Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole ValleyMuddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Cycling News, Reviews, Chat and Ride reports

Articles written during June 2007

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Mountain Bike fitness training

It seems every Mountain Biker has worries about his fitness at some point. Just a quick trawl across other Mountain Bike blogs and websites will throw up a selection of articles that touch on the subject of Mountain Biking fitness in various forms – how do I get fit, I didn’t/did feel fit on today’s ride and so on.

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Cotic Hemlock is go

I confess to a state of ignorance when it comes to Cotics, never having tried one of their popular (relatively) 853 hardtails, although I’ve seen a few out on the local Surrey trails.

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Man accused of sex with a bike

We’ve all been there. And let him who is without sin cast the first stone…

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Memories are made of this, or the lot of the busy man

While listening to Dean Martin singing “Memories are made of this” the other day, it sent me off on a wave of nostalgia, reminding me that I used to ride a mountain bike.

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What is Mountain Biking?

The Fat Cyclist has just highlighted how ambiguous the term Mountain Biking can be…

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Bedgebury, three thoughts from an MTB rider in Kent

Whilst I stood with Matt, sheltering from the rain outside the refreshment area, looking out onto a calm but pock marked lake where only ducks feared to venture and Swifts swooped low, two observations came to mind.

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The Bike Forklift

Now, we all know that bikes come in all shapes and sizes but here’s one that trumps all aces. From the Pinch Flat News. I have no more idea of Japanese than they do but I can recognise a fine idea when I see one. Great way to keep your workforce fit, save money and give the folks at Jackass … Read the rest…

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Bedgebury Forest return

A return to Bedgebury Forest in Kent for some more MTB fun, this time in torrential rain.

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Soul-less Solstice

Last night was our regular weekly night ride.

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2007 Orange Five photos

A few pictures of my new Orange Five SE in its pristine state, barely three miles old. Bless.

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World Naked Bike Ride Day – a follow up

(Work safe) The perils of protesting using bicycles. Don’t get naked, get baggies!

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2007 Orange Five

Matt finally takes delivery of his 2007 Orange Five SE with some special upgrades. Here’s a mini review of a great bike.

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Bluetooth Bike Computers

News of a bluetooth bike sensor for tracking your performance by mobile phone, plus the chance of a unique soundtrack to go with it.

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I’ve seen my new Orange Five

And very striking it is in Electric (Sub Zero) Blue with chunky Rock Shox 454 Pike forks up front, Mavic UST wheels and lovely clicky Hope Pro 2 hubs.

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2008 DT Swiss / Pace forks

DT Swiss launch the first fruits from their purchase of Pace forks and so far it is limited to some cosmetic tinkering with the forks’ branding and a seeming reduction in the Pace range.

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Bedgebury Forest photos

Here’s some photos of our recent MTB trip to Bedgebury Forest in Kent.

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Shimano SD-60 (now SD-65) sandals review

They might get called Jesus creepers or vandals sandals by some but these MTB sandals from Shimano have a lot going for them – here’s a short review.

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I go faster on a 29er

Do people really go faster on a 29er? Dave thinks his On-one Inbred 29er gives him something extra.

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Revising the Highway Code

Plans have been underway to revise the Highway Code for some time now and it appears that the CTC have been able to coordinate an amendment that prevents cyclists having to use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings. The proposed wording now says that use is not ‘compulsory’ but may ‘make your journey safer’ and that … Read the rest…

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Bedgebury Forest singletrack review

What’s it like MTB riding in Bedgebury Forest? Here’s a review of the singletrack trails to be found there.

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9. Consider (briefly) the benefits of singlespeeding

So the best way for me to consider singlespeeding is to buy a brand new On-One Inbred Slot Dropout complete bike and while I’m about it, lets have some funny 29er sized wheels! Oh hang on, he said “(briefly)”…bugger.

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Specialized Hardrock Sport D4W (Designs for Women) 2007 review

A new Specialized Hardrock Sport D4W bike for his wife leaves Matt quietly impressed as this review shows.

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High Fives for Orange

As I posted last week, I was hours off picking up my new Orange Five when Cycleworks discovered that my Electric Blue with sparkle lacquer turned out to be sparkley Diva Blue. You see how easy it is to mix the two up with descriptions like that? Well Orange have put their hands up and agreed to send an Electric … Read the rest…

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The changing plans and shifting sands of Mountain Biking

There’s an old saying about best laid plans which means that inevitably, the half baked ideas of the Muddymoles rarely stand a chance of working out the way we hope.

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