Citrojim's Pixo, Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Apr 2017, 11:10

Clouding over here too now Dave :(

Still, what can we expect of a bank holiday? :twisted:

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by mickeymoon » 16 Apr 2017, 12:09

It was not warm up that way yesterday Jim!

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Post by demag » 16 Apr 2017, 12:52

The kids have gone to Chessington hope it stays dry.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Apr 2017, 14:15

mickeymoon wrote:It was not warm up that way yesterday Jim!


It was just like today actually, it started warm (I had to remove layers before starting to run in parkrun) but got gradually cooler... I noticed it because we had to sit outside the café to get a decent enough signal on a 3G wireless dongle to be able to process and upload the parkrun results...A surprisingly complex job, requiring much careful work to correlate the results from two stopwatches and two barcode scanners. It's cold work sitting staring at a laptop in just a thin running top!!!

Had to be done as the parkrunners are always desperate to get their time/stats email as soon as possible after their run!

Today I've checked over all three cars - the Activa especially for the X Rally next Sunday - and swapped Gabriel back to daily duties for the week. The Pug of Love can have a little rest...

All three are faultless..

I then got a bit of weeding and tidying done in the garden, along with a quick lawn mow just before it started raining :)

I can relax and take it easy now for the rest of the day - by my standards anyway.. Hope the weather will allow a bike ride later...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2017, 12:38

Just enjoyed a truly fantastic Cycle Sportive around the pleasant countryside to the south of Milton Keynes ;)

It was 36 miles of pure joy and pleasure and I rode in the company of many hundreds of fellow cyclists in, at times, quite large pelotons...

I was shocked at just how good I am on a bike... Being mainly a solo lone-wolf rider I rarely get to pit myself against others in a semi-competitive environment but when I do I get a very pleasant surprise...

My best bike is a bloody good one too... Tubeless tyres work!

Here is the ride on Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/952684210/overview

A 16.6mph average speed on that sort of route is not at all shabby :)

Off out now to get the Activa all ready for the X Rally tomorrow and that'll include washing it (again) as it is very dusty...

Looking forward to the X Rally immensely ;)

Then I'll round off the day with a run I think... The bike ride barely touched the sides even though I did briefly generate 700 watts!

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Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2017, 18:02

As I will be spending far too long sitting in my car tomorrow and generally being sedentary I thought I'd round off what has been a most excellent day with a short run...

That short run turned out to be a run of just under 7 miles at a pace that utterly smashed my previous 10K PB :D Delighted in the extreme!

Here it is on Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/953261346/overview

In between the bike ride and the run I also got the Activa washed and all ready for tomorrow's X Rally...

Here she is in all her splendour fresh out of the bath :-D
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Own Work. Activa 220417 X Rally Prep.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 22 Apr 2017, 18:07

I believe this picture was taken within 100 yards of Citrojim's place;

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IupW0FGJUXM/T ... ssaros.jpg

They are waiting for him to go indoors for the night.

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Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2017, 18:34

Hell Razor5543 wrote:I believe this picture was taken within 100 yards of Citrojim's place;

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IupW0FGJUXM/T ... ssaros.jpg

They are waiting for him to go indoors for the night.


:rofl2: :rofl2:

They well bombed the 207 the other day James :evil: had to give that one a partial wash too...

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Post by Stickyfinger » 22 Apr 2017, 18:36

4 Swallows on the telephone line today....more will come (we had 23 last year) to breed soon. ALL lined up over my parking spaces !

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Post by Peter.N. » 22 Apr 2017, 21:33

We have just come back from a walk round the forest at the top of our garden, the bluebells are fantastic and the cat came round with us. :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 22 Apr 2017, 22:50

Birds are already on my list this year. Specifically the massively territorial blackbird.

The one who keeps seeing his own reflection in the mirrors, windows, Chromebook or anything vaguely reflective - and feeling the need to knock seven bells out of it. Means that the top of the doors of all my cars are covered in bird poo, and he's scratching the paint as well.

Usually I'm all for co-existing with nature (heck, I even wound up nursing a pigeon that got knocked out by a car back to health last year), but that sucker is on my list right now.

The Lada has a surprising amount of brightwork on it turns out when you start trying to hide it all. Likewise decent car covers to suit an estate are expensive!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Apr 2017, 04:12

Peter.N. wrote:We have just come back from a walk round the forest at the top of our garden, the bluebells are fantastic and the cat came round with us. :-D

Peter


The bluebells are a joy this year Peter.. Every Saturday morning I parkrun in Linford Wood and I've watched the wood from the dead of winter until now and last week when I ran whole swathes of the wood was carpeted by bluebells... Simply fanstatic :D

Makes you feel brilliant and makes for a lovely run :-D Nature is wonderful!

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Post by Gibbo2286 » 23 Apr 2017, 11:40

CitroJim wrote:
Peter.N. wrote:We have just come back from a walk round the forest at the top of our garden, the bluebells are fantastic and the cat came round with us. :-D

Peter


The bluebells are a joy this year Peter.. Every Saturday morning I parkrun in Linford Wood and I've watched the wood from the dead of winter until now and last week when I ran whole swathes of the wood was carpeted by bluebells... Simply fanstatic :D

Makes you feel brilliant and makes for a lovely run :-D Nature is wonderful!


My old pal, now sadly deceased, planted some bluebells in his garden then spent the next ten years trying to eliminate them, his son still has the task, every year they pop up again. :(

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Post by CitroJim » 23 Apr 2017, 18:47

Gibbo2286 wrote: My old pal, now sadly deceased, planted some bluebells in his garden then spent the next ten years trying to eliminate them, his son still has the task, every year they pop up again. :(


I have the same problem although I never planted mine!!!

They are incredibly invasive... I keep a few in some spare ground as they are so lovely but try my hardest to control then in other parts of the garden, especially my strawberry beds...

A most eXcellent X Rally today :D

Thoroughly enjoyed, including my bike ride around the Stamford area and just into Rutland!

I even set off a village speed warning sign on the bike. It reported me doing 22mph!!!

Very tired now after a busy and brilliant day...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 23 Apr 2017, 19:03

You could try Nasturtiums. They are a plant that will die off each year, but spread very quickly (so are good for ground cover, blocking the weeds), have nice flowers, and edible leaves and flowers. Mum used to use them (when planted early enough) to stop weeds from getting established. You will have no problems with seeds (you will be giving them away), and gardeners use them as aphid traps (thereby protecting valuable crops).