Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Oct 2017, 05:21

Thanks Mark, if my present wireless does not respond to a repair I'll take you up on that...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Oct 2017, 16:32

Still not feeling up to any Activa spannering :(

I did however do a little on Sally today :)

Her spare tyre was flat and this was caused by a duff (split) valve stem where it seats on the rim. A trip to our local tyre fitters procured one for free :D

All fitted and good...

The jack was missing but luckily the Saxo and Xantia jacks are identical and I had one in stock :)

I'm never happy travelling any distance without a serviceable spare, a jack and a wheelbrace.

Finally, I installed a little security for the cargo Sally will be carrying....
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This will in turn attach to a 'D' Lock around the bike frame and wheels...

Whilst it won't save the bike from a very determined thief armed with a sturdy pair of bolt croppers, an angle grinder and a 19mm socket it surely will deter the casual opportunist...

The only times the bike will be unattended is perhaps a quick pit-stop in a services for a comfort break and during sign-on at bike sportives... At the latter the risk is very low and there are hundreds of bikes all over the place and often unsecured. The former is the biggest risk as I see it... The window tinting will help too as Sally will then just look like a Chavved-up Barry-Boy Saxo - especially if I treat her to some more little appropriate 'accessories' to complete the look :lol:

I'll be going to Halfrauds in the morning ;)

Hopefully tomorrow I'll be well enough to crack on with the Activa - I hope so [-o<

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 26 Oct 2017, 18:55

Big wheels, spoilers, stripes, annoying blue bulbs, and a back to front baseball cap is a start Jim!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Oct 2017, 18:56

Oi, I'm currently driving around in a Vauxhall Nova, and I resembled that remark earlier!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 26 Oct 2017, 18:59

daviemck2006 wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 18:55
Big wheels, spoilers, stripes, annoying blue bulbs, and a back to front baseball cap is a start Jim!

A few years ago my Brother got me one of these baseball caps for Christmas. Wearing it back to front would look somewhat stranger than CHAV normal!!!;

https://www.panthervision.com/powercap/ ... 6-sc1.html

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 26 Oct 2017, 19:00

Michel wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 18:56
Oi, I'm currently driving around in a Vauxhall Nova, and I resembled that remark earlier!

I am STILL not laughing (but I will admit to a grin!)!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 26 Oct 2017, 19:04

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 26 Oct 2017, 19:06

Stickyfinger wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 19:04
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I have never seen a picture of "Bloodhound" from that angle before! :D

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Oct 2017, 19:09

On the plus side, the garage have found the cause of the oil leak on the Focus - a oil breather assembly has split, and is blowing oil all over the front of the engine. Googling shows it to be *the* main failure these engines suffer from eventually - it's a case of "they all do that sir". The part is not cheap, and is on order, to arrive tomorrow afternoon. The Corsa hasn't moved since you saw it yesterday! Horrible thing.

M3 Motors in Camberley . Best used car dealer ever. I (yes, me!) can offer nothing but extreme praise for them. First of all, I prepared myself for a row and a "discussion" about consumer rights, 30 day right to refuse, any fault within 30 days legally being deemed to have been present at time of sale and down to them to fix. I read up, got all the relevant bits printed off and called them .... I had emailed them first .

"Ah, yes, Mr. Pearson. Sorry about that oil leak on the Focus, we can get that booked in today to be sorted out for you. Most inconvenient, I'm terribly sorry"...

Damn, that threw me..

So, I took it down to the garage they'd arranged the repair with yesterday, who called me today to tell me the score. I rang M3 motors to check who was paying - was I paying, and I'd claim it back from them, were they paying direct, or was it warranty work?

"Oh, we will sort it direct with them of course, so sorry for the inconvenience again, it really shouldn't have happened..."

Threw me again, the swine!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Oct 2017, 04:24

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 19:00
Michel wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 18:56
Oi, I'm currently driving around in a Vauxhall Nova, and I resembled that remark earlier!

I am STILL not laughing (but I will admit to a grin!)!


Whilst I'm crying for you Mike... How dreadful :(

On the plus-side it sounds like you've found a good garage in M3 Motors; a rare thing these days... Treasure them...
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:lol: That gives me some ideas :D

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 27 Oct 2017, 06:47

CitroJim wrote:
27 Oct 2017, 04:24
Hell Razor5543 wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 19:00

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:lol: That gives me some ideas :D


Bike rack mounted on the exhausts?

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Oct 2017, 07:44

xantia_v6 wrote:
27 Oct 2017, 06:47
CitroJim wrote:
27 Oct 2017, 04:24
Hell Razor5543 wrote:
26 Oct 2017, 19:00

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:lol: That gives me some ideas :D


Bike rack mounted on the exhausts?


Now that's a good idea and a perfect use for them Mike :lol: I like it :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 28 Oct 2017, 17:53

Despite illness this past week, which has seriously hampered Activa work, today has been good...

I left it right until the last minute before deciding I was indeed just well enough to ride the Wiggle Hawker Hurricane cycle sportive today... It was a ride over 55 miles of the best countryside Northamptonshire has to offer... Never did I know Northamptonshire harboured such treasures; today was an education :)

This was the route according to my Garmin :)

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2218024533

The total time recorded includes a few stops at feed stations, now blissfully serving hot drinks :), and several protracted waits at temporary traffic lights... The real moving time was just under 3h45m at an average speed of 15mph :)

The ride was utterly awesome and thoroughly enjoyed despite the early morning biting cold which never really went away :( It got a bit windy later and that was cold too :twisted:

We rode quite close to the Silverstone circuit and judging by the noise of engines there was an event going on...

Sally the Saxo did a fantastic job of transporting bike and I to the event and here she is showing off her fully loaded cargo :) Note the security arrangements for the contents ;)
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I'm so happy with Sally the Saxo :D I really do love her to bits - it was instant and it's just getting deeper and deeper... Poor old 207 is not getting a look-in at the moment - every trip out I need to make is done in Sally! She is one very fine motor car indeed :D

The end of the ride saw each finisher presented with a medal, a protein bar and a couple of freebies that were very welcome - a pair of winter socks and a neck warmer :)
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My medal wall - which some of you have seen - is now rapidly running out of space to display them all...

This was the penultimate sportive of 2017 for me. I have one more next Sunday - the Nottinghamshire Wheeler... I shall miss them and will be just itching to start all over again in 2018...

Tomorrow is a clear day now and I plan to get stuck into the Activa and get as much done as possible... I did intend to do a bit yesterday afternoon but a most enjoyable visit from Zel rather put paid to that... When we two get chatting the time just disappears in an instant!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Oct 2017, 07:14

The window tinting film has arrived :) I reckon Sally will look good with black rear windows :)

No sign of the replacement audio output chip for the wireless. Hopefully on Monday...

One thing I forgot to get for her was a new auxiliary belt... Her present one is a little past its best and for reliability I want a decent one...

I'm now just about to order one...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Oct 2017, 09:59

CitroJim wrote:
28 Oct 2017, 17:53
It was a ride over 55 miles of the best countryside Northamptonshire has to offer... Never did I know Northamptonshire harboured such treasures; today was an education :)

This was the route according to my Garmin :)

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2218024533


Now this is one of Northamptonshire's treasures, just crying out to be visited, photographed and put up on POTD!

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Broughton spire, Northants [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by Dr Steven Plunkett (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

Regards Neil