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 March 2009

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Velos, et Cake

Bikes and cake and militant baked goods. What a great combination!

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Ride Report: Epsom Downs Loop, 29 March

Sunday’s ride involves punctures, latex rubber, Stane Street and a tour of Headley and Box Hill in the spring sunshine

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Shedfire brand is Tweak

Matt probably has too much time on his hands or has a very good RSS search running. Anyway, he spotted a comment on a blog about being a “development rider for Tweak, the new bike brand from Calderdale.” This fits with the partial logo shown on the Shedfire site.

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Shedfire Ragley meets the media

Shedfire’s Ragley sees some real world testing but we’re guessing we’ll have to wait for the verdict. And is that a logo on the horizon?

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Ride report: Wednesday 26 March – Ranmore, Horsley and Effingham

Our weekly night ride throws up a new route that’s fun, fast and flowing.

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What’s your bogey trail?

Holmbury, Leith and Pitch Hills are full of great trails as is much of the Surrey Hills in general. But which ones mess with your head?

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Lance Armstrong breaks his collarbone; Mark Cavendish wins

Lance Armstrong breaks his collarbone in a crash while Britain’s Mark Cavendish wins the Milan – San Remo classic.

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Friday night ride? Friday night curry!

No way is Dave going to give up his Friday night curry for a blast round the Surrey Hills. That’s what Saturdays are for…

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Ride report: Friday 20 March – Holmbury and Pitch Hill night ride

With Mother’s Day looming, we attempt to earn Brownie points by getting a ride in on Friday to leave the Sunday free. So of course we head to Holmbury!

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Pre-Ride Report: Fri 20 March – Holmbury and Pitch Hills

What’s this, a ride report before the ride! Have I taken leave of my senses? No, but the sun is shining, the trails are sublime and I’m like a dog with two dicks in anticipation of another blast tonight, along with a nice pint afterwards. What a nice change from a post ride energy bar!

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Ride report: Wed 18 March – Pottering Around the North Downs

A night ride round the Norbury Park area gets the pulses racing with lovely grippy trails giving a taste of summer.

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Oil and Gas exploration at Leith Hill – a follow up

A response to the common arguments put forward that the Leith Hill Planning protest is just selfish protectionsim.

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Mountain biking and Back Pain

If you suffer back pain while mountain biking you could try an osteopath. What can you expect if you’ve not been to an osteopath before?

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Ride report: Sunday 15 March – Bookham to Leith Hill

A long, physically tiring 25 miles from Bookham to Leith Hill, covering some great trails today. 12 riders, a couple of people met along the way and perfect sunny weather.

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The most useless piece of plastic in mountain biking?

Shimano SPD plastic pedal adaptors are possibly the most pointless bit of mountain bike kit around.

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AY Up ends UK distribution agreement

Ay Up LED lighting systems have announced they are ending their UK distribution agreement and will now be supplying direct from Australia

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Ride report: Wednesday 11 Mar – Ranmore and Box Hill

Another evening ride in mild weather takes the Moles over toward Ranmore and Box Hill, including China Pig.

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Brant at Shedfire appears to have been busy

Brant Richards appears to have been busy since leaving On-one and setting up Shedfire. Here’s news of his first efforts, the Ragley Ti hardtail and a weird set of handlebars.

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SRAM X0 goes super-pimp with anodised colours

SRAM release details of their special edition coloured X0 groupset, including anodised X0 rear mech, cassette, trigger shifters and Truvativ Noir crankset in a range of colours.

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Trek Fuel EX 8 2009 review

A detailed review of the Trek Fuel EX 8 mountain bike with pictures. Overall, a great bike with carefully judged components.

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Ride report: Sunday 8 March – Ranmore and Abinger Roughs loop

A joint Muddymoles/DoMTB ride across Ranmore and down the other side to the Abinger Roughs, then back via Dorking.

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Them and us; or now and then

Thoughts on the differences in exercise levels between the generations.

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Ride report: Wednesday 4 March – Norbury loop

Our regular winter night ride route round Norbury Park, taking in the Mickkleham Gallops and Alsation.

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Lamping – are we at risk?

Lamping – the act of using bright lights to stun wildlife for poaching comes to the Surrey Hills.

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My retro bike project

It may be a bit old in the tooth but a good bike like the 1998 Marin Muirwoods never truly dies. It just gets used in different ways.

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Cycleworks Demo Day 2009

Cycleworks have their 2009 Demo Day this weekend, Sunday March 8th.

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Oil and Gas exploration on Leith Hill?

The deadline for protesting against the prospect of oil and gas exploration in Waterden Wood on Leith Hill has been extended.

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Ride report: Sunday 1 March – Holmbury and Pitch Hill

Holmbury and Pitch Hills hosted todays ride which featured lovely dry trails, comfortable riding temperatures, good company and someone who knew a route!

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