Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Apr 2018, 19:19

Bikes have come a long, long way in the past few years... My sportive bike weighs just 6.6Kg and is made almost entirely of carbon-fibre, exotic alloys and titanium. I believe the cables are of steel and there's bit of steel in the chain but that's about it... Oh and the tubeless tyres are still made of rubber!
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I'm guessing you're going to be investing in some 'background heating' of some sort for the Caravan before next Winter.


I'm definitely going to drain down the water system that's for sure Puxa!

Oddly, in the 9 or so years the 'van has been here it's never had a winter drain-down and never suffered... This winter was exceptional...

The 'van sits on top of a seaside cliff and generally the proximity of the sea keeps things relatively balmy but not this year! It's rare to have a frost even - being able to grow palm trees around here shows that...

One of the downsides of being so near the sea is the rust... I looked under with the plumber and was shocked... One wheel has totally collapsed and the rust on the chassis would be an MoT fail if static caravans were subject to one :lol:

The 'van is nearly at the end of its life now... One more year and it's game over for it on this site...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Apr 2018, 17:05

Since before Easter I have experienced a significant deterioration in my cognitive function, making it very difficult for me to do anything intellectual - including my ability to work, drive and enjoy social media :cry:

Just this past week things have deteriorated further and has forced me to be very much read-only on here. A trend that sadly I can see only increasing :evil:

I see no sign of improvement despite rest and time off. Things do not look good...

Driving is now getting very difficult and if I could, I would give it up completely. As it is, if I need to travel anywhere I can only do so at very quiet times. Between 1 and 3 AM seems about the best times...

Physically I remain very healthy :) If only my head was as good as my body...

Today I've been riding a 65 mile bike sportive that started and ended in Milton Keynes with a nice excursion up into the Chilterns :) It was almost the perfect ride, lovely weather, good company and great scenery :D The state of some of the roads let it down a bit... Potholes still very much rule on the quieter back-roads...

When on these sportive rides I take my pet rat along with me :D I'm sure he increases my performance!
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All I can say is thank goodness I can still run and ride my bike...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 21 Apr 2018, 17:36

Do logic puzzles help you, Jim? Sometimes they can.

Some years back (more than a few, actually) my Mum had problems with her logic skills. For other reasons I built her a PC (and she did not want any games installed). However, Microsoft installed a few games (including Minesweeper and Hearts). She was not exactly enthralled by this. A few days later I was playing Minesweeper, and she asked about it. I explained the basics of the game. She then had a go. After a while she got the hang of it. She then noticed (over time) that her logic skills were getting stronger. She puts this down to the game of Minesweeper!
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 21 Apr 2018, 18:10

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
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Do logic puzzles help you, Jim? Sometimes they can.


Sadly not in my case James :( I tried hard with puzzles, thinking it would act as a kind of mental fitness regime, but it just made/makes the situation worse for me.

Running, swimming and cycling seem to do the most good... I always feel more mentally alert after those activities - hence why I'm active on here now...

I think it's because they need very little brain to perform them and therefore the brain gets a good rest...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 21 Apr 2018, 21:20

There's a couple of topics Jim which may be theraputic.

The simple Picture(s) of the Day....I'll keep putting up random pictures and hope others do to. Some may even be marginally interesting and in focus :-D

The other thread Room 101 Open for Deposits..............throw the stuff in there that troubles you.....driving, cars, my boring pictures....anything. In it goes without challenge :-D

I have nothing but admiration for your cycling/swimming other physical achievements we read about on your blog.

One other thing I came across... if you want to ditch driving.....how about an electric "cargo" bike for the weekly shop! Yes ugly as sin!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 22 Apr 2018, 00:46

Real shame to hear you're suffering so much lately Jim. I'll definitely drop by at some point this week to say hello and drop off another couple of records for you to have a listen to. I'll let you know beforehand, and don't be afraid to tell me to sod off and leave you to it until a better time.

As said before - and I reiterate - with no strings, expectations or anything else attached, if you want a natter, a coffee or a change of scenery, just give me a shout.

Sorry if I keep pushing that, it's part of who I am. I've a funny overactive sense of honour, and that means that looking after my friends is high on my priority list.
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2018, 05:40

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
21 Apr 2018, 21:20
One other thing I came across... if you want to ditch driving.....how about an electric "cargo" bike for the weekly shop! Yes ugly as sin!

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I love that Neil :) I am thinking of buying another bike more suited to 'utility' work but it won't be an electric one... My head may be gone but my legs are OK...

