Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 25 Mar 2018, 18:41

It's one of these Jim..

https://www.evanscycles.com/cannondale- ... e-EV280320

10kg. It's not too bad. My MTB weighs 15kg. Weighing 99kg myself, a kilo here or there isn't going to make much odds. I could pay a couple of grand for something 2kg lighter... but I could also eat less and lose that 2kg myself..

There's a Pinnacle and Specialized around the same money which I quite fancy too. I'm buying on the C2W so am sadly restricted to Evans..

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Mar 2018, 18:43

Gibbo2286 wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:38
When I was sixteen I hit a dog in the dark on my way home from work (I don't remember, told that by the cops) fractured skull and a couple of weeks in hospital
Nasty! Only today I saw one of my fellow riders hit a largely hidden (and large) pothole. All I can say is a bloody good job she was wearing a helmet but even then it did not look good...

Potholes and dogs are perhaps the two most lethal things when out cycling nowadays...
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Some say that explains a lot. :-D


:lol: Then how do you account for me? I've never suffered a head injury - so far as I know... Nearest I came to one was being thrown through the windscreen of a Hillman Avenger in 1976...

Maybe I was dropped as a baby...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 25 Mar 2018, 18:49

I remember demonstrating to my elder godson why cycle helmets were a good idea (up until then he thought they spoilt his hair style). I bought two large water melons, and a cheap cycle helmet. We then went to the side of the cul-de-sac they lived in, where there was a decent kerb. I strapped the helmet onto one of the melons. I then dropped the unprotected one from about six feet onto the kerbstone, followed by the protected one (so that it hit helmet first). He now prefers to wear the helmet and comb out his hair when he gets to where he is going.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Mar 2018, 18:50

Michel wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:41
It's one of these Jim..

https://www.evanscycles.com/cannondale- ... e-EV280320


That's a bloody good deal on C2W Mike, an absolute steal I'd say...The 2017 Tiagra groupset gets excellent write-ups and are an awful lot better than they were... They are not far off the 105 now...

Evans are a top dealer I find...

You may find the cable-operated discs a bit wanting... I had them on my old Defy and didn't get on with them at all but again, in three years and like the Tiagra groupset, great performance increases will no doubt have been made...

I'll be keen to know how you find it...

Pop some Conti Gatorskins on it ASAP and see if the frame will take 28mm ones; the ride will be much improved with a wider tyre section...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Mar 2018, 18:52

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:49
I remember demonstrating to my elder godson why cycle helmets were a good idea (up until then he thought they spoilt his hair style). I bought two large water melons, and a cheap cycle helmet. We then went to the side of the cul-de-sac they lived in, where there was a decent kerb. I strapped the helmet onto one of the melons. I then dropped the unprotected one from about six feet onto the kerbstone, followed by the protected one (so that it hit helmet first). He now prefers to wear the helmet and comb out his hair when he gets to where he is going.


Well done James :D An excellent way of demonstrating how valuable a helmet is...

We have no choice on our Sportive rides - no helmet, no ride - simple as that...

Thankfully, the message is getting through. It's rare now to see anyone riding a bit without one...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 25 Mar 2018, 18:55

Specialised Diverge E5 2018 (11kg)
Pinnacle Laterite 3 (2018) (9.6kg)
Trek Emonda ALR 4 (2017) 8.6kg

Are the other 3 that I'd be interested in. I'm also vaguely considering a cyclocross bike from Norco.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 25 Mar 2018, 18:57

CitroJim wrote:
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Thankfully, the message is getting through. It's rare now to see anyone riding a bit without one...


There's a bloke in Twyford who usually rides without one.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Michel wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:57
CitroJim wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:52
Thankfully, the message is getting through. It's rare now to see anyone riding a bit without one...


There's a bloke in Twyford who usually rides without one.


Is he called Mike by any chance? :)

I never ride without... And I'm so sad I have matching helmets for each of my bikes...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Mar 2018, 20:43

CitroJim wrote:
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Michel wrote:
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A Cannondale Jim, I shall look up the exact poncy name upon my return..


They're rubbish Mike.... I kept on dropping Cannondale rides today :wink: :lol:


I'll race you. Standing start, over 2 miles. You can even use your fancy bike.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Mar 2018, 20:48

CitroJim wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 19:00
Michel wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:57
CitroJim wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:52
Thankfully, the message is getting through. It's rare now to see anyone riding a bit without one...


There's a bloke in Twyford who usually rides without one.


Is he called Mike by any chance? :)

I never ride without... And I'm so sad I have matching helmets for each of my bikes...


