Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2016, 19:02

The blurb does say the batteries will provide heat for up to 5 hours. Assuming they mean Duracell that is still a fair length of time. If rechargeable batteries do 2 hours that would still be useful (but you might want to get several batteries). Weight wise, I would say that during winter you would just be keeping in shape, while summer cycling would be to improve your fitness.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 19:04

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Weight wise, I would say that during winter you would just be keeping in shape, while summer cycling would be to improve your fitness.


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NO!!! :yikes:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 20 Nov 2016, 19:13

I'll put my name down for the driver's seat then Jim.

Is a bit more compact than the current one (Jag XJ6) seat in use so should make getting to and from the desk a bit easier... it's done me well, but has quite a few seams that have started to fail now so is looking quite rough. Colour will fit the room better as the current one does clash a bit.

Those gloves sound like they would benefit from a LiPo battery pack really...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 19:18

Zel, the driver's seat has your name on it ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 20 Nov 2016, 19:21

Seats look good Jim :)

Why not use a generator to power heated handle wrap (as M'bikes have), the body uses a lot of energy keeping warm, increased safety and bike control should make up for the loss of Horse Power due to the drag off the generator.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Nov 2016, 19:45

That's a good thought Alasdair :) I find it odd this issue has never been looked at in the cycle world... heated grips on motor bikes work well and heated bar tape would be wonderful.

One just needs a hub alternator to run it and sadly nobody makes therm for the sort of wheels my bikes have :(

You're right ttaht we generate our own heat when pedalling well and that keep all but our extremities as warm as toast! The extra power expended in generating the necessary for heated bars would only assist in keeping us warm!

This has got to be an area ripe for some experimentation ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2016, 19:52

Would these also be of interest, Davie and Jim?;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Battery-Heate ... sq-pQaxlNg

They do say NOT to use Duracell, as they are slightly larger than normal AA batteries. You can get 6 AA alkaline batteries from Poundland for a quid.
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Post by Zelandeth » 20 Nov 2016, 20:02

Cheers Jim. Will drop you a PM to arrange to get it out your way at some point shortly.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 20 Nov 2016, 20:32

CitroJim wrote:That's a good thought Alasdair :) I find it odd this issue has never been looked at in the cycle world... heated grips on motor bikes work well and heated bar tape would be wonderful.

One just needs a hub alternator to run it and sadly nobody makes therm for the sort of wheels my bikes have :(

You're right ttaht we generate our own heat when pedalling well and that keep all but our extremities as warm as toast! The extra power expended in generating the necessary for heated bars would only assist in keeping us warm!

This has got to be an area ripe for some experimentation ;)


12 volt heating elements inside the bars ?
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Post by myglaren » 20 Nov 2016, 21:27

I was up in Northumberland until late last night. Had to scrape thick ice off mine and my daughter's cars - completely forgot about the gloves - as usual.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 21 Nov 2016, 00:19

You may have come across this Jim, recently published by an author described as "the Bill Bryson on two wheels" so may be reasonable entertainment value and a light read...

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Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike bought off German e-bay for 65 euros. Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland.


Yes and he's a bloke in his 50's, and I like his start off point with the totally inappropriate bike and odd choice of route.

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

Post by CitroJim » 21 Nov 2016, 07:10

I want to read Tim Moore's latest book Neil. I've read a good review of it and it looks well up to his usual high standards :D

I like his style and attitude a lot...

Alasdair, yes. Heating elements in the bars or perhaps better, in the bar tape...

It's given me something to think about!
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Post by elma » 21 Nov 2016, 08:17

That book sounds good, I'll be reading it over christmas.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by mickeymoon » 21 Nov 2016, 09:20

Hell Razor5543 wrote:NO!!! :yikes:



Phew. The speeches would go for quite some time! :rofl2:
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