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 April 2009

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Ride report: Wednesday 29 April – Ranmore, Horlsey and Effingham

Another blast round Surrey at night covering Ranmore, Horsley, Effingham and Bookham. On a pink bike!

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What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too

I think that most of us think that mountain biking is a great way to spend your spare time and I’m most of us have, with varying levels of success, persuaded our significant others to give mountain biking a go.

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3 types of Mountain Bike Rider

There’s basically three types of mountain biker – no, not XC whippets, Freeriders and Downhillers but Breezers, Geezers and Wheezers. Which one are you?

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My pink singlespeed bike

All about a classic white On-one Inbred and some pink parts including a pink Slasa flip off clamp, a pink Straitline bash ring and a pink Superstar bottom bracket

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Ride Report: Sunday 26th April – Over to Leith Hill

A trip to Leith Hill sees an under-the-radar raid on WOM and F&M, then back via Summer Lightning and Wolvens Lane.

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Mixed blessings – Friday commute to work

Matt commutes to Redhill for the last time out on his Inbred in geared guise before he switches to singlespeed.

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Ride Report: Wed 22nd April – The Usual with a Twist

A warm spring evening, dry trails. Well it’d be rude not to wouldn’t it? Without squadron leader Matt (on domestic duties) it started off fairly routinely in so much as – meet at Bookham, start riding up Crabtree Lane and then casually start throwing route ideas around because we were too busy chatting before we set off.

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Ragley Blue Pig in the wild

The Ragley Blue Pig starts to get some real world testing miles under its wheels

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Billy no mates

A Saturday morning spent in Afan on Whites Level and The Wall rewards Tony, the dutiful son-in-law!

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More otter juice from Sea Otter 2009

Further interesting nuggets from the Sea Otter Classic 2009 in Monterey, California

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Ride report: Sunday 12 April – Swinley Forest

The first full visit of the Muddymoles to Swinley and it more than lives up to expectations. I could have done without a hangover though!

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Otter juice 2009 – some news from Sea Otter

Three interesting news nuggets from Sea Otter 2009 in Monterey, California. Colours, Forks and a belt drive bike

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Blue Pig is now orange

The Ragley Blue Pig from Shedfire (or is that Tweakbikes?) has now reached the painted stage, turned out in a fine orange/yellow. Or yellow/orange. Or something.

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Dogcam Mini DVR1 review

An in depth review of the Mini-DVR1 digital video camera from Dogcamsport

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Ride report: Wednesday 15 April – Ranmore, White Down and Norbury

A spring night ride over Ranmore to White Down, then back via Denbies and Norbury Park to make it 18 miles door to door.

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See that? That’s a Ragley Blue Pig that is, from Tweakbikes

Early pictures about the Ragley Blue Pig, a £250 version of the Ragley Ti in 4130 cromo.

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Ride report: Sunday 12 April – White Down and Box Hill

Damp conditions proved a bit of a handful with roots and greasy clay to contend with on Easter Sunday.

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Ride report: Saturday 11 April – Swinley Forest

Colin and Tony finally get to sample some Swinley magic

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Humbled

Mike from BrightonMTB shows us how to ride one of our own, near Abba Zabba and White Down.

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Moles dig up Swinley Forest

Dave and Jem sample Swinley Forest and find miles of amazing trails. What took us so long?

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Swinley Forest trails on Mini DVR1 helmet cam

The Labyrinth trail at Swinley Forest filmed using a Mini DVR1 helmet cam

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Ride report: Sunday 5 April – Bookham to Newlands Corner

Our usual run to Newlands Corner via Abba Zabba and some testing gnarly bits in perfect spring weather. Nearly bluebell time…

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Society today

It never ceases to amaze me that when faced with a situation where one human being could do with, or indeed does need the support of their fellow man (or woman), that people are quite happy to carry on by as if totally blind to the whole episode. My drive to work this morning provided no greater proof that society … Read the rest…

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Ride report: Wednesday 1 April – Ranmore, Horsley and Bookham

Another sprightly night ride on unfamiliar trails shows the value of mixing up your riding.

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April foolery

A round up of MTB related April Fool jokes.

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