I have 3 helmets, I wear them when it's raining - to keep me dry, and because there's a little more chance of me falling off, and when I'm out with Sammy so he gets into the habit. I dislike them, but then I've ridden for decades without, so it's still a new thing to me. I have to admit to wearing one yesterday when I was out in the mud on the MTB for ages, because it was *very* muddy - This is after a 2 mile road ride from the mud to the house.
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and it keeps the mud out my hair.

Odd that I can't even ride the motorsickle down the drive without one though!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 26 Mar 2018, 23:01

The other forum I am a member of had somebody talking about bicycles and cycle helmets. One of the contributors recited a tale when he (a teenager at the time) called around to see a friend (of similar age). When he arrived his friends' family were in a bad way. It turned out they had just made the decision to turn off the life support of his friend. Why? A couple of days earlier he had been out on his skateboard and came off (not at speed), cracking his head open when he hit the ground. He had not worn a helmet either.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Mar 2018, 23:59

The Rospa reports that 8 children were killed on bicycles in 2016, and 300 injured. This, as far as I'm concerned, sad as it is not a reason to enforce anyone to wear a helmet.

The report also states that 70% of cyclist fatalities in London had serious head injuries, and 84% of those on rural roads had serious head injuries. This seems to point towards the fact that a helmet doesn't make a huge amount of difference to your chances of survival. My cycling helmets are very insubstantial compared to my motorbike helmet. My BTwin cycling helmet weighs 310g. My new motorcycle helmet weighs 2.47kg. I can do much the same speed on both around town in heavy traffic. How the cycling helmet can provide anything other than the most rudimentary protection is beyond me. If you come off a bicycle at 20mph, unless you land on the top of your head, you're going to be messed up.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Mar 2018, 04:21

Michel wrote:
26 Mar 2018, 20:43
CitroJim wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 18:03
Michel wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 12:24
A Cannondale Jim, I shall look up the exact poncy name upon my return..


They're rubbish Mike.... I kept on dropping Cannondale rides today :wink: :lol:


I'll race you. Standing start, over 2 miles. You can even use your fancy bike.


You'd beat me without a doubt :) I'm a endurance rider and a climber whereas you'll be a sprinter... I'm not fast in any of my pursuits but I can go the distance...

Now, over 100 miles the result may be a little different...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 28 Mar 2018, 17:46

I serviced Robyn's C1 today - in the rain :evil: I seem to have become something of a rain god recently as every time I go for a bike ride, even if I start out in the sunshine it ends up raining :lol:

I did better this afternoon - I brought on a hailstorm whilst out on the bike :roll:

Robyn's C1, I'm happy to report, is wearing exceedingly well indeed and today at 20K it only needed a routine service. The brake pads will need doing soon but still have a good 5mm of pad left...

Bloody good little cars are the C1/107/Aygo family and so easy to service too :D

One problem was that Robyn arrived with a flat tyre... A quick inspection showed it had a nail or screw in it... Luckily in an area that was amenable to repair :)

The tyre and exhaust place at the end of my road did the repair - for free :D

They also admired my Saxo - used to transport the C1 wheel :D

Discovered this lovely pothole on my bike ride this afternoon - before the rains came on...

It is perfectly placed to catch an unwary cyclist and although it's on a very quiet and rural lane it is a very popular cycling road...
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Robyn suggested the glove by the side of it was the last remains of someone who drowned in it :lol: It was certainly deep enough!

I put the glove there for scale...

As soon as I returned home I reported it to https://www.fillthathole.org.uk

I ride the road fairly often so it'll be interesting to see how quickly it's fixed... As it's on a minor road I doubt it'll get any great priority despite the great risk it poses to cyclists...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 28 Mar 2018, 17:50

So, Jim, we need to consider changing your name by deed pole to Rob McKenna, after the character from Douglas Adams' book "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish";

"Rob McKenna is an ordinary lorry driver who can never get away from rain, and he has a log-book showing that it has rained on him every day, anywhere that he has ever been, to prove it. He is because of this rather grouchy and resigned to never seeing the sun; he notes it even rained when he went abroad. He was described by the scientific community as a "Quasi Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer". In the novel "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish", Arthur suggests that he could show the diary to someone, which Rob does, making the media deem him a 'Rain God' (something which he actually is) for the clouds want "to be near him, to love him, to cherish him and to water him". This windfall gives him a lucrative career, taking money from resorts and similar places in exchange for not going there."

By the way, your hail storm has just had a flying visit to the Reading area.