Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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

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Zelandeth wrote:You keeping the old seats around Jim?
The passenger seat - the foam at least - is spoken for Zel but the driver's seat and rears are available... Someone with a LHD Xantia with a collapsed driver's side bolster is after the foam...

I was going to dump them so if you want any of it, you'll be very welcome indeed :D
Hell Razor5543 wrote:I do not know if they are thin enough, Jim, but I can see that the palms and fingers have a 'grippy' surface to help.
I'm going to try a pair James... Cheap enough and may be useful in the workshop if not good for biking...
myglaren wrote:I have a pair of gloves in my glovebox Jim :)
Now that's just doubled the number of glove boxes I know that do contain gloves :lol:

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I wonder if those gloves will work with rechargeable batteries? That would be a way to keep the costs down (if they are suitable for cycling).

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I have gloves in mine too!

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I don't see why not James as long as a battery will supply volts and amps it should be fine but then again it depends on how much current those gloves draw... Some rechargables don't like supplying high currents for a long time and I expect those gloves do need a bit of current to make a reasonable amount of heat... I will let you know in due course...

I don't have any rechargeables but I have stacks of ordinary AA cells here. You can buy huge quantities for pennies by shopping around... CPC Farnell often have good deals on AA cells and I often buy a load when I stock up on PP9s for my vintage transistor wirelesses... I have lots of kit here that consume AA cells...
mickeymoon wrote:I have gloves in mine too!
That's now tripled the number I know!!!

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

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Erm, those gloves use 'D' cell batteries.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:Erm, those gloves use 'D' cell batteries.
Ahh, well spotted James... I saw a Duracell and assumed they were AA cells.... Gosh, they do take some current then!!! Makes rechargables a wise investment then as primary D cells are quite dear...

That raises an issue of weight... Us cyclists are very sensitive to that subject :lol: :lol:

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The blurb does say the batteries will provide heat for up to 5 hours. Assuming they mean Duracell that is still a fair length of time. If rechargeable batteries do 2 hours that would still be useful (but you might want to get several batteries). Weight wise, I would say that during winter you would just be keeping in shape, while summer cycling would be to improve your fitness.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:Weight wise, I would say that during winter you would just be keeping in shape, while summer cycling would be to improve your fitness.
:rofl2: :rofl2: I like your spin James... Ever thought of becoming a politician? :wink: :lol:

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NO!!! :yikes:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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I'll put my name down for the driver's seat then Jim.

Is a bit more compact than the current one (Jag XJ6) seat in use so should make getting to and from the desk a bit easier... it's done me well, but has quite a few seams that have started to fail now so is looking quite rough. Colour will fit the room better as the current one does clash a bit.

Those gloves sound like they would benefit from a LiPo battery pack really...

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Zel, the driver's seat has your name on it ;)

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Seats look good Jim :)

Why not use a generator to power heated handle wrap (as M'bikes have), the body uses a lot of energy keeping warm, increased safety and bike control should make up for the loss of Horse Power due to the drag off the generator.

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That's a good thought Alasdair :) I find it odd this issue has never been looked at in the cycle world... heated grips on motor bikes work well and heated bar tape would be wonderful.

One just needs a hub alternator to run it and sadly nobody makes therm for the sort of wheels my bikes have :(

You're right ttaht we generate our own heat when pedalling well and that keep all but our extremities as warm as toast! The extra power expended in generating the necessary for heated bars would only assist in keeping us warm!

This has got to be an area ripe for some experimentation ;)

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Would these also be of interest, Davie and Jim?;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Battery-Heate ... sq-pQaxlNg

They do say NOT to use Duracell, as they are slightly larger than normal AA batteries. You can get 6 AA alkaline batteries from Poundland for a quid.

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Cheers Jim. Will drop you a PM to arrange to get it out your way at some point shortly.