Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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

Post by elma » 07 Jan 2017, 15:02

mk1 or 2 Jim?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 07 Jan 2017, 15:05

Actually I know the answer because you asked. It's a Mk2, you have to drop the subframe slightly to get clearance to remove the bolt. Mk1s are easy so you probably wouldn't be asking.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2017, 17:30

Thanks James, that makes great sense looking at it as the front bush through-bolt fouls the bodyshell...

Is the subframe easy to drop? I ask as to do the balljoint it's a lot easier if the wishbone is off the car and I can put it in my press...

EDIT: It's an 08 plate so I'd assume MK2...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 07 Jan 2017, 17:40

I've not done it myself yet Jim. I've only had to do a track rod end on a Mk2 so far, 08 is definitely Mk2. Theres a good guide on Renault Forums and some videos on utube. Sorry but I don't have time right now to search them out for you. From what I understand it shouldn't trouble you greatly.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2017, 17:47

Perfect James, all I needed to know :D Thanks... I can find them if needed...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Jan 2017, 09:14

The Scenic's swivels are all done now :) Owner clearly appreciated my help and lend of tools.. He replaced the G Cramp we damaged doing the job and gave me four boxes of speciality herbal teas :D

I was absolutely delighted... I never, ever mind helping out with such jobs when rewards like that come my way :D

Taking it a little easier this weekend in readiness for dad's funeral on Monday. I'm not running a parkrun tomorrow but I am marshalling. Parkrun only works because of volunteers and I felt it was time I did.. Each parkrun needs a minimum of 24 volunteers to enable it to take place and I felt it was about time I did.

Next Saturday I'm volunteering as a tail-runner which means I'll get to run but very slowly as the last runner to ensure all other runners are OK and safely make it to the finish-line... Much encouragement is sometimes needed to be given and it may well take up to nearly an hour for new runners to complete the 5K...

It's a role akin to the voiture balai or 'broom wagon' sweeping up the stragglers in the Tour de France which, incidentally, was always traditionally a role performed by an H Van back in the good old days...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jan 2017, 17:35

A new set of wheels has joined the fleet, another two-wheeler especially to provide transport to and from parkruns. Such a trip cannot be made on my normal road bikes for several reasons, the main ones being they are unsuitable for riding the rough and poorly maintained MK cycleways and too valuable to leave chained to a tree in a wood not to mention I can't ride them in running shoes!

This new one does the job a treat!

Yesterday I was a parkrun marshal. It was interesting to observe the parkrun from a marshalling point about 1.5Km from the end and watch in awe as firstly the elite athletes flew past and then at the end, the ones gamely struggling to finish their runs. The latter group gained huge respect from me as you could see they were all going about it with real and genuine grit and determination. Quite humbling really and even more so was when I joined the two tail-runners to escort the last runner home and across the finish line. She may have taken over an hour to do it (compared to the 18-20 minutes taken by the leaders) but she did and we were all absolutely delighted.

Much the same next Saturday as I'm one of the tail-runners...

Today I was feeling a bit down with the prospect of dad's funeral tomorrow so I took my Activa out for a joyride :D I don't drive my Activa very much these days but my goodness, when I do really love it and appreciate what a wonderful car it is!

Tomorrow Robyn is driving me to the funeral in her C1... I'm really pleased I'm not driving...

The transport to the funeral proper is going to be in a C5 X7. Looking forward to riding in an X7 enormously :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 15 Jan 2017, 18:42

Very posh for the duties it'll be doing Jim. Those handlebars look sad, please rotate them to a happier position.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jan 2017, 18:47

elma wrote:Very posh for the duties it'll be doing Jim. Those handlebars look sad, please rotate them to a happier position.


:rofl2: You're right James...

I will get to it soonest ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 15 Jan 2017, 18:53

In seriousness though with flat bars the profile should follow the v between your thumb and index finger and point straight along your forearm for maximum comfort. I'm not sure if you're familiar with flat bars as all your other bikes have those ornate curly ones.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jan 2017, 19:04

That's good advice James as my bars do need adjusting to make them feel 'right' to me... I also need to check and set the saddle height properly too...

elma wrote:I'm not sure if you're familiar with flat bars as all your other bikes have those ornate curly ones.


:rofl2: I love your description of my roadie bars James!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Jan 2017, 07:05

CitroJim wrote:
elma wrote:Very posh for the duties it'll be doing Jim. Those handlebars look sad, please rotate them to a happier position.


:rofl2: You're right James...

I will get to it soonest ;)


This has now been done James ;)

Looks a lot happier now :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 16 Jan 2017, 11:14

Good to hear, last thing you need is a depressed bicycle moping around.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 16 Jan 2017, 13:02

elma wrote:Good to hear, last thing you need is a depressed bicycle moping around.

Otherwise it will start looking for a small, two-stroke engine, and end up becoming a depressed bicycle mopeding about.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Jan 2017, 10:21

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
elma wrote:Good to hear, last thing you need is a depressed bicycle moping around.

Otherwise it will start looking for a small, two-stroke engine, and end up becoming a depressed bicycle mopeding about.


:lol: Very good James!

Had my first ride in a C5 X7 yesterday :D What a car! It was Alasdair's and was our funeral transport... Thanks for everything yesterday Alasdair ;)

dad's funeral went very well indeed and I reckon we gave him a fantastic send off :D

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