Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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

Post by CitroJim » 05 Mar 2017, 17:31

daviemck2006 wrote:You have one major advantage going up steep hills Jim.
Yes, it's where I pass most fellow runners.... I'm the same on my bike... I'm a climber in both disciplines...

Crazy I know but I actively look forward to ascending hills...

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

Post by CitroJim » 11 Mar 2017, 18:23

The most I've done with cars this week is give Gabriel her weekly check-over. As usual all was fine :)

The reason for so little automotive work is I was busy practising hard for this:
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Jim's 3rd Kyu Grading Certificate
A lot of adrenaline was produced to get that, followed by a lot of endorphin!

This now entitles me to wear a brown belt - not far from black now ;)

I did drive my Activa to the grading and back and that was a pleasure...

It's been a tremendously good day... I scored a new PB of 26'33" in parkrun this morning and now this :)

I've also done a lot of garden sorting ready for growing some veg... Even got the lawn mown...

So...

I can now finally get stuck into the 207... Watch this space ;)

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

Post by xantiamanic » 11 Mar 2017, 21:11

[emoji106][emoji106][emoji106] Jim, well done that man. I know little of martial arts so whats left in front of you?

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

Post by elma » 11 Mar 2017, 21:18

Well done Citro Ninja Jim.

I've always carried my spare tube wedged between the saddle rails on road bikes.

Probably telling you old hat but always make sure you have a good feel inside the tyre where the hole was, nothing worse than pumping up the tube only for it instantly to go down because the thorn / nail is still in the tyre.

I always loved a good climb too but I need a lot of practise before that comes back, still a bit of a way to go before buying a new bike for me.

Just realised my Winter belly has peaked, I'm getting good muscle definition from work but I need to stop with the sugar and get a little bit more cardiovascular exercise in.

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

Post by Zelandeth » 11 Mar 2017, 22:29

Well done Jim! Quite an impressive achievement I say.

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

Post by van ordinaire » 12 Mar 2017, 02:58

Fair wore me out, just reading about it. I've nothing but admiration, mainly for your application - & perseverance!

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

Post by CitroJim » 12 Mar 2017, 09:37

Thanks all :)
xantiamanic wrote:I know little of martial arts so whats left in front of you?
Lots Mike! I may be nearing the end of the student grades now but to progress to Dan grades (black belt) is a real lot of work and at least five years away... It's like starting again.

To put it into car terms... When you start you know roughly what a gearbox is. At my level now I understand how a gearbox works and could swap a duff one for a good one... At black belt level you can also rebuild the duff one... The further up the Dan grades you go the more you can do so at the top level you could overhaul a 4HP20...
elma wrote: Probably telling you old hat but always make sure you have a good feel inside the tyre where the hole was, nothing worse than pumping up the tube only for it instantly to go down because the thorn / nail is still in the tyre.
I learned that the hard way when I was a kid James :) I've been fixing punctures since I was riding tricycles! One of the very first cycling maintenance skills I was taught when my age was still very much in single figures!

On my daily rider I'm in the habit of carrying a spare tube now and a CO2 inflater (wonderful devices they are!) and with QD wheels and being able to slip the tyres on and off without tools makes it all very easy to fix a puncture now...

On my best bike with tubeless tyres (and my mountain bike) punctures should never be a problem as the tyres are filled with latex sealant and any punctures occurring should instantly seal. I still carry a tube and CO2 inflater with that bike just in case though...

On my best bike, getting the tubeless tyres off the carbon rims is a bit more difficult and needs special carbon-compatible levers to avoid damage to the rim... Also, special (premium priced) brake shoes are needed too...

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

Post by CitroJim » 19 Mar 2017, 09:15

Had a lovely day down in Somerset yesterday :D Gabriel purred all the way down and back and not only that, survived a spell in the car park whilst I took part in the Southwick parkrun as a tourist... On previous occasions somthinmg has always happened to Gabriel when she's been parked there...

I scored a new parkrun PB of 24'48" too :D

That done, I proceeded to Alasdair's place where a most pleasant day was spent :D

I now have all the bits I need to fix, once and for all one trusts, Gabriel's unreliable cooling fans :D Thanks Alasdair! and thanks for the eggs too, two of which are now in a quiche!

proper very free-range eggs :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 19 Mar 2017, 09:35

A pleasure to se you again Jim, it had been way to long...glad all the bits were OK to fix the rattle box.

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Mar 2017, 10:09

Stickyfinger wrote:A pleasure to se you again Jim, it had been way to long...
It certainly was Alasdair and indeed, far too long... A truly brilliant day... I'll not leave it so long next time
Stickyfinger wrote:glad all the bits were OK to fix the rattle box.
Oi :twisted: Now that's being very cheeky to Gabriel :lol: She's an old-school diesel and supposed to sound like that on idle and when cold... Warm and under way she's a paragon of quiet smoothness ;)

I'll prove it on the next visit!

Honestly, she's one real cracker of a car... One of the very best Xantias I've ever owned... Very much a keeper...

I just wish her body was as immaculate as your red scrapper!

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

Post by Stickyfinger » 19 Mar 2017, 10:20

I just wish her body as as immaculate as your red scrapper!
It is sad to do it Jim....but if you keep talking about a shell swap using the V6 Activa :)

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

Post by CitroJim » 19 Mar 2017, 11:56

Stickyfinger wrote:
I just wish her body as as immaculate as your red scrapper!
It is sad to do it Jim....but if you keep talking about a shell swap using the V6 Activa :)
That, Alasdair, is an excellent idea :D That shell is just far too good to largely scrap and perfect as a basis for a 'new' V6 Activa :D

I'd be more than happy to help with it; an excellent reason to visit the old home county on a regular basis ;)

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

Post by demag » 19 Mar 2017, 12:16

Mmm.....

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

Post by Stickyfinger » 19 Mar 2017, 14:02

Ummmm.....how long to remove a rear subframe again ?
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oh sh17 !....I have even started to plan it , ....aggggg

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

Post by CitroJim » 19 Mar 2017, 15:23

Stickyfinger wrote:Ummmm.....how long to remove a rear subframe again ?
It's not as difficult as you might at first imagine Alasdair... The one growing in my garden was off it about 20 minutes...