Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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It's staggering what you can cram into the back of a 107/C1. Biggest drawbacks are that the seats don't fold fully flat and that the actual tailgate aperture is pretty narrow.

The amount of room in those cars is really a marvel of modern package design...for all I malign the position of the windscreen pillars from a visibility perspective. While it seems big outside compared to an old Mini - it's bigger inside than the cabin in my Saab...and that's near twice the size outside!

Shall I bring the 107 around next week one of the days and we can find out for certain if it does fit?

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Zelandeth wrote:
12 Aug 2017, 02:16
Shall I bring the 107 around next week one of the days and we can find out for certain if it does fit?


Yes, now that would be good Zel :)

I ask as if any fate befalls the 207 it'll be replaced most likely by a C1/107 and the ability to carry a bike is paramount...

No way would a carrier fit a C1 in any case...

Fake, I've never tried loading the bike in back wheel first... I shall try later today... Your bike looks very comfy in the C4 :)

Dave, it was always quite amazing what a Mini van would swallow... As was what an R4 would too. One time I had two automatic washing machines loaded into my R4!

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I have now found a way to drive the Pug of Love in comfort...

Drive wearing Lycra cycling shorts :wink:

The pad works as well on the concrete-hard seats as well as it does on a bike saddle :)

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The Wiggle Steeplechase Sportive this morning was awesome :-D

Completed 62.5 miles in 3h54m or at an average speed of 16mph... That was into a lot of headwinds too...

The route was absolutely lovely and almost every village had a most wonderful steeple.. No chance of pictures but I'll be re-tracing it soon with camera...

Here it is on Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/1129698114/overview

The ride was without incident until about 40 miles in when a following rider failed to see me come to a halt at a busy junction and ploughed straight into the back of me!!!

Our bikes got tangled up a bit but no injuries and no damage :)

Here is my bike proudly wearing a finisher's teeshirt and medal :D
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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CitroJim wrote:
11 Aug 2017, 17:15
I'm in severe danger of becoming a serial bike collector :roll:


A serial bike collector would have to have one of these, West Wiltshire's finest, in their collection!! None of this lycra palaver for Alex Moulton, just an ordinary suit and a pair of fetching hush puppies :-D



and just for amusement a "Donkey Bike"



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Bradford on Avon goes electric
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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
12 Aug 2017, 22:47
[None of this lycra palaver for Alex Moulton, just an ordinary suit and a pair of fetching hush puppies :-D


But where's his cycle clips ;)

I have a pair!

A Moulton is now very collectable and has a price-tag to match...

Neil, I'm surprised you have not used this topic now to connect Alex Moulton with something very famously automotive ;)
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Bradford on Avon goes electric
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They are a good company and move with the times and are always at the leading edge :)

All Bromptons are still hand-made and in the UK too... Very special bikes indeed...

Most desirable but 'leccy bikes are not for me - just yet...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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My parents had a Moulton Major each in the 60s/70s, but both returned to conventional diamond frames later on. Personally, I don't get on with the bobbing up and down of the suspension.
I do have a Brompton which I used to commute on the train with doing about 18 miles a day when I worked in London, but would never ride it if a real bike was an option!

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That's interesting on the experiences of riding a folder...

I've never ridden one. Something I must soon correct...

As I say, I really fancy having a folder on the fleet...

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CitroJim wrote:
13 Aug 2017, 04:36

Neil, I'm surprised you have not used this topic now to connect Alex Moulton with something very famously automotive ;)


Well if you'll excuse me putting in a 1 minute 1 second commercial from New Zealand in your blog, I think it covers what Alex Moulton did for the Morris 1100.....(and others of course)



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Of course being the FCF, 30 seconds of French may be more appropriate :)


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Well done Neil :) I knew you'd come up trumps on that ;) =D>

They used to call Hydrolastic 'poor man's Hydropneumatic'

Both Alex Moulton and Alec Issigonis were great Citroen fans... Issigonis reputedly ran a TA as his daily driver...

Did Moulton have an XM at some stage?

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CitroJim wrote:
13 Aug 2017, 10:45
Did Moulton have an XM at some stage?


It went up for sale in 2010, not ebay or anything like that...you had to e-mail dan@moultonbicycles.co.uk at the time.

Some details from aronline.co.uk here...

http://www.aronline.co.uk/news/alex-mou ... -for-sale/

and a bit of dicussion on the Club XM forum

http://www.club-xm.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=16443

but pictures blotted out by photobucket!

No reg number to check, but I would imagine with that history it would still be a viable car today.

Regards Neil

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Ahh, excellent :) Thanks Neil... My memory is better than I think sometimes...

With all my cognitive issues I seriously worry about dementia and early-onset Alzheimer's (as Terry Pratchett suffered from - poor sod :( ...) and when I can pull out memories like that it significantly reassures me...

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Got my certificate for the bike ride yesterday...

I should have told them I did the Standard Course rather than the short... Had I done so I'd have qualified for a Silver award... I'm not worried. Main thing is, I did the ride and enjoyed it :D
Courtesy UKCyclingEvents.co.uk
Courtesy UKCyclingEvents.co.uk

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CitroJim wrote:
12 Aug 2017, 15:07
The Wiggle Steeplechase Sportive this morning was awesome :-D

Completed 62.5 miles in 3h54m or at an average speed of 16mph... That was into a lot of headwinds too...
Well done Jim, after my own little enjoyable hour on the electric bike round Derwent reservoir, where with electric assistance I probably did 10-14mph, averaging 16mph for nearly 4 hours in my book is phenonemal! I was as unaerodynamically clad as Alex Moulton and it was tossing it down with drizzle!

I can see why this quote is true......you just don't need the electric assistance!
CitroJim wrote:
13 Aug 2017, 04:36
Most desirable but 'leccy bikes are not for me - just yet...
Great achievement!

Regards Neil