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

Dandy

Dandy

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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Non-Mayhem Moles head to Newlands Corner

A smaller company of Moles not seduced by the delights of Mountain Mayhem or Bruce Springsteen gathered at Bocketts Farm as usual. Read the rest…

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Ride report Wed evening, 15 May – Lone Mole leaves the burrow

I wasn’t expecting to see anyone at the garage as I rode up Eastwick Road at 7.30pm, my forum post eliciting a sole response from Kev telling me that it would be ‘Dark side only’ for him.  It was clearly an omen that he ended up stuck on the M25, and I don’t think managed to get a ride in … Read the rest…

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May Day Fun

A small and (I’d like to think) perfectly formed company of Moles met for the ride in ‘late spring’ evening sunshine. Small, as for some reason inexplicable to me, a sizeable portion of the Moles preferred to utilise these superb conditions by rolling around on the tarmac rather than sampling the dry and fast-running trails that abound locally. Apologies for … Read the rest…

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The things we do for a new bike!

Dandy is getting a new bike. How to break the good news to La Dandina, who is of the opinion that he can’t possibly need one? Read the rest…

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Easter coffee and cake

After a brief debate via the forum the previous evening as to the starting point, we had 6 brave Moles layering up to keep out the early morning chill. Read the rest…

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Promised pints promote punctuality

With the promise of a post-ride beer to celebrate JR’s impending birthday, for once I was at the garage meeting point with time to spare. JR arrived 5 minutes later, and after the obligatory further 5 minutes of chat and waiting for latecomers (none expected, none arrived), the two of us set off.

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What’s the story?

Morning glory, naturally … and what a glorious morning it was, though pretty nippy at the start.  The weak morning sunshine was reflecting ominously off the thin layer of ice crystals coating the road surface that so far was undisturbed by daytime traffic.

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Trail Turkey

A change of venue for the Moles Christmas lunch saw a change of trails for what is becoming a highlight of the Moles social calendar. Read the rest…

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A very social Sunday ride

Planned several weeks ago, this was my attempt to bribe a long-time cycling buddy of mine, Stu, back out into the Surrey Hills. Beer was the bribe!

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How well does a sandy heath drain?

Ok, so I gave up Geography for French when it came to ‘O’ level choices *; but I still thought my reasoning was sound, surely a sandy heath will drain better than trails on chalk or loam?  We would find out later, the hard way!