Mat's BX Blog

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Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:55 pm

Managed to find a campsite with Wi-Fi, and this is the view from the van tonight - Mont Blanc in the distance.

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Been doing a lot of cycling:

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And here is a shot of some vintage machinery...

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...with an old tractor in the background!
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1993 1.9 TZD Turbo Estate
1996 3.9 V8 Discovery
1993 VW LT35 campervan
1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by themildbunch » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:18 pm

nice -
nice vintage MTB too - what is it?
1988 BX 19 Gti 16v
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Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:31 pm

It's a custom built frame from '93 (Dave Yates) with bits fitted by me over the years. My Grandad used to be very keen on cycling, so when he died I thought it fitting to invest what he left me on my (at the time) dream bike. It's served me well for many years now.
Pretty much got it spot on for me by the late 90s, so any bits after then are merely replacements rather than upgrades. No suspension means I have an excuse for not being quick, although I've managed to overtake a few full suspension bikers downhill and surprise them somewhat!
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:40 pm

Good on ya Mat, full suspension is for wimps!! I've got a Marin Muirwoods that i really need to go for a blast on.
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
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1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
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Post by mds141 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:42 pm

Is that campsite any where near Passy?
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.

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Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:19 pm

Dave Yates? As in the Citroen-loving, nutty bike-building Dave Yates? If so, I went to his house not long back. He's one of those brilliant engineering eccentrics.

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Post by MULLEY » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:50 pm

I've got an Orange Clockwork, not the original version though, mine's the later one which has triple butted cromo tubes i believe :) No suspension, that's for masochists, haha..
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:52 am

On the ferry back now, so got internet access for a while...
Dollywobbler wrote:Dave Yates? As in the Citroen-loving, nutty bike-building Dave Yates? If so, I went to his house not long back. He's one of those brilliant engineering eccentrics.
Sounds like the same guy - is he still up in Newcastle? Didn't realise he liked Citroens though; might have to let him know his frame is still going strong!

Back in 1995 I ran into a tree with the bike, and snapped the whole front end off. As it was brazed together it was repairable so I sent it back for repair. I'd caught the crash on video, and sent a copy up to him - he laughed so much (his words) that I got the repair for almost half price!

Check out the long hair I had....sadly no sound though.

http://www.myspace.com/v8madmat/videos/video/5038332
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Post by MULLEY » Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:07 pm

That video is ace, especially at the end with that person pulling that face, i really laughed at that one, so not surprised that Yatesy did as well :)
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:45 pm

Maybe a different David Yates who builds bikes then. This one lives near Lampeter and has for some time.

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Post by hilarystone » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:05 pm

The Dave that build bikes near Lampeter is Dave Wrath-Sherman; Dave Yates now lives and works near Market Rasen, he moved from Newcastle about ten years ago…
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Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:36 pm

Right you are Hilary! My memory is bloody appalling at times...

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:09 pm

I'll post up some holiday pictures later, but tonight was spent fitting the new genuine drop links.

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While I was fitting them I noticed a slight amount of play in the O/S track rod end; fortunately I had a decent Lemforder unit in stock:

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No problems to remove the old one and fit it, but I'll try and get the tracking checked tomorrow.

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I also noticed that the rear height corrector linkage was missing - must have dropped off in the last couple of hundred miles as that's the last time I changed the suspension height. Raided the one from the silver BX for now, but on the look out for a replacement if anyone has one knocking around?
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1996 3.9 V8 Discovery
1993 VW LT35 campervan
1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
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Post by MULLEY » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:15 pm

Just noticed that you have vented discs, i presume you've got valver front calipers fitted? Does it make that much of a difference over the standard solid discs?
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:27 pm

I'd have thought you'd have noticed the valvers stopping power after the brief demo I gave you at Wetherby Matthew. :)
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.