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



Having been mountain biking since 1996, you might have expected Dandy to have learnt to ride a bike by now. Several broken bones in the last few years prove the maxim that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

In between hospital visits, Dandy rides a brace of much-blinged Pace RCs, the 'green themed' 405 and the silver & gold 506. His winter hack is the Moles' favourite, an On-One 456 hardtail, now converted to an Alfine hub He also dabbles in 'the dark arts', keeping 2 road bikes in one of his seven sheds.

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Ride Report – Sunday 2nd November – Big Al’s blow-out

Despite the dire forecast, assembled at Bocketts were Big Al, Jonesy, ‘Old’ Karl, Elliot, Colin and myself. A morning on our backsides awaited! Read the rest…

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Ride Report – Wed 22nd October – A ‘Wet and Dry’ night ride

The trails were dry, but it was definitely ‘a wet ride’ as we ended up in The Anchor for a few beers. A good turn-out for a Wednesday evening, with seven of us at the start to watch Jonesy faffing about with yet another flat, he’ll soon learn and go tubeless.

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A dry(ish) week on Ranmore

I was lucky to get three great evening rides in this week, on three different bikes. Although we had a fair bit of rain on Monday night, the trails were still running very nicely, and on the last ride (Thu evening) I was eating dust.

QECP Trail Collective Enduro – 27 July 2014

How do the guys at QECP do it? I’m talking about the hotline to the weather gods that ensured we had a baking hot race on Sunday Read the rest…

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Sunday single speed spin skips Shere and goes to Peaslake (avoiding alliterative titles)

A combination of Saturday’s rain and Sunday being Fathers Day resulted in me having a last minute change of plan to join three other single-speeding Moles Read the rest…

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Domestique Cycle Cafe (and weekly ride summary)

I suspect many of you will be surprised that it’s me that’s made the first ‘reported’ visit to the Domestique Cycle Café, newly opened in Bookham Read the rest…

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Friday slacking

Given the damp forecast for the week-end, who can blame us for taking ‘a little bit’ out of the working day and enjoying the reasonably dry trails?  Apologies to those who were stuck in their offices, but we have all been there, honest!  Running a little late, I was already ‘cream crackered’ by the time we met Jonesy and Batbling … Read the rest…

Tenn Whirlwind waterproof cycling gilet review

With changeable weather conditions, a waterproof gilet like the Tenn Whirlwind is a great addition to a cyclist’s wardrobe Read the rest…

Cannondale Trail SL 29er 3 SS – Review

A review of the Cannondale Trail SL 29er which has been upgraded with a huge Rabbit hole rim and 3 inch Knard tyre (making it almost a 29+) Read the rest…

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Ride reports: Sunday 16 Feb, and Tuesday 18 Feb

Single-speeds 2 – Gears 1 Sunday was always going to have a ‘single-speed heavy’ presence, given the rain that has been falling, as the Moles try to preserve what’s left of their drive chains for the summer (guffaw).