Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

March 13, 2009

two steps forward…

Filed under: bikes,that damn car — dgpowell @ 7:43 pm

Car has now got a new MOT (after throwing £380 at it). It also has new front suspension coils – the old one that had broken was actually in 3 pieces, which was quite shocking!
Annoyingly it passed with an Advisory (ie the mechanic noticed something that wasn’t bad enough to fail the MOT but was worth mentioning officially) – the discs are “slightly worn” and will probably need replacing before this time next year.

Now that on it’s own isn’t annoying (stuff wears out, fair enough) what is a tad galling is that when the car had it’s service back in December I specifically asked them to check the brakes as I’d noticed the noise they made had changed. They checked and reported back that they were fine, with about half the brake pads remaining, no corosion and everything moving nice and smoothly…but with no mention of worn discs. I can’t see how they would have worn down that much in the following 3 months. Grrr.

The dashboard is still as it was – apparently it’s a sealed system, so they can’t service it…and a replacement one would cost me another £300 odd quid, so stuff that, it kicks into life after a few seconds so I’ll run it until it gives up completely.

While the car was being fettled I headed off for a ride (after chatting with the owner of the garage for a bit about how the new berlingo can fit a penny farthing or a tandem in without removing any wheels – ace). I’m definately not well yet, my heart rate was sitting at around 180bpm while spinning along the flat at 18mph and i simply ground to a halt on any climbs, no matter how small.
In fact after 4hrs I had to stop and have a magic cup of tea.
Managed just over 80 miles and felt shot to pieces afterwards. Damn, this sucks.

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  1. I wonder if my chap does Citroen, he’s a mazda specialist, but cars are cars, he dosn’t BS about things, very trust worthy.. He’s at Birkenhead/Wallasey Docks area so kinda handy.

    Comment by Matt — March 13, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

  2. well, given just how much “genuine citroen parts” are from the main dealer i won’t be getting any more work done there – the replacement springs were £85 each and you can get non-citroen ones for £20 on ebay! (yes, i know the cheapo ones will be crap)

    don’t mind taking it there for it’s normal servicing (it’s nice to get the dealer stamp in the book) and i know they’re pretty honest about what needs to be done, but by god they make a pretty packet on labour charges and “citroen approved” bits and bobs

    Comment by dgpowell — March 13, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

  3. Maybe you should go and see a doctor about the illness/tiredness.

    Comment by Tom — March 17, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  4. well, i feel OK at the mo’

    i’m off out for a ride all afternoon so i’ll see how i fair; if it does me in again i’ll book myself in for some medical probing

    might see if i can get some of the science students here at work to do some proper sports testing on me too 🙂

    Comment by dgpowell — March 17, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

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