy' surface to help.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 20 Nov 2016, 18:26

I have a pair of gloves in my glovebox Jim :)

Been there three years and never worn yet.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 18:35

Zelandeth wrote:You keeping the old seats around Jim?


The passenger seat - the foam at least - is spoken for Zel but the driver's seat and rears are available... Someone with a LHD Xantia with a collapsed driver's side bolster is after the foam...

I was going to dump them so if you want any of it, you'll be very welcome indeed :D

Hell Razor5543 wrote:I do not know if they are thin enough, Jim, but I can see that the palms and fingers have a 'grippy' surface to help.


I'm going to try a pair James... Cheap enough and may be useful in the workshop if not good for biking...

myglaren wrote:I have a pair of gloves in my glovebox Jim :)


Now that's just doubled the number of glove boxes I know that do contain gloves :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2016, 18:38

I wonder if those gloves will work with rechargeable batteries? That would be a way to keep the costs down (if they are suitable for cycling).
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by mickeymoon » 20 Nov 2016, 18:40

I have gloves in mine too!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 18:49

I don't see why not James as long as a battery will supply volts and amps it should be fine but then again it depends on how much current those gloves draw... Some rechargables don't like supplying high currents for a long time and I expect those gloves do need a bit of current to make a reasonable amount of heat... I will let you know in due course...

I don't have any rechargeables but I have stacks of ordinary AA cells here. You can buy huge quantities for pennies by shopping around... CPC Farnell often have good deals on AA cells and I often buy a load when I stock up on PP9s for my vintage transistor wirelesses... I have lots of kit here that consume AA cells...

mickeymoon wrote:I have gloves in mine too!


That's now tripled the number I know!!!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2016, 18:50

Erm, those gloves use 'D' cell batteries.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 18:56

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Erm, those gloves use 'D' cell batteries.


Ahh, well spotted James... I saw a Duracell and assumed they were AA cells.... Gosh, they do take some current then!!! Makes rechargables a wise investment then as primary D cells are quite dear...

That raises an issue of weight... Us cyclists are very sensitive to that subject :lol: :lol:
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