I'm far happier riding a bike than I am driving a car any day...

I still love playing with cars though; that will never change and I still have a Ka here to play with...
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I'll definitely drop by at some point this week to say hello and drop off another couple of records for you to have a listen to.
Zel, that'll be brilliant and I'll be very much looking forward to seeing you and having a good old catch-up natter :D

There is never a bad time for a visit ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 24 Apr 2018, 06:06

Enjoyed a great weekend of cycling :)

On Saturday I took part in a 65 mile jaunt around the badlands south of Milton Keynes courtesy of the Evans MK Ride-It! Sportive...

It was a lovely ride and took in some very scenic bits indeed around the edges of the Chilterns...

I encountered a learner driver near a test centre on the route and later learned it was my ex-wife conducting a driving test :lol: She asked me if I knew what was going on with all those bikes interfering with her tests!!!

Here am I in action :)
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On Sunday I went out for a 27 mile ride with my local cycling club, a most enjoyable spin with great company and on a challenging, hilly route... One highlight was the cafe stop at a combined bike shop and bakery/cafe in Woburn Sands... The coffee and cake were both most excellent!

The combination of a bike shop and cafe/bakery seems a bit of an odd diversification but for a cyclist it works brilliantly :D

After that ride I took a scenic 22 mile route home as it was too lovely a day not to make the absolute most of it on the bike...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Pug_XUD_KeenAmateur » 26 Apr 2018, 21:34

sorry to hear it Jim.... and pleased that you're working with what you've got. So many out there need only the barest of excuses for a 'woe is me, I can't' kind of an attitude; while others like you work with what they CAN do.

Enjoy the caravan while its still 'viable' and maybe even give some thought to welding it. I dunno what the practicalities would be with regard to acccess / nearby flammables, but my understanding is that welding the heavier stuff is s heck of a lot easier in theory than welding thin Bodyshell tin, specially Ford cr*p. Consider Sun deals too, one of the New Milton parks is part of that; we're just back from one such break, Wassenaar, NL; 1,100 trouble free miles in the old girl.
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by van ordinaire » 26 Apr 2018, 22:30

Plenty of specialist firms out there that do this sort of work on 'vans - next time you're in Sniffs pick up a couple of (appropriate) magazines you might not even know exist & trawl through the ads in the back.
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Apr 2018, 15:58

A rather special day today...

I completed my first 100 mile bike ride :D

Conditions were not the best for such a long ride... It was cold, windy and at times wet too...

Still, that all pales into insignificance... I'm now a member of the Century Club!
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 29 Apr 2018, 19:04

Well done Jim! That's quite an achievement!
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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CitroJim wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:58
A rather special day today...

I completed my first 100 mile bike ride :D

Conditions were not the best for such a long ride... It was cold, windy and at times wet too...

Still, that all pales into insignificance... I'm now a member of the Century Club!



Very well done, Jim. That's quite an achievement. Only another 20-odd of those over the course of 23-odd days and you'll be in Tour de France territory :shock: 8-[ A 100 mile bike ride is about 99 and-a-half more miles than I'll comfortably ride :wink:
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by RichardW » 29 Apr 2018, 20:56

Nice one, Jim! Most I have ever done is about 90 - but that did involve riding over snake pass and the subsequent hill twice - plus down into the bottom of Sheffield and back up the other side. My mate thought it would be a good idea to ride from Manchester to Sheffield and back to see a friend. Didn't seem such a good idea as we ground up past the snake pass inn on the way back.....!
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Pug_XUD_KeenAmateur » 30 Apr 2018, 12:01

CitroJim wrote:
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completed my first 100 mile bike ride....conditions were not the best for such a long ride... It was cold, windy and at times wet too...
Well done Jim, in all the thousands of miles I've put in over the years, I've never achieved the century. Those conditions sound just right for what I call 'heavy air' which I think is the absolute worst to cycle in; even more so than a headwind.

NB: I once got half way on a 100mile journey that I ultimately did not complete, I was 17 & cycling Bournemouth to Torquay on a not very old then Record Sprint. Chideock Hill had posed no real issue but I got just East of Bridport to an area called "Morecambe Lakes" (near Peter, with the 406) and just couldn't keep going. It was some time before I realised I was on a long slow climb of at least a mile! I ultimately terminated my ride 80miles out at my Gran's in Exeter and was grateful to complete the ride on an incredibly noisy D Series Merc Bus to Torquay.
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