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 January 2009

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How to: Keep your bike clean in winter

Top tips for keeping you bike in running order over winter, by keeping it clean and the mud off.

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Ride report: Wednesday 28 Jan – Ranmore and White Down loop

The Moles head out into the Surrey Hills after heavy rain to find mud, mayhem and a little bit of comedy on their night ride.

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Where’s yer Skips Col?

Colin’s finger injury has been keeping him off the bike and the voice in his head doesn’t like it.

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Reflections on light

The sky is getting brighter and lighter as late January sun gets Matt thinking about the summer in the Surrey Hills

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Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow saddle review

The Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow saddle is a pretty clever piece of kit, but as this review shows, it doesn’t suit everyone.

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Ride report: Sunday 25 January – Holmbury and Pitch Hill

Another muddy ride over the best of the Surrey Hills, although the conditions brought on brake pad and handlebar failures.

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2009 Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon

Is it all upside with the new Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon? Well, it’s not a foregone conclusion.

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Ride report: Wednesday 21 Jan – Headley MTB loop

Wet, windy and muddy conditions reassert themselves on the Surrey Hills

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Peaslake Stores

Peaslake Stores has great home made food, including unusual deli offerings, a great location and best of all, real mugs for the tea.

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Ride report: Sunday 18 January – Holmbury and Pitch Hill

Our Sunday ride takes us over the Pitch and Holmbury Hills for some great trails. Just don’t expect to do it relying only on a GPS!

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Blackburn Mars 4.0 1W LED rear light review

The Blackburn Mars 4.0 puts out an astonishing amount of light from it’s 1W LED, here’s a review of what it has to offer.

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Ride report: Wednesday 14 Jan – Norbury and Headley MTB loop

A Wednesday night ride with 12 riders, 16 miles and lots of draggy clay.

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Return of the gloom

Winter riding is the perfect antidote to SAD depression and sloth. Exercise, company and fun, can’t be bad!

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Upcoming.org

THe Muddymoles set up a mountain bike ride group on Upcoming.org to publicise their MTB rides

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Ride report: Sunday 11 January – Bookham to Epsom Downs loop

The Muddymoles make a huge loop to Box Hill via Epsom Downs, Matt finds his mojo and after three weeks, the thaw sets in.

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Intense Uzzi, Tracer VP and Spider 2 launched

A round up of the new Intense Cycles product range which now includes The Uzzi, Tracer VP and Spider 2.

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How to: position your brake and gear levers

Getting your brake and gear levers properly aligned can make a massive difference to your riding control and comfort on a bike.

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Ride report: Wednesday 7 Jan – Norbury Park MTB loop

Our weekly night ride took full advantage of the frozen conditions to pack a fast and furious punch round Norbury Park and Mickleham, finishing on Alsation.

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Tips for buying a decent mountain bike (including Cyclescheme and Cycle2Work)

What should new riders (for example via Cyclescheme or Cycle2Work) look for when buying a good quality mountain bike, with particular advice for women cyclists.

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Cycling, obesity and the government

Why the government’s anti-obesity campaign cannot work without an integrated approach to more exercise.

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Ride report: Sunday 4 Jan – Bookham to Gatton Park loop

An interesting mountain bike route from Bookham to Gatton Park in Reigate, taking in Colley Hill and the North Downs Way.

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Resolved, 2009

A light hearted look at plans mountain biking in 2009.

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2009 bike mileage

A summary of miles ridden during 2009 covering several riders and bikes.

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What Christmas gifts did you get this year?

We always have a list of new kit we want for our mountain bikes. What was in your stocking this year?

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